Give the gift of personal effectiveness to your tribe

In my book, Tribal Alchemy: Turning What You Have Into What You Need, I note that collective ingenuity is, in a very deep sense, dependent on the the personal/professional development of individual tribe members.  It's unlikely you'll find a highly ingenious tribe that is populated by individuals disinterested in their own personal development. I call [...]

Give the gift of personal effectiveness to your tribe2016-07-29T08:50:57+00:00

Choose A Better “You”

In his book, Smarter, Faster, Better: The Secrets of Being Productive In Life and Business, Charles Duhigg tells a story about Eric Quintanilla.   Quintanilla joined the Marines when he was 23 years old. He found in the Corps a philosophy of life that taught him how to proactively collaborate with others under enormous pressure. [...]

Choose A Better “You”2016-07-27T06:20:51+00:00

Perspectivizing: Three actions that increase collective insight

Adapted from the book, Tribal Alchemy: Turning What You Have Into What You Need. D. Fleming. 2016. A Tribal Alchemy Resource.   Ingenious tribes "perspectivize." Yep, I just turned the word perspective into a verb. Perspectivizing happens when people weave multiple perspectives together in order to ingeniously arrange resources for greater effectiveness, productivity and efficiency. [...]

Perspectivizing: Three actions that increase collective insight2016-07-25T05:04:39+00:00

Busyness is not a badge of honor

I hate the world “busy.” I suppose it’s not the word itself that I hate, but the way we often use it. --   Friend of Pete: How are you Pete?   Pete: Oh man, I’m busy. --     After “fine” or “good,” “busy” is the next most frequent response people give me when [...]

Busyness is not a badge of honor2016-07-22T06:49:38+00:00

Are you overly busy or consistently scattered?

Ya know that moment when you say...   Damn, I’m busy. I mean I’m swamped. It’s going to take me forever (or longer) to dig out of this mudslide of deadlines and work commitments. When we find ourselves “swamped…"   It’s not unusual to take a few hours, get really focused and accomplish as much [...]

Are you overly busy or consistently scattered?2016-07-20T05:04:59+00:00

Use Judo on Your Moods

Scenario One: Your day is going along just fine. Then you get a piece of news from a colleague that makes you mad.   Scenario Two: A simple two minute “hello” phone call to your significant other turns into a 15-minute argument about, nothing.   Scenario Three: A meeting you attend is full of energy [...]

Use Judo on Your Moods2016-07-18T05:57:35+00:00

Think and Act Like An Owner, Even If You’re Not

I suggest today that you informally add to your title the word, Owner. OK, I’m not suggesting this needs to be a formal change with new business cards. And I am certainly not suggesting that you take on the persona of a demanding boss that throws his weight around because he "owns the place." I [...]

Think and Act Like An Owner, Even If You’re Not2016-07-15T04:50:27+00:00

Question Yourself To Ingenuity

It is not that I'm so smart. But I stay with the questions much longer. Albert Einstein ---   You face issues everyday that require ingenuity to overcome. One of the qualities that separates the ingenious from the mediocre is their willingness to ask and “sit with” questions. Albert Einstein’s quote is powerful because he [...]

Question Yourself To Ingenuity2016-07-13T04:39:29+00:00

Leading Together By Fostering Collective Insight

Authors: Dave Fleming and Michael Soto   “Why is it always up to me to have the creative idea? I’m tired of being the one that has to come up with the solution to every problem.”   Pam’s jaw clenched and her leg moved in a staccato-like fashion that conveyed frustration about her situation.   [...]

Leading Together By Fostering Collective Insight2016-07-11T04:50:19+00:00

Focus…Then Wander: Garrison Keillor, Your Brain and the Cycle of Ingenuity

Garrison Keillor, of Prairie Home Companion fame, performed his last show over the July 4th weekend. Keillor's 43-year career at the helm of the radio show was marked by enormous creativity, the production of an immense amount of material, and collaborations that ever-widened the P.H.C. tribe.   When we observe a body of work like [...]

Focus…Then Wander: Garrison Keillor, Your Brain and the Cycle of Ingenuity2016-07-05T04:47:32+00:00

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