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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Monday
Feb272012

We don’t think ourselves into a new way of acting; we act ourselves into a new way of thinking.

“Every act of communication is, in some way, an act of translation.”  Author and translator Gregory Rabassa offers this insight, as shared by comedian Chris Bliss is his recent ted.com talk titled Comedy is Translation

Improvisational comedy offers the ultimate training platform for a cultivation of “translation”, since translation of scene, persona, perspective, and emotion are all found there.  It’s a playground for your mind, body, and soul.  It’s about a different way of seeing and ultimately being in the world. 

I share improvisational techniques with Clients to help them:

=>  Find their own unique voice

=>  Create executive presence

=>  Share compelling stories

=>  Increase divergent problem solving skills

Chris ends his ted-talk with a challenge:  “take a little time each day to practice thinking funny, because you might just find the question that you’ve been looking for.” 

In other words, where are you in “translation”…?  

http://www.ted.com

 

Wednesday
Feb012012

One for the road...

I do my best thinking while I’m running.  On those days when you cross over and enter into “the zone”, the run is nearly magical.  The mind processes at a level of clarity that’s nearly blinding, while the body carries on in effortless momentum.  It’s really quite extraordinary. 

During one such run, I remember adjusting the Road ID band on my wrist, thankful to have such a clever safety measure.  The premise of the Road ID band is to provide life-saving information to first responders in the event of an accident where I cannot speak for myself.  Brilliant idea. 

And then I remember thinking that I only wear the band when I run, which is 3-4 hours a week, depending on my mileage goals.  But what would I want someone to know about me the rest of the time…?  You know, when I’m not running - when I’m just being…me

And then a moment of clarity:  what if I created another Road ID band, one that I could wear all the time, spelling out who I am in terms of my core values?  Brilliant idea.

That’s exactly what I did.  And I wear it all the time. 

 

Runners and cyclists are the most familiar with Road ID products, so they usually don’t think twice about seeing someone wearing one.  When I’m facilitating to a greater audience mix, someone in the room will inevitably ask the question, “what is that?” 

And I tell my story. 

And the mood in the room shifts. 

Apparently there are a great number of folks who want to declare who they are and what they believe in.  Every conversation is incredibly powerful.  Just like running in the zone.  

“Understand who you are, get comfortable with it, and get on down the road.”

http://www.roadid.com

VALUES are your core commitments in life, and they determine many of your decisions and actions.  The better you understand your values, the easier it is to stay true to who you are and what you believe.

Saturday
Jan212012

In Praise of the Introvert

Author Anneli Rufus created a masterpiece when she wrote Party of One:  The Loner’s Manifesto.

For the introvert, this book will absolutely speak to your soul.  Page after page of delicious language describes a private and profound world that exists while living within the vast, inner solitude of self. 

If you are an extravert, this book will offer insights into a world so incredibly foreign from your own that you will rally a hundred of your closest friends, and in a cacophony of voices, confront this horrific way to be

It matters not on which side of the fence you land, it’s an extraordinary read about how we think about human behavior.

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