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Lee Thayer has been one of the seminal thinkers in the area of communication.
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Neuroscience needs its Einstein

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New mapping studies won't help us understand the brain-mind connection until we start thinking differently
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In his answers neurologist Robert Burton reflects the thinking of Lee Thayer about thinking differently. Burton shares: "I prefer...questions to answers. I prefer ambiguity, mystery and awe to bottom-line explanations.  ...I recognize and often rejoice in the absurdity of human condition, and wouldn't want it any other way. If scients arrived at a final theory of everything. I would try not to read it."


Reflected in the thinking of Buddha we hear the same thing:


The Kalama Sutra

The Kalama Surta is the Buddha’s reply to a group of townspeople of Kalama. They asked Buddha who were they to believe of all the ascetics, sages, holy ones and teachers They came through their town confusing them with their contradictory truths, teachings, beliefs, and one true way. Thanissaro Bhikkhu translation of the Kalama Sutra: To the Kalamas from the Pali is a good read.


• Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it,
• Nor traditions because they are old and have been handed down from generation to generation and in many locations,
• Nor in rumor because it has been spoken by many,
• Nor in writings by sages because sages wrote them,
• Nor in one’s own fancies, thinking that it is such an extraordinary thought, it must have been inspired by a god or higher power,
• Nor in inferences drawn from some haphazard assumption made by us,
• Nor in what seems to be of necessity by analogy,
• Nor in anything merely because it is based on the authority of our teachers, masters, and elders.


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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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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How Reframing A Problem Unlocks Innovation

How Reframing A Problem Unlocks Innovation | Lee Thayer: His Thinking Regarding Leadership & High Performance Organizations | Scoop.it

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.

ozziegontang's insight:

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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Jennifer Sertl: [video] Bringing Business and Innovation Together (Part 1) - rdigitalife

Jennifer Sertl: [video] Bringing Business and Innovation Together (Part 1) - rdigitalife | Lee Thayer: His Thinking Regarding Leadership & High Performance Organizations | Scoop.it
Jennifer Sertl is a thought leader in the emerging field of corporate consciousness - the convergence of neuroscience and existential philosophy fostering inspiration and subsequently…
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The derivation of corporation is from the Latin 'corpus': body. When we have friends and guests over to our homes we say: We're having company over. 


Susan Scott when writing Fierce Conversations was given the suggestion of writing a book about conversations at work and another one on conversations outside of work. Her answer was a question: When you squeeze an orange at work or at home what do you get?


Jennifer Sertl reminds us that we create our world and then our world creates us. In the process, she reminds us that our thinking and the recognition of our humanity and all that encompasses are the foundation upon which we build our futures. The task of business is to maintain this awareness of its human foundation. It is keeping the heart, the soul, our human consciousness in corporate life.


In a body all our organs from skin to brain, heart, and lungs each have their important role to play for that body to function well. Every role in a corporation has an important role to play for that corporation to function well.


If we treat our visiting guests and relatives as company; how does it benefit a company to treat its employees as family?


A person imagines what is possible. We call that a Vision. When that Vision is strong enough it inspires the person who had it to share. When it gains enought energy, its numinosity is so overpowering that now the Vision has the leader and her followers. 


The work is around creating alignment  between corporations and the people in them. A consciousness that body, mind, and spirit are unified and one.


Our thinking has been able to separate the parts to better understand the human condition. Now the realization is that the separation was an abstraction and being human is not.

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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. .

ozziegontang's insight:

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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7 Ways Transformational Leaders Are Different | workplace MOJO

7 Ways Transformational Leaders Are Different | workplace MOJO | Lee Thayer: His Thinking Regarding Leadership & High Performance Organizations | Scoop.it
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Thanks to fellow Mark Taylor for sharing this Scoop.


You will find Lee's book: Leadership Virtuosity a great read as he shares the
"building blocks for becoming a virtuoso leader." 


The "Lucky Leader

The "Good" Leader

The Real-World Leader

The Imaginative Leader

The Trustworthy Leader

The Triangulating Leader

The Articulate Leader

The Responsible Leader

The Defining Leader

The Caring Leader

The Accomplishment-Minded Leader

The Learning Leader

The Seductive Leader

The Intolerant Leader

The Potent Leader

The Omnpresent Leader

The Frugal Leader

The Strategic Leader

The Passionate Leader

The Performing Leader




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Stories as Truth Detectors

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"Using stories to catch 'smart talk' from the Zahmoo blog


Via Karen Dietz
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Curt Einstein would put it:  Tell me what you did and how you did it from A to Z.  If they couldn't tell the story of how it happened, then they may have been the boss but they didn't do it.


Lee Thayer's:  The measure of performance is performance tells what one has done in order to do what needed doing to accomplish the required results.  It's about results, not activities.

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Ken, send me a direct mail on twitter @kdietz and I'll reply with my email address. Thanks!
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Good reason to keep an achievement diary with facts, dates and participants within your career.

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There is an ocean between saying and doing.

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The New Rules of Leadership - Forbes

The New Rules of Leadership - Forbes | Lee Thayer: His Thinking Regarding Leadership & High Performance Organizations | Scoop.it
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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The Leader's Journey with Lee Thayer

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Now you can let Lee Thayer rattle your cage about your leadership skills, business performance, management ideas, and more, whenever you choose.
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This is the Blog that started as the leader's Journey.  As always, some thought provoking dialogue and questions.

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Leadership: Thinking, Being, Doing (New and Revised Edition), by Lee Thayer

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This is Lee's first book that was 20 or more years in the making.  I was privileged to see several earlier editions. In my mind each edition could have been another book in itself.  Leadership: Thinking, Being, Doing is truly a book that assists one in working on their thinking processes.


Questions open one to the world. Answers close one off from being in he learning mode.

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The Wisdom of the Sands (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)

For an analysis of Antoine de Saint-Exupery's philosophy & insights regarding meaning and significance, see: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1557535612/ref=...
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This is one of Lee's recommended books on Leadership. 

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(#3) Explantions and Expectations

This is the third and final talk on Lee Thayer's chapter "Explanation as Motive," from his book Piece. cf. http://www.amazon.com/Pieces-Revisioning-Communica...
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It is easier to be average than to work at becoming a high performer is one's life and in all that one does.  That is a life work living.  It is about being better tomorrow that I am today.  It is a life long process that challenges me to mindful, aware, and awake and living my life intentionally.

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Dr. Lee Thayer and Chris Comeaux discussing Hospice Executive ...

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Dr. Lee Thayer | Author & Leadership Guru | The Leader's Journey My goal is to share that experience and "rattle cages" -- to help committed CEOs and other top executives transform themselves into leaders and their ...
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Working with Mindfulness webinar with IMD Professor George Kohlrieser and Google's Mirabai Bush

Mirabai Bush, a key adviser to Google's Search Inside Yourself curriculum, explores the role of mindfulness in negotiations with George Kohlrieser, an organizational psychologist and hostage negotiator.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GOdnlVV_5Co

A nice dialogue looking at the power of mindfulness.


James Newton shared with me and a group of Vistage Chairs a number of years ago: Be a non-anxious presence in a anxious world.  George addresses the use of mindfulness in extremely high stress situations.


His perspective of managing my own "mind's eye" allows me to have choice of not being a hostage even with a gun to my head. Even without imminent threat of death I do not have to be a hostage to a relationship, a situation or hosage to myself with my own negative thoughts and feelings. High performance leadership is about managing my own internal states and not being a hostage.


Lee Thayer's thoughts reflect that: Leaders are virtuoso question-askers because they care and use their questions to open themselves and others to new perspectives, alternatives and insights.


Mindfulness in this role of leader influences others because it creates openness to what is possible.  I am back to that statement that my daughters were raised on: If you want to know the future create it.


We know that fear shuts down creativity and innovation. Being awake, aware and mindful allows me to be present and live my life intentionally and open to new possibilities.


We are back to the foundation of Mindfulness: Practice.  Gratitude, appreciation and being in the moment  allows me to change my state of mind; body, thoughts, and emotions.    


At any moment what I do have is: Choice.  


Mindful and being present are a breath away.  It is and will always be about: practice.

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What great coaches do -- and leaders should, too

What great coaches do -- and leaders should, too | Lee Thayer: His Thinking Regarding Leadership & High Performance Organizations | Scoop.it
Doing some post-game analysis of everything that goes right -- and wrong -- can help your team win
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Becoming more competent is making sure that no matter the situation one is always prepared because nothing is left to chance or luck.  Competition and competent come from the Latin derivation "cum peto" that is "to seek with." When I am competing with you I like you want to know who is the best.  In a sporting event is is who is best today at this moment in this event we have just competed in.  I help you by doing my best. And my best may be what inspires you and drives you to better me that day.


When I coast on my past laurels know I can only coast when I am going downhill.


Accountability means if we accomplish what we have set out to do we will celebrate.  If we have failed, it is making sure that it will not happen again.

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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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Your Reputation Will Be the Currency of the Future: Scientific American

In The Nature Of The Future: Dispatches From The Socialstructed World , Marina Gorbis argues that as more and more of our activities are quantified online, our actions could become a new currency.


Maybe in some ways they already are.

ozziegontang's insight:

Thanks to dear friend and former outstanding Vistage Chair Jennifer Sert @Agility3Rl for sharing this article.


Suzanne Livingston's work with Vistage Chairs and other facilitators of C-Level groups focuses on "Unique Contribution."  What is it that I or you bring that is unique from all others based on how we think, who we are, what we do and all aspects of our lives summarized under culture and life experience.


When it comes  to reputation, it will be demonstrated and observed through our performance.  Our level of competence. Being in the learning mode, that is life long learner over the knowing mode.


As social/herd/pack animals what has been my/our contribution to the improvement of the human experience in our work, in our community, and in our contribution to fellow man?


Lee shares:


"A person’s reputation influences how others relate to and interpret that person. We are not privy to the processes by which others create us in their reality. This process of constructing social reality goes on around us interminably. People create the meanings of things (and of other people) in their talk about them."

 

"If you want to participate in the worlds thus constructed, you have to acquiesce to the realities that people construct for their minding of the world. We are born into influence. We have to live in influence, whatever direction it takes. We can participate in it consciously or not. But we cannot stop it. We cannot unilaterally control it. We may try to influence the worlds of others. But ultimately your reputation does not belong to you. It belongs to those who construct it in their talk about you."

 

"You are who you are primarily because that’s the way people see you. In the same way, the world is what it is because that’s the way we have been influenced to see it."

 

Thayer, Lee  (2010-09-22). Leaders and Leadership: Searching for Wisdom in All the Right Places (Kindle Locations 6444-6459). Xlibris. Kindle Edition.


You may want to go to Youtube and watch Dan Ariely on: The Cost of Social Norms  The social norm is based on relationships and trust.

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Mindfulness: Healthy Habits Healthy World

Mindfulness: Healthy Habits Healthy World | Lee Thayer: His Thinking Regarding Leadership & High Performance Organizations | Scoop.it
  It is always a matter of perception.


Healthy Habits   /  Healthy World

                        or

Heal Thy Habits /  Heal Thy World

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The way I think creates the habits that create who I am and what I do.


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Three Rules for Making a Company Truly Great - Harvard Business Review

Three Rules for Making a Company Truly Great - Harvard Business Review | Lee Thayer: His Thinking Regarding Leadership & High Performance Organizations | Scoop.it

Frustrated by the lack of rigorous research, we undertook a statistical study of thousands of companies, and eventually identified several hundred among them that have done well enough for a long enough period of time to qualify as truly exceptional. Then we discovered something startling: The many and diverse choices that made certain companies great were consistent with just three seemingly elementary rules:

1. Better before cheaper—in other words, compete on differentiators other than price.

2. Revenue before cost—that is, prioritize increasing revenue over reducing costs.

3. There are no other rules—so change anything you must to follow Rules 1 and 2.

The rules don’t dictate specific behaviors; nor are they even general strategies. They’re foundational concepts on which companies have built greatness over many years.

ozziegontang's insight:

Saw this recent article scooped by Fellow Vistage Chair, Mark Taylor, in Tribal Leadership Because Culture Matters.


I am appreciative of Michael and Mumtaz's work and continuing a dialogue. Definitely food for thought.  The subtitle of their book says it all for me: How  Exceptional Companies Think.

The way I think creates who I am. Who I am creates what I do. And you can measure what I do by the results I achieve.  So exceptional corporations (corpus-body) are alive and adapting. The focus is on competence - doing what needs to be done to accomplish what needs to be accomplished - measured by results.

For whatever reasons we give, Michael and Mumtaz have shown that according to their analysis  there are Miracle Workers, Long Runners, and Average Joes. I am reminded by the words of my mentor, Lee Thayer: The measure of performance is: Performance.

On the wall behind the reception area of a Wallenberg family company is emblazoned: Act from the Future.  They've been around for awhile.

Somehow it is the thinking of those companies that have sustained their performance for such an extended period of time.

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ozziegontang's comment, April 8, 2013 9:41 PM
If you are interested in challenging yourself and becoming more competent in your own thinking you might want to read Thayer's book: Leadership: Thinking, Being, Doing. It will whet your appetite for his other writings.

One of his quotes:
"The future we can't imagine, we can't have. Great organizations evolve from imagination before they can evolve from any facts created out of imagination."
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Lee Thayer on Leadership

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Say does not equal do. Thayer says: You eliminate the problem before it occurs. This is related to the old adage that the best time to fire someone is before you hire them. The antidote to onerous problems is competence in every role.
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Phil Hauck's TEC Blog: Lee Thayer on High Performance Leadership

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Excellent summary by TEC Chair Phil Hauck

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Bio - Rory Kennedy

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A short summary of Lee and the impact he has had over the past 50 years in the humanities, philosophy, psychology, behavioral and social sciences, healthcare, and business.

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Lee Thayer

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© Lee Thayer and Figure/Ground Communication Dr. Thayer was interviewed by Laureano Ralon on August 24th, 2010. Lee Thayer’s career as a pioneer and influential innovator in the design and developm...
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A short interview of Lee Thayer by Laureano Ralon of Lee in 2010.

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(#2) Examples of Explanation as Motive (Lee Thayer)

The is the second part of three videos on Lee Thayer's chapter Explanation as Motive, from his book Pieces. cf/ http://www.amazon.com/Pieces-Revisioning-Comm...
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High Performers make it necessary and possible to do what needs to be done to accomplish what needs to be accomplished in order for them to perform in a extremely competent manner.  They learn by being prepared for what might occur to stop them and plan accordingly so that it would not be an obstacle that would stop them from what they set out to do.


There are no explanations or excuses. 

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(#1) Explanation as Motive (Lee Thayer)

This is the first talk in a three video series regarding Lee Thayer's chapter, Explanation as Motive from his book; Pieces. Cf. http://www.amazon.com/Pieces-...
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To the question: Why do people do what they do?  The answer is: They do what they do because they can.  If they can't do it they won't. If they don't know how to do it they don't.


In other instances explanations masquarade as fact.   Especially if I didn't do something I said I was going to do.


Yoda says it.  Do or do not.  There is no try.


For people working on becoming competent the measure of their performance is their performance. There are no excuses or explanations. 


There are no excuses or explanations.  They do what needs to be done to accomplish what they have set out to accomplish.  They are the McGivers of the world. Lee uses the term: Bricoleur.  Someone who uses what he/she has at hand to do what needs to be done.


It is about a lifetime of living in the "Learning Mode."

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