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How Deeper Listening Can Help You Build Trust Faster!

What can Richard Branson teach us about deeper listening?

What can Richard Branson teach us about deeper listening?

What’s the best way to connect on a deeper level? How can you create a connection that’s built on trust faster? Why is listening becoming a lost art?

Earlier this week, I shared how you can help capture the world’s wisdom forever. Today, I remind you how to get better at listening, remind you because many of you are already great listeners.

I spent significant time trying to find someone who would make listening fun again for you. I was given a book earlier this year where Richard Branson shares several great ideas on how to revive the art of great listening Read More…

Every Person Has a Story, Why Not Share Yours?

What did Dave Isay and StoryCorps wish for?

What did Dave Isay and StoryCorps wish for?

Last week, I watched Dave Isay receive the 2015 TED Prize of 1,000,000 dollars. This is a great honor for Dave Isay and his team at StoryCorps.  When you win the TED Prize, you are asked to share your wish with a live audience of what you would like to see in the coming year and beyond.

Last week I shared with you who Dave Isay was and what he might wish for. As promised, I’m back to share his wish.

Dave Isay and his team at StoryCorps weren’t shy when asking for their wish. When you work with so many great nonprofits and foundations, you hope you find the organizations that have a greater cause and purpose.  The ones who want to put a dent in the universe, as Steve Jobs used to say. Read More…

Three Ways Serving Leaders Build Breakthrough Connections

How can you connect with people?

How can you connect with people?

How can you compete with highly connected people? How do you connect to your many different stakeholders on a regular basis?

The more complicated our lives get through using new technologies, the more critical it is for serving leaders to connect personally. I thought it might help to share several ideas I used to connect with my favorite people on a regular basis. Read More…

A Bit of Blarney; a St. Patrick’s Day Story

Can Dave Isay and StoryCorps help you capture your story?

Can Dave Isay and StoryCorps help you capture your story?

So what moves you? What makes you feel connected to generations of family and friends who were here before you that still impact the way you see your life? For most of us, we’ve learned about our past from a story told by someone in the family who has the gift of blarney.

For my non-Irish readers, this means that many of our favorite family stories were passed on by a family or friend who loves to share a great story to connect the generations, perhaps embellishing the details a bit! Now that’s a lot of blarney!

Coming from an Irish family, there was no shortage of people who were gifted storytellers. Read More…

Serving Leaders Make Someone Else the Hero of the Story!

Does your story make others the winners?

Does your story make others the winners?

Here’s a problem leaders face every day. You want to get something done. It will take everyone in your organization to do it. How will you get them pulling in the same direction?

You could go around and have a heart-to-heart with each person in the organization. You could explain in detail the role each person should play and how they are supposed to do it. Read More…

Who’s the Most Interesting Investor in Silicon Valley?

Who’s the Most Interesting Investor in Silicon Valley?

Who’s the Most Interesting Investor in Silicon Valley?

How would you like to be the most influential person in one of the most interesting parts of the world? What would you do with your influence? How would you use your unique strengths to influence the world for the better? Who do you think is the most influential person in technology today?

When asked, technology entrepreneurs always put this man in the top three of their lists. When you ask many of the most innovative leaders within larger technology organizations across the planet who they would like to share their idea with to leverage their core business, his name is at the top of their lists, as well. Let’s see if you agree with their answer. Read More…

Does Your Investing Makes the World Go Round?

Does your investing create a brighter future?

Does your investing create a brighter future?

We talked about spotting and investing in the next big idea earlier this week. I got several calls from friends and colleagues who liked the blog, but asked me if I really thought this was all I needed to pick the next big thing.  They asked me specifically if a person had these qualities, could I be certain they would succeed in business.

The answer is clearly no, I’ve known many people with these skills and they may be still living in their parents’ basement. You have to add one more critical element to the mix. What is that extra critical element? Read More…

How Can Entrepreneurs Pick the Next Big Thing?

How Can Entrepreneurs Pick the Next Big Thing?

How Can Entrepreneurs Pick the Next Big Thing?

How do you pick the right people to help you expand, both personally and professionally?  How do you advise the people close to you why you think they should get more involved in the next big thing?

I’ve made my life riding the waves with many of the world’s most interesting entrepreneurs and leaders. When I was invited to speak for my client s and their partners to share my thinking about the future and what it held for these leaders, I was always asked: How do you find the next big thing so many times? Read More…

How Serving Leaders Relieve Stress at Work

Can this simple tool help relieve your stress?

Can this simple tool help relieve your stress?

“Are you serious about doing business with me?”

Diana was a real talent: a former Director of Development for another nonprofit organization who was working part-time these days while raising very young twins. We were lucky she was available.  Our nonprofit organization had a lot of grant proposals to write in a short span of time and could not do it all ourselves.  But here she was, fuming.

“Dennis, you introduced me to your Executive Director and everything appeared to go well. I sent her a proposal over a week ago. I’ve called and left voicemail messages. I’ve reached out to her by email. She’s just not calling me back. Do you have any idea what’s going on?” Read More…

Does Your Culture Need a Strategy Upgrade?

Does your culture need a strategy upgrade?

Does your culture need a strategy upgrade?

I’ve heard it said culture eats strategy for lunch. I believe the quote was originally from Peter Drucker. The quote may have been true at the time of Peter’s death, but I believe that many of the organizations that Peter worked with have struggled in the new economy.

Mr. Drucker has had a profound impact on leadership and management thinking in many successful organizations over the past 50 years.

If Peter were still with us today, I believe he might say culture and strategy both are needed to create extraordinary organizations. Being overly reliant on either could be a prescription for failure.

Culture can take an organization a long way toward success. Read More…

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