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Mindfulness is being present to oneself. Leading oneself is the Odyssey. Mindful Leadership is about: Being, Thinking, Doing & Not Doing.
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Stories as Truth Detectors

Stories as Truth Detectors | Mindfulness & The Mindful Leader | Scoop.it

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


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There is an ocean between saying and doing.

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Karen Dietz's comment, March 19, 2013 12:31 PM
Ken, send me a direct mail on twitter @kdietz and I'll reply with my email address. Thanks!
Ron McIntyre's curator insight, March 20, 2013 9:53 AM

Good reason to keep an achievement diary with facts, dates and participants within your career.

ozziegontang's curator insight, March 20, 2013 2:19 PM

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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Curiosity & Storytelling: Asking the Right Questions to Motivate, Manage & Lead

Curiosity & Storytelling: Asking the Right Questions to Motivate, Manage & Lead | Mindfulness & The Mindful Leader | Scoop.it
Great leaders are able to ask superior questions to achieve great results. If you have all the answers, new ideas & creative solutions may get lost.

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We are talking about being in the Learning Mode rather than the Knowing Mode.

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, March 18, 2013 1:36 PM

Author Claire Laughlin has hit the nail on the head -- curiosity will help you more in business than telling people what to do.


Sure, we all need to be directive at times. But most of the time -- particularly as we move from managing to leading -- it is less about being directive and more about sparking conversations.


In other words, as leaders we need to master asking for, listening to, and creating meaning from the stories of others. From there we can influence others by sharing stories in return.


Learning how to ask for, and listen to stories is critical. And this article helps us understand the role curiosity plays in this dynamic -- how to remain curious as a leader so the critical information we need is not blocked from us.


And how to support the curiosity in others so creativity, along with ideas/solutions/innovations, can flourish.


Go read the article. There is great wisdom here.


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

Renee Baribeau's curator insight, March 18, 2013 2:20 PM

It is all in the question.

Karen Dietz's comment, March 18, 2013 9:59 PM
So true Renee and I spend quite a bit of time with clients on the 'art of the question.'
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The Power of Reflection

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Tips on how to get more out of everyday life experience.
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Writing is Living Twice - Mary Gottschalk - Author

Writing is Living Twice - Mary Gottschalk - Author | Mindfulness & The Mindful Leader | Scoop.it

It’s linked, I think, to the benefits of journaling … that by writing, we can access the deeper meaning of the events and emotions that swirl around our lives. Sometimes, that deeper meaning comes through recollections or insights that emerge as you write.  Sometimes, it comes from examining the unspoken assumptions we’ve made or contradictions we’ve ignored.  Sometimes, it comes from letting our imagination run free, from exploring what could be or what might have been.

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No need to be redundant. Mary says it well.

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Beyond Why with Simon Sinek

Beyond Why with Simon Sinek | Mindfulness & The Mindful Leader | Scoop.it

This is 2nd revision of Ozzie's post  with both of us collaborating on making more complete.It is in form I will share with my members. Andy Bourey


For those who didn't make the Chair and member gathering here's a good summary of Simon's thinking beyond why. He shared the thoughts that will be in his new book out in Sept. 2013.


There is much to think about. He reflects some of Lee Thayer's seminal thinking around Communication.


In the spirit of Chair collegiality
Ozzie
Group Chairman. Vistage 29
San Diego CA
ozzie.gontang@vistage.com
Cell.  619-895-9273 


Excellent Blog by Terry Morawski

Beyond Why with Simon Sinek

Simon Sinek led Thursday morning’s programming at the Vistage Think Big Conference in Grapevine, Texas, with a base of pop science and a healthy dose of common sense leadership. Sinek, author of the book “Start with Why” and Ted sensation(he has the 7th most watched video ever on the popular site), has taken a departure from his original work. The high energy Englishman is working on a new book focusing on the chemicals he says drive human behavior. Sinek’s new book is out in September, but he remains mum on the title.


Sinek boiled it down quickly, saying “What does it require to be a leader? Followers.” In other words, every organization has leaders. Truly effective leaders are less common. His current work revolves around what makes leaders, and their organizations, exemplary. He says our natural desire to be inspired by our leaders and to work cooperatively is not often met in modern companies. Sinek painted a picture of employees who are so unsupported and worried about layoffs that they are ineffective at their basic job requirements.


So, what is Sinek’s recipe for human drive? In a Q&A segment, he joked he studied anthropology in college and has no other credentials. I trust he’s being a bit modest, but it’s a good joke. He credited four chemicals that rule our behavior:


Endorphins – the shot of energy we receive to complete physical tasks. He said the feeling during exercise is the closest comparison in the modern world. Endurance can be a valuable skill in the business world.


Dopamine – the pleasurable feeling when seeking and receiving rewards. Sinek credits this to early man’s hunt for food. In the modern world, Dopamine is released when we check our cellphone or email, make a sale, meet a goal, or even eat and drink. Although Dopamine can lead to risky behavior, it is present any time you receive an anticipated reward. He encouraged leaders to be careful about which behaviors are rewarded because you will end up with a significant amount of that behavior. This can be selfish and not always a good chemical.


Serotonin – the chemical behind pride. Sinek tells us workers want the same type of safety and support from their company which they get from their family. He challenged us, “Stop saying your company is like a family, it is a family.” This is a selfless- good chemical.


Oxytocin – this is responsible for our feelings of love and friendship. Sinek says we must approach work relationships, especially hiring, with the same type of measured, emotionally-driven decision processes. To simplify, he values an informal dinner meeting to get to know someone more than a number-crunched, surveyed, and achievement-oriented hiring process. This is about trust and honesty and are they a good fit for our family. Not about reliability.


Must have a purpose, belonging and protection and metrics to measure progress. Oxytocin is contagious: Treat your people well and they will treat each other well. Good leader is a good parent and trusted. Leadership has authority without context- Crew has context without authority. “I intend” is a great concept instead of permission or authority. Give responsibility together.


Ultimately, Sinek put together a convincing argument for not forgetting the humanity of your employees. Too often, he says, we get focused on numbers. People are hard-wired, physically and emotionally, to want to work toward collective goals which they believe in. Unfortunately, building and maintaining these dynamic, honest relationships with staff and customers is hard work and must be adopted at all levels.


Perhaps his speech was best encapsulated in an African proverb he quoted,

“To go fast, go alone. To go far, go together.”


Building a great company of people is about “Who Belongs” and “Peer Recogniton”


Cortisol is about Alert for danger. It is a bad chemical.  It causes stress and shuts down many things, including growth and immune system. Not belonging causes cortisol and shuts down Oxytocin, chemical of trust.


Sinek went on to say that if your employees children are failing, it could be your fault. Employees with cortisol can take it home and pass on to children. Employee surveys do not work. Do it personally!


To find out culture people look at the values. Personality traits that apply to all of them reflect the culture.

Posted by Terry Morawski on January 24, 2013.
Revised by Andy Bourey on February 10, 2013.

Tags: behavior, dopamine, Employee Happiness


Examples used by Simon of two companies whose leaders care and the ROI it creates:


Charlie Kim/Next Jump 

Barry Chapman/ Barry Wehmiller Cos. 

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Dan Pallotta: The way we think about charity is dead wrong | Video on TED.com

Activist and fundraiser Dan Pallotta calls out the double standard that drives our broken relationship to charities. Too many nonprofits, he says, are rewarded for how little they spend -- not for what they get done.
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How our thinking about non-profit charities creates a lot of actiities but limits the results of what non-profit could do if we changed our thinking

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Meditation Makes You More Liberal, Study Says

Meditation Makes You More Liberal, Study Says | Mindfulness & The Mindful Leader | Scoop.it
Until now, scientists have not explored the impact of meditation on that most un-meditative of all disciplines: politics.
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ozziegontang's curator insight, March 6, 2013 2:16 AM

Homo Sapiens Sapiens is able to step back and observe a thought or a feeling that he/she is having.  The concept of Two Arrows is that the first arrow is that thought or feeling that strikes us.  The second arrow is our reaction and response to the first arrow.  It is that second arrow that we have a choice in how we respond.


In some ways it is the ability of holding two different perspectives at the same time rather than choosing that one is right making the other wrong.


Rumi said it: Out beyond the ideas of rightdoing and the ideas of wrongdoing, there is a field.  I'll meet you there.


The Kalama Sutra talks about who do I believe.


Summed up with:


"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."

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Part 2: Peter Senge on contemplation and organzational wellbeing, Garrison Institute, July 2009

Part 2 of 2. Peter Senge speaks on his personal exposure and ongoing exploration of contemplation. He explains how meditation practice helps him find stabili...

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I have a cohort of friends who are truly collaborative.  We share and contribute and act as eyes for each other in areas that each is interested and passionate about and that overlap with mutual areas of interest.



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Annette Schmeling's curator insight, March 2, 2013 10:02 AM

Presence to ourselves and to one another emerges from contemplative practice and presence is the essence of organizational wellbeing. 

Randy Bauer's comment, April 17, 2013 12:33 AM
I like Your info +Ozzie Gontang Ph.D. will continue to keep an ear to the wall. thanks, +Randy Bauer
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Yes, You Can Learn to Sell -- moving people with biz storytelling

Yes, You Can Learn to Sell -- moving people with biz storytelling | Mindfulness & The Mindful Leader | Scoop.it
The skills of a great influencer are learned, not innate.

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ozziegontang's comment, February 21, 2013 5:18 PM
To alter a perception. An explanation masquerading as fact.
Karen Dietz's comment, February 21, 2013 8:01 PM
Fabulous comments Ozzie! The one about 'telling I can't sell' and being 'sold' on that made me smile :)
Ignacio Conejo Moreno's curator insight, February 22, 2013 7:25 AM

Debe ser cierto que hay personas "nacidas para vender", pero cualquiera puede ser un vendedor eficaz; nadie es "malo" de por sí en ningún area, todo se puede aprender, a lo mejor no se llega a ser un fuera de serie, pero la capacidad de aprendizaje siempre está ahí.

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Meet Author of The Mindful Leader, Michael Carroll

Author Michael Carroll discusses his book, "The Mindful Leader: Ten Principles for Bringing Out the Best in Ourselves and Others" as part of Northeastern Uni...

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As Annette Schmeling said: Mindful leadership is about being your authentic self. Carroll invites you to integrate your mindfulness practice into the workplace

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Engaging Students in a Habit of Gratitude | Faculty Focus

Engaging Students in a Habit of Gratitude | Faculty Focus | Mindfulness & The Mindful Leader | Scoop.it
Many labels have been applied to the current generation of college students, many of them disparaging: lazy, distracted, aimless, needy, greedy, and self-absorbed.

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Simon Sinek in his talk at the Vistage Conference THINK Big! gave the definition of a Leader: Someone who has followers.  The human species are herd/pack animals who euphemistically call ourselves "social animals." We forget that all of us on the big blue marble are formed from the same star dust. Our beliefs get in the way of the reality that we are in this together.

 

An attitude of gratitude and gratefulness is powerful because it releases the generosity chemical: oxytocin.  When you do some good for another, they get a shot of it, you get a shot of it and anyone watching gets a shot of oxytocin. It is contagious.  You saw it in the Liberty Insurance ad.

 

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If the leader takes care of his followers and demonstrates his concern for them and their humanity, people see the difference and want to participate in "that."

 

To see what we are up against watch Adam Curtis' 4 part BBC documentary on Century of the Self. http://archive.org/details/AdamCurtis-TheCenturyOfTheSelf ; Edward Bernays, the nephew of Sigmund Freud, is the father of Public Relations (decided he couldn't call it Council on Propaganda because of WWI)

 

Adam Curtis further examines in a 3 part BBC documentary The Trap http://archive.org/details/AdamCurtis_TheTrap how the influence of John Nash's Game Theory over 50+ years showed up in  the military,politics, psychiatry,  healthcare, and other institutions. It helps to know how this culture came about.

 

We are attempting to change a view of us social animals as suspicious, paranoid, self-seeking individuals. It is a perspective to see us in the world existing with common goals based on caring, self -sacrifice and altruism.

 

For me it is about using heart (concern for the herd) and brain (neocortex that wants to be able to explain our world) where we each look to make our unique contribution for the good of mankind. http://www.mindfulness.com/2012/10/29/the-many-paths-to-mindfulness/

 

It is with the heart that one sees rightly,

For what is essential is invisible to the eye.

                                The Little Prince.

 

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The Future of Storytelling Techniques

The Future of Storytelling Techniques | Mindfulness & The Mindful Leader | Scoop.it

"I am always interested in the science behind storytelling. What makes it such an effective part of our social being and communications?"


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Excellent video rescooped from Karen Dietz's site on Storytelling

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, January 22, 2013 8:25 PM

Lou Hoffman takes a look inside the science of storytelling. The video he mentions is worth viewing.

Jane Garcia's curator insight, January 22, 2013 10:19 PM

It stimulates my curiosity.

Karen Dietz's comment, January 25, 2013 6:17 PM
Thanks Jeff, Jane & Ozzie!
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Mindfulness: Awareness for Stress-Reduction | GradHacker

Mindfulness: Awareness for Stress-Reduction | GradHacker | Mindfulness & The Mindful Leader | Scoop.it
Mindfulness finds its roots in the East, as it is considered one of the seven factors of enlightenment in Buddhism. The idea was picked up in the West and introduced in modern clinical psychology and psychiatry in the 1970s, ...
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Mission & Vision › The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education ‹

Mission & Vision › The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education ‹ | Mindfulness & The Mindful Leader | Scoop.it

CCARE investigates methods for cultivating compassion and promoting altruism within individuals and society through rigorous research, scientific collaborations, and academic conferences. In addition, CCARE provides a compassion cultivation program and teacher training as well as educational public events and programs.


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As mentioned by Dennis O'Connor: The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education is a center for deep resources.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, March 20, 2013 12:01 AM

Stanford's center has deep resources! 

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Meditating Your Way To More Effective Leadership

Meditating Your Way To More Effective Leadership | Mindfulness & The Mindful Leader | Scoop.it

 

The Drucker School of Management and Wharton Business School both offer courses in mindfulness meditation. Virginia Tech is sponsoring "contemplative practices for a technological society," a conference for engineers who integrate contemplative disciplines into their work. Google offers courses in meditation and yoga

 

Aetna, Merck, General Mills--the list goes on--all are exploring how meditation can help their leaders and employees agilely thrive in today's fast-paced business environment. And the benefits are widely publicized: sustained attention span, improved multi-tasking abilities, strengthened immune system, increased emotional intelligence, improved listening skills...And there is science behind such claims.


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Jem Muldoon's curator insight, February 15, 2013 4:15 PM

When top business schools highlight the importance of mindfulness with courses for future leaders, we now have precedence for including it in educational leadership training.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 15, 2013 7:01 PM

I like the ideas that mindfulness is combined with Peter Drucker's work and that large companies are looking at meditation as something that will benefit employees.

Lauran Star's curator insight, March 19, 2013 11:43 AM

What really happens when we meditate? How can such a simple act of sitting still actually cultivate agile, talented leaders? Read this article to learn more.

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11 Quotes from Sir Richard Branson on Business, Leadership, and Passion - Forbes

11 Quotes from Sir Richard Branson on Business, Leadership, and Passion - Forbes | Mindfulness & The Mindful Leader | Scoop.it
Richard Barnson shares his common sense secrets of success.
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Ten Leadership Shifts that Change Everything

Ten Leadership Shifts that Change Everything | Mindfulness & The Mindful Leader | Scoop.it
Self-inflicted frustrations defeat when leaders won't adapt to new circumstances. Leaders want to change circumstances rather than changing themselves. Seizing opportunities requires shifts in thin...
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Visit the works of Lee Thayer,

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#justdivein (or why I use social media)

#justdivein (or why I use social media) | Mindfulness & The Mindful Leader | Scoop.it

I was invited by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities to write about why and how I use social media in my role as university president

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A thoughtful reflection from Angel Cabrera, the President of George Mason University on the use of Twitter.

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Leaders: Look Up and Engage with Mindfulness — Break The Frame

Leaders: Look Up and Engage with Mindfulness — Break The Frame | Mindfulness & The Mindful Leader | Scoop.it
Leadership mindfulness is cultivating an appreciation for the present moment and accepting it for what it is instead of longing for what’s missing.

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Annette Schmeling's curator insight, March 9, 2013 11:02 AM

Mindfulness keeps us psychologically balanced and protects from living a sterile, unrelated life and locked within the constraints of our history and our comfort zones. 

 

It is about choice and intention. 

Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, March 11, 2013 12:37 AM

This article was recommended by Ozzie Gontang and Annette Schmeling.

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The Quiet Power of Introverts | Executive Street

The Quiet Power of Introverts | Executive Street | Mindfulness & The Mindful Leader | 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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ozziegontang's curator insight, March 6, 2013 1:44 AM

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."

Dwight Frindt's comment, May 8, 2013 6:34 PM
Thank you for the kind words of support and for sharing this blog post. Much appreciated!
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The Space Between Self-Esteem and Self Compassion: Kristin Neff at TEDxCentennialParkWomen

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TED...

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Annette Schmeling's curator insight, February 24, 2013 11:21 AM

Your specialness is in being absolutely ordinary. We don't always see that our strong opinions, needs, preferences and demands lead us to self-indulgence. Mindfulness enables us to live in the present moment and to discover our nature to be compassionate. 

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6 Qualities In a Leadership Role Model

6 Qualities In a Leadership Role Model | Mindfulness & The Mindful Leader | Scoop.it
Leadership requires awareness, empathy and foresight – and more. Here are six qualities that you should find in a leadership role model.
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Robert Greenleaf modeled, spoke and wrote about Servant Leadership.  You might be interested in Tony Baron's The Art of Servant Leadership. and The Servant Leadership Institute in Vista, California

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In Story Selling | Cut the Clutter and Tell a Great Story

In Story Selling | Cut the Clutter and Tell a Great Story | Mindfulness & The Mindful Leader | Scoop.it

"From annoying pop-up ads to often completely irrelevant video pre-rolls, the clutter is causing consumers’ “BS meters,” as digital rock star Gary Vaynerchuk has called them, to become more sensitive and accurate than ever before."

 

"So while the speed of technology is increasing, it’s interesting to note that one of the hottest trends in online marketing might just be the age-old art of story-telling."

 

"What does this mean? To cut through the clutter, businesses need to stop annoying, and start telling stories." - Lisa Ostrikoff


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Ken Jondahl's curator insight, February 14, 2013 8:46 AM

The article focuses mostly on the visual marketing via web/ads/etc and is dead on in the conclusions. However, think about your sales people.

 

Are they really prepared to go out and have conversations with customers which include great stories around your company, the people and how you help customers?

 

If not, the next time an annoying pop up ad hits you in the face. Think about how your customers feel when your sales person visits and goes on and on about the product features and benefits.

 

It is not about it, it is all about how it is used. In sales we need to get to the point and tell a great story around the product usage.

Karen Dietz's curator insight, February 14, 2013 10:04 PM

Ken Jondahl's review below says it all. Whenver I see a cluttered website I know people are lacking storytelling skills. Novice storytellers always add too much detail.


So if your website is too cluttered, it can't tell a great story. So polish your storytelling skills and upgrade your website. It's essential to gain business growth.


After the article makes this main point, the rest we already know. And yet they are good reminders for us. And I like the quotes.


Thanks for finding and sharing the article Ken!

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Hey Leaders! Listening Isn't Easy, But It's Essential - Information Management (blog)

Hey Leaders! Listening Isn't Easy, But It's Essential - Information Management (blog) | Mindfulness & The Mindful Leader | Scoop.it
Hey Leaders! Listening Isn't Easy, But It's Essential Information Management (blog) However, in working with leaders at all levels striving to strengthen their performance, listening skills aren't an issue some of the time; they are an issue nearly...

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, February 13, 2013 7:26 AM

From the article:

 

A Warm-Up Exercise for Your Listening Skills

Find a friend and try the following activity:

Conduct a conversation where the only rule is that you and your communication partner must begin each sentence with the last word of your partner’s sentence.

 

Let this run for about three minutes or, until one of you bursts into laughter with some of the resultant silly sentences.

 

 

The payoff from this simple “active listening” activity courtesy of Val and Sarah Gee writing in “Business Improv” (check out my Leadership Caffeine podcast with the authors) is to remind you how difficult it is to stay in the moment and remain focused on the words of your colleague. It takes deliberate effort to silence the symphony (or cacophony) in your mind.

 

 

While you might drive everyone nuts if you practice this technique without them knowing the rules, let the activity serve as a reminder of your obligation to listen harder and seek to understand.

Karen Dietz's comment, February 14, 2013 8:07 AM
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Renee Stuart's curator insight, February 14, 2013 10:30 PM

Are you just hearing others or truly listening to others?

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Mindfulness Training and the Compassionate Brain

Mindfulness Training and the Compassionate Brain | Mindfulness & The Mindful Leader | Scoop.it
Meditation cultivates concentration, empathy, and insight at a neural level.
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In his  PT blog: The Athlete's Way, Christopher Bergland brings together what we have learned so far through neuroscience research regarding the impact of two forms of mediation:  Mindfulness focusing on mindful attention and non judgmentaal awareness; and compassion meditation designed to enhance feelings of compassion.

 

Again it is about the practice.

 

 

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