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The NocHoIce Placebo — You Might Have Just Been Given One, and How to Counteract It

The NocHoIce Placebo — You Might Have Just Been Given One, and How to Counteract It

You know about medical placebos. That is when they give you a sugar pill instead of the real thing. Medical research uses the placebo to see if the real thing actually has the intended effect, or it was something else that did it. They do this by giving you something that has no medicinal value, […]

Measuring Success 2.0: Recommended Readings

Measuring Success 2.0: Recommended Readings

Keller, S. and B. Schaninger (2019). Beyond Performance 2.0: A Proven Approach to Leading Large-Scale Change. Hoboken, NJ, Wiley. Phelps, E. (2013). Mass Flourishing: How Grass Roots Innovation Created Jobs, Challenge, and Change. Princeton, NJ, Princeton University Press. Stiglitz, J. E., et al. (2019). Measuring What Counts: The Global Movement for Well-being. New York, The […]

Your Grit (perseverance and passion): 4 Levels

Your Grit (perseverance and passion): 4 Levels

In this podcast, Freakonomics UChicago economist Steven Levitt explores “grit” with Grit UPenn psychologist Angela Duckworth. Characterizing grit as perseverance and passion, they explore different ways people think of their own grit. Listening to this podcast, having reading Duckworth’s book, I realized that you could think of grit from an ecosynomic perspective from four different […]

What Should I Measure? What Am I Measuring? Inputs, Outputs, Outcomes, Impacts?

What Should I Measure? What Am I Measuring?  Inputs, Outputs, Outcomes, Impacts?

You are NOT measuring what you want. You want your efforts to do something, to mean something. You give your will towards a future you love. When you don’t consciously choose how you engage your will, your creativity, your efforts, your attention, you feel disengaged, like most of the people seem to feel most of […]

How to Talk with Lower-Engagement Leaders

How to Talk with Lower-Engagement Leaders

Your way of making sense of the world is clearly useful. It seems to work for you. You got this far. Then you meet people who just don’t see the world as clearly as you do. They seem to see it differently. While there are many explanations for differences in worldview (different cultures, different languages, […]

Purpose Is Now Mainstream-Obvious

Purpose Is Now Mainstream-Obvious

Our colleagues on the mainstream’s leading edge have now taken up “purpose” in a serious way. Purpose is no longer a nice-to-have, leading-fringe thing. It is not just for the systems thinkers and esoterically-oriented leaders out there. Connecting to the motivating reason that organizes everyone’s efforts in an efficient, effective way generates much greater value. […]

Go Do Your BIG YES!

Go Do Your BIG YES!

“Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” Various people have attributed this insight to Howard Thurman. I suggest that you have a big YES! within you. If you look, you will find it. You know when you are aligned with […]

Why Is It A Surprise That It Is VERY EXPENSIVE To Disengage The People You Already Engaged? Some Are Figuring This Out

Why Is It A Surprise That It Is VERY EXPENSIVE To Disengage The People You Already Engaged?  Some Are Figuring This Out

The folks at Gallup, whose global studies have shown that most people are disengaged at work, are now finding and studying groups who are actively working to not disengage their people. A 2020 report found four factors that drive higher engagement. Actually engaging with the people who already show up at your work is possible, […]

Want a Daily Practice for Thriving?

Want a Daily Practice for Thriving?

For thousands of years, people across the planet, everywhere, have founds ways to thrive. Within their local context, they have learned how to live a good life, a life well lived. They have learned how to see what is actually happening, with an ever-expanding embrace of reality and how they want to engage in it. […]

Say YES! to ALL Children Flourishing in Public K-12 Education — OOMA Is

Say YES! to ALL Children Flourishing in Public K-12 Education — OOMA Is

All children can flourish in public K-12 education. While it is not a reality yet, the OOMA network in Massachusetts is taking its first steps in a collaborative, systems approach to saying Yes! to all children. 100%. Not just some of the children, in some zip codes, some of the time. Everyone everywhere everyday. In […]

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