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Lee Thayer: His Thinking Regarding Leadership & High Performance Organizations
Lee Thayer has been one of the seminal thinkers in the area of communication.
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How The Mind Really Works: 10 Counterintuitive Psychology Studies — PsyBlog

How The Mind Really Works: 10 Counterintuitive Psychology Studies — PsyBlog | Lee Thayer: His Thinking Regarding Leadership & High Performance Organizations | Scoop.it
Ten psychological findings that challenge our intuitive view of how our minds work.
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When I follow my heart or emotions, I must remember to take my brain along. I don't learn from my experience: I learn from my interpretation of my experiences.  Practice doesn't make perfect; practice makes permanent. Perfect practice makes perfect.


Lee reminds me: It's not what I know that gets me in trouble: it's what I know that just ain't so that does.


 I use my rationalizations to explain why something happened the way it did or why I did something not realizing the choices I made or that I was not conscious and in a triggered state.


Some things to think about. Getting my thinking right is what Lee continues to share in his writings.

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3 Things That Make Mindfulness Extremely Difficult

3 Things That Make Mindfulness Extremely Difficult | Lee Thayer: His Thinking Regarding Leadership & High Performance Organizations | Scoop.it
Instructing somebody to meditate -- to release or dis-identify with his or her thoughts -- is like trying to instruct somebody to instantly sneeze, or like telling someone just not to think, when the mind but built to do little else but that.

Via Annette Schmeling
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What Ira shares is mirrored in understanding communication and communicating with understanding. It's not what we know that gets us in trouble. It's what we know that just ain't so that does.

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How Reframing A Problem Unlocks Innovation

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An adapted excerpt of InGenius (Harper One) by Tina Seelig.


Taking a different perspective can lead to stunning breakthroughs in any industry,


We create frames for what we experience, and they both inform and limit the way we think.

 

Mastering the ability to reframe problems is an important tool for increasing your imagination because it unlocks a vast array of solutions.

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Fradank Maguire had a presentationn called:

Opportunity is Nowhere

By the time he finished you realized that:

Opportunity is Now Here.

So it is all about how we think.  Get your thinking correct and you're off to a good start. Get it wrong and...  If I get it wrong, I and my world will suffer.

Think it was Will Rogers who said:  it ain't what you know that gets  you in trouble. It what you know that just ain't so that does.

As Seelig shares: Framing and reframing of problems also opens up the door to innovative new ventures.

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The New Rules of Leadership - Forbes

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Spring is in the air, the days are getting longer and the crocuses are poking up their hopeful heads. Yet, these remain bleak times for too many job seekers, even leaders and managers with impressive resumes.
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I can start with: Leadership: Thinking, Being, Doing to hone my right thinking by asking the questions on the road to becoming a virtuoso Question-Asker.  From there I will find myself reading anyone of his other 10 books numerous times to keep myself in the Learning Mode.  This lifelong work will enhance my life and my work every day of my life.

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Are You Your Employees’ Worst Enemy?

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Many leaders inadvertently stand in the way of superior performance. Here’s how to avoid the hindrance trap.

Via Mark Taylor
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The story of Ralph Stayer is interesting in getting out of one's own way.  What is more interesting is that his mentor early on was Lee Thayer who asked the questions that needed to be asked.


Lee Thayer reminded me numerous times:

  • No tool is any better than the understanding of the person using it.
  • The best tool in the wrong hands will not accomplish what was intended.
  • No tool or technique can be any better than its users

 

And BOLDED as a reminder:

 

The Mother of all tools is how I think about what needs thinking about.


It would serve one well to get to right thinking by reading any of Lee's books starting with: Leadership: Thinking, Being, Doing or an easier start would be: A Pocket Oracle for Leaders.

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Mark Taylor's curator insight, February 8, 2014 9:10 PM

As Pogo said, we have met the enemy and the enemy is us.

Rich Maxwell's curator insight, February 10, 2014 9:53 AM

Leadership is largely about developing your people, setting a vision, and supporting them in making it happen.  But are you hindering that success by not setting clear expectations, not considering organizational capacity when rolling out a new initiative, or setting policies and procedures that aren't useful?  Leaders clear the way, they don't stand in the way.

ozziegontang's curator insight, February 21, 2014 5:20 PM

The story of Ralph Stayer is interesting in getting out of one's own way.  What is more interesting is that his mentor early on was Lee Thayer who asked the questions that needed to be asked.


Lee Thayer reminded me numerous times:

  • No tool is any better than the understanding of the person using it.
  • The best tool in the wrong hands will not accomplish what was intended.
  • No tool or technique can be any better than its users

 

And BOLDED as a reminder:

 

The Mother of all tools is how I think about what needs thinking about.


It would serve one well to get to right thinking by reading any of Lee's books starting with: Leadership: Thinking, Being, Doing or an easier start would be: A Pocket Oracle for Leaders.

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The Earth-Shatteringly Amazing Speech That’ll Change The Way You Think About Adulthood

The Earth-Shatteringly Amazing Speech That’ll Change The Way You Think About Adulthood | Lee Thayer: His Thinking Regarding Leadership & High Performance Organizations | Scoop.it

It is always about choice.

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It is all about awareness.  It is about my awareness. Am I awake, fully aware and living my life intentionally? It is always about and will always be about choice.


Thanks to Paul Childs for sharing.

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Jennifer Sertl: Bringing Business and Innovation Together (Part 2)

Jennifer Sertl is a thought leader in the emerging field of corporate consciousness - the convergence of neuroscience and existential philosophy.


We have to reinforce the usefulness of being human and use technology as a tool and not a default.


I don’t think that people understand how much their own story is being told by the things they “like” and endorse. I almost wish that there was a way in which we could help them realize that you know, of all these things that you’re “liking” on Facebook and all these different things you’re endorsing, is this truly who you are?”


ozziegontang's insight:

Communication is about our humanity. Communication is our humanity.


Like Lee, Jennifer looks at what it means to be human and the impact that has on our lives.  With our technologies we can easily forget that our humanity is about our thinking and the interpretations that we come up with. As the closest we will get to reality is our "interpretation" of it.

So it is about our thinking, and the choices or decisions we make based upon our interpretations.


So what does it mean to be human? And how do we use technology as a tool rather than a god we pay homage to.

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