Dementia Quiz – test yourself with these 4 funny questions

Here are 4 questions to test for dementia (with tongue planted firmly in cheek).  (Answers appear below.) 1. You are a participant in a race.  You overtake the second person.  What position are you in?  2.    If you overtake the last person, then you are in what place?  3.    Very tricky arithmetic!  Note: this must […]

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Think outside the box. Where are your boundaries?

This image, from Mike Rilstone’s facebook page, is a great, visual reminder of the unwitting chains that can bind our thinking.  Of the assumptions we can unknowingly make.  Of perspectives that can blind instead of illuminate. What assumptions are you making that are muddying the waters, preventing a clearer picture? What boundaries are binding your […]

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Out of the mouths of babes … come an entirely different perspective

We have chains around our brains. These chains limit our thinking. They box us in, hold us down, reign us in. The chains often come in the form of assumptions. Assumptions we make without even knowing it. Assumptions kill creativity. Assumptions keeps us in our own dogged perspective, our own worldview. How to bust out? […]

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Training & development learning well March blog post round up

Sit up, take notice & look back before looking forward to next month.  If you didn’t catch all the posts this month simply usher yourself down to the well & click as you wish. Learn well in the training & development learning well. Dive deep into the learning well or take a small sip. Shower […]

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Assumptions – an example for how to id & avoid them

Assumptions.  We all make them.  All the time. What’s worse is we’re usually unaware that we’re making them.  Assumptions that is. They’re devilishly difficult to identify.  They play with our heads and how we see what’s in front of our face and fortune. A great example of id’ing & avoiding assumptions is Melodie Biringer of […]

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How far away is the moon? It’s not what you think

Many things skew our perspective, how we see the world and how we teach. our culture assumptions that we make (and don’t question) marketing (if you don’t have product X you’ll be unhappy, fat, poor and unpopular) images that we’re used to seeing (and don’t question) Take the moon for example. How far is the […]

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How about a bedtime story a million miles away?

Rising up and gracefully meeting the challenges that today’s ever increasingly fast paced world presents can’t be done with the thinking of yesteryear. Changing perspective means breaking out of the bonds that tie our brains down. Encumbered with false assumptions (we’ve gotta do it this way, any other way won’t work, we tried before, it […]

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Assumptions – those sneaky, sly fellows that wreak havoc

I’m a huge fan of assumptions, or rather busting those sneaky, sly fellows before they have a chance to loom large. Making assumptions is the cause of a good deal of conflict, of misperceptions, of stereotyping and of generally mis-seeing our colleagues, companies and collective communities. As big a role as assumption making plays in […]

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4 simple steps for how to get dreams out of your head & into reality

Do you have a hard time getting dreams out of your head and into reality?  Not sure what to do with inspiration when it hits mid-meeting or at midnight? While you may be able to come up with new ideas, what to do with the pesky, flighty fellows is a whole other matter.  Based on […]

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Cultural intelligence and the UN Rio World Urban Forum

What’s your CQ?  You may be familiar with IQ, social intelligence and emotional intelligence but the new kid on the block is cultural intelligence. I’m in Rio de Janiero, Brazil at the United Nations World Urban Forum.  I’ve just finished doing a workshop on cultural intelligence, which is a combination of meta-cognition, skills and knowledge, […]

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