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.

A few guiding principles he highlights:

Deploy or Die. You must get stuff out into the real world for it to really count (or exist). Don’t wait for large institutions to do it for us.

Pull Over Push. It’s about bottom-up innovation… democratic… chaotic… hard to control. It’s not bad, but it’s very different. Many of the traditional rules don’t work or are outdated.

Learn How To LearnEducation is what people do to you and learning is what you do to yourself.

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Compass Over Maps. Strategic planning is important, but do not get bogged down over-planning, over-organizing, and over-strategizing. Have a STRONG COMPASS to guide you on your journey.

So I think the good news is that even though the world is extremely complex, what you need to do is very simple. I think it’s about stopping this notion that you need to plan everything, you need to stock everything, and you need to be so prepared, and focus on being connected, always learning, fully aware, and super present.

So I don’t like the word “futurist.” I think we should be now-ists, like we are right now.”  Joi Ito

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DISCUSSION QUESTION:  What was your primary takeaway or inspiration from Joi Ito’s TED Talk?

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Extraordinary Putting: Transforming the Whole Game (Perigee Trade; Reprint edition (January 2, 2007))

The co-author of the classic Extraordinary Golf offers an innovative approach to improving the overall game by focusing on putting, which accounts for more than one third of the strokes in a typical round. Not just a tips-and-techniques book, Extraordinary Putting features a series of illustrated exercises that will help golfers:

– Develop the inner freedom to trust themselves and recognize self-imposed barriers
– Find the peace of mind that comes from letting go of mental chatter and self-judgments
Increase awareness, allowing golfers to pay attention to their experiences
– Understand the differences in those experiences from stroke to stroke – Master the art of self-coaching

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Lead From Your Current Position® Logo

The True Meaning of the Symbols

The Lead From Your Current Position® logo consists of:

A position indicator symbol that incorporates a tilted globe,

three people (in the core of the globe) forming the point,

and a diagonal swoosh around the top, placed on a map.

Here’s what each symbol means:

  • Position Indicator Logo (placed on a Map) = Your current position/location… not your position/title.
  • Globe = The concept is Global: All people; no one left out!
  • Swoosh = Action is required from each of us. Only those who act will triumph!
  • Three People = The minimum number of people required to form a stable partnership (three–a TRIAD). Four is better and even more is even better.

The word “LEAD” in the phrase Lead From Your Current Position® emphasizes the necessity for all of us to LEAD (contribute to an environment where others flourish) AND incorporates triangle inside of “A”  to highlight the significance of the TRIAD as the foundation for stable partnerships.

The LFYCP® Subtitle: The world is calling out for you genius!

 

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YOUTH

by Samuel Ullman

One of the great paradoxes of life is explained in Samuel Ullman’s poem YOUTH: “Youth is not a time of life; it is a state of mind”

Failing to see the paradox that “youth” has another dimension other than time, can cause us to look outward for something that is inside all of us. Many folks live a life unsatisfied in search of the Fountain of Youth and other external solutions.

4 Key Lessons from “A Message to Garcia”

Do the thing...

One of the most published articles in history, “A Message to Garcia” (by Elbert Hubbard) highlights several great challenges and lessons of life. There are four key lessons that I would like to discuss:  three of those lessons are key points from the author and the fourth is one that will assist you as you LEAD FROM YOUR CURRENT POSITION®

8 Questions You Can Use to Provide Clarity on Your Journey

THE PERSONAL BRAND EQUITY EVALUATION by Tom Peters

There are many tips, lists, and tools to help you navigate through life. One tool that I’ve used, since it’s introduction by Tom Peters in 1996, is THE PERSONAL BRAND EQUITY EVALUATION. Tom outlines eight simple and thought-provoking questions that you can use to provide clarity on your journey.

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A Pep Talk

from Kid President to You!

A pep talk that is worth viewing every day!

 

It’s everybody’s duty to give the world a reason to dance.”  Kid President

 

I think we all need a pep talk.

The world needs you. Stop being boring! Yeah, YOU! Boring is easy. Everybody can be boring whether you’re good or not.

Life is not a game, people! Life isn’t a cereal either. Well, it is a cereal. And if life was a game, aren’t we on the same team? I mean, really right? I’m on your team. Be on my team.

This is life, people! We got air coming free to your nose. You got heartbeat… (boom boom…) that means you got to do something.

A poem, “two roads diverged in the woods… and I took the road less traveled…” And it hurt, man! Really bad! Rocks! Thorns! and Glass! my… broke! waahh! Not cool, Robert Frost! But what if there really were two paths? I want to be in the one that leads to awesome.

It’s like that dude Journey said, “Don’t stop believing… unless your dream is stupid”, then you should give up your dream. I think that’s how it goes. You better dream to keep going. Keep going, keep going, and keep going.

What if Michael Jordan had quit? Well, he did quit. No, he retired. Yeah. Yes, he retired. But before that, in high school. What if he quit when he didn’t make the team? He would never make Space Jam and I love Space Jam. What will be your Space Jam?

What will you create to make the world awesome? Nothing if you keep sitting there! That’s why I’m talking to you today. This is your time! This is my time! It’s OUR time!

We can make every day better for each other. If we’re all on the same team, let’s start acting like it. We got work to do. We can cry about it or we can dance about it.

We were made to be awesome. Let’s get out there. I don’t know everything. I’m just a kid but I know this, it’s everybody’s duty to give the world a reason to dance so get to it!

You just been pep talked! Create something that will make the world awesome. Play ball!

 

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Be Great! Juliet Doherty at TEDxABQ

"NOW IT'S TIME TO JUST DANCE!"

I’m inspired by this beautiful, poised, and wise two-time World Champion Ballerina who, while 15 yrs old at the time of this presentation, has a great message for us all…

NOW IT’S TIME TO JUST DANCE!”  Juliet Doherty

Go Juliet!… from your #1 FAN!

Juliet Doherty, dancer and philosopher extraordinaire’s TEDxABQ talk is live!

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The Nature of Leadership

Leadership Re-imagined, Simplified, and Re-defined

What is the nature of LEADERSHIP?

Leadership Defined?

To begin to answer that question, many start out by trying to define leadership. Is it:

  • the position or function of a leader?
  • to provide purpose, direction, and motivation?
  • influence?
  • setting the example?
  • having followers?
  • having certain characteristics?
  • to accomplish organizational objectives?
  • etc. etc. etc.?

Google it

We might even start out by googling leadership. If you do that, you’ll receive 1.98+ billion results. Additionally, you’ll discover that experts have tallied over 1500+ leadership definitions, over 40+ leadership theories, and numerous styles, historical views, and myths. All of this only seems to complicate the issue of the true nature of leadership.

I’m always surprised by the answers I get when I ask someone “What is the nature, definition, or purpose of leadership?”… as well as how hard it seems to be to answer the question. Any one of those three variants seems to stop people dead in their tracks… every time. After a very long pause, I usually get one of the examples I used above.

Leadership Re-imagined, Simplified, and Re-defined

I’d like to suggest a way to simply leadership, so that we can all do it more easily and more naturally. So, here’s my attempt:

Leadership is contributing to an environment where others flourish.

This new version is an update from my previous thoughts, where I’ve replaced “CREATING” with “CONTRIBUTING TO”. I did this to reinforce the concepts of service and participation and emphasize partnership/equality over hierarchy:

Leadership is creating an environment where others flourish.

It really is that simple… and I believe the world would be a much better place if more people understood and aligned with this concept.

The inquiry into the true nature of leadership can help us more precisely determine what our role or function in life is… to determine our true purpose. I believe the world is calling out for our (your) genius… the world is calling out for us (you) to lead from our (your) current position. Everyone… no one left behind or excluded… no one. Every person can benefit from this simple, but challenging description. And, it opens the door to a great inquiry… one that this site is dedicated to… What is the nature of LEADERSHIP?

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DISCUSSION QUESTION: What are your thoughts on the nature of leadership? 

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