Cross-pollinating is all about leveraging what you have in one area to benefit another. Often big companies have siloed teams working to merchandise, price, market, promote each product – knowledge in one area is often not shared across the organization. Without cross-pollinating they will never leverage their own strengths. Research at Harvard shows that the more distant the relationship between the fields the more likely they are to achieve breakthrough innovations.
Dear reader, I know you are smart. I know that you know your stuff and when you have a message to give people you want them to listen. You have experience and insights that they could benefit from. I also know that too often – they don’t listen. I want to make it easier for you to get heard.
The other night at a dinner party I heard “Oh well of course not many people get to follow their passion”. That old chestnut. I hadn’t heard it for a while. It seems to me that this thinking is a little skewiff. It’s the result of looking for passion in the wrong place. And that usually hurts.
Had a great catch up with friend and mentee Samuel Johns before Easter and we discussed life, business, direction and those things that have meaning for us. It felt good to connect with someone who is energized by life's potential and grabbing all the opportunities he can. Samuel also met up with Alden Poole his friend from Babson College days in Boston for some trecking at Wilson's Prom in Victoria. You get the idea from this photo that they had fun - right!
Chatting to Leo at life drawing class, I noted he said how ‘getting it right’ and creating lines that successfully show the weight and essence of the subject, can leave you feeling great all day – can in fact make your day. Conversely being unable to produce a good drawing – being off your mark, can make everything seem difficult for the rest of the weekend.
It's that time again! Time to make your New Year's Resolutions. Things we want to achieve, do better, start. However, research tells us that only 8% of people that make resolutions successfully achieve them.
Learning can be energising. Getting there however, is not always so. With more than ever to learn, new technology, new procedures and less time to do it, we can get quickly overwhelmed. Our efforts could be defeating us if we don’t take a careful look at how we approach learning.
I’ve written this post to give you the latest gems on how to make learning stick.
We all need a little more resilience at some point in our lives. We need to be a little tougher, have a bit more energy, bounce, stamina, and ability to handle a little more difficulty or a lot! Creating more resilience can be closer to your grasp than you think.