Jump-Starting Rochester/America: New Narrative PART 4

Posted by Bruce Peters

Jump-Starting America” by MIT Professors Gruber and Johnson beknighted my home community Rochester, NY as having the #1 potential to be a “technology/innovation hub. Pre Covid I wrote about how serendipity and, perhaps synchronicity, of a chance encounter with one of the authors lead to the creation of “Jump-Starting Rochester” (JSR). JSR formed as a fledgling grassroots movement with the mission of supporting the realization of that potential. (links below)

 What emerged early on from the book was the possibility, indeed, the necessity for a “New Narrative” for our community. In my previous posts (Part I and Part 2) detailing some thoughts about my own vision for our community. Two PARTS turned into Part 3 and now Part 4. Can they be fashioned into “One”? 

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Topics: Beyond Teal, teal, jump-starting Rochester

“Delivering Happiness: One Collision at a Time”

Posted by Bruce Peters

I am sitting in my office….the phone rings. This was back in the day not so long ago (pre robo calling), when I actually answered the phone. The call was from an unknown area code which served to provoke my curiosity.

I answered and a “collision emanating sparks” began.

“Are you Bruce Peters the host of wceohq-radio.org “First Fridays” program”

“Yes, I am. Who are you? Why do you ask? Why are you calling?

“I’m Trish the VP of Marketing for “Zappos Insights” I want to talk to you about your “First Friday’s” show.

“Why is that?”

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Topics: Beyond Teal, teal

Take Care and Respect

Posted by Bruce Peters

Tom Friedman in recent NYT piece, suggests an idea for Joe Biden’s bumper sticker:

7/1/2020 Opinion | This Should Be Biden’s Bumper Sticker — The New York Times

I have a better idea for Biden’s bumper sticker, actually for all. As I think about what kind of president America needs, the slogan that comes to mind was suggested by the environmental innovator Hal Harvey. Harvey didn’t know he was suggesting it; he just happened to sign off a recent email to me by writing:

"Respect science, respect nature, respect each other"

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Topics: Beyond Teal, teal

Visionary's Paradox Handbook

Posted by Bruce Peters

Many years ago I read Watts Wacker’s and Jim Taylor’s “The Visionary’s Handbook”. Among the benefits of Covid is a revisiting of the book’s lining the various shelves in my workspace. The concepts explored in the book written near twenty years ago is, if possible, even more relevant today. 

There are “Nine Paradoxes That Will Shape The Future of Your Business”. 

Each paradox stands on its own, but in combination are powerful reminders about the questions and the answers that will shape our times. My preference in writing has been to ask questions that provoke rather than provide answers. This book is all about questions stimulated by the paradoxes, and more than satisfies my preference. 

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Topics: Beyond Teal, teal

Is Purpose Overrated?

Posted by Bruce Peters

Whenever an idea or concept becomes “conventional” it triggers in me an almost visceral reaction. Perhaps it’s Lee Thayer, a mentor who recently passed, that reminds “conventional thinking leads to conventional results”? Or, is it Joseph Campbell’s “the hero’s path is not on the path”? Or it is just in my nature to be contrarian and suspect of ideas or concepts in vogue. The call to finding your purpose, or your why, has become “conventional”. 

It seems like the whole advice giving world is on the “purpose” kick! Even Covid, protests, and daily Trump nonsense doesn’t get in the way. It’s as if we convince ourselves if I can find my purpose, all will be well, nirvana. 

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Topics: Beyond Teal, teal

Conventional Wisdom-Non Conventional Man

Posted by Bruce Peters

Hardly a day, or for that matter an hour in a day, goes by without a quote from Lee Thayer, or LT as I refer to him, popping into my head. For those that don’t know, he was a giant in the genre of “leadership”.

Today I learned that over the weekend Lee had passed.

 

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Topics: FLP, Beyond Teal, teal, lee thayer

“The Pursuit Of Loneliness” or Déjà Vu-Part II

Posted by Bruce Peters

Yesterday I wrote about Minneapolis/Louisville current events as launching personal flashbacks to the sixties. Despite some effort to avoid the news, video images and continuous commentating it all drew me in. In reality paying attention for me, is like an addiction.

First, as reminded by friends, colleagues, and family there have been some positive changes these past almost sixty years. Even many of the expert commentators acknowledge.

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Topics: FLP, Beyond Teal, teal

déjà vu all over again

Posted by Bruce Peters

Last evening concluding another lengthy day of remote connection with clients, family and friends prior to shutting down I clicked on the news. Some mistakes you know instantly! Time, present, past and future all folded into now. The mistake revealed itself on the screen in the vision of the flames leaping from the police station in Minneapolis. I was drawn in, mesmerized, hooked to the screen until early this morning. 

It has been said that “the more things change the more they stay the same.” 

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Topics: FLP, Beyond Teal, teal

Where there's a Will there's a Way

Posted by Bruce Peters

In this morning’s inbox there were many versions of the Guidelines for reopening. Reopening is now front and center. It also exposes, like most everything in these times, political divisions. There has been a lot of quibbling about the details, enough or not enough, etc. The Guidelines below from Act Rochester suffices as a reasonable summary.

 

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Topics: FLP, Beyond Teal, teal

The Choice...Questions only

Posted by Bruce Peters

I’ve been railing periodically about the abundance of advice flooding my inbox. This seems to have stimulated my contrarian curmudgeon persona to allow only questions and question askers to enter.

One of these question askers enters by way of The Choice: Embrace the Possible, a memoir of and by Dr. Edith Eva Eger. She tells her story and details her choices as a WWII concentration camp survivor. Her post war experience, intersecting path with Viktor Frankl, her practice as a professional counselor and her own life choices led her to asking the questions below. Her thinking building on Frankl’s Man’s Search For Meaning focus on the responsibility of each of us for our choices asks:

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Topics: FLP, Beyond Teal, teal

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