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

Dan Pontefract on “The Purpose Effect”: Part 1 of an interview by Bob Morris

Dan Pontefract is Chief Envisioner at TELUS, a Canadian telecommunications company, where he heads the Transformation Office, a future-of-work consulting group that helps organizations enhance their corporate cultures and collaboration practices. Previously as Head of Learning & Collaboration at TELUS, Dan introduced a new leadership framework–called the TELUS Leadership Philosophy–that dramatically helped to increase the… Read More Dan Pontefract on “The Purpose Effect”: Part 1 of an interview by Bob Morris

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)

Empathy Training May Not Be Genuine

We have presented several books over the years that have featured empathy as an important skill for managers to exhibit.  Obviously, the Kouzes and Posner best-seller, Encouraging the Heart (Jossey-Bass, 2003), includes many different references to empathy as a management tool in recognizing and reinforcing employee behavior. I was interested in a recent syndicated article… Read More Empathy Training May Not Be Genuine

Suzanne Bates on becoming “all the leader you can be”: Part 1 of an interview by Bob Morris

Before launching Bates Communications and becoming a recognized thought leader in communicative leadership, Suzanne Bates had a successful career in television news, as an anchor and reporter in major markets. “20 years in broadcasting taught her how to be prepared… to show up ready for the game. This helped her to launch her business and… Read More Suzanne Bates on becoming “all the leader you can be”: Part 1 of an interview by Bob Morris

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

I’m so busy doing this, I don’t have time to do that… A perennial problem, isn’t it?

So, I have re-read Getting Things Done, and revisited Deep Work, and The Power of Full Engagement. I’m working on my own scheduling/productivity challenges. Like you, and everyone else, I have plenty to do and not enough time to do it all. Even when I am really productive, churning out the work at a pretty… Read More I’m so busy doing this, I don’t have time to do that… A perennial problem, isn’t it?

The Bare Minimum is not going to cut it in the much-more-than-the bare-minimum world of 2016

bare minimum The smallest possible quantity or the least fulfilling, but still adequate, condition that is required, acceptable, or suitable for some purpose. —– Unless your talent and skills absolutely dwarf those of your competition, the deep workers among them will outproduce you. Cal Newport, Deep Work ——————————- I teach Speech at the community college… Read More The Bare Minimum is not going to cut it in the much-more-than-the bare-minimum world of 2016

Stewart D. Friedman on “Leading the Life You Want”: Part 1 of an interview by Bob Morris

In 1984, Stew Friedman joined Wharton, where he is the Practice Professor of Management. In 2001, he concluded a two-year assignment (while on academic leave) at Ford Motor Company, as the senior executive for leadership development. Total Leadership: Be a Better Leader, Have a Richer Life was published in 2008. Stew’s more recent book is… Read More Stewart D. Friedman on “Leading the Life You Want”: Part 1 of an interview by Bob Morris