Monday, December 30, 2013

Co-creating cultures of creativity that result in innovation

This weeks sparkenation.

Co-creating cultures of creativity that result in innovation i.e. changing what’s normal for the benefit of others and sometimes for everyone are a key to your success in 2014 and beyond. There are some great take-aways from this video by Tina Seelig to help you.

I particularly liked “Culture is something that infuses an entire organisation.” and “Culture is like the background music of any organisation.”

The concepts of framing and reframing problems, connecting and combining ideas, and being quilt makers as opposed to puzzle builders are also great.

Be the difference you want to see in the world.
Ian

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Monday, December 23, 2013

What's worth celebrating and what could be better?

This weeks sparkenation.

A key component of my Enhancing Their Gifts System is the informal and formal exercise of asking two questions: what’s worth celebrating and what could be better?

Authentic answers to these questions form a solid foundation for creating plans that will be executed to improve our lives.

Do this exercise regularly and formally at least every 90 days. The last days of this year is a perfect time to start.

Be the difference you want to see in the world.
Ian

“Celebrate what you want to see more of.”
Tom Peters

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Monday, December 16, 2013

Money can't buy me love and the power of small

This weeks Sparkenation.

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One of the reasons I am a proud partner of Buy One Give One is that 100% of what I give goes to the causes and people that I support.

A second reason is the power of small. B1G1 is really about the little things that make the big difference beautifully tied in with the everyday transactions and interactions of business.

A third reason is that many causes B1G1 supports are about helping people to take care of themselves so that eventually they don’t need help from others.

"A society that has more justice is a society that needs less charity."
Ralph Nader

As you shop in the coming days think not just about what you’re giving and getting, think and do something about helping others to help themselves.

And think too about the greatest gift of all that you can give to the world, your best self.

Be the difference you want to see in the world.
Ian

“I may not have a lot to give
But what I've got I'll give to you
I don't care too much for money
For money can't buy me love”
John Lennon and Paul McCartney

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Flip the Classroom – What Every Professional Educator Needs to Know

Flipping the ClassroomSuppose your best client came to you for advice about the best way to teach what you know. They want you to design a program for their people, who work all around the world. Money is no object, but they want you to design the absolute best program possible, using whatever technology and other tools are available, and not being constrained at all by what you have done in the past. They want something that's world's best practice, and they need your help.

What sort of things would you design for the participants?

Would you ...

  • Fly in the world's leading experts in this area (apart from you, of course!) to present to them?
  • Deliver new material via Twitter, Facebook and Google+?
  • Create interactive multimedia presentations they can install on their phones?
  • Upload training material to YouTube and Slideshare, integrated with self-assessment quizzes?
  • Set up a private online community for them to share ideas and ask questions?
  • Host a monthly videoconference for them to share ideas and ask questions?
  • Integrate the training into their daily work, so they get constant reminders to reinforce new habits?

Of course, depending on the exact situation, you might do any of these things - and many more I haven't mentioned.

But one thing you probably would not recommend is to get the participants to stop what they are doing, gather in a classroom, and listen to you presenting material all day long.

And yet, that's how most training workshops still operate.

Yes, I know you do more than just lecture at your audience all day! You have lots of time for Q&A, handouts and workbooks, group activities, and lots of opportunities for interaction. But it's still a bunch of people in a room learning from a teacher. And that just doesn't even come close to world's best practice!

The fact is, most training is still stuck in this mode, which - to be fair - was the most practical option in the twentieth century. But there are so many other - and better - opportunities available now for sharing your thought leadership. We have social media, online collaboration, Google, gamification, smartphone apps, on-demand streaming video, educational podcasts, webinars, iPads and other tablets, and much, much more.

If you're not taking advantage of these opportunities, you're falling behind - and doing your clients and audiences a disservice.

How can you flip your classrooms?

I'm not suggesting there's no place for classroom learning. There are benefits to getting participants together physically in a room. But it's a waste of time if you use that time to teach them stuff that they could just as easily have learned before they arrived. Instead, use that classroom time to facilitate discussion, encourage group participation, and provide support, assistance and mentoring.

I didn't invent this concept. It's called "Flipping the Classroom", and it's becoming increasingly popular in educational circles. Some schools and universities are taking this on board - and you should, too, because it's the future of adult education.

Take one step at a time.

Flipping the classroom seems like a gigantic step, and in some ways it is. But the biggest step isn't in doing it; it's changing your mindset - and letting go of what has worked for you in the past.

If you're designing a new training program, don't automatically design most of it to be delivered in your training room. As much as possible, think of other ways of delivering the material, use the training sessions for what must be done there.

What if you already have a training program in place? In this case, don't throw it out! Instead, start by examining it for components that don't need the participants to be physically in the room. Then consider how you can deliver these components in other ways, and re-design those parts of the program. You don't have to do them all at once, either. Just do as much as you can handle at first.

Either way, I strongly urge you to start flipping your training programs around in this way.

This is no longer optional; it's a necessity. If you don't do it with your programs, somebody else will come along and put you out of business!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Making a difference and making a living

This weeks sparkenation.

I am inspired this week by my daughter Jessica who has embarked on a crowd funding project (see below) to get her amazing books for children published. Jessica is doing what she has always wanted to do, bring her unique gifts to the world.



When Jessica was a child my focus was about making a living and climbing the corporate ladder. When I reached the top I felt empty inside and for a period regretted the climb and the lack of quality time I had spent with my family.

For the past 22 years my focus has been about making a difference. My corporate experience and success has mattered and still does. As a consequence of my focus and my expertise I am making a very good living.

The majority of people focus on making a living. Some people focus on making a difference.

A few people are focused on making a difference and making a living.
Is this you?

In the great entrepreneurial revolution we are experiencing today, fueled by the power of the internet and a vast array of technological tools, we can all make a difference and make a living. And we can do so with joy by doing what we love in the service of people who love what we do.

Be the difference you want to see in the world.
Ian

“Do what you love in the service of people who love what you do.”
Steven Farber, The Radical Leap.

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Monday, December 2, 2013

We often overlook the critical factor to achieving success

This weeks sparkenation.

I am very much enjoying reading Gary Vaynerchuk’s new book at present.

I heard about the book in many places however it was this slideshare that got me to buy it.


Gary’s book is full of many insights brought to life with great case studies however the following words by Gary are now etched on my mind

“Effort is the great equalizer.”

And these words have also brought the following wisdom from the late Jim Rohn back to the forefront of my mind

"The unique combination of desire, planning, effort and perseverance will always work its magic. The question is not whether the formula for success will work, but rather whether the person will work the formula!

Be the difference you want to see in the world.
Ian

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