Keeping in touch through holiday cards

Express your appreciation and share your stories

December is one of the busiest months of the year. We are rushing to finish projects, going to holiday parties and buying gifts – all with one less week in the month for getting things done before the end of the year.

Why then, when time is so precious, do we make time to send holiday cards?

Give more and receive more

Commit to an extracurricular organization for greater benefit

In a recent discussion about networking, a friend asked me what value “networking” organizations bring, i.e. Lions Club, Rotary Club, Executives International or Professional Women’s Network. This list also could include university alumni clubs, volunteer organizations and religious organizations. For simplicity, let’s call these extracurricular organizations.

The Importance of Rocks

Define 2-3 rocks each quarter to stay focused and gain traction

Recently I attended a workshop hosted by Agility 3 that reminded me of the importance of “rocks”. The idea from EOS (the Entrepreneurial Operating System) is to break down the planning process into 90-day blocks and for each quarter have 2-3 rocks to focus on during that period to gain traction toward your goals.

Differentiated Leadership

Keeping your nerve in the face of chronically anxious people and organizations

Recently a friend sent me this video link summarizing Friedman’s Theory of Differentiated Leadership. I found it interesting and bought the book A Failure of Nerve to learn more. Friedman says that “leadership is an emotional process of regulating one’s own anxiety.” He refers to this process as “self-differentiation. Or knowing where one ends and the other begins.”

Innovators Give and Receive Help

Create a Reciprocity Ring for better innovation and value creation results

Recently I watched the webinar Creating a “Giver” Culture by Wayne Baker. He suggested that innovators, producers and value creators both provide help often and request help often, as shown in the diagram below.

Want innovation? Think fennel

Diverse connections outside and close connections inside combine for delicious innovation

Recently I have been watching the new season of BBC’s MasterChef. Fennel is an ingredient selected by many participants. One of last year’s finalists seemed to use it in everything, even fennel ice cream. The judges thought that was really innovative!

Energizing Your Network for Change

One secret for change is to energize your network from a central position.

Think of a recent meeting. Who is always constructive and bringing positive energy to the group? Are there others whom you dread attending because they suck the life out of the room? What are the results that each type is able to achieve? Which are you?