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3 Vital Questions for Transformative Results:  David Emerald

3 Vital Questions for Transformative Results: David Emerald

May 11, 2020

Ask these 3 Powerful Questions

... when facing change, feeling stuck or dealing with workplace drama.  They'll help you level up the results you get.

  1. Where are you placing your focus?
  2. How are you relating?
  3. What actions are you taking?

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David has followed up his wildly popular and super sticky book, TED: The Empowerment Dynamic with 3 Vital Questions: Transforming Workplace Drama.  When we answer these questions and upshift our perspective, we become more resilient and more likely to create the results we desire. 

This just in:  David has won the Independent Press Award's Distinguished Favorites of 2020 for 3 Vital Questions!

Energy Follows Attention

We're built for survival.  Our default mode is to scan for danger and then react.  If we want to create a wonderful life and build great places to work, then we have to move past problem-solving.  We have to build habits that support designing futures rather than reacting to problems.  David Emerald's 3 Vital Questions takes our focus from a problem to an outcome orientation.

Highlights from the Interview

These excerpts have been edited for context.

[07:10]  ...The first vital question is, Where are you putting your focus? The subtext to that is, are you focusing on problems, or are you focusing on outcomes? What informs that question is an organizing framework that I call FISBE. FISBE is an acronym that stands for Focus, Inner State and BEhavior. The idea is that what we focus on engages some emotional response. That inner state that then drives our behavior. 

[17:16] ...Vital Question Two is, How are you relating? How are you relating to others? How are you relating to your experience? And how are you relating to yourself? Are you relating in ways that produce, or perpetuate drama? Or are you relating in ways that empower others and yourself to be more resourceful, resilient and innovative?

If our orientation is problem-focused, fear-based and reactive in nature, that creates the environment and the conditions for the Dreaded Drama Triangle, or DDT, which I'll explain in more detail in just a moment. I also want to say that if we can consciously choose to operate as much as possible out of that Outcome Orientation, where we're focused on what we care about, that our inner state is more passion-based and we're taking creative action, that creates the conditions for a different set of relationship roles and dynamics that we call TED or The Empowerment Dynamic.

[31:29]: What actions are you taking? Are you merely reacting to the problems of the moment, or are you taking creative and generative action, including the solving of problems in service to outcomes? Dynamic tension informs the Third Vital Question.

[32:42]: The three basic steps of dynamic tension are first and foremost,  focus on the outcome and to be as clear as we can on the outcome, that the outcome can sometimes be clear and concrete, other times it may be more vague and directional.

Then the second step is to step back and tell the truth about, what's my current reality in relation to the outcome? That engages a tension between what we want and what we're currently experiencing.

The third piece of dynamic tension is to then determine and take baby steps that move from our current reality toward our envisioned outcome. Baby steps to me are things that as an individual, or team, we can choose to do that tend to be short-term and in organizational terms. LeeAnn, it could be as simple as, ‘I need to have a conversation’, or ‘we need to go gather this information’. It's just whenever the next little step is, that’s going to help us move toward and/or get clearer about the outcome.

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3 Vital Questions website

The Power of TED: The Empowerment Dynamic

3 Vital Questions:Transforming Workplace Drama

David Emerald

Donna Zajonc

Stephen Karpman's Drama Triangle

Bob Anderson

The Leadership Circle Profile

Robert Fritz:  Structural Tension

Stagen

After listening to the interview and reading the notes, I wonder what your takeaway is?

Thanks for tuning in!

LeeAnn

 

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Bob Anderson: Boot Up Your Inner Game

Bob Anderson: Boot Up Your Inner Game

April 7, 2020

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"A Creative style of leadership is driven by passion, purpose and vision and is about bringing into being what I care about and becoming who I most desire to be as a leader.  Reactive leadership is about responding to problems, fears and threats.

You can't create the kind of agile, adaptive innovative and engaged workplaces that we are trying to construct in order to thrive in a VUCA world.  You literally can't create those cultures and systems and structures from a Reactive leadership mindset."

- Bob Anderson, summarized quote

Bob Anderson is the creator of the Leadership Circle Profile, a groundbreaking 360 leadership assessment. We recorded this call on February 21st, 2020. The date is significant because the coronavirus had not yet reached pandemic status and there were no detected cases of community spread in the US. We don’t speak at all of the crisis in our interview and listening today it seems a bit tone-deaf. As you listen, I invite you to place the conversation in the context of the incredibly volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous [VUCA] environment we’re living in.

Throughout the conversation, Bob talks about practices he personally engages in to deepen his own development. I’ve taken the liberty to document my version of those and I’ve provided a link to them in the episode notes and on my website at www.rise-leaders.com/podcast

We spend most of our time in this interview on the Creative and Reactive dimensions of the model and on the latest findings gathered from a database of write-in comments provided when leaders rate other leaders. Bob and Bill Adams’ latest book, Scaling Leadership, is based on this provocative data. 

Bob reviews the Top 10 Most-Endorsed Strengths for High Creative Leaders from this research (hint: people, people, people).

He shares his own examples of moving from a Reactive to Creative style of leadership and the deep reflection and stillness that is required to speak with authenticity and in a way that uses conflict generatively.

Links:

Full Circle Group

Bob Kegan

Socialized and Self-Authoring mindsets

Covey

Mastering Leadership

 

Conscious Capitalism: An Idea Whose Time Has Come with Alexander McCobin

Conscious Capitalism: An Idea Whose Time Has Come with Alexander McCobin

March 3, 2020

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Inching Towards Conscious Capitalism as Business as Usual

Conscious capitalism is a term, a movement and the name of the non-profit organization, Conscious Capitalism, Inc. (CCI), whose role is to be the foundation of the movement. CCI brings business leaders together to share best practices for implementing the ideals of conscious capitalism.

It’s hard to pinpoint exactly when and where the term originated, but aspects of conscious capitalism have been around for decades. As we discuss in the interview, Conscious Capitalism provides an organizing principle for many practices that put humans at the center of the business ecosystem.

Might we be so bold as to hope that the terms, conscious and social capitalism become redundant and that Alexandar McCobin gladly invests his passion in another worthy endeavor?  I believe it's a worthwhile place to invest one's energy. 

Tune in to learn more about the opportunities and challenges of the movement and perhaps even your personal role in supporting this sea change.

The Power of Awe, Art and Observation:  Bonnie Pitman

The Power of Awe, Art and Observation: Bonnie Pitman

February 11, 2020

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Awe and wonder are getting a lot of attention these days because of what happens in our brain when we experience these powerful emotional states. 

Inspiration and generosity spike and we feel more connected to the world around us.  And as a result, stress and rumination decrease.  Overall wellbeing is amplified.  The great news is that we can experience awe and wonder as part of our daily life - we just have to become more aware of what is already in our midst. 

Bonnie Pitman, with her long and distinguished history in the world of art, developed two foundational practices that support the onboarding of these states in response to a life-changing illness that she continues to navigate.  She teaches us the Do Something New and Power of Observation practices during our conversation.  

 

Bonnie Pitman

Bonnie Pitman Instagram

Do Something New Practice

The Power of Observation Framework

Speechless:  Different by Design

 

The Rhythm of a Great Place to Work

The Rhythm of a Great Place to Work

November 12, 2019

We Inspire Dreams and Transform Lives 

- PCI’s Purpose  

www.rise-leaders.com/podcast

Drew Clancy, President of Publishing Concepts (PCI), is a self-proclaimed ‘cultural enthusiast’.  His commitment to the core elements of culture has resulted in year-over-year growth and consistent recognition as a Best Place to Work.  As a third-generation leader he has brought this near 100-year-old family business solidly into the 21st Century through innovation and servant leadership. 

The big ideas:

  • Culture is a strategy for a high performing business
  • How rigor, rhythm and culture are integral to one another
  • Courage as a key element

Explore the show notes and transcript for important lessons and resources from Drew!

 

Doing Good + Doing Well:  Lauren Clarke and Turn Compost

Doing Good + Doing Well: Lauren Clarke and Turn Compost

October 24, 2019

In-depth show notes and links can be found on the Rise Leaders Radio episode page. 

My passion for gardening may strike some as selfish, or merely an act of resignation in the face of overwhelming problems that beset the world. It is neither. I have found that each garden is just what Voltaire proposed in Candide: a microcosm of a just and beautiful society. ”

Andrew Weil

On Earth Day 2018 Lauren Clarke launched Turn Compost, Dallas’ first subscription composting service.  Turn has experienced phenomenal growth, proving that it’s possible to run a profitable company that truly and clearly does good. 

In 18 months, Turn’s subscription service has grown to 17 zip codes in Dallas and 8 drop-off locations in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area.  Revenues are up 648% comparing Q3 2018 to Q32019.  Any start-up would love these numbers! 

Lauren shares some staggering statistics, both alarming and exciting, on the topic of foodwaste and the industry that’s growing around it.  I predict we’ll be seeing more businesses sprouting up to address the plethora of possibilities.

We will also hear Lauren’s advice about start-ups and the benefits of getting more connected to our sources for food. 

Doing Her Work:  Michelle Kinder Leading From the Inside Out

Doing Her Work: Michelle Kinder Leading From the Inside Out

October 1, 2019

“If you have come here to help me you are wasting your time, but if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.”  - Lilla Watson

 

Michelle Kinder is well-known in the domains of social-emotional learning and education. She is also an authoritative voice in the discourses of leadership, stress, emotional health, trauma and parenting. Her increasing passion about historical and structural inequities has led her to make an important shift in her career, which we explore in depth in our conversation. Michelle shares how growing up in Guatemala influenced her perspective on social issues and how this grew her capacity to innovate and problem-solve.  We hear her view on the destructive “us” and “them” narratives that often accompany outreach efforts and how cultural forces are counterproductive to our ability to be grounded and sensitive as individuals. We discuss the focus of Momentous Institute, her new partnership with the Stagen Leadership Academy, and her collaboration with Rex Miller, with whom she is co-authoring a book on the challenges of educators.  Michelle advises that, for us to be most effective in bringing about positive change, we need to do whatever work is needed to be able to regulate our own nervous systems. She speaks frankly on her view about the responsibilities of the corporate and philanthropic worlds in establishing a more equitable society.

An Essential Link:  Wellbeing and Leader Effectiveness

An Essential Link: Wellbeing and Leader Effectiveness

September 17, 2019

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At the center of the Universe dwells the Great Spirit. And that center is really everywhere. It is within each of us.  

- Black Elk 

 

Without a global revolution in the sphere of human consciousness, nothing will change for the better in the sphere of our being as human. 

-  Vaclav Havel

Renee Moorefield, PhD is committed to all aspects of wellbeing.  In our conversation, we explore resilience, what it means to thrive and the Be Well Lead Well® assessment.

 

How To:  Build a Culture and a Thriving Business

How To: Build a Culture and a Thriving Business

September 5, 2019
Culture eats strategy for lunch
 - Peter Drucker
 
NOTE:  Show Notes on the Rise Leaders Radio web page are full of suggestions and resources related to building a thriving culture, staying relevant as your industry changes and keeping the business strong even as the personal partnership changes
 
 
Anytime Fitness Bishop Arts is in the 97th percentile of clubs in the Anytime Fitness franchise and quite easily achieved status as a Platinum Club.   Several metrics combine for this designation:  member retention, financial results, team member retention, and their PLEASE scores, which are based on the club’s alignment with corporate values.  
 
I have a colleague who likes to say, "leaders get the organizations they deserve".  Owners Jacqui Bliss and Renee Reed have a lot to be proud of and they are getting exactly what they worked hard for and thus deserve.
 
The Platinum Club accolade does not surprise me one bit.  I’ve been a member of AF BAD (Anytime Fitness Bishop Arts District) for two years and from the moment I walked in I could feel the culture.  And because my experience and their offer continues to improve, I conclude that I was not shown dogs and ponies.  It’s an easy place to be; the community is friendly and eager to support your goals.  Even with the neighborly atmosphere, the sweat pours, heart rates rise and strength is built.    
 
I always intended that the Rise Leaders Radio podcast include two ways of bringing value:  the interview itself and an accompanying article, or blog post that picks up on and extends past the content of the podcast.  These Show Notes expand on concepts and provide links to helpful resources.    
 
Here are the big ideas of the podcast:
  • Elements of their high-performing culture
  • Staying relevant in the changing world of fitness
  • How business partners get through hard time by staying focused on the future and leaning on each other’s strengths 
 
The show notes are a separate value piece and I hope you’ll read and comment!  
 
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Elevate your part of the world-
 
LeeAnn
Christian Chernock: Designing a Life | Building for the Future

Christian Chernock: Designing a Life | Building for the Future

August 21, 2019

Passion is the result of a good life design, not the cause.

Bill Burnett & Dave Evans, Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life

 

I knew that Christian's story would be interesting because while he was building his residential development business he also finished a Masters degree in Transpersonal Psychology at Naropa University in Boulder, CO.   This all came on the heels of an existential exit as a professional golfer as a result of a career-ending back injury.  Let all that sink in!  

He now owns and operates Christian Chernock Properties, a design + build firm in Dallas that focuses on the revitalization of historic and conservation districts.  His intellect and focus on sustainable and future-focused design pushes the edges - and some local residents’ buttons, too!  

Christian’s background as a high performing athlete and his ongoing commitment to ‘leave it all on the field’ have been instrumental to his success.

Here's what to listen for in the interview.  Detailed notes and links can be found on the Rise Leaders Radio website page.  

  • How Christian integrated the concepts of Lifestyle Design, self-awareness and professional support to move him through this critical life transition.
  • Lifelong passions as clues for living a fulfilling life.
  • The importance of finding and giving oneself over to the right teachers and to committing to deliberate practice in service of your greatest desires.
  • Reduce overwhelm and build confidence by breaking big goals into manageable milestones and do-able steps.
  • The challenge of architecting an environment that elicits pride 100 years from now while also addressing historic preservation, increasing density, rising rents, and building codes. Generating an evolutionary future that respects the past and protects the sense of place is a tall order!

 We covered a lot in this interview.  I hope you enjoy it!

Elevate Your Part of the World-

LeeAnn

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