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4 Visualize Success

Foster, Jack Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

The brain is a wonderful organ. It starts working the moment you get up in the morning and does not stop until you get to the office.

Robert Frost

The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you’re still a rat.

Lily Tomlin

When I go to the beauty parlor, I always use the emergency entrance. Sometimes I just go for an estimate.

Phyllis Diller

I want you to imagine a steel beam about one foot wide and one hundred feet long.

Let’s say I take that steel beam up to the top of a forty-story office building and lay it across to the top of a forty-story office building on the other side of the street.

Now here’s the deal: If you walk across that beam from one building to the next I’ll give you $100.

If you’re like most people you’ll say forget it. “Walk across that narrow piece of steel forty floors up? No way. I could lose my balance and fall.” And you probably would have too.

Now I go across the street to the other building and hold your twelve-week-old baby girl over the side and tell you that unless you walk across that beam right now I’ll drop her.

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5. Shaping Your Reality

Crother, Cyndi Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

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The fishmongers’ thoughts, words, and actions reflect the way they see the world and their reality. Language is the mechanism that the fishmongers use to connect them to their customers and to one another. Language is generally considered just a tool to communicate with others, but in a more powerful way, language connects you to your reality through your thought processes.

“Thinking” is how we talk to ourselves. The function of your mind is to process bits of information into other bits. It is like an internal feedback system, and things such as self-confidence, motivation, self-esteem, attitude, and achievement are internally based and are within each person’s own control. How you connect to your internal feedback system is through your thinking.

Pike Place Fish is no different from any other place when it comes to the concept of thinking. What is different is the awareness of thinking that goes along with the normal operations and physical aspects of their work. The fishmongers have realized that their personal thoughts and opinions shape the way they respond to everything in life; it also shapes how they see other people and how they think others see them. Thoughts and language shape how people view change and all of the opportunities and adversities that come with change.

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Work the Veil 8

Schuster, John P. Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

I KNOW I AM ANSWERING MY CALL WHEN I HAVE TREMENDOUS ENERGY, WHEN I AM IN FLOW, WHEN I HAVE THIS CHEESY GRIN MOST OF THE TIME AND WHEN THINGS JUST WORK. IF I CAN’T GET SOMETHING DONE, SOMEHOW IT JUST WASN’T NECESSARY.

Sandy Smith

Consultant and coach, Seattle

ACCEPTING MY LIMITATION AND WEAKNESSES WAS PART OF GETTING BETTER AT MY CALLING.

Donna Ryan

Program Coordinator, Kansas City Downtown Cathedral

WE HAVE COME A LONG WAY, have reached the last chapter, but I hope you still have questions. I know I do. The more I work with callings the more questions I have. Although we have covered substantial ground there is more to cover than any one book, or even many books, can handle. We are talking about life after all, not computer code.

As we conclude in this chapter, we return to some of the basics and to the questions that never go away completely:

To address these questions we will return to the mindset and soulset of the evocateurs, which we began to explore in chapter 5. And we will hear from people who were interviewed for this book, many of whom you have already heard from at least once. They have more important insights and gems to add.

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6 YOU’RE DRAFTED

Song, Mike Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

“Okay, Iris, we’ve discussed a list of basic meeting elements that are missing at Spex meetings.”

“A very long list,” agreed Iris.

“Did you ever wonder why these ingredients are missing?”

“Well, things are so rushed these days. Who has the time to draft an Objenda or ground rules?” Iris reflected for a moment. “There are so many elements that contribute to a great meeting—how can anyone keep track of them all?”

I nodded. “What you need is a tool that locks in the right ingredients.”

“And might you have such a tool for me?” asked Iris with a sly smile.

“As luck would have it, I do,” I said as I pointed to the next tool on the Hamster Revolution job aid. “It’s called a Meeting Power Draft, and we’re going to build one right now.”

I pointed to Iris’ computer. “Please create a new email.”

“Hold on,” said Iris, raising her paw. “What does email have to do with…”

“Don’t worry,” I said with a smile. “It’ll make sense in a minute.”

Iris frowned as she created the email. “What now?”

“Let’s make the subject of this email ‘0. Meeting Power Draft.’”

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Chapter 9: Developing Management Education

Mintzberg, Henry Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

It’s all so simple, Anjin-san. Just change
your concept of the world.
—JAMES CLAVELL, SHOGUN

The conclusions reached in the previous chapters suggest a wholly different approach to developing managers, at least in intensive educational programs. This is the subject to which we now turn.

The ideas presented in this chapter may be very different from prevailing educational practice. But our own experience with them (discussed in the following chapters) suggests that they can be rather easily realized, once we get back to fundamental notions of learning. These notions are wonderfully well illustrated in the best article I have seen on education for management development, even if it was written about children in grade school. Excerpts from it are worth the space and time taken by the following box. Change the learners in the story to managers, and you need change hardly another word to appreciate precisely what is needed in management education.

As the article suggests, in the spirit of the quotation that opens this chapter, it is really all so simple: We just need to change our concept of the world of management education.

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