Communication often gets strained and confused when the sender and receiver make assumptions about what a word means. For example, what does opportunity mean?
Crisis. Fear. Challenge. Oh, my!
Doing the same things that got us here will not create a solution.
It’s time to do something different. But what?
The 2012 Summer Olympics are in full swing right now.
The Olympics relate with business in many ways, including leadership, goal setting, teamwork, motivation, diversity and much more.
Let’s explore …
Two sides… Two perceptions… Two truths? What were the INITIAL perceptions that created the recent tragedy in Florida with Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman?
Common Courtesy – seems to be a lost concept! What I understand as common seems to have become sporadic or rare. Have you experienced that?
Is competition required in today’s business environment or is it time to embrace collaboration? Competition is about winning by defeating someone else; collaboration is about working together to create something. Which are you engaged in daily? Which would you rather be engaged in?
Awareness is the start of change. You’ve heard that before. I agree that it is the start, however it take more than awareness to successfully and sustainably change.
Yesterday I had one of those moments in life that you know is a once in a life time opportunity. The Dalai Lama spoke in Memphis after receiving the International Freedom Award from the National Civil Rights Museum. I was blessed to be one of 1200 to hear him speak and was only about 12 rows back so I could actually see him clearly!
His message was about compassion – for ourselves, for others and for people who think differently from us. What impact would there be if we each adopted a mindset of compassion? Continue reading
Every year since 1998, Beloit College publishes a list of items which are the personal life experiences of the incoming freshman, most born in 1991.
As you read these few, consider what you used to think was a fact/truth verses what is now a new reality:
- Everyone has always known what the evening news was before the Evening News came on.
- They have always been able to read books on an electronic screen.
- The European Union has always existed. Continue reading
I was going to start breaking out the acronym of Mindset in this blog however the current news frenzy is too rich to pass up…
The most recent has to do with Dr. Gates, Harvard professor, being arrested for something… be it breaking in to his own home, being argumentative with police, or being profiled (I do not pretend to know what occurred).
What was apparent to me and some talk show guests I watched a couple days ago is that there were assumptions made regarding race, specifically black verses white and white verses black. Although the main players in this situation, Dr. Gates and the arresting police officer, are both educated and familiar with diversity and appropriate approaches to situations… the interpretation to date of the situation indicates that both reverted from their intellectual knowledge to cultural reactions.