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
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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
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Conversation, Leadership, and My New Book: Read the Full Interview at The Huffington Post

Good ideas ought to be shared. And if it is a good idea, it will travel far and fast. For that reason I have recently begun to take interviews with individuals who have inquired about transformative leadership strategies, and the interviews are beginning to trickle out now. You may have seen an article last week in Forbes in which I shared my thoughts on conversation frameworks, talked about my new book Create New Futures, and more. This week, I am pleased to share my interview with Nick Hastreiter, which has been published at the Huffington Post. There will be more interviews and articles being published in the coming months that will highlight my thoughts on a variety of issues, but I hope you will take a moment to read my deep dive on the art of conversation and how leaders should apply it to guide their organizations to achieve breakthrough results: http://huff.to/2mZNUee

© Aviv Shahar

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My FORBES interview on leadership, conversation, and dynamic companies

Many of you know that I have invested a lot of time and thought into my recent book, Create New Futures: How Leaders Produce Breakthroughs and Transform the World Through Conversation. This book distills many of my hard won lessons in leadership, business, and relationships into what I hope is an engaging read.

While I have not seen the need for a much hyped book tour (I jest, of course), I did send the book to a few media outlets for their review, and I am pleased with the write up this work received in FORBES this week. If you care to learn a little more about it, you can find the article at this link: http://bit.ly/2lNSHhl

© Aviv Shahar

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Your Copy of My Book Create New Futures

My long-awaited book Create New Futures is available now on Amazon. In it, I am very excited to share a variety of the pragmatic tools, frameworks, mindsets, and techniques that I use with my most successful clients. My intention is to enable you to apply this information immediately and create your new future. Read more here.

© Aviv Shahar

 

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The Authenticity Value Leap

Authenticity connotes trustworthiness and reliability because it is based on the evidence that the person is what she claims to be. However, few leaders recognize that authenticity has two applications. If you fail to grasp and act on this fact you limit your growth and fail to reach your full potential. You also impede your organization.

Read more about The Authenticity Leap here.

© Aviv Shahar

 

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How to Overcome the Greatest Workplace Deficit?

This key identifies the greatest workplace deficit, explains why leaders must address it, and suggests some actions you can take to ensure that you overcome it.

At the end of a two-day strategy workshop with a client’s leadership team, I posed this question to the executives: “What is the greatest deficit in the workplace?”

After many good guesses, I revealed the answer. Read here more about this game changing insight.

 

© Aviv Shahar

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The 3 Imperatives for Business Success: Resources and Capabilities

How do you address these three imperatives – the challenge of today, the challenge of tomorrow, and the capabilities and resources you need to meet both?

You easily can get blindsided and fall into one of the “traps” that derail you or delay your progress. Managing all three imperatives simultaneously is the leadership imperative!

Here are a few key points about the third imperative: organizational resources and capabilities.

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© Aviv Shahar

 

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How to Overcome the Shortfall Syndrome Trap

The art of living is in realizing your purpose and leveraging the opportunities presented to you. To be fully alive is to recognize and work toward manifesting the complete renaissance person you are capable of being. Yet too many people surrender or refuse to embrace the ability to live as fully as possible by succumbing to the trap of the shortfall syndrome. This insidious condition consumes your mental, and psychological energy. It prevents you from becoming the full person you are meant to be.

This key helps you recognize the danger of the shortfall syndrome, look it straight in the eye for what it is and take action to defy falling into its trap.

© Aviv Shahar

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The 3 Imperatives for Business Success: The Future

In this key we will reflect on the second of these three imperatives for success and identify questions you must address about the future to build your business and leverage your opportunities.

Imperative of the future

  • What is it?
    In this aspect of your business, you first identify the desired picture of the future, including the new outcomes that it makes possible. You then work backwards so you can actualize the future as it arrives. The key is relevance. You must ensure that everything you do now is connected directly and builds your envisioned future.

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© Aviv Shahar

 

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