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

First Lead Yourself Part 3 - What's an "A"?

Posted by Bruce Peters

Early in the first session of the Facilitative Leadership Program (FLP) I show a YouTube video of the composer Benjamin Zander. In the video, Zander describes his teaching philosophy.

Zander is an accomplished conductor who has also written  The Art of Possibilities, a book about transforming your professional and personal life through changing the way you see the world. The Art of Possibilities has attained readership beyond musical circles and is known worldwide to business leaders. 
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Topics: FLP

First Lead Yourself Part 2 - Any Questions?

Posted by Bruce Peters

 

How Come Every Time I Get Stabbed In the Back, My Fingerprints Are on the Knife,  by Jerry Harvey, is without doubt, my favorite book title of all time. The book is a series of Harvey’s essays on how we collude in the outcomes in our personal and professional lives through the choices we make. At the core, his message is all about taking responsibility for the consequences of those choices.

After his passing, I wrote a eulogy about Professor Harvey. He is best known for his book and a concept detailed within the book; Abilene Paradox. However, my favorite of Harvey’s essays, is where he describes his concept of “non-teaching.”

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Topics: FLP

First, Lead Yourself

Posted by Bruce Peters

While discussing the link between initiative and leadership, a female executive (MJ) in her early thirties and new to her managerial position asked (challenged rather),

“What would you do if you had this really great idea to improve our team efficiency, and your boss rejected your idea?”

Finding the Answer


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Topics: FLP

What Happens When You Get What You Want? Or, Success Beyond Success!

Posted by Bruce Peters

Think of a class you’ve wanted to take. Tuition is paid, supplies purchased. You enter the room on the first day. The professor hands out a syllabus listing everything you need to do to earn an "A" in the class. The measurements of success are defined for you.

Predictable.

 

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Topics: FLP, Third Act

Who's responsible for making your work life engaging?

Posted by Bruce Peters

In our Facilitative Leadership Program (FLP), we spend a great deal of time discussing roles and role descriptions. We believe that the purpose of Role Description is to learn how to perform the role better today than yesterday, on your way to the goal of becoming not only competent, but a virtuoso, in the role you play.

There are many facets to becoming a virtuoso in your role. Arguably, the most important is passion and purpose for your role, team, and company. Passion and purpose, or lack thereof, manifests itself in how engaged a person is in their job.

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Topics: FLP

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