What Do We Need to Do to Increase Engagement? →

Eric Barker, writing on his Barking Up The Wrong Tree blog:

Use your strengths as much as you can. Doing what you’re good at makes you six times as likely to be engaged and more than three times as likely to be happy with your life.

There’s lots of nuggets about engagement at work in this post. These two in particular caught my eye.

When we build on our strengths and daily successes — instead of focusing on failures — we simply learn more.

… if your manager is primarily focusing on your strengths, the chance of your being actively disengaged is just 1%, or 1 in 100.

If you’re leading someone, it pays to notice what they do right!

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Letting Go →

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Jake Niall, writing for The Age:

In a sense, it had been Nathan Buckley’s intense craving for success that was almost his undoing. He wanted the grail too badly and couldn’t contain his zeal. This year, Buckley finally let go - and let the Magpies take flight.

While it won’t appeal to everyone, I found this a fascinating read. I’ve recently been re-reading Otto Scharmer’s book ‘Theory U’ and thinking a lot about the notion of letting go and letting come. This is a good example.

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The Quest for Real →

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Simon Terry:

We need less crushing it and empty noise. We need to focus our efforts on our purpose, our relationships and realising our human potential. It’s as simple and as complex as that.

Ironically, Simon ‘crushes it’ with this blog post.

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Liberating Complexity

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Love this. A great video on the liberation leadership gets once they understand they are part of a complex adaptive system:



Via Laurie Webster.

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Was the Buddha an Improviser? →

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Patricia Ryan Madson:

Improvisation is founded on two principles that feature prominently in the Buddhist perspective: Impermanence and interdependence. The fact of groundlessness and constant change is a given in improv. Eternal instability: that is our playing field. The improviser practices her art on her feet with others. We learn that we aren’t in this alone. We need and depend upon our fellow improvisers. Only stand-up comics go it alone. Improvisers look to their fellows for help, inspiration, ideas and fuel. Improv training is a form of meditation in action.

A great blog post by Patricia Madson. I love her musings on this topic. And I find her reflections on the principles that guide an improviser — what she calls “the Five A’s of Improv” — to be so useful.

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