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The Quiet Power of Introverts | Executive Street

The Quiet Power of Introverts | Executive Street | All things Vistage | Scoop.it
Are you missing out on a powerful source of creativity by overlooking the introverts in your organization and the way they work best?
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Dwight Frindt is a dear friend, Vistage Chair, and committed leader as reflected in the creation of 2130 Partners.  These are his reflections on Susan Cain's TED talk: Quiet; The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking."


As the bio says: "Leadership expert Dwight Frindt is an author, executive consultant and coach and skilled facilitator. He has been a Vistage Chair in Orange County, CA since 1994 and a Best Practice Chair in Orange County since 2009. He has also been a Best Practice Chair for the Pacific Northwest since 2010. “What keeps individuals motivated? What gets team members focused, collaborating, and acting effectively for a common purpose? What keeps organizations productive and agile?” These questions have driven Dwight’s passion as a business leader, and his philosophy as leadership expert."

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Thank you for the kind words of support and for sharing this blog post. Much appreciated!
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Top 3 Reasons to Try Mindfulness: For the Children's Sake and Yours

Top 3 Reasons to Try Mindfulness: For the Children's Sake and Yours | All things Vistage | Scoop.it

Practicing mindfulness meditation creates a steady, calm space so that what used to overwhelm me is far more manageable. I understand from my own observation that what I am feeling in the moment is like a passing cloud....


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Dan Pink: My 5 favorite talks on work

Dan Pink: My 5 favorite talks on work | All things Vistage | Scoop.it
Popular business author Dan Pink picks his 5 favorite TED Talks on how to find greater success at work.
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To Dan's fav 5, I would add Simon Sinek's Start With Why & Why Good Leaders Make You Feel Safe.  And Dan Ariely's Cost of Social Norms.  The Cost of Social Norms because that is the foundation of the relationship of Vistage Chairs with their members.  It is all about trust and relationship.  ozzie   mindfulness.com

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ozziegontang's curator insight, June 18, 12:14 AM

To Dan's fav 5, I would add Simon Sinek's Start With Why & Why Good Leaders Make You Feel Safe.  And Dan Ariely's Cost of Social Norms.  The Cost of Social Norms because that is the foundation of the relationship of Vistage Chairs with their members.  It is all about trust and relationship.  ozzie   mindfulness.com

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Capitalism 4.0 & Neuroplasticity of the Collective Brain

Capitalism 4.0 & Neuroplasticity of the Collective Brain | All things Vistage | Scoop.it
I have just returned from an interesting experience in Washington. D.C.: a panel discussion with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The event was sponsored by the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), a leading neo-conservative think tank responsible for m...

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Annette Schmeling's curator insight, March 1, 12:00 AM

Advocating for people-centered economics and  a new type of leadership - 

"...the plasticity of the human brain is an unbelievable lever that points us to our ultimate leverage points as human beings: paying attention to our attention. It calls for a new type of leadership work that focuses on the cultivation of our inner instruments of knowing. But what would it mean to cultivate the neuroplasticity of the collective brain at the level of a whole system? That would seem to require a new type of leadership work that we all need to learn to engage in.

ozziegontang's curator insight, March 4, 1:24 PM

Not much to add to Annette Schmeling's insights.

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7 Things Smart Learners Do Differently

7 Things Smart Learners Do Differently | All things Vistage | Scoop.it
What makes a real difference in reaching your potential is an ability to be a smart learner. See what smart learners do differently and what they can teach us.

Via Mark Taylor
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From my early days with Lee Thayer about 20+ years ago, it has always been about being in the learning mode.  Vistage, formerly known as TEC (The Executive Committee), was one of the many organizations that Lee infected with being in the learning mode as opposed to the knowing mode.  Red Scott would always say: You're green and growing (learning mode) or ripe and rotting (knowing mode).  I added that for many of us we turn to rotting and composting so that we can once again become green and growing.  It's not what I know that gets me in trouble. It's what I know that just ain't so...that does.   ozzie MIndfulness.com

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Mark Taylor's curator insight, February 24, 3:58 AM

These are some useful characteristics of what differentiates smart learners. One of them, hanging around other smart people, is what a Vistage group is all about. The other, is to always be learning.

ozziegontang's curator insight, March 4, 1:52 PM

From my early days with Lee Thayer about 20+ years ago, it has always been about being in the learning mode.  Vistage, formerly known as TEC (The Executive Committee), was one of the many organizations that Lee infected with being in the learning mode as opposed to the knowing mode.  Red Scott would always say: You're green and growing (learning mode) or ripe and rotting (knowing mode).  I added that for many of us we turn to rotting and composting so that we can once again become green and growing.  It's not what I know that gets me in trouble. It's what I know that just ain't so...that does.   ozzie MIndfulness.com

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25 Quotes for the Dedicated Storyteller/ Content Strategist

25 Quotes for the Dedicated Storyteller/ Content Strategist | All things Vistage | Scoop.it
SlideShare is the world’s largest community for sharing presentations. Discover great content and connect with like-minded individuals.

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With these friends of mine that I follow, I can only say read their insights.  Karen's one of those to be followed. ozzie MIndfulness.com

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, February 25, 4:42 PM

What a fun piece for a Friday when the week is finally winding up. There are 25 slides here filled with quotes about stories and content that will inspire you -- or at least get you thinking :) 


Have fun!


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it 

ozziegontang's curator insight, March 4, 1:42 PM

With these friends of mine that I follow, I can only say read their insights.  Karen's one of those to be followed. ozzie MIndfulness.com

Ken Morrison's curator insight, March 8, 4:14 AM

My favorite is:

"People don't pay attention to advertising. They pay attention to what interests them. Sometimes that is advertising."

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Capitalism 4.0 & Neuroplasticity of the Collective Brain

Capitalism 4.0 & Neuroplasticity of the Collective Brain | All things Vistage | Scoop.it
I have just returned from an interesting experience in Washington. D.C.: a panel discussion with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The event was sponsored by the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), a leading neo-conservative think tank responsible for m...

Via Annette Schmeling
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Not much to add to Annette Schmeling's insights.

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Annette Schmeling's curator insight, March 1, 12:00 AM

Advocating for people-centered economics and  a new type of leadership - 

"...the plasticity of the human brain is an unbelievable lever that points us to our ultimate leverage points as human beings: paying attention to our attention. It calls for a new type of leadership work that focuses on the cultivation of our inner instruments of knowing. But what would it mean to cultivate the neuroplasticity of the collective brain at the level of a whole system? That would seem to require a new type of leadership work that we all need to learn to engage in.

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The Roberto Marzano’s 9 Effective Instructional Strategies Infographic

The Roberto Marzano’s 9 Effective Instructional Strategies Infographic | All things Vistage | Scoop.it
The Robert Marzano's 9 Effective Instructional Strategies Infographic summarizes the 9 instructional strategies to improve students' learning.

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For those that are lifelong learners  and in the learning mode as opposed to the knowing mode.  Let me count the ways to get a message across no matter what the age of the student is.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 18, 9:51 AM

A lot of focus on intentionality and communication here. It is implicit that tools are chosen to fit the learning and context rather than learning being designed based on tools.

Rocio Watkins's curator insight, February 22, 7:34 PM

Marzano's famous "Nine" continue to be the topic of many professional development agendas, and continue to deliver research-based and improved student outcomes.  A "must-know" for the teaching vocation.

Ness Crouch's curator insight, February 23, 3:15 PM

This is a keeper!

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What Truly Successful People Know That You Don't

What Truly Successful People Know That You Don't | All things Vistage | Scoop.it
Six research-based strategies to help you overcome barriers to success
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Mens sana in corpore sano.  You don't have a vision, the vision has you.  Be accountable. People choose problems they can't solve rather than choices or decisions they do not want to make. Reading the work of Lee Thayer brings much of this into focus especially his first book: Leadership: Thinking Being Doing.  How I think influences who I am, who I am influences what I do. What I do create my habits. And in the end, as in the beginning, my habits create me.  Get right the thinking and the practice of life-long learning and being more competent each day and I may have a chance to "Take a message to Garcia."

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ozziegontang's curator insight, December 2, 2013 10:21 AM

Melanie's article is a good reminder of things that many of us forget or neglect

John Michel's curator insight, December 2, 2013 4:48 PM

Six tips to work smarter, not harder.

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#1 Barrier to Leadership – Not Listening

#1 Barrier to Leadership – Not Listening | All things Vistage | Scoop.it
I introduced a series of the Top 10 Barriers to Leadership skills and leadership qualities. I have given a lot of thought to prioritize the top 10.

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Hidden in the word "Listen" is the word "Silent." Most of us are most often speaking or getting ready to speak, thus missing much of what the other person said.

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Annette Schmeling's curator insight, January 23, 2013 9:27 AM

Never lose sight of the fact that inside every person is a real person who has the same fundamental needs to be loved and belong as anyone else. Make the person "feel felt" and you too will be transformed into a friend/ally.

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How Moods Impact Results

How Moods Impact Results | All things Vistage | Scoop.it
Emotions are highly intense, fleeting, and sometimes disruptive to work; moods tend to be less intense, longer-lasting feelings that typically don’t interfere with the job at hand. And an

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Mark Taylor's curator insight, August 27, 2013 3:41 AM

The leader is responsible for the mood of the organization. What is the mood in your company?

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Top 5 Lessons Learned from The Last Lecture

Top 5 Lessons Learned from The Last Lecture | All things Vistage | Scoop.it
Powerful. Inspirational. Emotionally moving. Those are the words that best describe Dr. Daniel Lowenstein's "The Last Lecture" presentation, delivered to a packed house in Cole Hall on April 25th. ...
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Storytelling at its best. If you want a great curated topic Visit Karen Dietz's #Just-story-it on Scoop.it. Thanks to former Vistage Chair Jen Sertl. She continues to be at the forefront of being a leader of leaders.

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ozziegontang's curator insight, July 31, 2013 8:44 PM

Storytelling at its best. If you want a great curated topic Visit Karen Dietz's #Just-story-it on Scoop.it. Thanks to former Vistage Chair Jen Sertl. She continues to be at the forefront of being a leader of leaders.

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How and Why to Be a Leader (Not a Wannabe)

How and Why to Be a Leader (Not a Wannabe) | All things Vistage | Scoop.it

Lead people to their better selves. And start with myself first.

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ozziegontang's curator insight, July 23, 2013 5:51 PM

Leaders change the world in some way. Often it is radical change. Look at leaders in history. There were no books on leadership. Leaders influence/influenced this person and the next and the next to get out and create the change necessary to alter the world.  The measure of performance is: Performance.


When you think about it, the leader is often identified only after the fact. After the results have been achieved.


Leaders don't have a Vision. They are had by a Vision.


Umair Hague's thoughts on leadership are reflected in the life work of Lee Thayer on Leadership and High Performance Organizations.


Should I want to see what it takes to prepare myself to become a leader should the occasion arise, then I will begin to read the works of Lee Thayer starting with Leadership: Thinking, Being, Doing.  Then I must be prepared to challenge myself for the rest of my life.

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FIB | Vistage Open Day – Personal Power - FIB Community

FIB | Vistage Open Day – Personal Power - FIB Community | All things Vistage | Scoop.it
Vistage Open Days are high-impact, half-day business workshops where Vistage members and guests get together to experience a world-class Vistage speaker. FIB Insight and Community Members can apply for a complimentary place by ...
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The Often Overlooked but Invaluable Benefits of Mentorship

The Often Overlooked but Invaluable Benefits of Mentorship | All things Vistage | Scoop.it
The value of a mentor who can help cultivate leadership skills one-on-one in real-time, reduce the anxiety in taking big steps, and focus leaders on achieving their goals - is huge.
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Curation As An Emerging Skillset | A 5 Step Guide

Curation As An Emerging Skillset | A 5 Step Guide | All things Vistage | Scoop.it
How to become a curation king / queen. Traditionally, a curator researches and puts together a collection which speaks to a narrative and / or serves a larger idea in art galleries and / or museums...

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Helping Chairs help their members gather what they need to know.

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Lisa Jones's curator insight, March 8, 2:30 AM

Great tips on duration..a resource that I'm finding to be valuable.

Kirsten Wilson's curator insight, March 11, 7:39 PM

This is a great resource that explains the "why" of curation and the importance of why Teachers should curate as well as develop the skill of curation with their students, the managers of future digital content.

Lauren Anstey's curator insight, March 31, 10:06 AM

A 5-step guide to digital curation.

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What's the Best Social Network Ever? A Table + Two Chairs!

What's the Best Social Network Ever? A Table + Two Chairs! | All things Vistage | Scoop.it
People do business with people, not with technology. Whether you are a person or a brand, to truly build long-lasting personal relationship with another person or a brand advocate you need way more than just a couple of tweets and a LinkedIn connection request, you need face-to-face time.

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Read Karen's comments.

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Barbara Ganley's curator insight, February 28, 6:44 AM

Amazing how obvious it all is... ;-)  (What has happened to our common sense?!)

Marianne Hart's curator insight, February 28, 12:24 PM

Sometimes the best PLN is right next door, just down the hall, or in your building!!

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Read Karen's insights.

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Leadership character: A six-part series by West Point’s Col. Eric Kail

Leadership character: A six-part series by West Point’s Col. Eric Kail | All things Vistage | Scoop.it
We introduce a six-part series written by West Point’s course director of military leadership, Col. Eric Kail.

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Read Annette's insights. And start with anyone of Lee Thayer's books.

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ozziegontang's curator insight, March 4, 1:44 PM

Read Annette's insights.   ozzie Mindfulness.com

ozziegontang's curator insight, March 4, 1:45 PM

Read Annette's insights. And start with anyone of Lee Thayer's books.

ozziegontang's curator insight, March 4, 1:46 PM

Read Annette's insights. And start with anyone of Lee Thayer's books.

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The Happiness Culture: Zappos Isn't a Company -- It's a Mission

The Happiness Culture: Zappos Isn't a Company -- It's a Mission | All things Vistage | Scoop.it
Tony Hsieh sold earthworms greeting cards and slices of pizza. Along the way he never considered that a failed business meant he was a failure. Then...

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Read Annette Schmeling's insights.

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Annette Schmeling's curator insight, February 5, 6:34 AM

'Happiness' itself is not a core value at Zappos, but the organizational alignment with core values is so powerful that you cannot miss the end result. Zappos core values center on customer service and connect the employees as human beings. The values are timeless and do not change - the practices and strategies of business should change all of the time. 

ozziegontang's curator insight, March 4, 1:26 PM

Read Annette Schmeling's insights.

Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, May 31, 3:40 PM

Thanks to Annette Schmeling for this reminder.

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For the Sake of Argument: Writing Persuasively to Craft Short, Evidence-Based Editorials

For the Sake of Argument: Writing Persuasively to Craft Short, Evidence-Based Editorials | All things Vistage | Scoop.it
In this lesson, we offer suggestions on how to guide students through the process when writing editorials — from brainstorming a topic to publishing their work — and all the steps in between.

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How to write rightly. 

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, February 10, 10:11 AM

Persuasive writing tips for editors in the making!

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Getting Better at Storytelling: Creative Advice From Ira Glass

Getting Better at Storytelling: Creative Advice From Ira Glass | All things Vistage | Scoop.it
A brief film illustrates words of wisdom from the beloved host of This American Life.

Via Karen Dietz
ozziegontang's insight:

Karen Dietz continues to share the gems she collects and the insights that reinforce that we are and have always been storytellers.  Before written history the wisdom and history were passed down orally. Visiting here in Kauai the stories were shared/taught in movement and chant.


We are and have always been story tellers. The stories are thread that link the pearls of wisdom, knowledge, experience and insight together.

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, February 18, 5:43 AM

Ira Glass, the creator and storyteller of This American Life, rocks. The stories he and his guests tell are always interesting if not down right riveting.


But here Glass is not sharing about the mechanics of how to craft a story. In this short video he talks about the creative process, how/when some people short circuit that, and encouragement to get beyond that point.


This video applies to anyone engaged in storytelling -- and anyone engaged in any creative process -- from the arts to engineering.


For storytelling, you get better at sharing stories by practicing, getting better over time, and developing a body of work. Glass hits on all these points, giving us inspiration to both embark on the journey, and to keep going. 


Keep finding and telling your business stories! You will learn tons.


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it 

Karen Dietz's comment, February 24, 10:14 AM
Wonderful comments Ozzie! Many thanks for sharing.
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Mindfulness arrives in the workplace

Mindfulness arrives in the workplace | All things Vistage | Scoop.it

MIndfulness arrives in the workplace when people practice being mindful.

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Mindfulness is a state of mind where I am in the present moment and in a state of nonjudgmental acceptance.


I am not my thoughts and feelings. I have thoughts and feelings.


Feel with your heart and don't forget to take your brain along is a nice mantra. For how I think influences who I am. Who I am influences what I do. What I do/practice creates the habits that in turn create me.  Get my thinking right and I have a good opportunity to create the habits I need to be mindful living in gratitude, appreciation and acceptance of what is.

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What's the Point of Creativity?

What's the Point of Creativity? | All things Vistage | Scoop.it
Creativity cannot be divorced from the real needs of real people.
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My creativity comes in the form of using my unique contribution to serve those around me whose lives I can touch. Or it may be in supporting those who can touch the lives of others that I cannot reach. How do I help share my love of humanity.


The Kalama Sutra shares in closing:


However, after thorough observation, investigation, analysis and reflection, when you find that anything agrees with reason and your experience, and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, and of the world at large; accept only that as true, and shape your life in accordance with it; and live up to it.

These words, the Buddha went on to say, must be applied to his own teachings.



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Recommended by Ozzie Gontang...

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The dangers of "willful blindness"--Story, Change, & Empowerment

Gayla Benefield was just doing her job -- until she uncovered an awful secret about her hometown that meant its mortality rate was 80 times higher than anywh...

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No need for me to add anything.  Just view Karen Dietz's curated insights and links to reflect on one's own power.  With Values, if I know what you stand for; I will also know what you won't stand for.


I have been blessed with wonderful peers, mentors and teachers during my 27 years as a Vistage Chair. They  have similar shared Values of: Trust, Caring, Challenge, and Growth. And with these people it has always been based on Dan Ariely's Social Norm the foundation being Trust and Relationship.  See the Youtube: Dan Ariely: The Cost of Social Norms.

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Karen Dietz's comment, August 29, 2013 6:45 PM
Glad you like it Annette! These are keepers for me and I want to find uses for them in my org work.
Karen Dietz's comment, August 29, 2013 6:47 PM
Miklos, you have made fabulous points. Many thanks for sharing them. Our voices may be small, but if we keep sharing, more people will see these. If one person gains benefit from these videos, then the world is a better place already.
Karen Dietz's comment, September 4, 2013 12:15 PM
Thank you Ozzie! You've shared some great additional insights.
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The Benefits of Belonging to a CEO Group

The Benefits of Belonging to a CEO Group | All things Vistage | Scoop.it
How joining an executive peer group can help you better manage your businesses.
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Also better manage oneself. 

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Finding My Greatness Zone | Leading Leaders to Greater Success

Finding My Greatness Zone | Leading Leaders to Greater Success | All things Vistage | Scoop.it

My Greatness Zone is a result of the passion when I find my unique contribution and live it. It is the place one can change the world for the better in some way. Cindy shares how she has found hers.

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ozziegontang's curator insight, July 20, 2013 5:16 AM

We are interdependent.  We are herd/pack animals euphemistically calling ourselves social animals. It is with the help of others tht we reach our greatness.  That Greatness Zone lays in what Suzanne Livingston calls: My unique contribution. For me that is my passion around servant-leadership and building community.  Cindy shares well how the work as a fellow Vistage/TEC Chair has allowed me to fulfill my passion for the past 27 years.


Cindy talks about being good at what she did. She also mentions "I found I became bored easily"  When I can do something well and it becomes  habit, I can coast.  And you know what they say about coasting.  When you're coasting you're going downhill.


The challenge that Lee Thayer throws down is: How will I be better tomorrow that I was today in living my life and performing better than I was today personally and professionally?


Cindy has found her unique contribution that challenges her daily to be better than yesterday.


Remember, I cannot motivate another person. Motivation comes from within.


Motivation:  the state or condition of being motivated.

Motivate:     Providing motive.

Motive:        Goals or objectives of one's actions.Random House Dictionary


You may be able to inspire me, however it is up to me to achieve the "goals or objectives my one's actions."