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This 8-question survey will help you assess the cultural strength of your organization. If your score is 19 or below, then you really need to take advantage of our special time-limited offer: 10 copies of the Cultural Blueprinting Toolkit Workbook, 6 one-hour webinars on how to promote a culture of ownership, and a one-year subscription to my exclusive newsletter Culture Mechanic. Continue reading

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How many of your jelly beans are toxic?

Toxic Jelly beanI recently gave a presentation on The Florence Prescription for the Medical-Surgical Nursing Symposium at Palmetto Health in Columbia, South Carolina. During her introductory remarks, division director Lisa James showed this 3-minute YouTube video: The Time You Have (In Jellybeans). It is one of the most creative approaches I’ve ever seen to focus one’s attention on the things that really matter – and it is well worth watching!

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Finding Your Authentic Swing

Finding Your Authentic Swing

Authentic swingCore Action Value #1 in our course on The Twelve Core Action Values is Authenticity.  We start there because if you really work at Core Action Values 2-12, you will become much more successful much more quickly – and I’d hate to have you accelerate your progress toward becoming a successful phony.

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Waking up with da Vinci’s Eyes

CloudI took this picture yesterday while flying into O’Hare Airport over Lake Michigan.  There’s nothing particularly spectacular about it. It was taken with a cell phone by a photographer with blurred vision (caused by Lasik); there is no dramatic sunset transforming the clouds into a fireworks display, no backdrop of sailboats casting shadows on the coral reefs of a Caribbean seascape. Just ordinary clouds, nothing more.

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Three Words that Get Things Done

PUA posterThis giant poster greeted me when I arrived at Star Valley Medical Center last week for our course on The Twelve Core Action Values

“Proceed Until Apprehended” are the three most important words in my book The Florence Prescription: From Accountability to Ownership, which has been given to every employee of Star Valley Medical Center in Afton, Wyoming (with another 200,000 copies have been shared with employees at hundreds of other hospitals and other organizations).

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The Essential First Step to Self-Awareness

You are notThe first cornerstone of Authenticity, which is Core Action Value #1 in our course on The Twelve Core Action Values, is Self-Awareness.  To know yourself is the greatest wisdom, said Socrates, among the wisest of men.

Paradoxically, the first step to knowing who you are is often being clear about who you are not but might be confused into thinking you are.  Dr. Jeffrey Schwartz is a leading scholar on the functioning of the mind and the brain (the title of his first book).  In his latest book You Are Not Your Brain (with Dr. Rebecca Gladding) he describes some of the ways that your brain lies to you by painting a picture of the world, and of you yourself, that is simply not true.

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Spark Plug with Poets’ Meditations on Work

Self Made ManSelf Made Man by Colorado sculptor Bobbie Carlyle
 

Labor Day is a day for picnics and play, but we should not forget that its original purpose was to celebrate labor – which is a synonym for hard work.

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Rewriting Memories of the Past

“The most obvious thing about which you can do nothing now is your past behavior.  Everything that you ever did is simply over, and while you can almost always learn from it, and sometimes change effects that are continuing into the present, you cannot undo what you have done.”

 -Wayne Dyer: Pulling Your Own Strings

Every historian knows that the past is largely that which you choose to remember – and the way in which you choose to remember it.  A history of the Civil War would have been written very differently by a freed slave and a Confederate general.  Any trial lawyer will tell you that if six different people witness an accident, reports will read as if it were six different accidents – and if you wait a week and ask again, it will read as another six altogether different accidents.

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Train your doubt

“Doubt is torture.  If we give ourselves fully to something, it will be clearer when it might be appropriate to quit.  It is a constant test of perseverance…  Don’t listen to doubt.  It leads no place but to pain and negativity.”

Natalie Goldberg:  Writing Down the Bones 

Between 1902 and 1908, the German Rainer Maria Rilke wrote a series of letters to a young poet that have since been published (and are still in print).  The young poet was wracked by self-doubt about the quality of his work.  Rilke responded that he needed to train his doubt, to teach it to ask better questions.  That is great advice when your world turns upside down.

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Use Constructive Metaphors to Define Your World

Kien Pham on the Inner Compass

Crisis - ChineseMy friend and business school classmate is one of the most amazing people I have ever known.  He recently sent me the text of a speech he have titled Inner Compass: The Difference between Impossibilities and Possibilities.  I highly recommend this to you, your coworkers, and especially to your children if you are a parent.  You can download the article at this link.

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