Oct 072009
 

Bloggers hubSitting in the front row in the Bloggers Hub at The World Business Forum. Wired, ready to go and surrounded by 50 of the best bloggers on the planet. A bit intimidating. These are some of the most savvy social media folks around, smart thinkers, great writers and they type a lot faster than me.

Undaunted, I’ve put on my Asset-Based Thinking lenses and will be viewing the conference with an eye towards how speakers address positive change and momentum. I’ll also be drawing on the energy and support of my fellow bloggers.

Some Asset-Based Thinking take-aways from the morning session.

Setting The Stage
Les Hinton, CEO of the Dow Jones Company summed up the past year with a quote. “If you ride through hell, you don’t stop.” He advised the audience to be vigilant and “keep on riding” since there are still challenges ahead. It’s not over yet. He was simultaneously optimistic about focusing on the future, the importance of small business and sticking to what business does best. Creating value!

Bill George & How Crisis Shapes Leaders
Bill George, from Harvard, delivered a personal and practical talk on “Leading In A Crisis” based on his excellent book, “7 Lessons For Leading In A Crisis”. Overall, he’s concerned that the aftermath of the crisis may be worse than the “storm” itself because of the jobs issues. Bill believes that leaders have been too focused on saving jobs rather than creating jobs and that small business is the job creation engine that drives our future. Amen.

Bill also said this. “Crisis is the true test of a leader and great leaders never let a good crisis go to waste”. Only by taking the crisis head on and looking deep into the eye of the storm can a leader see the opportunities on the other side. And, great leaders actively learn how to “anticipate” crisis and be ready.

His best Asset-Based Thinking advice was this. When facing a crisis one should lead by his or her True North Values. The beliefs and values by which you lead your life should be the way you lead in your business. Another humbling thought. The career you have built over 30 years can be lost in 30 minutes if a crisis is not handled with leadership and integrity.

Bill Conaty & Making The Most of The Human Resource

Bill served as head of HR at GE under the legendary Jack Welch. Together they built a World Class company built on performance based values. He underscored the need to have Human Resources move beyond being viewed ad the “pensions and picnics” to being positioned a real business partner, employee advocate and “trustee” of the company values. (love they concept of a values trustee)

Theses are the ingredients necessary to build a performance based culture

  • Passionate CEO commitment.
  • Well understood values.
  • Real goals and measurements.
  • Trust and candor in evaluations. (Trust Agents in your company)
  • Consequences for failing.
  • Always raising the bar

Bill’s best asset-based thinking advice was this.

“Making the numbers and embracing core values are the metrics of success. Too much time is spent on the number…without the values superior performance is not sustainable”

To borrow a phrase from a past election…It’s about the values, stupid. The best leaders make sure that values are deeply embedded into a company, at all levels, and that there is a clear succession plan to carry them on.

Pat Lencioni – Trust Shall Set You Free.
A real deal Team Building guru. Pat was the energizing finale of the morning. The ultimate “infotainment” speaker, Pat made transformed the simple principles of building effective teams into profound, practical and powerful insights.

He believes that for any business to maximize its potential the business needs to do two things very well….be intellectually SMART (the nuts and bolts of the business) and operational HEALTHY (The emotional & personal engagement of the business) The right balance of these two critical ingredients build a teamwork culture that minimizes politics and confusion maximizes morale, productivity and retention.

Some other pithy tips and advice:

  • Health lets a business tap more deeply into its smart side.
  • A cohesive leadership team requires both Intellectual Clarity and Behavioral Clarity
  • Don’t fear redundancy. Over communicate the clarity.

Pat identified what I believe is the “silver bullet” in enabling functional teamwork to flourish and help make a business great. Trust. Predictive trust (to say what one believes) and vulnerability based trust ( to feel free to admit shortcomings and be vulnerable)

This multi-dimensional trust helps everyone overcome their fear of conflict – not personal conflict – but debate and positive conflict over issues. Without conflict there can’t be true commitment.

Pat’s simple wisdom – Conflict with trust is pursuit of the truth. Without Trust its politics. Foster an environment of “Disagree and Commit”.

Finally, Pat made an emotional appeal to the audience to realize that as leaders they have profound influence on the everyday lives of the people they work with. He summed up leadership as a “profound ministry”. An inspiring Amen for all of us in the audience.

Lunch time. Refuel for an exciting afternoon of Jeffrey Sachs and T.Boone Pickens.

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Oct 062009
 

Positive Social Media Adrenaline Amps Up Business Events

WBF Radio City

Reporting live on Day 1 as a featured blogger at the World Business Forum (#wbf09) at Radio City Music hall in NYC. A beautiful day in the Big Apple for a Big Idea business conference.

Bloggers Hub Buzz
Even before the speeches begin one of the event’s unique features is generating a great deal of positive chatter. The event organizers, HSM get a big Asset-Based Thinking shout out for creating the Bloggers Hub. It is a state of the art resource placed right in the middle of the action that houses about 50 featured bloggers providing us with full access to everything happening at the event. The bloggers hub is new and very smart communication idea for conferences, the benefits of which are apparent even at this early stage.

Bloggers Hub Benefits That I See

  • Facilitates a friendly, open platform for bloggers to provide real time updates, commentary and coverage of the speeches of some very smart and influential leaders.
  • Serves as a micro-community of a diverse group of bloggers to connect around a common interest…live reporting and disseminating information of significance…what I call “Content of Consequence”
  • Creates an environment of mutually supportive and connected energy that feeds on itself. A special “vibe” that brings a new collective dynamic to a usually solitary writing process.
  • Provides a “streaming commentary” on topics and discussions as they happen and invites real time response and interaction from each blogger’s audience which we in turn can use as fuel for our reporting.
  • Links a network of “Trust Agents” and enables their power to apply leverage to issues and opportunities. Chris Brogan (@chrisbrogan) describes this as the “Archimedes Effect” in his brilliant new book entitled ( of course) Trust Agents.

So, stay tuned for live blog posts, tweets, twirtpics, twitvids, facebook updates and more from The World Business Forum. Welcome to what Jeff Pulver  (@jeffpulver) has dubbed The State of Now.

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Sep 242009
 

This is my first post kicking off a series called Asset-Based Thinking In Action. Here’s what this series is all about

Celebrating how remarkable people from all walks of life use Asset-Based Thinking  to have an impact and make a difference. ABT lessons learned and how to apply them to your daily life.

We live in a 24/7 non-stop world with instant access to just about any information we want or need. More than we can ever use. And yet, most of what we see, hear and read comes at us from negative perspectives. Sometimes we just feel like saying “enough”.

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My partner, Dr. Kathy Cramer and I felt frustrated and motivated enough by the constant din negativity that we created a series of books that brings to life a revolutionary (and re­freshingly simple) concept called Asset-Based Thinking. (ABT, for short) It’s a practical approach to focusing on the positive side of life’s ledger and using it to full advantage in everything you do.

Small Shifts Can Make Seismic Differences

Small shifts in the way we absorb, perceive, filter, and interpret information can lead to dramatic improvements in the way we live. Which direction we take is up to us. Asset-Based Thinking zeros in on what’s working and possible rather than what’s not – Deficit-Based Thinking (DBT). ABT favors inspiration and aspira­tion over desperation…and it is infectious. The choice is ours alone to make.

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Asset-Based Thinking In Action – Seeing Is Believing.

istockphoto_10305355-thumbs-up-over-green-backgroundOne of the best ways to see and feel the power and potential of asset-based thinking is to observe and learn from how others put ABT into action in their own lives. Every week, this series will shine a positive and uplifting and light on people who use asset-based thinking to make a difference in their lives and the lives of others.

From CEO’s to small business owners, teachers and students, volunteers and public servants, teens and grandparents these stories will help you feel better, live better and raise you spirits. Another great bonus derived from reading these ABT in Action stories is personal growth and discovery. Remember this truth:

“The qualities that we admire in others we have in ourselves. You just have to know how and where to look for them”

ABT In Action At The World Business Forum:

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The World Business Forum is an annual global business summit that will be held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on October 6 & &.  The WBF ranks among the world’s top five most influential venues for CEO’s and C-Suite executives. There will be 5000 attendees and Bill Clinton, Jack Welsh, and T-Boone Pickens are just a few of the a-list speakers.

I am fortunate to have been chosen as one of the select group of bloggers to have exclusive access to the event. I’ll be writing some of my next articles form the World Business Forum event. I promise this will be very exciting and informative two days.

Stay Tuned.

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