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Posted by on Dec 30, 2013 in Blog, Life, Media |

How Do You Find Breakthrough Ideas?

How Do You Find Breakthrough Ideas?

Last week I wrote a post on choices entitled “Don’t Overemphasize the Moment of Choice”.  In it, I mentioned the work of Stanford professor Baba Shiv, and expert in the neuroscience of decision making.  This week I want to highlight a video produced and an article written by Shiv for the Stanford Graduate School of Business.  Shiv demystifies the brain chemistry that controls our decision making, and explains how you can regulate it to make better decisions, getting the most out of yourself, your employees, and your boss.  You can read the article here.  Some summary thoughts are below. Watch and read. Take Care of Yourself Research shows that the best way to maximize creativity is to maintain high levels of both serotonin and dopamine, which will keep a person calm but energized.  But how?  Bottom line: take care of yourself.  The three key ingredients here are: Proper rest. Arrive in bed relaxed by taking a hot shower or bath beforehand, avoiding alcohol in the two hours before bedtime, and turning...

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Posted by on Apr 6, 2013 in Blog, Media, Technology |

Virtual Choir Live | TED

Virtual Choir Live | TED

You may have seen the video on TED from a couple of years ago after a fan video posted to YouTube sparked a crazy idea: could he take singers from across the globe, have them sing the same piece on video, and edit it together into a virtual choir? The results of this experiment quickly went viral. And at TED2011, Whitacre spoke about the aha moment behind the choir, and debuted a new piece from the unusual ensemble. In his latest talk, given at TED2013, Whitacre takes this idea to the next level — combining multiple choirs on stage with singers from 32 different countries via Skype, all of them making beautiful choral music together in real time.  The choirs who appeared on the TED stage are from: California State University, Long Beach Campus California State University, Fullerton Campus Riverside City College A list of the remote singers and the countries they represent: Gina Alvarado, Argentina Wei Jiang, Australia Lucas Mateus, Brazil Ariana Del Bianco, Canada Anita Yañez, Chile Meg...

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Posted by on Dec 7, 2012 in Blog, Kingdom, Media |

Great Video: Global Churches Leadership Community

Great Video: Global Churches Leadership Community

One of my LN colleagues, Eric Swanson, created this great video for his upcoming Global Connections Leadership Community.  Check it out: Global Connections Leadership Community (GXLC) from Jeff Swanson on Vimeo.   To learn more about the Global Connections Leadership Community, visit Eric’s post on the LN...

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Posted by on Oct 12, 2012 in Blog, Life, Media |

Benjamin Zander: The Transformative Power of Classical Music

Benjamin Zander: The Transformative Power of Classical Music

If you haven’t found TED yet, you need to today.  Just click on the link.  I really can’t begin to describe the breadth of knowledge, insight, and inspiration that can be gained while watching the videos and reading the blog articles.  But beware: you can get lost in it all!  My friend and colleague, Eric Swanson, has spent time this year watching one TED video each day (on average, anyway).  You can learn some of his preliminary findings here. This video by Benjamin Zander is one of my favorites.  It hits me on so many levels: as a husband, a father, and a leader.  Watch this video and reflect on the questions below: What About You? What are the “big ideas” that stand out to you from this video? How would your leadership be different if you focused more on awakening potential in others rather than relying on your own strength? How would YOU be different if you believed everyone loved what you have to offer, they just didn’t...

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Posted by on Mar 14, 2012 in Blog, Media |

How Great Leadership Inspire Action | Simon Sinek on TED

How Great Leadership Inspire Action | Simon Sinek on TED

Simon Sinek has a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership all starting with a golden circle and the question “Why?” His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King, and the Wright brothers … In 2009, Simon Sinek released the book “Start With Why” — a synopsis of the theory he has begun using to teach others how to become effective leaders and inspire change. Watch the video above, then ask: What is the “why” of what you do?  How do you communicate the “why” to your team and those you market to or those you serve?  Are you investing your time and energy in things you believe in, or do you just find yourself busy perpetuating something else? Think about this: How would you communicate differently if you really believed that people follow you for themselves and not for...

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Posted by on Oct 7, 2011 in Media |

Work as Worship – Right Now Conference

Work as Worship – Right Now Conference

If you’re familiar with Right Now you’re probably aware of the conferences they host around the country for church leaders.  Thousands of Senior Pastors, Youth Pastors, Small Groups Pastors, Discipleship and Assimilation Pastors, and volunteer leaders gather together to Develop, Dream, Discuss, and Do. If you’re not familiar with them, Right Now was founded out of a sincere love for the Church as God’s vehicle to change the world.  From their website: Many people have become disillusioned with the church … this frustration is understandable, but needs to be addressed. The Bible is clear that the Church is God’s chosen tool for hope and change. To truly obey Scripture means to turn this disillusionment and frustration into a labor of love as we each look for ways to carry out the mission of the church. Their newest conference, Unleashed, is coming to Dallas November 2-4.  You can find out more at the Unleashed website. What you may not know is Right Now is also hosting a one day event...

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