Guest contributions:

04.22.13  Uncommon Leadership 

04.02.15  Switch and Shift  

05.13.15  Better Practice Team Performance

05.29.15  Better Practice Team Performance

07.08.15  Switch and Shift 

07.14.15  Better Practice Team Performance

10.05.15  Switch and Shift 

Stacey's Reading List...


"Tribe of Mentors" by Timothy Ferriss

"Shortcut" by John Pollack 

"Seeing What Others Don't" by Gary Klein

"Several Short Sentences About Writing" by Verlyn Klinkenborg

"The Birkman Method - Your Personality at Work" by Sharon Birkman Fink and Stephanie Capparell

"Creative Intelligence" by Bruce Nussbaum 

"Improv Wisdom" by Patricia Ryan Madson

"Training To Imagine" by Kat Koppett

"Quiet" by Susan Cain

"Where Good Ideas Come From" by Steven Johnson

"A Whole New Mind" by Daniel H. Pink

"Emotional Intelligence" by Daniel Goleman 

"Rework" by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson  

"The Leadership Pipeline" by Ram Charan, Stephen Drotter, James Noel  

"Life:  Selected Quotations" by Paulo Coelho 

"Deep Change" by Robert Quinn

"The Power of Full Engagement" by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz  

"The Way of the Shepherd" by Dr. Kevin Leman and William Pentak  

"Developing the Leader Within You" by John Maxwell  

"Mr. Peabody's Apples" by Madonna

"Orbiting the Giant Hairball" by Gordon MacKenzie




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15 TEDTalks Worth Your Time

Originally published as Guest Commentary in the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal (May 09, 2016)

I’m a big fan of TEDTalks. Thousands of 18 minutes (or less) talks are archived and available for viewing on the website.  Or if you’re so inclined, you could attend any number of their conferences held around the globe.  What began as a one-off event in 1984 has blossomed into a platform that truly brings to life its tagline:  ideas worth spreading. 

These talks are courageous and ingenious, harrowing and humorous.  They are given by scholars and comedians, and by seasoned authors and the seemingly anonymous.  These serve to educate, challenge, surprise, intrigue, and infuriate – sometimes all at the same time.  Mostly though they make you think about a lot of things you might not have been thinking about before. 

Here are my favorite 15 TEDTalks. 

Do schools kill creativity? (Sir Ken Robinson).  A passionate call to action to change the way we are educating our children, to rethink our school systems, and to cultivate creativity by acknowledging multiple types of intelligence.  

The power of introverts (Susan Cain).  While our world may prize extroverts, this talk makes a compelling case for the quiet and contemplative. 

Your elusive creative genius (Elizabeth Gilbert).  A moving talk offering up the possibility that instead of the rare person being a genius, all of us have a genius.  

Why some of us don’t have one true calling (Emilie Wapnick).  An illuminating look at “multipotentialites” – those who have a range of interests and jobs over one lifetime. 

How the worst moments in our lives make us who we are (Andrew Solomon).  Moving and heartfelt with a closing thought we would all do well to embrace:  “Forge meaning, build identity, and then invite the world to share your joy.” 

The paradox of choice (Barry Schwartz). “Choice has made us not freer but more paralyzed, not happier but more dissatisfied.”  Perhaps too much of a good thing really is too much. 

How to ties your shoes (Terry Moore).  Yes, there is a wrong way and a right way! 

Every kid needs a champion (Rita F. Pierson).  Because we’ve all had “that teacher” – the one that made all the difference. 

How I learned to communicate my inner life with Asperger’s (Alix Generous).  The best Waffle House joke ever is in this talk.  Understanding autism is a conversation we should all be having. 

What does the future hold – 11 characters offer quirky answers (Sarah Jones).  Slipping in and out of characters showcases improvisation skills at their finest. 

The happy secret to better work (Shawn Achor).  The positive psychology movement is alive and well, and happiness is the main conversation.  “Your brain at positive performs significantly better than it does at negative, neutral, or stress.”  Happiness is an advantage. 

The price of shame (Monica Lewinsky).  A brave talk and a hard look at our online culture of humiliation.  Social media at its ugliest.   

This is what happens when you reply to spam email (James Veitch).  Laugh out loud funny!  A tale of scamming the scammers. 

Got a wicked problem? First, tell me how you make toast (Tom Wujec).  An easy to adopt exercise in systems thinking.  It’s all about collaborative visualization.  And sticky-notes. 

I think we all need a pep talk (Kid President).  This talk will warm your heart, recharge your batteries, and leave you with a big challenge:  what are you going to create to make the world awesome?  

As I said, I’m a big fan of TEDTalks.  So much so that attending a global TED conference has earned a spot on my bucket list.  I’m imagining an audience of rapt listeners rapturously taking notes on the next wave of ideas worth spreading

That’s how I’ll be anyway.


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