“To swear off making mistakes is very easy. All you have to do is to swear off having ideas.” Leo Burnett
It is the end of the year and I’ve been thinking about paths I didn’t take as well as paths that essentially blew up in my face. Sigh… I would like to say that each mistake has been an opportunity to learn something about myself, about the world, or about life itself. That’s not entirely accurate. Some “mistakes” were strong good faith efforts that failed for reasons well beyond my control.
My experience with federal government service contracts, for example. I needed to show a certain dollar amount for federal contracts on a yearly basis and was unable to … Read the rest
“Many great leaders understand intuitively that they need to work hard to create a sense of safety in others. In this way, great leaders are often humble leaders, thereby reducing the status threat. Great leaders provide clear expectations and talk a lot about the future, helping to increase certainty. Great leaders let others take charge and make decisions, increasing autonomy. Great leaders often have a strong presence, which comes from working hard to be authentic and real with other people, to create a sense of relatedness. And great leaders keep their promises, taking care to be perceived as fair.” David Rock
David Rock is the director of the NeuroLeadership Institute, which uses hard science to transform leadership effectiveness. He is … Read the rest
“Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.” Paul J. Meyer
This will be an extremely brief Tip.
Have you ever heard of the Pomodoro Technique? It is used for time management and was developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980’s, but I had never heard of it before. I think it’s a great idea if you can arrange to have no interruptions for an hour.
It uses a timer to break work down into intervals of 25 minutes, separated by 5 minute breaks.
The idea is to focus for 25 minutes on a task, then take a 5 minute break away from your computer. Do this … Read the rest
“Collaboration allows us to know more than we are capable of knowing by ourselves.” Paul Solarz
Last week, I introduced The Peer Learning Group. This week, I’d like to provide more specific information about The Peer Learning Group Model, which is a collaborative peer-based learning approach.
The Peer Learning Group Model is based on U-theory, so it looks like this:
The peer learning groups form (engage) to discuss a specific management challenge, using module materials that we provide.
Every module involves two 90-minute sessions, a practice session in the intervening time, and a post-session. In Session 1, the managers share their knowledge and experience and learn new techniques. More specifically, group members: identify their problems and … Read the rest
“I’ve been imitated so well I’ve heard people copy my mistakes.” Jimi Hendrix
I just attended a three- day marketing seminar conducted by a self-proclaimed curriculum design expert. It was very disappointing to see once again what happens when a trainer ignores the basics and sets learners up to fail.
She made ten glaring mistakes. We covered the first five in last week’s Tip. Here are mistakes 6-10:
- Never hold a one-on-one conversation with a participant in response to a question or comment that many could not hear.
Instead, repeat every question and comment before you answer it. This is both a courtesy and a necessity for those who might have shared the same concern or confusion and needed … Read the rest
September 3, 2016
Hello, before I tell you about our jam packed day today, I have to add some other tidbits I forgot to mention.
First, the restaurant bathroom was unisex, with one stall for men, one stall for women and a sink all in the same small room. To say we weren’t expecting that would be an understatement. But we managed then and again today in a museum restroom.
Second, more about Napoleon. The reason why he always posed with his hand in front of his waist was not because of ego, it was because of intense stomach pain. When he posed, he was pressing against his stomach to ease some of the pain.
12 years after he died … Read the rest