Great Leaders are Torchbearers

Nancy Duarte and Patti Sanchez co-authors of Illuminate discuss the secrets of great leaders during times of change. The design of their book reflects Nancy Duarte’s ability to tell a story visually combined with Patti’s gift of understanding the human dimension.

Their book particularly resonates with us as it focuses on how human beings respond to change and provides commonsense strategies on how to illuminate the path, dissipate fear and minimise disruption.

Together they remind us that great leaders are torchbearers and equip the reader with the tools that leaders like Steve Jobs & Dr. Martin Luther King Jr used to move people. Delivering the secret sauce on how leaders as torchbearers can become relatable heroes & heroines in an adventure of change and transformation as they structure the journey of transformation with the elements essential to constructing an epic adventure.

The book can be found: http://amzn.to/1pF35X5

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What does the future want from us?

 

A thought provoking short film from Nic Askew of Soul Biographies. This short explores the “competencies” necessary for tomorrow’s workplace. Interesting if you have children and/or you plan to be in the workplace in the next 10 -15 years!

The Superchicken Model

A rethink of what drives us to do our best work.

Organizations are often run according to “the superchicken model,” where value is placed on star employees who outperform others. Yet, this isn’t what drives the most high-achieving teams.

Margaret Heffernan observes that it is social cohesion — built every coffee break, every time one team member asks another for help — that leads over time to great results.

Thinking Experiment – What are you addicted to?

Johann Hari explores an interesting hypothesis – What if everything we thought about addiction is wrong? He considers why current methods of treating our addictions, whether it is cocaine, alcohol, shopping or smart phones, might need a serious rethink!

 

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Build A Tower, Build A Team

The Marshmallow Challenge is a fun and instructive design exercise that encourages teams to experience simple but profound lessons in collaboration, innovation and creativity. In our experience of leading experiential management challenges, certain groups of corporate employees typically do better than others! These secrets can be found in Tom Wujec’s TED talk

Interested in running this as a team build? Instructions can be found at: http://www.marshmallowchallenge.com