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Clarity on Your Deeper Shared Purpose: A Matter of Life and Death — Really!

To paraphrase  the Cheshire Cat in Alice in Wonderland, if you don’t know where you are going, it doesn’t matter what direction you go.  It seems obvious.  Knowing what you want to achieve with your efforts, where you want to go on the journey.  If you don’t know this, you probably won’t get there.  And, […]

How Influence Spreads Through Human Interactions — Recommended Readings

How Influence Spreads Through Human Interactions — Recommended Readings

Centola, Damon. How Behavior Spreads: The Science of Complex Contagions. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2018. Ferguson, Niall. The Square and the Tower: Networks and Power, from the Freemasons to Facebook. New York: Penguin Press, 2018. How do networks work?  How does influence spread amongst people, through human interactions? Historian Niall Ferguson digs into the archives, exploring […]

Extreme Human-Weather Effects

Extreme Human-Weather Effects

Is it normal for you to be engaged or to be disengaged?  By normal we mean that this is what you expect, what you expect of your life.  Do you expect, in any given day, to be engaged in what you do, in who you are, in how you interact?  By extreme, we mean furthest […]

Resilience at Scale — Recommended Readings

Resilience at Scale — Recommended Readings

Coleman, Peter T. The Five Percent: Finding Solutions to Seemingly Impossible Conflicts. New York: Public Affairs, 2011. Homer-Dixon, Thomas. Catastrophe, Creativity, and the Renewal of Civilization. Washington, D.C.: Island Press, 2006. Rose, Jonathan F.P. The Well-Tempered City: What Modern Science, Ancient Civilizations, and Human Nature Teach Us About the Future of Urban Life. New York: […]

How Many Generations Lead Your Efforts? — A Clear Indicator of Long-Term Resilience

How Many Generations Lead Your Efforts? — A Clear Indicator of Long-Term Resilience

How many generations are actively engaged in the leadership of your efforts?  In many groups, whether they are companies, families, communities, government agencies, schools, nonprofits, cities or whole nations, leadership is mostly in 1-2 generations.  In some groups, it is only young leaders.  In some groups, they are only elders.  Sometimes there are 2 generations, […]

The Power of Choice Is Everywhere in the Field of Agreements That We Are — Recommended Readings

The Power of Choice Is Everywhere in the Field of Agreements That We Are — Recommended Readings

McTaggart, Lynne. The Field: The Quest for the Secret Force of the Universe. New York: Harper, 2008. Braden, Gregg. The Divine Matrix: Bridging Time, Space, Miracles, and Belief. New York: Hay House, 2007. What are we made of?  What is real?  From cosmologies as varied as the physics of string theory or quantum theory, the […]

The Danger in Your Objective Function, Missing Your Deeper Shared Purpose

The Danger in Your Objective Function, Missing Your Deeper Shared Purpose

You want your efforts to have an impact.  To increase your impact, you engage others in generating that impact with you.  While it takes a lot of work, that is your objective, why you do what you do.  Your ability to generate that impact, with others, is a function of your inputs and what you […]

Great Places to Work or Great Spaces to Shine? — Recommended Readings

Great Places to Work or Great Spaces to Shine? — Recommended Readings

Loehr, Jim, and Tony Schwartz. The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal. New York: Free Press, 2003. Mankins, Michael, and Eric Garton. Time Talent Energy: Overcome Organizational Drag and Unleash Your Team’s Productive Power. Boston: Harvard Business Review Press, 2017. Zak, Paul J. Trust […]

Why We Whine

Why We Whine

People complain.  As highly attuned beacons and processors of what is happening inside of ourselves and in our environments, people know when they are experiencing what they want to experience.  When the reality they experience differs from what they want, they complain. If the energy they want to engage towards a purpose that pulls them […]

How Natural Is Our Relationship with Nature? — Recommended Reading

How Natural Is Our Relationship with Nature? — Recommended Reading

Hartmann, Thom. The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight: The Fate of the World and What We Can Do Before It’s Too Late. New York: Three Rivers Press, 2004. [Read an excerpt.] Cahoone, Lawrence. The Orders of Nature. Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 2013.  [Read 1st chapter.] Thomas, Chris D. Inheritors of the Earth: How Nature Is Thriving […]

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