How well do you know yourself?

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Research shows that you deliver your greatest contribution if you know yourself well and use your strengths and work according to your values. Here are some exercises and questions to use. The Best Possible Self (BPS) exercise asks you to envision yourself in an imaginary future while everything turned out in the best possible way. Writing and imagining a BPS …

Why do we need the positive mindset of possibilities?

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Now that we’ve seen the positive mindset compared to a conventional mindset, and how it fits into our stages of human and organization development, let’s look at why this positive mindset is so important. Why would you try to think positive? Isn’t it safer to stay skeptical, or cynical about our current world and workplaces? You’ll save yourself the pain …

Your positive impact anywhere, anytime, in any role

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Even if you work in a mean, power-prone, greedy, polluting, unethical corporation – you can increase your positive impact. It’s for you to decide whether you’d have more leverage within that hostile environment or outside, in another position or role. The point is: you can choose to start the change right here and now. If you stay, if you are …

Breakaway from Workplace Bullying

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Guest post by Leslie Yerkes. One of the ways in which people try to effect change is through bullying. The act of bullying can be physical, emotional, psychological, or sexual. There are three aspects of bullying: being the bully, being bullied, or stopping bullying when you see it. Bullying may be common and a common part of living but it …

Managers and Musicians: Leading By Being Present

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Can musicians teach managers how to be better leaders? Maybe not. Teaching implies a top-down approach: transferring insights from one person to the other. But managers can learn from musicians. Learning implies a bottom-up process: pulling out, becoming aware of what is already present inside… Join me, as I learn from musicians in this workshop with an orchestra! I cannot …

The Collaboratory: Working Together in Finding Ideas that Energize to Take Action

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Welcome to the “Collaboratory”. This approach is a co-creative stakeholder engagement process for solving complex problems. I’m in Vienna at the Leadership in Transition conference. Join me below to experience this change method… The Collaboratory is a nice mixture of Theory-U-like exercises and dialogue approaches. We will work together to see what answers emerge around the guiding question: What does …

Grace in corporate culture

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Guest post by Brian Fulghum. “Culture eats strategy for lunch” is a well-known expression of the importance of your organization’s culture and aligning it with organizational vision and strategy. I stumbled upon the importance of this principle when I was part of the leadership team running a business process outsourcing (BPO) company in northwestern Pakistan. We wanted to run a …

Leading Volunteers

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Guest post by David Dye. How long can you hold your breath? Better yet, unless it’s dangerous to your health, try it right now: hold your breath as long as you can. I’ll wait… How long did you make it? 30 seconds…1 minute…maybe 2? Before long, you couldn’t help yourself – you just had to breathe. In fact, I could …