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I continue to find education gaps as it relates to leadership, communication and human effectiveness education for both youth and adults alike.  For example, we are allow our children to check into online portals to get fast feedback on their ‘tests’ in some parts of the world, yet we may not teach the foundations of respectful debate and critical thinking for our youth and our adults.  Which is why I look forward to connect with Claire Flanagan and others thinking about Digital Literacy during #JiveWorld.  Last year Claire Flanagan shared an excellent use case which I found inspiring.

 

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Also, I have found the work of Dion Hinchcliffe useful to help people visual the pivot that has been taking place.  He states, “  The pace of advance today can seem overwhelming.”

 

Personally, I believe, a key thread that we must knit together as community facilitators is to invite individuals, teams, groups and organizations to look at our people, our processes and our technologies without judgment.  We must look at them at be open to throwing out the past and inviting in new futures with brand new approaches, models and methods so that we can navigate our journey.  I have found some people are reluctant to start over or re-invent within organizations.  Perhaps it is the "Tyranny of Transitions" as shared by Ian Gee.    Not sure, but what I do know is that talent will go to start ups and/or to a competitor in an effort to find a new environment that is more aligned with their preferred interaction style and culture.


Lastly, I was inspired to article by John Kotter around change leadership.  He states, “How does culture change? A powerful person at the top, or a large enough group from anywhere in the organization, decides the old ways are not working, figures out a change vision, starts acting differently, and enlists others to act differently.”

Several people have asked me how to blog and get a style, so this is a brief attempt to share a few thoughts around see one, do one, and be one.

 

• Consider reading and searching around the internet, on-line resources, books, magazines or libraries.  What I mean by that is: simply spend a few minutes reading content from industry experts, peers or your mentors.  This can give you context on styles you relate to and/or inspire you.

 

• Secondly.  Just do it.  Most organizations encourage learning. If you are reading this, you can look into wordpress to post a blog, so all you need to do is create a blog title, write down a paragraph, run spell check and post.  Don’t over think it.  Just do it.  Take a few moments to share something you have recently shared over the telephone with a family member, customer, business associate or partner and try to ‘capture it’ in words.  If you can’t do that.  Record yourself or ask someone else to do it.  Actually I find it is a good opportunity to self-reflect and learn about your communication in general if you listen to yourself speak or present.

 

• Seek peer input.  I often find that if I ask for feedback that I will get it.  What I mean, is be explicit with your friends, family, staff, peers or your management.  Ask them to carve out time to give you their candid feedback on what they would do if they were you, who influences their communication approaches and/or areas they see as ‘development opportunities’ for you to consider.

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