Every Speaker is Now Compared to the best TED Talks – My lessons and Takeaways from TED Talks by Chris Anderson

Almost every human born at almost every place and moment in history has had their potential capped by a single fact over which they had almost no control, namely, the quality of the teachers and mentors they had access to. But now, for the first time in history, it’s possible for anyone on the planet… Read More Every Speaker is Now Compared to the best TED Talks – My lessons and Takeaways from TED Talks by Chris Anderson

Here’s the New York Times September, 2016 Business Books Best Sellers List – Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell is back at the #1 Spot

Just under eight years ago, Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers: The Story of Success was first published. Yet, here it is, yet again, at the number one spot in the September, 2016 New York Times Business Books Best Sellers list. It says a lot about this book, and this author, that it is back at the #1… Read More Here’s the New York Times September, 2016 Business Books Best Sellers List – Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell is back at the #1 Spot

What Are Your Defining Moments? – A question worth pondering (Insight from Bernie Swain, What Made Me Who I Am)

You’re right. I don’t fit in here. I am not skinny or glamorous ­ and I don’t know that much about fashion. But I’m smart.   I learn fast and I will work very hard. Andy Sachs to Miranda Priestly, in The Devil Wears Prada —————— So, you decide, with a sense of calling and… Read More What Are Your Defining Moments? – A question worth pondering (Insight from Bernie Swain, What Made Me Who I Am)

The Inevitable and Chaos Monkeys – Coming for the October 7 First Friday Book Synopsis

We had a wonderful morning at the September 2 First Friday Book Synopsis. 70+ folks gathered for my synopsis of TED Talks by Chris Anderson, and Karl Krayer’s synopsis of The Ideal Team Player by Patrick Lencioni. Our synopses of these books, with our comprehensive handouts and the audio recordings of our presentations, will be… Read More The Inevitable and Chaos Monkeys – Coming for the October 7 First Friday Book Synopsis

Executive Level Book Synopsis Presentations – Maybe just what your Leadership Team(s) could use

How can this be—all this failure—after the thousands of leadership books, talks, blogs, classes, and leadership-development programs seeking to make leaders more effective? How can this be, after more than a century of research seeking to figure out how to select better leaders? 
 I lay out evidence demonstrating four things: (1) the leadership industry… Read More Executive Level Book Synopsis Presentations – Maybe just what your Leadership Team(s) could use

3 steps to take, to take full advantage of training/learning sessions

So, yesterday, I had lunch with a man who leads leadership training sessions, especially for municipal governments. He focuses on servant leadership, and he is knowledgeable, a true advocate for servant leadership, and very effective at leading such sessions. Today, I attended a morning workshop led by Tom Niesen of Acuity Systems: Consultant Workshop – The… Read More 3 steps to take, to take full advantage of training/learning sessions

Get Down to Work; your Important Work – 2 Reminder Lessons from Deep Work by Cal Newport

I have seldom read a book that has given me so much to help me in my own pursuit of personal productivity. That’s my feeling about Deep Work: Rules for Focused Work in a Distracted World by Cal Newport. As I revisited this book, yet again, I had two strong lessons hit me. Here’s the… Read More Get Down to Work; your Important Work – 2 Reminder Lessons from Deep Work by Cal Newport

First you demolish the old; then you make the change toward the new – Insight on Persuasion from Chris Anderson, TED Talks

If explanation is building a brand-new idea inside someone’s mind, persuasion is a little more radical. Before construction, it first requires some demolition. 1240     Persuasion means convincing an audience that the way they currently see the world isn’t quite right. And that means taking down the parts that aren’t working, as well as rebuilding something better. … Read More First you demolish the old; then you make the change toward the new – Insight on Persuasion from Chris Anderson, TED Talks

What should we do First to help the homeless? Let’s consider Housing FIRST – (mark your calendar, September 19)

Housing First approaches are based on the concept that a homeless individual or household’s first and primary need is to obtain stable housing, and that other issues that may affect the household can and should be addressed once housing is obtained. From the Wikipedia article ——————– A great question, about almost any problem that we… Read More What should we do First to help the homeless? Let’s consider Housing FIRST – (mark your calendar, September 19)

You get 60 seconds to speak your message; Go! – Thoughts from Digital Fight Club Night at Digital Dallas

But the biggest obstacle in identifying a throughline is expressed in every speaker’s primal scream: I have far too much to say and not enough time to say it! We hear this one a lot. TED Talks have a maximum time limit of 18 minutes. (Why 18? It’s short enough to hold people’s attention, including… Read More You get 60 seconds to speak your message; Go! – Thoughts from Digital Fight Club Night at Digital Dallas