How To Dial Down Emotional Reactivity (Part One)

Four Minutes That Birthed An Emotional Trigger     I will never forget one of the first times I conducted a choir. The music director, at the church of my youth, gave me permission to join the choir for a rehearsal and conduct a piece they were learning. I can still see myself that day—my [...]

How To Dial Down Emotional Reactivity (Part One)2016-10-31T06:06:16+00:00

Challenge: Initiator of Ingenuity

Excerpt from, Tribal Alchemy: Mining Your Team's Collective Ingenuity, Dave Fleming, 2016.   In the movie Pleasantville, two teenagers from the 1990s are transported through their television back to the 1950s. What David and his sister Jennifer discover (in this made-up TV land) is a Leave It to Beaver–like world where everyone and everything is [...]

Challenge: Initiator of Ingenuity2016-10-26T16:22:37+00:00

Ingenuity Begins With A New Way of Seeing The Familiar

A Slice of the Knife   Several weeks ago I was chopping veggies for a salad. Now right here, it’s important to know that I’m a much better “chopper” in my imagination than in my kitchen. And so, as I sliced, my action got ahead of my skill. You might say, a kind of culinary [...]

Ingenuity Begins With A New Way of Seeing The Familiar2016-10-24T06:04:04+00:00

Want More Ingenuity? Make More Moments Unique

Most leaders and teams want more ingenuity. I've yet to meet a mission-focused group of people who desire an increase in mediocrity. I have, however, met many mission-focused groups that did not consistently develop the mindsets and behaviors that increase ingenuity. "Wanting" more ingenuity is one thing. Developing the skills that lead to more ingenuity [...]

Want More Ingenuity? Make More Moments Unique2016-10-21T09:42:07+00:00

As a Consumer, Are You “Metabolizing” What You Take In?

The trouble with a being a consumer is not consuming, but mindless consuming. Take your body as an example. When we eat, our bodies take what we eat and "metabolize" it. This means that the nutrients found in the consumed food are put to good use. Our bodies convert what we consume into fuel, as well as [...]

As a Consumer, Are You “Metabolizing” What You Take In?2016-10-19T05:53:08+00:00

The Case Of The Changing Book Cover: Six Strategies That Increase Ingenuity

Humans like to create. We find happiness in making things that matters to us. Once we've made something, we also enjoy making that "something" better. The desire to make something better can be as strong as the desire to make it in the first place. Many of us feel a prod to enhance everything, from health, to art, [...]

The Case Of The Changing Book Cover: Six Strategies That Increase Ingenuity2016-10-17T05:58:51+00:00

Snapshots: How do you want the moments of your life to look?

Currently on the Huffpost, there's an article announcing the winners of the Action Photography Contest. The winning photographs not only capture amazing moments in time, but are themselves stunning artistic expressions.   As I looked at the winning photographs, including the winner in the overall "masterpiece category," I was reminded that every moment of life [...]

Snapshots: How do you want the moments of your life to look?2016-10-12T05:36:24+00:00

Coach Performance Through Data

As a leader you want people, including yourself, to increase or enhance performance. After almost 30 years of coaching people, and watching people coach people, here's one of the most important pieces of advice I can give you about coaching:   Coach the performance of people through data. First, ask these two questions: What measurements [...]

Coach Performance Through Data2016-10-05T10:41:12+00:00

Positive Deviance: Don’t Just Obsess On What’s Not Working, Reproduce What Is

We all want ingenious performance to lead us to better results. In order for teams to get those better results, they must help each other evaluate and alter performance. In the pursuit of better results, it's easy to spend an awful lot of time talking about, and obsessing over, what's going wrong. The rationale goes [...]

Positive Deviance: Don’t Just Obsess On What’s Not Working, Reproduce What Is2016-10-03T05:15:40+00:00

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