The First Task Of The Servant Leader?

stewardship block book coverPeter Block, best-selling author of Stewardship, returns with Robert Thompson and Mike Neiss to share how you can choose service over self-interest in the coming new year. We also looked in the rearview mirror to see what we could have done better in 2013 and what we’ve learned from the experience. What is the first task of the servant leader? Is growth always a positive thing? Is money changing hands a good measure of our economy? We grapple with these questions and much more on today’s Thought Grenades show. Practical, simple and effective ideas on how you can make a positive difference for yourself, your organization and the world. Oh, and we have fun too! Listen live Mondays at 10 a.m Pacific, catch us here or subscribe on iTunes and listen when convenient.

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The Myths Of Creativity Exposed

Burkus bookDavid Burkus, author of The Myths of Creativity, joins Robert Thompson and Mike Neiss to share the truth about how innovative companies and people generate great ideas. Best-selling author, Daniel Pink says it’s “a smart and urgent book.” What is creativity really all about? Where do those creative flashes come from? Are all people capable of being creative? You’ll learn the answers to these questions and much more on today’s Thought Grenades show. Practical, simple and effective ideas on how you can make a positive difference for yourself, your organization and the world. Oh, and we have fun too! Listen live on Mondays at 10 a.m Pacific, catch it here or subscribe on iTunes and listen when convenient.

 

 

PhotoJolts: A Creative Approach To Teaching Leadership

glenn photo joltsGlenn Hughes, creator of Smart as Hell, returns with Robert Thompson and Mike Neiss to share insights from his forthcoming book, PhotoJolts. Co-authored by “Thiagi” Thiagarajan, PhotoJolts is a groundbreaking tool and useful at work, at home and even at play. Glenn takes Robert and Mike to his Pinterest Page and demonstrates how to use them in any setting. What does a feather say about leadership? How can an ancient crank phone facilitate a leadership moment? Listen in and you’ll discover the answers to these questions and much more. Practical, simple and effective ideas on how you can make a positive difference for yourself, your organization and the world. Oh, and we have fun too! Listen live on Mondays at 10 a.m Pacific, catch it here or subscribe on iTunes and listen when convenient.

 

Being Conscious Of Being Conscious

“All of life is but a mass of small choices—practical, emotional, and intellectual—systematically organized for our greatness or grief.”

The above quote comes from William James, a noted pioneer of philosophy and psychology.

When asked if these choices could be altered, he replied, “Yes, one at a time. But we must never forget that it’s not only our big dreams that shape reality…The small choices bear us irresistibly toward our destiny.”

Powerful. And, perhaps a bit intimidating, yes?

Recently, I was asked what I would tell my 20-year-old self based on my, now, ahem, longer experience with life.

Rummaging around in my mind for a quick second, I blurted out “to be conscious of being conscious.”

Whoa, what does that mean? That question popped out even faster.

To me it means that I would have loved the 20-year-old Robert to be more aware of how our many, sometimes minute, choices can have such a profound effect on the upward spiral of our life. I’m sure I would have made better decisions with that more fine-tuned awareness.

Each and every day…moments really, we make a choice to go left or right, up or down, truth or lie, anger or forgiveness, laugh or cry. And, each one of those choices, and the thousands of others we make, drive us down the diamond lane of our personal history highway speeding towards our destiny.

It’s amazing how some of us, without a kick in the pants literally or figuratively, can stumble through life unaware that we have the option to actually create our life.

Sure, circumstances like the family we are born into, the environment in which we live and other assorted factors may play a huge role. I’ve shared often how we can only control our responses to these “outside our self” issues through how we think about them, which may lead us to make a change…or not.

Sometimes it’s a parent, coach, religious leader, friend, mentor or a brush with calamity that changes everything.

That’s why I’m so insistent that leadership is how you should present yourself everyday in every way…moment to moment. I know I’ve had my screw-ups over the years. And, I still err from time-to-time. However, since becoming more aware of being aware, I’ve tried to make better choices in each moment.

How about you? Are you conscious of being conscious? Are you using each moment to be a better leader? Creating your life on purpose?

Here are a few helpful reminders from our new The Sixteen Sources of Leadership instrument featured in our new The Offsite: A Leadership Experience Workshop:

I ask how my behavior influences others. This is huge and one that most people never consider in the hurly-burly of their day. It’s not necessary to obsess, but check in with people on a regular basis.

I convert ideas into action. Everyone has great ideas. It’s putting them into action that is the key to success.

I encourage a ‘we,’ not an ‘us vs. them’ mentality. Pointing fingers, shrugging off responsibility or taking credit where credit is NOT due is never cool and certainly won’t win you any leadership kudos.

I communicate with a clear, consistent voice. Garbled chatter is never necessary. Whether you’re speaking from the podium, pulpit or employee lounge, stay open, honest and authentic with everyone.

When we Show Up authentically, our presence creates trust allowing our voice to be, not just listened to, but respected. Blowhards get heard, but most people disregard their buffoonery. The goal is respectful listening that leads to understanding.

When we Step Up with passion, our curiosity can be creatively disruptive allowing for innovation to occur. Being disruptive can be a problem. However, being creatively disruptive is not. In fact, you just might create the next iPod that turns the music industry inside out. Right, Steve?

When we Serve Up with dignity our engagement deepens creating camaraderie allowing for a full sense of ownership of results. When you feel ownership of what you do, doesn’t it make you feel better? Like you belong? Make the choice to help others feel that way also.

When we Speak Up and share our vision for the future it creates possibilities for action. Our vision doesn’t have to be a massive call-to-action to fix climate change once and for all. However, it can be a call-to-action to refocus the team at work.

What are you choosing today? Would your 20-year-old self be pleased? If not, what are you going to do about it?

While you’re cogitating that Thought Grenade, keep in mind, without commitment nothing changes. Not you. Not them. Nothing.

Speaking of commitment, commit yourself to staying tuned to my outbursts in 2013. I’ll be passing on some tips, techniques and introducing you to some new friends on “What They’re Saying,” a new post written by colleagues coming soon to this space. And, of course, keep listening to Robert Thompson’s Thought Grenades.  Catch it here or subscribe to our radio show on iTunes.

Cheers, Robert.

P.S. Let The Sixteen Sources of Leadership improve the leadership culture in your organization through our new The Offsite: A Leadership Experience Workshop. To learn more, just shoot us a note at robert@leaderinsideout.com or give us a call at 408.450.3085. It would be our pleasure to help you carve your “Masterpiece.”

P.P.S. Leadership is all about relationships. With that in mind, share the word…please forward, Like or Tweet this post to a friend.  Oh, and of course…if you have a friend who has not read The Offsite: A Leadership Challenge Fable just yet, Amazon has plenty. Plus, there’s an audio version available as well. Give it a listen and let Sam, Abby and Charlie speed you towards your leadership Masterpiece on your personal history highway.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How To Enrich Lives…The Apple Way

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Carmine Gallo, author of The Apple Experience, returns with Robert Thompson and Mike Neiss to share the secrets to building insanely great customer loyalty. It begins with inspiring your internal customers, serving your external customers and setting the stage with a focus on enriching lives. Sounds like leadership, doesn’t it? Listen and learn. Subscribe to Thought Grenades on iTunes and keep us with you on your mobile.

 

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Curiosity Drives Innovation…And Allan Karl

Allan Karl, entrepreneur, photographer, adventurer and marketing pro joins Robert Thompson and Mike Neiss on Thought Grenades this week to share stories and insights from his 3 year, 62,000 mile, 35 country, 5 continent, solo motorcycle journey. Learn how his curiosity broke through fear, built trust and allowed him to embrace change. Listen to Thought Grenades live Mondays at 10 a.m. Pacific or subscribe on iTunes and listen anytime, anywhere on your mobile.

Robert Thompson’s Thought Grenades Monday, November 5, 2012

 

Tables Turned Again…Interview On Me…Part Two

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to be interviewed by Glenn Hughes of Smart As Hell.  Today I’m sharing part two of Glenn’s transcribed chat with me. It’s a bit more in-depth about how my work and his new, more focused slant on the SMART Goal process you may have experienced in the past go together like hand in glove. Check it out when you have a moment and let me know what you think. Your thoughts are always important to me.

Robert Thompson with Glenn Hughes Part Two

 

Spiritual Principles Enhance Success

Rev., Dr. Kenn Gordon, leader of the Centers for Spiritual Living and author of Mind and Manifestation, joins Robert Thompson and Mike Neiss this week. Can business leaders use spiritual principles to enhance their success? What are some ways to create effective teams based on universal principles? Listen and learn. Subscribe to Thought Grenades on iTunes.

Robert Thompson’s Thought Grenades Monday, July 30, 2012

 

How Meditation Works In The Workplace

Tom Zender, author of One-Minute Meditations at Work and God Goes to Work, joins Robert Thompson and Mike Neiss this week to share how meditation can impact an organization’s bottom line. Is it true that working people at all levels, including the executive level, are turning to spirituality in the workplace? Listen in as Tom shares a bit about his books and his passion to help you transform and calm your workplace.

Practical, simple and effective ideas on how you can make a positive difference for yourself, your organization and the world. Oh, and we have fun too! Listen live on Mondays at 10 a.m Pacific. Subscribe to Thought Grenades on iTunes.

Robert Thompson’s Thought Grenades Monday, July 16, 2012

 

How Our Religious Narratives Affect Us

Peter Block, best-selling author of The Abundant Community and Dr. Walter Brueggemann, widely considered one of the most influential Old Testament scholars of the last serveral decades, join Robert Thompson and Mike Neiss to share thoughts on how the intersection between our religious narrative and our economics affects every dimension of our lives. Listen and learn. Subscribe to Thought Grenades on iTunes.

Robert Thompson’s Thought Grenades Monday, June 4, 2012