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Leadership

Articles and courses on 'Full Sense Leadership', and related content

Managing Successful Projects

Successful project managers are masters of time management, understand human dynamics, and exhibit expertise in the many areas contributing to a project’s success

Managing Successful Projects–Real World Skills for Project Managers & Teams is a highly participative two-day program geared to both novice and experienced project managers. The course addresses the four major project management phases and the human dynamics critical to successful project completion.

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Creativity, Intuition and Quantum Mechanics

Creativity, Intuition and Quantum Mechanics (CIQM) is a short (20-30min) presentation given to business groups. It contains key concepts and materials provided in the Begin with the End In Play® program.

The presentation introduces the key principles of quantum theory, and how those principles relate to, and provide a basis for, intuition and creativity.

It reveals how and why we are severely limited by old-paradigm (reductionist) thinking dating back to Isaac Newton. Old-paradigm thinking is still the basis for the vast bulk of contemporary scientific, medical and business management attitudes and beliefs.

Quantum mechanics has revealed the potential for creativity and intuition spreads beyond whatever is reducible to logic, reason and fact: surprises and original ideas are available to those who learn the processes by which to expect and receive them.

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Leadership Self-Assessment 1 of 3

[Copyright © Steven Lesser, InfoWorks International, 2008]

Core Leadership Competencies Self-Assessment (Part 1)

Dynamics of Leadership Pre-Work

Directions:

Using the researched grid of competencies, honestly and candidly score yourself to help you consider what your strengths are and where you know you need the most work. No doubt, you will recognize some of the traits you and others may have previously identified, while you will probably also discover some others you hadn’t fully considered. You can base your scoring on feedback you have received from peers, associates, and your boss, as well as your own observations about yourself.

Be prepared to share some of your thoughts with your peers. Indicate how well you perform, on average, in each of the following skill areas by circling the appropriate number for each item.

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Moving beyond a 2,450-year-old era

The Art and Science of Blinking

Around 2,450 years ago the ancient Greek philosopher Zeno of Elea was perhaps the first to methodically question a simple fact of life - how do we physically move, such as when blinking an eye, running, or simply falling down?

Culturally we are about to fall off a philosophical cliff. Fortunately, a safe landing in a far more compassionate, sane and exciting world awaits those who come to the edge with the understanding of how to fly.

His questions and arguments, which have become widely known as Zeno's Paradoxes, pointed to the seemingly logical impossibility of the everyday experience of physical movement.

His considerations have perplexed and troubled philosophers and scientists even since. Various assumptions that underpin our modern technologies and sciences were taken for granted. We take for granted that there is always a physical cause for every physical effect - as exemplified by scientists researching to find physical cures for disease, cancer and viruses; and to find the physical genes or brain cells responsible for thoughts, beliefs, emotions, and the experience of love, creativity and joy. 

Now, with the advances in the field of quantum physics, we know that a 2,450 year era is nearing its end .. an era in which it has been assumed that our physical brains, bodies and the entire physical universe is continuously existent. An era in which each part (atom, virus, cell, organ, person, planet) was assumed to be continuously existent and functional, with every part contributing to the running of, or dysfunction of, the machinery of life.

We stand at the edge of a grand new understanding of our universe, and ourselves. As Visa International founder Dee Hock foretells, a new era

is struggling to be born -- a shifting of culture, science, society, and institutions enormously greater than the world has ever experienced. Ahead, the possibility of the regeneration of individuality, liberty, community, and ethics such as the world has never known, and a harmony with nature, with one another, and with the divine intelligence such as the world has never dreamed."

 

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Sir Ken Robinson on Creativity and Innovation

An interesting and worthwhile interview with Sir Ken Robinson on the ABC's 7.30 Report with Kerry O'Brien.

Two parts to the interview.

Part 1 (transcript, mp4, wmv)

Sir Ken Robinson: 

"...people achieve their best when they firstly tune into their natural aptitudes - and lots of people I have interviewed aren't musicians, they're mathematicians, they're business leaders, they're teachers, they're broadcasters, you know, they've found this thing that they completely get. But the second thing is that they love it. And if you can find that - a talented and a passion - well that's to say you never work again. And it is true, I think, that our current education systems are simply not designed to help people do that. In fact an awful lot of people go through education and never discover anything they're good at at all."

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The business value of purpose and meaning

As many business entrepreneurs appreciate, the really important things in starting and running a business are primarily 'mental' -- it's our vision to make a difference, to do things better and to test ourselves that fuels and motivates.

But what about the people that we employ?

It should be no great surprise that for "businesses that pay most regard to the deeper needs of their employees are the ones that perform best."1

The challenge faced when creating a strong, vibrant culture in a business is the intangible 'mental' dimensions - what we think, feel and believe about our work, fellow employees, customers, the work environment etc.

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