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Plus, Minus and Equal - Ty Bennett

By cmiadmin | Jun 29, 2017 | Comments Off

The four-time undefeated MMA champion now MMA trainer, Frank Shamrock, has developed a system for training would-be fighters. I’m not a huge MMA fan – but I think there is a lot of merit to his system. The system is called “+, -, =”. Shamrock’s theory is that in order to be the best, you need to work with someone better than you, someone equal to you and someone whom you can teach. Shamrock believes this builds the best fighters.
We certainly don’t have to be an MMA fighter to benefit from this system. The same can be applied to us in any scenario. Training with someone better than us pushes us past our limits and helps us see greater possibilities. Training with our equal tests our skills and in the process they become a peer, allow us to create cooperation, shared learning and has a mastermind effect. Teaching allows us to review and analyze our skills. To truly master something you need to be able to teach it. All of us need to be in a position to get the opportunity to teach and to have the level of mastery to be able to teach. Teaching allows us to understand our skills at a higher level.

How can you implement the Plus, Minus and Equal System?

Winner of the Dottie Walters Helping Hands Award IASB 2017 - Karen Harris!

By cmiadmin | Jun 23, 2017 | Comments Off

IASB 2017 Award Acceptance - Karen Harris from IASB on Vimeo.

We Are All Software Companies Now - Mike Walsh

By cmiadmin | Jun 21, 2017 | Comments Off

000017-3.jpg'What do you mean we need to be a software company?' asked Lukas Braunschweiler, CEO of Sonova, one of the world's leading manufacturers of high-tech hearing devices. I had just finished giving a talk to their senior leadership team at the gorgeous lakeside town of Stäfa, near Zurich. 'We already have lots of software engineers. Are you saying that we need more?' It was a fair question, and one I had spent much of the prior week thinking about, in a few unusual places. How many software engineers do you need to transform a company? Read the full article here.

 

 

 

Dream Big (But It’s Not What You Think) - Ty Bennett

By cmiadmin | Jun 21, 2017 | Comments Off

The other day my friend Sandra Joseph, the amazingly talented Broadway star, quoted the poet and philosopher Mark Nepo. Nepo said “Often your dreams don’t come true but as we give our all in pursuit of our dreams sometimes we come true.”

As children, we are taught to dream big and to go for our dreams. The reality of it is not everyone can become the professional athlete, the CEO or the Broadway star, but the fact is the growth we find in pursuit of the dream is more valuable than the actual dream. The hard work, the setbacks and triumphs, and the journey make us the person we are.

We may not become the “best in the world”, but we certainly can become the best version of ourselves as we strive to be the “best in the world.”

When we pursue our dreams, go the extra mile, put in the practice time, we grow and maybe the dream really is to become the type of person who pursues their dreams.

Official Trailer for Jungle - Yossi Ghinsberg

By cmiadmin | Jun 20, 2017 | Comments Off

Watch the official trailer for Yossi Ghinsberg's bio movie starring Daniel Radcliffe. Jungle will premiere at the Melbourne Film Festival later this year!

More from Yossi!

The Future of Healthcare - Mike Walsh

By cmiadmin | Jun 14, 2017 | Comments Off

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l51fn9ZTMak

 

David Mattin on global change, truthful consumerism and thriving in an age of uncertainty - Mike Walsh

By cmiadmin | Jun 12, 2017 | Comments Off

Whether it be Brexit, terrorism or a tumultous general election - the UK seems to be a crucible for many of the global forces that threaten to overturn the status quo. To get a better sense of what all that might mean for 21st century companies - I caught up with David Mattin in London. David is the Head of Trends & Insights at TrendWatching. Previously a writer at The Times, David’s work has appeared everywhere from Fast Company to the Guardian to Google Think Quarterly. We spoke about his latest research on ‘truthful consumerism’ and how leaders can try and navigate a time of such rapid, and unpredictable change.

More from Mike

5 Powerfully Simple Presentation Tips - Ty Bennett

By cmiadmin | Jun 07, 2017 | Comments Off

1. Get Rid of Pleasantries

– There is no need to talk about the weather, how grateful you are to be there, to apologize, or reintroduce yourself. You only have a few seconds to grab their attention so start with a question or jump into your content.

2. Make it Conversational

– Act like you are speaking to one person. Make it conversational. Ask questions. If it is a small group you might create dialogue, with a large audience ask questions and give a pause for people to think about the question. Keep them engaged in the conversation.

3. Tell Stories

– People love stories. Stories inspire, stories motivate—stories evoke emotion in people that causes them to respond, to take action, to adopt your ideas, and buy your products. Robert McKee put it well when he said, “Storytelling is the most powerful way to put ideas into the world today.”

4. Use the Rule of Three

– People remember things in threes. We grew up watching the three amigos, the three musketeers, and now watch NBC, ABC, CBS, or the NFL, NBA, or MLB. Get the point? We are trained to learn in threes. So if you have three points, three features to your products, three reasons to implement this new policy – people will remember.

5. Rehearse

– Too many people try to wing it and it never comes across as powerful as it should. A little bit of rehearsal is not for you to memorize a script and sound robotic – it is so that it naturally comes out and you say things in the way that you want to.

More from Ty Bennett!

Media, content and the enduring war for attention - Mike Walsh

By cmiadmin | Jun 06, 2017 | Comments Off

Chris Van Noy is a thought leader in the media industry. He previously ran strategy for the global content infrastructure business known as Akamai, and over the last 12 years, has sourced, negotiated and closed high level media and technology deals and partnerships for companies such as NBC Universal, Hulu, ESPN, ABCNews, Microsoft, 24/7 Real Media and Disney. Over breakfast in NYC, I did my best to gain a crash course in the new economics of attention, and the secret infrastructure that makes today’s streaming platforms possible.

More from Mike!

Failure is the Price of Success - Vinh Giang

By cmiadmin | Jun 06, 2017 | Comments Off

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WnAmqAXottQ

More from Vinh Giang!

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