Weaving the WOW as a Leader

By Peter Jeff
The Leadership Mints Guy

Here’s an idea to add punch to your persuasive skills. Reading time: 3:09

            “Here’s how you fish,” beamed the proud dad, thrusting a new fishing rod into the tiny hands of his 5-year-old son.

           Fishing As instructed, the boy methodically caught a fish–but not the thrill of fishing. And soon the boy abandoned his fishing pole for a swimming hole.

           Meanwhile his 9 – year-old cousin kept fishing. He was too busy enjoying the WOW in fishing to concentrate on the how of fishing. The WOW?

            His dad’s WOW words still echoed in his mind: “Think of your fishing pole as a magic wand that you dip into a watery wonderland.”

            This boy was waving a magic wand around some fish. Not fishing. And that made all the difference in maintaining his attention and focusing his performance.

            That’s what leaders do. They instill the WOW while others only demonstrate the How in performing a task. Continue reading “Weaving the WOW as a Leader”

Zigging When Everyone Else is Zagging

By Peter Jeff
The Leadership Mints Guy

Here’s an idea to help you enhance your counter-intuitive skills. Reading time: 3:10.

            Your project is spinning its wheels. You’re out of time. Out of money. Out of ideas. And out of patience. Now what? Try zigging whenever else is zagging. Do an about-face. Take the proverbial 180-degree turn. Stop! In order to better GO!

FOSBURY FLOP
Dick Fosbury high jumps to record height

          Need some inspiration to ignite your counter-intuitive creative performance skills? Let’s visit with a couple of Olympic champions to help you shift your creative gears in your competitive drive.

           Imagine you’re a high jumper in the Olympics. Your focus has to be on your  legs.  On your jumping muscles. On your technique to soar over the bar. Legs firsts. Head down.

          Yet Dick Fosbury ignited his counter-intuitive creative performance skills and won the Olympic Gold medal in 1968 jumping HEAD FIRST and backwards with this signature Fosbury Flop that revolutionized the high jump. He jumped more than a foot over his 6-foot-4 height to set an Olympic record.

          Zig when other zag.

         Leaders readily accept and embrace counter-intuitive thinking. For example, leaders know of course that the best way to get out of quicksand is to counter-intuitively lie down. Your body can float on quicksand. You can then roll over to firm ground. Zig when others zag.

         And leaders also know– counter-intuitively –that you photograph portraits with a lens capable of shooting from hundreds of feet away–ironically even though the face of the person you are photographing– is only a few feet away. The zoom telephoto lens narrows the field of focus and enriches the quality of the photo. Zig when others zag.

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