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From Adventure Racing To Growth Mindset with Doug Gray – Episode 4

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Originally posted at http://www.avivconsulting.com/cnf4

My guest in this episode is Doug Gray, the president of Action Learning associates, executive coach and the author of Passionate Action: 5 Steps to Extraordinary Success in Life and Work. Our dialogue reflects on how coaching change and evolved into a new kind of art, and how having a suite of models to choose from is vitally important. You will learn how to apply a series of strategies to accelerate growth and unleash the power of exponential learning.

Here are some of the key points I discussed with Doug during this 63-minute podcast:

Essential Learning Points From This Episode

  • Why you are better off investing in somebody who is very good as opposed to trying to move a poor performer to a mediocre level of performance.
  • What is the important question every coach should be asking at the close of each call.
  • What are the two types of mindsets people use and why Doug only works with the second group.
  • The problem with the 40,000 people who identify themselves as coaches.
  • How can lessons learned in a Quaker school help us in business and in life.
  • Why psychological capital is infinite and what can you do with yours.
  • How to be mindful and intentional about your conversations.
We've always gone to the wilderness and sought perspective in the less familiar places. Click To Tweet We can choose to embrace growth mindset instead of fixed mindset. Click To Tweet Apply the three A’s model: Assessment; Action; Accountability. Click To Tweet Senior leaders need objective external perspective. Click To Tweet The moment I look for is the moment of silence, when the gestalt breaks. Click To Tweet

Instigating Breakthrough Learning and the 90/10 Rule – Episode 3

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Originally posted at http://www.avivconsulting.com/cnf3

In this episode we discuss how to instigate and agitate learning to make sure your team is renewed and to prevent the organizational brain from atrophying because it is locked in “repeat” mode. You will learn why the most successful transformation efforts are designed with the 90/10 rule of adult learning in mind. Here are some of the key points I discuss during this 12-minute podcast:

Essential Learning Points From This Episode

  • To thrive requires leaders to become life-long, passionate learners propelled by insatiable curiosity. The day you stop learning is the day you begin to die.
  • You enable development, progress, and growth when you demonstrate leadership by facilitating learning for yourself and for your team. We become fully alive when we connect vital ideas, create meaning, apply new practices, and act on possibilities and insights.
  • We experience the highest impact learning by applying the 90/10 rule of adult learning. Internalizing and integrating transformative nuggets of knowledge, (the “10” in the rule) have the power to update and rearrange what we already know (the “90”).

By applying the 90/10 rule to your leadership transformation efforts, you will dramatically accelerate the development of your team and the results you hope to create.

Agitate learning to make sure your team is renewed and to prevent the organizational brain from atrophying. Click To Tweet Successful transformation efforts are designed with the 90/10 rule of adult learning in mind. Click To Tweet We become fully alive when we connect ideas, create meaning, apply new practices, and act on possibilities and… Click To Tweet The day you stop learning is the day you begin to die. Click To Tweet To dramatically accelerate results, apply the 90/10 rule to your leadership work. Click To Tweet

Guide Leaders to New Horizons Through Poetry with Libby Wagner – Episode 2

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Originally posted at http://www.avivconsulting.com/cnf2

My guest for this 57-minute conversation is Libby Wagner, poet, author and sought-after speaker. To my knowledge, Libby is the only former poetry professor who is invited and welcomed warmly into boardrooms across the country. A trusted advisor for presidents, CEOs and executive directors, her work with numerous Fortune 500 companies has influenced the cultures of organizations such as The Boeing Company, Nike, Philips, and Costco. She is the author of the Amazon best seller The Influencing Option: The Art of Building a Profit Culture in Business. You can find her inspiring Ted talk Own Your Voice on YouTube. Libby’s unique approach enables executives to create dramatic, memorable impact by leading their organizations more confidently toward innovative horizons.

Essential Learning Points:

  • Why poetry both requires courage and how it inspires courage in leaders.
  • How to apply the four levels of listening within the context of building a practice of reflection.
  • How adopting a poet’s perspective can help you develop outcome-based thinking and communication.
  • Why leaders must resist the commoditization of language and ideas.
  • How to avoid a common problem with teams that quickly creates misunderstandings and breakdowns.
Things that require courage matter to us. Click To Tweet Development is when you are working on new and more interesting problems. Click To Tweet Development is not in solving all the contradiction of life but rather in learning to hold and contain the greater… Click To Tweet We have to build a practice in becoming champion learners in times of tremendous change Click To Tweet 'Poetry is saying the unsayable' - Donald Hall Click To Tweet

Challenge the Mental Models and Reframe Conversations with Alice Latino – Episode 1

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Originally posted at http://www.avivconsulting.com/cnf1

In this episode, I have the pleasure of speaking with Alice Latino. We initially met fourteen years ago when she was the Regional Director at Emeritus Assisted Living; we collaborated together and led several workshops for the team, as well as other teams at Emeritus.

Even as a very small child, Alice has always had an incredible love for the elderly. Her relationship with her grandparents is something she has always cherished and it truly shaped her life into one of gratitude and a desire to help. She brought this passion with her throughout her life and launched it into a career to make a difference in the lives of Seniors. With an MBA from the University of Alabama and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Montevallo, her love and dedication to the lives of Seniors brought her to work with Emeritus Senior Living. Serving in various capacities for over seventeen years, including Vice President of Operations, she positively impacted both the quality of care delivered and the profit metrics within her Division’s sixty properties and over 5,000 units.

In 2004 she cofounded with her husband Heavenly Care Home Health and Heavenly Care Moving. With twenty years experience in healthcare management and leadership roles, Alice has a very unique background. Listen on as Alice shares some insight from her vast leadership experience and together we exchange some ideas that you can begin implementing right away

Essential Learning Points From This Episode

  • The inspiration and AHA moment that got Alice’s attention as she started reading Create New Futures.
  • A unique structure of the book that appeals to today’s approaches to learning: read, be inspired and immediately implement into action.
  • The “debriefing” concept explained in the book that Alice immediately implemented with her team.
  • The state of mind that Aviv calls the “purgatory of anxious preoccupation of the next” — what it is and how a slight tweak in your schedule can make you more present in the here and now.
  • Some of the guided principles that Alice operated by when she led large teams, and took with her when she launched her current company with her husband.
  • What does Alice miss the most after transitioning from working many years with a large company to now running a small company?
  • Lessons and insights about running a family business.
  • How being around older people has fueled Alice’s drive
  • Initial discussions around the mental model of the 3-story house.
  • Why Alice believes in the importance of working closely with the caregivers.
As a leader, you are known for the conversations you create. Click To Tweet If you show up with clarity you will already stand out. Click To Tweet The reflection vs. the action, I value that so much more. Click To Tweet It's very critical to have active listening with your partner. Click To Tweet

Mindful Living

Well-being, happiness, fulfillment, meaning and purpose are found in the small moments that create the significance of living. In this excerpt from the Rituals of Champions class we discuss the Mindful Living – how to live mindfully every day.


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What Meryl Streep Does

You create rituals to help you stay focused on what’s important and to remind you of your intentions and values. Rituals help to bring forward alertness about a decision you made – it directs you into action. In this excerpt we explore what Meryl Streep does and the power of doing the unnecessary work. Listen to an excerpt from The Rituals of Champions class. Enjoy!


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Unleash Your Creativity

How can you unleash your creativity? You’ve got to put yourself in situations where creativity can be unleashed in you. Listen to this second excerpt from our class on creativity.

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To Lead Is To Create

You don’t have to be a Michelangelo, a Mozart, a Picasso or a Hemingway before you can believe you are creative. To create is to lead. To lead is to create possibilities. Enjoy an excerpt from our class: Creativity Unleashed.


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Discovering Opportunities

Failure mistakenly got itself a bad name and is highly over-rated. In this second excerpt from the Teleconference: Overcoming Resistance – putting your goals and priorities to action we explore the opportunities you can discovered in challenge and resistance.

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The Golden Rule for Learning and Development Professionals

An excerpt from the teleconference: Overcoming Resistance – putting your goals and priorities to action and manifesting your life. In this excerpt we discuss the 90/10 Golden Rule of adults learning and development.

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