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Team Problem Solving by asking 'What If' by Mike Rayburn

By Mike Rayburn | Apr 30, 2021 | Comments Off

“The thinking that got you where you are today, will not get you where you want to be.” -Albert Einstein

The mindset of your teams essentially defines your culture, and shapes all of your results. So, how do you shape the mindset of your teams?

Simple, by asking Questions. 

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To change anything, the first thing that has to change is our brains, the way we think. And the most basic human brain function is to ask questions.

So, when we actively and intentionally choose the internal questions we ask, we shape our inner dialogue, which determines our mindset, which determines our results. 

For instance, if something unpleasant happens in your organization you and your teams could ask, “What’s wrong with us, who’s fault is this, why do these things always happen???” And the collective mindset will be to answer that question.

Or instead, you and your teams can be trained to ask, “What if there’s something good about this and what would it be? What is the opportunity or advantage here?” And the collective mindset will answer that question.

Your organization could have a list of all the negatives or the advantages and opportunities surrounding you based purely on the question your teams choose and have been trained to ask. 

I love the question, “What IF?” because it always opens opportunities. 

Think about it… every major invention, achievement, or victory in human history started in some way or another with a bold “What IF?” question. 

  1. What if… electricity could power light? 
  2. What if… we could fly?
  3. What if… we could hold all the world’s knowledge in our hands?
  4. What if… we could shop completely from home? 

At this time of crisis and disruptive change, it’s time for you and your teams to lead, to become the disruptors. And you have all you need right now… you just need to adopt “The What IF Mindset.” 


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Communications Masterclass by Vinh Giang

By Vinh Giang | Apr 28, 2021 | Comments Off


Vinh Giang curates a Communications Masterclass that improves collaboration and creates innovation within your team.

Communications Masterclass

These deep dive Masterclass sessions will take your participants on a journey of communications training unlike any they've ever experienced before. Choosing from a few or all 6 sessions, this training enhances communications skillset, improves collaboration and creates innovation that inspires deep connection within your team.

Training sessions can include:

  • 5 Foundations of Communication
  • Vocal Archetypes / Storytelling
  • More on Storytelling
  • Body Language / Hand Gestures
  • Rehearse / Dealing with Fear
  • Presentations / Written vs Spoken
  • BONUS - Participants will learn the secrets behind Vinh's magic to heighten their 'impact' skillset

NOTE: these virtual sessions can be recorded and include a limited license to distribute internally.

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Curiosity-The First Step in Critical Conversations - by Phil M Jones

By Phil M Jones | Apr 21, 2021 | Comments Off

"All selling is, is earning the right to make a recommendation."

Phil M Jones gives us the Magic Words for Influence and Impact, from his best-selling book "Exactly What to Say."

Curiosity is the first ingredient required to have success in every critical conversation. Have you ever spoken to someone who had an “I know best” mentality and style of communication? They are so certain and the more certain that they are, the more you become uncertain. The more you project your knowledge on someone else’s circumstances, the more you lose credibility.

We all have a lot of knowledge that we are experts on, that we believe is unique and we want to share with others. But, without their context it is just noise. When we show up with curiosity we earn something magical; we earn the information that matters to them.

We never ask someone to take an action unless we can say: "Because of the fact that you said blank, that is the reason I am recommending blank." The only way you can fill in those blanks is to be curious for long enough to fill in those blanks.


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How to Find More Time - Dan Thurmon

By Dan Thurmon | Apr 14, 2021 | Comments Off

More than ever, we need to slow down and examine how we are working, living our lives, what goals are we setting and what are our expectations of ourselves and others? 

Watch Dan Thurmon use juggling (even glow-in-the-dark!) as a tool to highlight the patterns in the movements in order to teach us how to find the moments between our actions.


It’s hard to imagine that in order to find more time, we actually have to slow down. Doesn’t that somehow seem counterintuitive? The busier we get, the more we often try and speed up, only to realize that life speeds up with you and never tires. You will lose that race, eventually. But, there’s more time than you think. By slowing down, you can observe the moments between your actions.

Each moment is a chance to appreciate something, to choose how to react or respond, or to internalize it so you can express it to someone else. All you ever get is the moment. So, as we go forward, we need to slow down.

Take juggling, for example. There’s a rhythm and a pattern in the movements and the basic principle is how long the object will be in the air and where it is going to land when it comes down. One throw, one thought, one deliberate action at a time. One moment.

The opportunities in life are like the moments between the throws and the catches. Your life right now is how you’ve utilized the moments in your past. In order to create new growth, we need to slow down and recognize the patterns. Can you see it?

Find the patterns in your life and see what pace you have set by how high you decide to take the throws, and how high you decide to live your life. Find that infinite loop, that pattern in your life, to understand how you can grow.


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