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WHY-dening Your Learning Horizon

Posted by The Leadership Mints Guy on April 18, 2014

By Peter Jeff
The Leadership Mints Guy

Here’s an idea to energize your ability to learn new things. Reading time: 3:03

        The young crime reporter wasn’t squeamish the first time she entered the county morgue. Her curiosity overshadowed any fears she may have had standing in front of open drawers of dead bodies filed away like so many forgotten papers.

       curious georgeHer curiosity was piqued. How did they die? And most intriguing of all –why? That’s what leaders do. They can see more than what’s in their sight. And they can cite so much more than they can see. They ask Why when others are too focused on What.

       And they yearn to learn with the flair of Curious George, the hero in the popular children’s book series written by Margret Rey and illustrated by Hans  Augusto Rey.

     With their curiosity “why-dened,” these leading learners and learning leaders more readily subscribe to author Robert Ingersoll’s notion that education is the only lever capable of raising mankind. Leaders understand that learning is part of work — not something apart from work. Read the rest of this entry »

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Having THE TIME of Your Life

Posted by The Leadership Mints Guy on April 4, 2014

By Peter Jeff
The Leadership Mints Guy

 Here’s an idea to leverage the time you invest in leading. Reading time: 4:14

      Mahatma Gandhi, vowing a life of simplicity, often wore a loin cloth. And not much more.

Gandhi (right) wearing his pocket watch around his waist

Gandhi (right) wearing his pocket watch around his waist

      Yet the famed civil rights leader in India always wore a watch — albeit a cheap $1 pocket watch on a string around his waist.

     Gandhi, like the most effective leaders, knew that punctuality is the lubricant that meshes the gears of an idea. With punctuality comes a sense of urgency, a sense of expectancy, a sense of respect for the process of leadership to initiate NOW.

      That’s why leaders pay homage to the march of time. They know only too well, no matter how mighty their power, how deep their pockets, how high they sit in the pecking order, they simply can’t manufacture an antique,  print a masterpiece, or bottle a vintage wine. It takes time. Leaders embrace that inherent power of TIME. As the Great Magi asks in Voltaire’s book Zadig: Read the rest of this entry »

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Numbers Can Numb your Audience

Posted by The Leadership Mints Guy on March 4, 2014

By Peter Jeff
The Leadership Mints Guy

Here’s an idea how to enliven stats alive in your speech. Reading time: 2:56

      Numbers can numb your audience unless you put those numbers into perspective. That’s what leaders do.

       imagesImagine trying to help your audience understand how small a chance there is that another person has their DNA. One in a number so large that “if  you were to write out that number with each zero being one inch wide you’d need a strip of paper 37,000 miles long” writes author Rick Warren in his book The Purpose Driven Life. That’s a leader’s power of perspective.

       Imagine if you had to help an audience understand the progression of life on earth over billions of years. Here’s how author and scientist Richard Hawkins puts it all in perspective:

     “Hold out your arm. Imagine that life begins at your shoulder and extends to the top of your finger. Until about half way down your arms there is nothing but bacteria. Multi-cellular life begins at the palm of your hand. Dinosaurs don’t appear until half way along your finger.

        And humans arrived at your finger nail All recorded history– from Babylonia — is just dust in the scraping of a fingernail.”That’s a leader’s power of perspective. Read the rest of this entry »

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Making Metaphorical Magic

Posted by The Leadership Mints Guy on February 25, 2014

By Peter Jeff
The Leadership Mints Guy

Here’s an idea to help you become more persuasive. Reading time: 3:02

           Even the students who think science is boring might reconsider if they thought that those who studied astronomy were “peeping Toms at the keyhole of eternity,” as author Arthur Koestler observed.

         bowl of fruitNo wonder the most effective leaders leverage the power of a metaphor.

         Think of a metaphor as a connection or a bridge between the new and the familiar, a connection that provides a new perspective –a new meaning –that can persuade an audience to reconsider its skeptical or apathetic attitude.

           So powerful is the metaphor that no less a great thinker than Greek philosopher Aristotle said: “The greatest thing by far is to have mastered the metaphor.” And the Spanish philosopher and writer Jose Ortega y Gasset added, “The metaphor is probably the most fertile power possessed by man.” Read the rest of this entry »

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360 Degree Thinking in the Round

Posted by The Leadership Mints Guy on February 18, 2014

By Peter Jeff
The Leadership Mints Guy

Here’s an idea to develop your perspective. Reading time: 4:10

        The five-legged animal — positioned at eye-level on a pedestal in the CEO’s office– caught every visitor’s attention.

Assyrian Sculpture (from what is now Iraq).

Assyrian Sculpture (from what is now Iraq).

         The replica of an ancient Assyrian sculpture invited on-lookers to evaluate the piece  from various angles,  from front to back, from side to side, from all 360 degree vantage points.

        From the front, you could see only two legs. The sculpture looked like a bull. Steady and resolute.

        From the side, you could see three legs. The sculpture looked like a tiger.  Prowling and threatening.

       The CEO’s message to herself and all who entered her office was clear. Perspective is everything in problem solving. Especially in the executive suite where there is a premium on judgement that embraces more funnel vision than tunnel vision.

       Yet. Leaders beware. Where you stand on an issue often depends on Read the rest of this entry »

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