Lee Thayer: His Thinking Regarding Leadership & High Performance Organizations
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7 Things Smart Learners Do Differently

7 Things Smart Learners Do Differently | Lee Thayer: His Thinking Regarding Leadership & High Performance Organizations | 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, 2014 6:58 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, 2014 4:54 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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Givers take all: The hidden dimension of corporate culture - McKinsey Quarterly - Organization - Talent

Givers take all: The hidden dimension of corporate culture - McKinsey Quarterly - Organization - Talent | Lee Thayer: His Thinking Regarding Leadership & High Performance Organizations | Scoop.it

By encouraging employees to both seek and provide help, rewarding givers, and screening out takers, companies can reap significant and lasting benefits. .

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Thanks to John Page, fellow Vistage Chair, for sharing this article. Goes along with the old adage: The more one gives, the more one receives.


Back to Simon Sinek's Oxytocin.  It feels good to give, it feels good to receive, and the one's observing also get a feel good by what they observe.. 


Some of the statements that reflect this are:


He climbs highest who lifts as he goes.


If you want to travel fast, go alone

If you want to travel far, go together,


We call ourselves social animals or  human beings.

We are herd/pack animals.  We need each other.


We are all interdependent.  Everything is related to everything else. We forget that everything is connected, I can only create what I can imagine.


John Lennon reminds us: Imagine.


Yet, Game Theory and the DSM-soon to be V, removed the context. John Nash in his genius that created game theory was in a state of paranoid schizophrenia. Remove the confounding variable of feelings and emotions. When he tested his theory out on the secretary pool, they helped each other.  When the hundreds of thousands of questionaires that were sent out to establish the symptoms that could be used to diagnosis various psychiatric or psychological pathology - Diagnostic Statistic Manual (DSM) - what was left out was the human element of context. If you have 7 of the 9 symptoms, there is a X percent liklihood that you are suffering from:: fill in the blank.


I am grateful for Alfred Adler who said that when you are certain that you have analyzed the person's situation and are sure of your decision, he added:  It could be different.


If there was the death of a loved one. If one had been divorced, or experienced a reduction-in-force, a family disagreement turned nasty, a false accusation, a vindictive co-worker, there are emotional states that are human when going through such stresses, losses or traumas. Our defense mechanisms, our reactions are all part of being human.


As Lee Thayer reminds us:  If you want to see the culture/company/family you deserve; look at the one you have. 


The way I think influences my habits and my habits influence who I am. And who I am can be seen in what I do, and how I behave. Do I create a safe space. Does my company, my community, my family create a safe space where I am respected, appreciated, and cared for. it's the proverbial: wingman; the someone who wants me to succeed, the one who sees the potential and challenges it out of me.


Being competent and doing excellent work is its own reward and gives one a life worth living.  . 

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Finding My Greatness Zone | Leading Leaders to Greater Success

Finding My Greatness Zone | Leading Leaders to Greater Success | Lee Thayer: His Thinking Regarding Leadership & High Performance Organizations | 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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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."

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