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Lessons in Greatness

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Life imitates success in the business world often through how we deal with personal challenges. Rory McILroy demonstrated the grace of humility this weekend while still balancing what will also be known as one of the greatest performances in US Open Golf history. Despite breaking records in the double digits, when asked to reflect on lessons that prepared him, he spoke distinctly of what will no doubt be one of the greatest collapses in modern golf history.

Think back.. May of ...

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ISI

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I am developing a new tool for a workshop I teach.. could use some input from you. Answer the following questions choosing one answer for each of the seven questions and then send me an e-mail with your answers.. just list the question number and your letter answer for each of the seven questions. Email to zozstate2@gmail.com.

Thanks…

Mitch

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Is Duncan Watt’s just another Gladwell…

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So I am halfway through Watts’ book “Everything is Obvious: Once you know the the answer” and pretty much thinking.. Maybe Watts’ should take his own advice…

Watts’ rightly points out that Gladwell takes things a bit far with his ideas on nodes and social change, but Watts’ commits the same errors himself. While I can agree that online social networking is real… there is clear evidence that online social networking is different from face-to-face social networking.. And pretty much the ...

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Toward More Curiosity

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Da Vinci is one of the most interesting characters in the life of the world. Both artist and scientist, he created some of the most loved objects for all mankind. In addition to some of the most revered art, he designed objects like cars, tanks, and planes while just wondering about how things worked. Much of his work is seen as ahead of his time. But more about Da Vinci in a sec.

Over the past two years, I have found ...

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“My Anti-Creativity Checklist” by Youngme Moon

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Leading Change

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I was honored this week to give the inaugural presentation to the National Association of Extension Program and Staff Development Professionals (NAEPSDP) across the Internet. The topic was leading through the sea of change. It is available online if you would like to listen in to what I shared.

https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/p32206844/

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J.J. Abrams’ mystery box | Video on TED.com

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J.J. Abrams’ mystery box Video on TED.com

If you can do one thing in leading others.. create a context where they can think about mystery boxes!

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How vulnerable are you?

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Brene Brown does a remarkable job of explaining the importance of being vulnerable from the perspective of a social worker, but you can tell by her conversation that it is also about leading others. Watch the video and then join me for discussion below:

http://www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_on_vulnerability.html

This video raises so many good questions for executives trying to lead others. It also complements the work of Willaim Schutz who introduced a theory of interpersonal relations he called Continue Reading →

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Retention Model

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A collegue and I have developed a pretty good model for retention through research over the past few years. Over the holidays, I refined the model and came away with a slightly more concise model by combining two of the factors. See if this this gives you a sense of what makes you want to stay in your job:

Owen-Safrit Five Factor Rentention Model

Recruit authentically – Communicating accurately to prospective employees the job’s professional responsibilities as well as critical aspects ...

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Courage and the long view…

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Imagine you have started a company and while the work is exciting, you are not really making money. How many years would you stick it out. You believe in your product, but all the buyers are non believers.. In fact, your biggest customer is trying to hire away your best employee. What advice would you give this company. If you knew they had lost one million dollars a year for the past three years, would you tell them ...

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