I will get to working out loud, but first some context setting. I went to Australia recently. Nothing particularly strange occurred, and Australia has a 90% overlap with my own life in Canada (and the one I had in UK). … Continue reading As Context Changes, So Does, Well, Everything. #WOLWeek
You may have read this week about the saddening / maddening murder of a soldier here in Canada keeping guard at the Cenotaph in Ottawa. His name was Corporal Nathan Cirillo. Today, I listened to a first hand account from someone … Continue reading You Are Loved. You Are Good. You Are Brave.
John Stepper is preparing his e-book for publication on the topic of working out loud. John’s approach is nurturing and community-led. It has network theory at its heart, it is a transformative experience of turning inside-out the norms of (knowledge) … Continue reading Is It Time For Some Crazed Magic In Your Work Life? Let’s Work Out Loud Again #WOL
Reading an old copy of Daniel Pink’s A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future, looking for ideas on how cognitive science is liberating the workforce, I liked an idea he had of how to put into practice whole … Continue reading 6 Links Of Separation: A Learning Experiment
According to Shots of Awe, “the Instagram generation experiences the present as an anticipated memory.” We actively design what that later memory will be like. We all become artists / architects – we are building our memorial maps. Is it … Continue reading Experiencing The Present As An Anticipated Memory
This is a 2-minute read. Medium blog reads are augmented by a x-minute length byline. It had better be a good ‘un if it wants to be 7-minutes + long and read by me. Harold Jarche wrote last week about small … Continue reading TL;DR: The TMWK Blog Is A 2-min Read
We have so many stories to tell. And stories sell. A slight problem is that there is more information created every two months than in the previous history of the universe. FACT.
So, every story has a little competition on its hands. What to do? Well, when you are dealing with pain and guts and glory then a tearful, heart-wrenching stream of consciousness will probably do the trick.
But what about when the topic is teaching the process for submitting your expenses, or sharing your company’s three strategic pillars, or understanding why return on invested capital is critical for the long term success of the company?
A little bit of work is required, a bit of prep. How to unlock the power? How to galvanize the troops to follow you into spreadsheet battle? How to cut through the clutter?
Last night Lola, aged 6, was telling a story at bedtime to Lori, the details of which I was not privy to, but it was a real story, with detail and intrigue.
I remembered that aged 3, I recorded Lola regularly, asking her to tell me something, a story. Almost without deviation, her stories where highly literal descriptions of something in the room applied to an action.
“I want to tell you about windows that open…”
I expected some kind of genius insight, but, well, not really. It seems it takes a while to build up the strength and muscle of insight and regurgitation.
So, what are your storytelling skills like? Are they rich with insight and intrigue, or are they regurgitations of what I can already see with my own eyes?
I often used to annoy my mum with my ‘cleverness’ – y’know, glib responses to important questions, portraying her 40-odd years of experience had nothing on a random school playground conversation with a friend. Very annoying, especially when I was right! “Aaaah, you fiendish child!” she would often retort. It is a term that often now comes to mind when my eldest, Lola, tries on her all-knowingness routine. What goes around, comes around. — When I think about issues and opportunities arising from the discussion around social business and technology and the changing nature of work, I keep searching for something supremely, … Continue reading You Fiendish Child! Letting The Kids Cut Through Workplace Bullshit
Recently I wrote a few posts about how to start out on the personal branding journey, after a late night conversation with a (successful) friend who wanted others to ‘get him’ more. It goes roughly like this: Reflect on who you are (Subtley) Insert outcomes of above into your daily conversations Get lucky No rocket science, just a little applied thinking. Well, turns out it works. The same friend let me know that he had been letting others know how he shows up and where he adds most value and what he is really good at. He had a few phrases he … Continue reading “This Is Who I Am” Lets Others Say “This Is Who You Are.”