Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Shake, rattle and get rolling

Nick Morgan, author of Power Cues: The Subtle Science of Leading Groups, Persuading Others, and Maximizing Your Personal Impact" (whew long subtitle), writes in Forbes about how to climb out of a rut in the workplace.

He is building on the ideas of Cathy Salit, head of Perfomance for a Lifetime. And I am building on him.

First, embrace awkward growth. Be open to things you are not expert in or even have rejected in the past. If the world were unchanging, you would not need to get out of rut, but it isn't. Try something you feel incompetent at for a week or even a month.

Rebuild teams. We crave connection--we are human. Shake up the old approach. Can you think of one to shake today?

Listen anew. People don't listen--it's a lost art. Listening means getting feedback--evaluation. Paraphrase back what you heard. And try to be empathetic--try to "hear" what isn't being "said."

Create from complaints. Take a disaster and turn it on its head. Most people are good at complaining. Use those.

Improvise endorsement.  Rehearsing is sort of the opposite of improv, but practice using "Yes...and". Add to each idea you hear.

To me the biggest message here is take another look at something you rejected. Ever do that?

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