Emotion Leads to Action

Emotion Leads to Action

I joined a group of Niagara professionals at IdeaShare yesterday for breakfast and met some very inspiring entrepreneurs who had some great stories to share. The IdeaShare concept is essentially a Mastermind group (think Napoleon Hill - Think and Grow Rich) where a group of business leaders and entrepreneurs get together to discuss issues that are relevant to their business and the rest of the members provide advice and/or thoughts that might help them work through their challenge.At the end of the meeting, Dennis O'Neill shared something he was told by a mentor previously in his life which was resonating with him - and it definitely resonated with me: Logic leads to conclusion; emotion leads to action. (more…)...
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Unleashing Authenticity

Unleashing Authenticity

I watched an incredible TED Talk this morning from Caroline Casey that had an extraordinary effect on me. I'm fairly sure I got a few looks on the GO Train as I alternated between wiping tears from my eyes to chuckling out loud, but the message struck a core nerve for me. I won't spoil the talk, but Caroline makes a stunning admission to open the story and then discusses how her life and parents taught her the power of believing in looking past and defeating limits that might be placed in our way.(more…)...
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The 20 Most-Watched TED Talks To Date

The 20 Most-Watched TED Talks To Date

TED.com has posted a list of the 20 Most-Watched TED Talks to date.  From their site (and for those that don't already know what TED is):TED is dedicated to ideas worth spreading. And that leaves many wondering exactly which ideas have been spread the most widely in the six years that TEDTalks videos have been available online. Here, a list of the 20 most-watched talks on all the platforms we track: TED.com, YouTube, iTunes, embed and download, Hulu and more.From education to brain function to inspiring messages to techno-possibilities, this list represents quite a breadth of topics.Sir Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity (2006): 13,409,417 views Jill Bolte Taylor‘s stroke of insight (2008): 10,409,851 Pranav Mistry on the thrilling potential of SixthSense (2009): 9,223,263 David Gallo‘s underwater astonishments (2007): 7,879,541 Pattie Maes and Pranav Mistry demo SixthSense (2009): 7,467,580 Tony Robbins asks Why we do what we do (2006): 6,879,488 Simon Sinek on how great leaders inspire action (2010): 6,050,294 Steve Jobs on how to live before you die...
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Dare to Disagree

Dare to Disagree

After a discussion with a colleague yesterday on the topic of politics and the power of disagreement and free voices he referred me to a great recent TED talk from Margaret Heffernan called Dare to Disagree (below).  This is exactly the sentiment I was trying to convey in my post yesterday on Walking the Fence.Disagreement is a powerful tool for progress in your organization.  As a leader you need to be constantly conscious of whether you are encouraging healthy discourse and dissenting opinions or whether you are stifling the voices that might help you avoid a catastrophe (a la the Challenger disaster).Margaret's talk is below: ...
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Why are you Here… and What are you going to DO about it?

Why are you Here… and What are you going to DO about it?

Over the past few months I've come across some very valuable thinking and ideas that have made me examine a great deal of how I approach my life and work, and I've been struggling a bit to pull the ideas together into a coherent and meaningful framework.  This is my attempt to summarize and bring clarity to those thoughts.The first source of inspiration that triggered some of this thinking was a TED talk from Simon Sinek where he outlined the concept of the "Golden Circles", an assertion that we naturally work first to define What we do, then examine How we do it, and finally (if we have time) we look at Why we are doing it. Simon's assertion is that our natural tendencies, while rooted in the science of the brain, are fundamentally backwards. The first question we should be asking ourselves is Why?Shortly after seeing Simon's talk I was on a one week leadership training course and I had an opportunity to...
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