Guest Post: What’s Possible When You Dream Big with Passion, Purpose, and Joy

By Diana Faison

When my younger daughter graduated from college. Her accomplishment got me thinking about how graduation is an opportunity to reflect on what’s possible.

As you reflect, I want you to explore big dreams and move forward with a sense of purpose. And I want you to seek joy along the way.

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Ambiguity: Paradox or Hypocrisy?

What to do when you find yourself confronted with an apparent contridiction.

We face ambiguity often… so often, I propose, that it is a natural condition–not a problem or challenge. Let’s face it, we live in a VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous) world.

So, what do you do when you are constantly bombarded by ambiguity or “apparent contradictions”? Sometimes… actually most of the time… when we face a decision or new information, the choices are not clear or as obvious as they appear.

One of my recurring observations is the temptation to drift toward cynicism when these inconsistencies occur. In the end, that simply leads to frustration, anger, disengagement, and toxicity. I’ve developed the following principle to help me deal with this phenomenon, as well as to shed light on it for others. The principle is much more simple than it appears.

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Joi Ito: Want to innovate? Become a “now-ist”

from the Director of the MIT Media Lab

Here are a few key points from Joi Ito’s TED Talk. Mr. Ito, the Director of the MIT Media Lab, is a leading thinker and writer on innovation, global technology policy, and the role of the Internet in transforming society in substantial and positive ways.

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EMBRACE THE WOBBLE™

The Key to a Stable and Balanced Life

If we accept that chaos is the “new normal” and that “VUCA” (Volatility–Uncertainty–Complexity–Ambiguity) is a reasonable framework to recognize the nature of the conditions that we operate in, then that begs a question: “How can we best operate in this VUCA environment?” I believe that EMBRACE THE WOBBLE™ will unfold as an extraordinary solution to a stable and balanced life.

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VUCA Prime

How to flourish in a VUCA World

If we accept that chaos is the “new normal” and that “VUCA” is a reasonable framework to recognize the nature of the conditions that we operate in, then that begs a question: “How can we best operate in this environment?” How can we flourish in a VUCA world? Some suggest that the best response to VUCA is VUCA PRIME (first introduced by Bob Johansen, a distinguished fellow at the Institute for the Future). It is a method to counter each of the elements of VUCA with a specific counterpart.

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YOURSELF TO BLAME by Mayme White Miller

The Power of a Single Poem

The experience, education, and training I’ve had in my life continually highlighted the significance of a sense of personal responsibility. I’ve been far from perfect, but I actively attempt to counter the trap of blaming others. This is a valuable key to keep us focused on our purpose, goals and objectives, rather than the conditions of the journey.

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VUCA

The chaotic "new normal"

We are constantly reminded just how fast-paced life is… and that the rapidity of life and change will only increase. Additionally, that chaos is the “new normal.” Does a simple framework to recognize the nature of the conditions that we operate in exist? Can it help us better cope with, or even thrive in, these conditions. Well, the one that I use is “VUCA”.

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