Words have power. The words we choose have a great deal of influence on the meaning that we create, and the meaning that we hide. Mark Mullaly looks past labels to explore how they are used—and misused—and what we can to create better meaning.
What if I told you that all problems are illusory figments of our imagination, and all solutions are predetermined based on our perceptions? Weinberg/Gause offered this definition: “A problem is a difference between things as desired and things as perceived.” Join Peter as he delves into the implications of this perspective. That the problems we encounter depend entirely on things we control, what we desire and what we perceive. If you’re looking for an eclectic exploration a little further off the beaten path, this is it.
Resilience is something that is considered to be an essential capability. Particularly now, in the midst of a pandemic, we are told that people, teams and whole organizations need resilience. Our viability is a product of how resilient we are. The problem is that our understanding of what resilience is—and is not—is flawed. That has very real consequences for our ability to cope, to continue and to thrive. We need to rethink what resilience is, and what it means to genuinely be resilient. This is the place to start.
On the whole, we don’t do well with solving certain types of problem. Very often the information that we don’t have—and don’t know we are missing—is overwhelmingly more important that what we think we know. Join Peter as he shines a light on our blind spots.
Story matters. While we recognize the importance of story, we also often downplay it. We are taught that data is king, that facts and rationality and objectivity are the way the world works. The problem is, that’s not exactly true. Facts do play a role. But story matters more. Crafting good story is an essential skill for anyone who needs to enrol others in a course of action. That would be all of us.
Where do you want to go? What is your dream for the future? Building concrete plans is challenging. We often feel like we have too many choices and opportunities. We feel life is too random, that opportunity happens, and that circumstances change. Planning still makes sense, and there is a way to go about it.