I wrote on my blog yesterday about Mindfulness and Who Do I Believe. The picture I use is the statement: Follow your heart but bring your brain along.
This research reminds us also that use your brain and take into account your feelings and emotions.
The truth is that we are storytellers. And if the story I tell resonates with you, you buy in because you see yourself as a active participant in creating something you see as of benefit to you and a place where your contribution plays a part in that story.
It is interesting, the article quotes: The best leaders, it seems, are good at motivating people with things like encouragement, praise and rewards—thereby creating a strong emotional bond and sense of purpose among employees.
A motive is a goal or object of one's actions. In reality I can't motivate you to become a concert pianist or an NFL or NBA pro or a US Senator let along be the most competent person in your field of endeavor. Maybe it would be better to say that leaders' stories attract people to want to be part of bringing that story to fruition and to enrich the quality of their lives.
Behavioral economics talks about the emotional portion of the decisions and choices we make. Often unknowingly.
We are finding some wonderful things out about the brain and how it functions. At the same time we are herd/pack animals that euphemistically call ourselves social animals.
So with all we are learning what difference is it making for the betterment of the world.
While we hear all these wonderful ideas, theories, reasons, and explanations of what we are learning from the brain and what it means, I am left with the thoughts Carl Sagan's shared:
“Science is a way of thinking, skeptically interrogating the universe with a fine understanding of human fallibility.”
“If we are not able to ask skeptical questions and to interrogate those who tell us that something is truth; to be skeptical of those in authority then we’re up for grabs for the next charlatan, political, or religious that comes ambling along …”
Sagan mentioned Jefferson who said that we the people have to educate ourselves and need to practice our education and our skepticism.
Or reflecting on the words of Buddha to the people of Kalama:
Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.
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.
In this era of sound bites, talking heads, and experts, are we thinking about what needs thinking about?
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No one in my life has taught me more about the world, about people and about success than my parents did. But Chris Argyris, renowned in business education as a leading professor at Harvard, comes close.
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. ...
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.
What has always been interesting for me regarding the walls that I build is are they keeping me in or are they keeping me out. ...
The videos by Cleveland Clinic on Empathy, on Vulnerability by Brene Brown, and Pema Chodron on Living from the Heart and being vulnerabile share perspectives about how I confine myself by my self-limiting beliefs often call walls or barriers.
What motivates us to work? Contrary to conventional wisdom, it isn't just money. But it's not exactly joy either. It seems that most of us thrive by making constant progress and feeling a sense of purpose.
Why do many of our attempts to address the challenges of our times fail? This article presents the view that two leaders in the same environment acting in the same way can bring about completely different outcomes depending on the inner place from which each operates. We know very little about this inner dimension and this lack of knowledge constitutes a blind spot in our approach to leadership and management. This article sheds light on the inner dimension of leadership and presents seven leadership capacities to develop in order to become a more effective leader. Profound change today not only requires a shift of the mind, it requires a shift of the will and a shift of the heart.
Psychologist Dorothy Mitchell shared a small bright yellow card that resides on hundreds and hundreds of bathroom and bedroom mirrors around the world stating: You are looking at the face of the person who is responsible for your happiness. For Lee Thayer: If it's to be it's up to me. The first person to lead is myself.
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.
Recently, I wrote about the issue of leadership, accountability and the case of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. I argued that leaders are responsible for creating organizational cultures; and, regardless of whether Chris Christie, Jamie Dimon or Barack Obama are knowledgeable about the things going on under their watches, each [...]
There is a world of difference between what I say and what I do. Am I talking about it or...Doing it. A reminder that practice doesn't make perfect, it makes permanent. So I need to be careful as to what my practice is. ozzie Mindfulness.com
Running is more than a good way to get in shape. Lace up and reap the many benefits of running today.
Just a reminder ofthe benefits of running. Research is showing more and more clearly the relationship of exercise and its impact of brain function. Mens sana in corpore sano (Healthy/Sound mind in a healthy body)
It all starts with leading myself and instrumenting myself: focusing on my behavior and habits; understanding what I will stand for and not stand for, better known as Values; investing in learning what I need to know; not allowing people to default themselves, and making possible what is necessary.
The real strategy is seeing myself and working on myself as the strategy. The strategy is not out there it is within. As Lee Thayerreminds us over and over: The leader doesn't have the vision; the leader is had by the vision.
Historically, the majority of stressors facing humans were physical (lions and tigers and bears, oh my!), requiring, in turn, a physical response. "We are not particularly splendid physical creatures," says David Spiegel, M.D., director of the Center on Stress and Health at Stanford School of Medicine, who explains that plenty of other animals can outrun us, overpower us, out-see us, out-smell us. "The only thing that has allowed us to explore the planet is the fact that we can respond effectively to threats."
A tip of the hat to Scott Adams for the Dilbert Comic Strip 2013-06-13
Lee has been adding the contact for over 40 years. Check out my Pinterest board on Lee Thayer On Leadershipespecially @BrianNarelle did a cartoon capture of Lee's Presentation here in San Diego a number of years ago. We forget that knowing and doing are worlds apart. You might want to start with: Leadership: Thinking, Being, Doing and progress through his 9 or 10 other thought prodding and provoking books by Lee. In the works: Mental Hygiene.
My thinking influences who I am and who I am impacts what I do and the habits I create.
Check out this piece I wrote on the Kalama Sutra about who to believe.