RESEARCH: Thursday, Sep 29, The Brave New Workshop's Creative Outreach team is hosting MNOVATION. It's really a great event where you'll learn all sorts of great stuff about adopting a more innovative mindset. A mixture of great keynotes, interactive workshops, and interesting panelists (including my friends Vikas Narula of Keyhubs and Simone Ahuja of Blood Orange), I think you'll find it to be a day well spent. Use the discount code MOREISBETTER for 20% off groups of 3 or more.
RETREAT: As you know, running a business can be draining. So I'm looking forward to the Shannon's Institute's Alumni Retreat later this week. If you're not familiar, The James P. Shannon Leadership Institute is a yearlong leadership program that offers community-serving leaders from all sectors the opportunity for renewal and reflection. I'm a 2009 alum and am still reaping the benefits of the experience. I encourage you to check out the program.
REALIZE: I find writing to be a great tool for getting clear on what I actually think and for surfacing new ideas just below my current awareness. About a year ago, I started using a writing application called Scrivener. I've really fallen in love with it, not only for drafting blog posts, talks, book chapters, workshop outlines, and articles--but also as a basic capture tool for simple ideas or resources that I may want to explore or develop at a later time.
REVEAL: I had lunch the other day with my friend, Nate Eklund of Eklund Consulting and he shared a brilliant idea that he tested out with a client. Wanting to build more comfort with productive failure, Nate suggested that team members build into their meeting check-ins a practice of sharing their biggest mistake in the previous couple weeks. It caught on and has become a favorite part of their meetings--turning inevitable missteps into point of connection and opportunities for learning. Give it a try!
What are you making theses days? What's getting in your way? What discoveries have you come across? I'd love to hear about them!