Friday 16 November 2012

Overcoming our biases is often a key to our differencemaking leadership

This 2 minutes and 26 seconds video by Ian Moore from United Kingdom looks at (in a hopefully entertaining way) one of the biases we have in our thinking - and how we can do something to overcome this bias.

The The Spirit of Community is a fascinating website and their publication “Spirit Of The Times” is a good read.  In issue 8, 2012 there is a great article by Richard Sanders “The flawed paradigms of economics and sustainable development.” Richard makes two observations worthy of some deep thinking about for differencemaking leadership as follows:

“Our planet’s scarce resources are massively over-allocated to the global growth economy resulting in ecological overshoot” and

“Planetary resources are massively under-allocated to the vast majority of humanity who live in poverty, yet massively over-allocated to the wealthy minority of humanity.”

The above quotes may test your biases.  Put them to one side (even if temporarily!) and answer the following question:

What is your leadership doing about the world’s great challenges?

One of my clients sent a link to another article that may test your biases.  It’s from Laissez Faire Today called “How to be free when you’re not.” You can read it here.

Seth Godin’s latest publication “Graceful” is worth far more than the $2.99 I paid Amazon for the Kindle version.  I think it is a key read for differencemaking leadership.

And speaking of Kindle if you want to understand how to make an impact in the digital world read Chris Brogan and Julien Smith’s “The Impact Equation - Are You Making Things Happen or Just Making Noise?”.  Invest just $9.99 for this on Kindle.  I first heard about the book via a blog from Chris titled “Social Media isn't dead, just boring” I am glad I invested the $9.99 in the book and highly recommend it to you.

Two further books I highly recommend that may challenge your biases, yet inspire you to be the differencemaking leader you want to be.

“Thinking, Fast and Slow” by Nobel Prize winner Daniel Kahneman, and
“Wilful Blindess - Why we ignore the obvious at our peril” by Margaret Heffernan.

Be the difference you want to see in the world.
I work with business owners/leaders of medium sized business and leaders of divisions in multi-national companies to lift employee performance by enhancing their gifts.

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