Enlightened Leadership

Being a leader means you can’t avoid difficult conversations, even when addressing conflict makes you uncomfortable, Marlene Chism writes. One of her four suggestions for inviting discomfort is to avoid interrupting during triggering conversations, instead encouraging the speaker to express themselves.

” from SmartBrief on Leadership

Rather than avoidance, engage to understand.  Rather than terminating or firing the speaker, encourage the offering of alternative ideas, options to explore.
Attract people to your inner circle who are willing to disagree with you and who bring alternative viewpoints.
As the leader it is your responsibility to make the final decisions but listening and learning first will allow you to make better decisions.  You don’t want your assumptions to get in the way of deep and exploratory thinking about a subject.

Take Notes and Make Notes Using Mind Maps

Take Notes and Make Notes using Mind Maps

Unless you have a perfect memory for everything you hear and everything you read, you will need to make notes of important points you DO want to remember.  By that I mean not writing everything down because you don’t know what you will want later, but instead just noting the keywords and ideas.  Learning to focus and to listen to understand and parse is a worthwhile skill.

Connecting the important ideas and writing down only key words and phrases can most easily be done by taking notes as a mind map.  The mind map allows you to add keywords or phrases to the topic branches as they come up.

It is also much easier to review your notes in a mind map than to reread whole paragraphs or outlines.

You will find that making notes about a topic you want to write or speak about in a mind map form allows you to organize your disparate ideas into logical branches before proceeding.  You may find that if the purpose is to give a short informal talk, you can follow the mind map and give the whole talk without writing out a speech.  Your talk will sound much more natural and you will appear well versed in your topic versus looking like you are reading from a document or note cards.

To learn more about how to take notes and make notes using mind maps, see my TEDx talk or contact me.

HOW TO BRING IN A VIRTUAL COACH

USE A VIRTUAL COACH

Do You Have a Virtual Coach?

What makes a great coach?  Everyone needs a coach.  Even the best players in sports use coaches. Coaches may not be physically better than the recipient of the coaching but they are observant and great at asking questions that make the recipient more aware.  They help the recipient learn and improve.

We may need someone to remind, to listen, to be a better alter ego, to catch us when we fall, to pick us back up and encourage.

We can’t always see our own faults.  Sometimes we need the coach to be a magnifying mirror.

Think about how you learned to ride a bike. Your coach, probably your Mom or Dad or a neighbor, held the back of the seat to steady the bike as you got a feel for balancing. They ran along, picked you and the bike up if you fell, maybe disinfected and bandaged the scrapes, and let go at the appropriate time.

During this difficult time I do all my coaching virtually, but I forecast that virtual will continue even when we can get back together so that distance doesn’t become a problem.  You will be able to choose a coach from anywhere in the world, you may even decide to choose me.

Emotional Intelligence

At one time it was thought your IQ was innate.

Do you remember taking an IQ test in school?  The results were shared with your parents but not you.  Having a high IQ apparently didn’t mean you were smart enough to handle the information. Some schools even divided students into the smart classes and the not smart classes.

Understanding Emotional Intelligence

Emotional Intelligence Pictured

The Faces of Emotional Intelligence
Research proved that what teachers were told about how smart (high IQ) a student was impacted how well that student did in class.  It affected the teacher’s expectations which then affected what they did and said to the student. In the end it affected how well that student did in school.

Now we understand that IQ is not completely fixed. We can grow in the areas tested as IQ.

And now we also understand that success in life is even more affected by your EQ, emotional intelligence.  How you understand and handle yourself, your own emotions.  And how you understand and interact with other personalities. This, too, is something you can learn and improve.

Let me know if you would like to know more about this subject.

Use a Virtual Coach

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Business, Brains & BS

Published on Oct. 8, 2014

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Note: if you order through this link Amazon will make a donation to the charity FitMS Neurobalance Center. Thank you for helping this 501c3 charity.

I am honored by the early endorsements from a number of people who have read the manuscript before it went to the printer.

Praise for Business, Brains & B.S.

A superb book! Dr. Wagner provides a wonderful cross between reading a Tom Clancy novel and a Jack Canfield success guide!!! She challenges the conventional wisdom of how we think, both individually and as a group, and how we communicate and handle a crisis. She provides solid hands on techniques to create a more creative thought process while demonstrating concepts of communicating to a variety of audiences. The key with this book is the unique approach she takes in presenting a fictitious case study in a fast-paced mystery and suspense format that makes for an easy, entertaining and engaging read. It does this while providing valuable insights and lessons to learn. No business leader should be without a copy of this book in their library.” - Salvatore M. Capizzi, Executive Vice President, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, Dunham & Associates Investment Counsel, Inc. San Diego, CA

"Knowledge is not necessarily wisdom. This book makes that distinction and shows how to extract everyday wisdom from your experiences. Read it and reap." - Sam Horn, author of POP! and Tongue Fu!

“This book will help you become a better manager. Period! But there's something more. "Business, Brains, and BS" is one hell of a good book! Ms. Wagner is every bit as good an author as she is a consultant, and this book is as good as most any "whodunit" you might choose to read this summer. Beach reading totally at home in the boardroom.” - William Matthies, Author, "The 7 Keys to Change"

“As anyone who has met me knows, I remind people to be outrageous, and that is how I would describe the title and style of Hazel Wagner’s new book, Business, Brains and BS. She knows how to grab and keep your attention so that you emerge wiser. - Mikki Williams, CSP, CPAE, professional speaker/executive coach and producer of Speaker Schools

“For me it made reading a business book fun, I accidentally read the business book, while I was turning pages in the mystery. It read fast and the information stuck to my brain better when I forgot that I was learning something.” – Keith C.P. Wagner, President, Fabrik Industries, Inc.

 

 

You Can Think Like Leonardo DaVinci

What does it Mean to Think Like Leonardo de Vinci?

He combined art and science in everything he did. His sculpture and paintings incorporated science and his knowledge of the human body, muscles, and structure.
And his exploration of scientific topics was documented with beautiful, artistic drawings.
You can combine art and science in your own thinking. You can also combine your analytical left-brain thinking and creative right-brain thinking by taking notes using a mind map.

How would it help you if you were good at mind mapping?

Why take a Mind Mapping course?

There are so many good things that happen when you learn to use mind mapping that I had to make you a mind map to show them all…and there are even more than the ones that I listed.

I’d like to hear the reasons it would be helpful to you. Would you like to learn to pay attention and take notes better when listening to someone speak, or when you are reading a book or article? Would you like it to be easier to review notes you made instead of laboriously rereading all of the sentences? Would you like to be able to have collaborative meetings with others over Zoom or another online shared meeting? An that could be just the beginning of the advantages of learning to mind map.

What would be your reasons or interests in mind mapping? Let me know.

Help Others to Learn

Helping Others Learn
The well known old Chinese proverb says, If you give a person a fish, he eats for a day, if you teach him to fish, you feed him for life.

Teaching a concept to others is like that. They learn and can apply the concept. But teach someone how to learn, how to increase their knowledge, and you have given them a gift for life.

Teach someone how to read or listen effectively, so they remember what they read or heard, is like teaching them to fish.

Most people hardly listen. They can’t remember someone’s name nor what they said. When you learn to listen for content and context, for the meaning, then you will remember and those who feel listened to will remember you for that appreciation you showed.

Learn Something New Every Day – then Share it

3d version of BB&BS  
   

 

Business, Brains & BS

Published on Oct. 8, 2014

amazon
button-buy-barnes-and-noble

 
Note: if you order through this link Amazon will make a donation to the charity FitMS Neurobalance Center. Thank you for helping this 501c3 charity.

I am honored by the early endorsements from a number of people who have read the manuscript before it went to the printer.

Praise for Business, Brains & B.S.

A superb book! Dr. Wagner provides a wonderful cross between reading a Tom Clancy novel and a Jack Canfield success guide!!! She challenges the conventional wisdom of how we think, both individually and as a group, and how we communicate and handle a crisis. She provides solid hands on techniques to create a more creative thought process while demonstrating concepts of communicating to a variety of audiences. The key with this book is the unique approach she takes in presenting a fictitious case study in a fast-paced mystery and suspense format that makes for an easy, entertaining and engaging read. It does this while providing valuable insights and lessons to learn. No business leader should be without a copy of this book in their library.” - Salvatore M. Capizzi, Executive Vice President, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, Dunham & Associates Investment Counsel, Inc. San Diego, CA

"Knowledge is not necessarily wisdom. This book makes that distinction and shows how to extract everyday wisdom from your experiences. Read it and reap." - Sam Horn, author of POP! and Tongue Fu!

“This book will help you become a better manager. Period! But there's something more. "Business, Brains, and BS" is one hell of a good book! Ms. Wagner is every bit as good an author as she is a consultant, and this book is as good as most any "whodunit" you might choose to read this summer. Beach reading totally at home in the boardroom.” - William Matthies, Author, "The 7 Keys to Change"

“As anyone who has met me knows, I remind people to be outrageous, and that is how I would describe the title and style of Hazel Wagner’s new book, Business, Brains and BS. She knows how to grab and keep your attention so that you emerge wiser. - Mikki Williams, CSP, CPAE, professional speaker/executive coach and producer of Speaker Schools

“For me it made reading a business book fun, I accidentally read the business book, while I was turning pages in the mystery. It read fast and the information stuck to my brain better when I forgot that I was learning something.” – Keith C.P. Wagner, President, Fabrik Industries, Inc.

 

 

The Curve Ball in Business and Baseball

baseball curve ball

pitching a curve ball

Business expressions are often borrowed (or maybe stolen) from sports.

In baseball, the curve ball is one of the hardest pitches to hit and hit accurately. The pitch itself is thrown with a hard spin of the ball, causing the ball to drop or veer suddenly when it approaches home plate, while also maintaining a high speed (unlike the standard changeup). Its purpose is to “throw” the batter off or come as a surprise when not expected, causing them to swing and miss. Some of the best and hardest hitters in the game can train their whole life to be a great ball player, but the curve ball can slow them down very quickly when not prepared [just ask Pedro Serrano in the movie, “Major League”].

In business [and life], we use the expression to mean something unexpected, difficult to deal with, an obstacle, or a problem, especially a problem not foreseen. We can be really good at what we have in front of us, our daily routines, our normal tasks [the fastballs in life]. But those curve balls are what can really change our perspective and force us to take a step back, re-analyze, re-evaluate. That curve ball can be any size [or speed], from a slight change in a project, a cancellation of an event, or a big as a job loss, or a pandemic that changes the entire focus of a business.

We can also learn from the legal field and negotiation methods, just like those successful baseball players who practice hitting any and every form of a curve ball that is possible. A lawyer getting ready for a trial prepares for any and every question the opposition may ask. In negotiations, one brainstorms (see brainstorming techniques in several of my blogs on the subject) a list of every adverse possibility to be ready.

Now, in baseball and in business, a curve ball is expected and is more commonly thrown. It’s also evolved, with multiple versions, speeds, and occurrences. It’s extremely important to study each player, person, and scenario to know who can throw that curve ball, and when. Today, the best hitters in baseball, and the best business professionals, have made their way to the top by not only being able to predict when a curve ball will be thrown, but also being prepared and ready to “hit it out of the park” and continue to be successful.

Just as the term comes from baseball, we can learn from the sport on how to be more prepared for a situation coming ‘out of left field’; again, a baseball term. If we can be more prepared and ready for when a curve ball is thrown our way, we will be more successful as a person, a professional, and a business.

This blogpost was jointly written by
Baseball and sports marketing expert Riley Wancket
312-909-2430
riley.wancket@gmail.com

and

Author, Speaker, Business Brain Booster,
Hazel Wagner, PhD, MBA, BBB