Think RIDICULOUS, achieve RIGOR, Dr. Emma Fleck, Ep.32

On this episode, Dr. Emma Fleck, Department Head, Management and Marketing, Sigmund Weis School of Business at Susquehanna University and Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship, joins me to share how she uses the ridiculous to achieve rigor in her classes. As we aim to build entrepreneurial spirit in adaptable entrepreneurial ecosystems, we can’t depend on predictable thinking to solve complex problems. Known for connecting her students to their inner superhero, Emma is a leader in innovative and timely entrepreneurial mindset development.

Connect with Emma on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/emfleck/
Or, send her a message at Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove PA

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Leveraging Disruption to Fuel Innovation, Anthony Warren, Ep.31

Have you ever wondered why some entrepreneurs and organizations fail, while some thrive through chaos and manage to drive innovation? Join my discussion with Anthony Warren, founder of Apitra Innovations, an organizational development and workforce innovation consultancy based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Anthony shares 5 tips to help you innovate through chaos.

Connect with Anthony by shooting him an email.
Head over to Anthony’s profile page on LinkedIn (linkedin.com/in/anwarren/).
Visit Anthony’s website apitra.com (note…his site is currently going through a few updates).

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MYNDDCAST: Season 1 Episode 6 — Shawn Rosler, Instructional Designer, Creative & Disruptor

Join me with guest Shaw Rosler as we explore his mindset of Keeping It Simple. Shawn brings his eclectic thinking to life in all that he does. Known for his work as the creator and host of the Coarse Grind Podcast, Shawn’s work to improve community through food and education is a true inspiration. He even adds an incredible perspective on STEM education from the KITCHEN. You don’t want to miss this episode.

MYNDDCAST: Season 1 Episode 5 — Nick Fuller, The Tactical Mind

Athletic performance is part physical and part mental. In this episode, Owner and Chief Performance Officer at The Tactical Mind, Mr. Nick Fuller, discusses the mental models he uses to help high school and college athletes perform. Nick’s passion for his work shows in every word. Slightly past your high school days? No worries. The concepts Nick shares help business owners, entrepreneurs, musicians, creatives and customer service representative achieve success no matter what field you play on.

MYNDDCAST Moment, The Purpose of a System is What it Does

We all want to believe our organization’s desired purpose matches what we’re actually achieving. But…is that the case? Join me as I share a simple activity I learned from my mentors and friends, Drs. Derek and Laura Cabrera. The Cabreras describe the activity of recasting your organizational purpose to gain insights into where systems changes are warranted within your organization in their book, FLOCK NOT CLOCK: DESIGN, ALIGN, and LEAD to ACHIEVE YOUR VISION.

You can get a copy of their book by visiting: https://www.plectica.com/books

Join my on this episode of MYNDDCAST below. Help shift your organization from a “Survive” mindset to a “THRIVE” mindset.

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MYNDDCAST: Season 1, Episode 3 – Altera Life

Christian Force and Shannon Koch inspire their clients to better health and vibrant living at Altera Life. In this episode they share how their Vision of “The Other, Another” guides their thinking, their work and their relationships throughout the community.

Visit Altera online at: https://alteralife.com/

You can also find them on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/alteralife/

Keywords: Plant-Based Nutrition, Danville PA Health Club, Certified Personal Trainers, Susquehanna Valley PA Entrepreneurs

MYNDDCAST Moment, Emergent Behaviors

Do these 3 things to bring about a multitude of desired behaviors and their benefits to your organization. Many desired behaviors are emergent behaviors. This means we spend too many resources in a narrow lane seeking their improvement. Rather, we can (and must) look to core behaviors and skills that will bring about our desired behaviors. If you desire increased team creativity, collaboration or contribution, or if you seek specific improvements such as Increased Quality in Customer Service, High Impact Meetings or Increased Utilization of Time , are you focused on the proper human and organizational development?

Entrepreneurs: Build Something, to Do Something, that Leads to Something

Todd Henry, an incredibly inspiring author, shares a simple model for “Creatives”, those who’s work demands they be creative. He presents a model that includes being Prolific, Healthy and Brilliant. Shift, remove, or lessen just one part of that model and the expected outcome (being a Creative) shifts to another outcome (being tired and not healthy for example). Here’s a link to the Accidental Creative podcast covering this topic to learn more.

What I love about this simple, three-part model is that it provides the opportunity to look at the inter-dependency of the parts and how they lead to an emergent “thing.” In the entrepreneurial world, a similar model can help us understand how to “be entrepreneurial.”

As entrepreneurs, we often get so into the weeds we’ve grown, we get distracted from our purpose. If we’re building a widget, we get blinded by the shiny parts and if left unchecked, we can start to think what the widget does is what we ultimately seek. For example, if we build a new high performance electric car, the performance of the car can easily become sweat nectar and lure us into a sense of significant accomplishment. However, have we forgot the real reason we’re building the car? What about our vision to end the world dependency on oil? Oh yeah. So, now, our high performance, $100,000 car seems not so capable of reaching the masses and that means achieving our initial vision is at risk. We just went 0-60 in 2 seconds but got nowhere. (But it was fun πŸ™‚

Following a model of entrepreneurism can help us focus on key aspects of being entrepreneurial. Whether your an entrepreneur by title (i.e., you launched your own business) or you’re an employee with an entrepreneurial spirit, how can a simple model such as this one keep you on track?

Following Todd’s lead, what if you just Build Something that doesn’t do anything predictable? What are you then? And, what are you if you build something that does something awesome but doesn’t result in anything specific? Flip it. What if you spend all your time mapping the results you want, but don’t build something to get you there?

At the far right, let’s change that box to Vision (our future state, our dream). The middle box, make that Mission (what we do every day). The left box, that will be our Capacity (the systems we build to do our work). I made a decision years ago to pursue my entrepreneurial visions and that includes surrounding myself with entrepreneurs in the entrepreneurial ecosystem. Every day, I get to unite with entrepreneurial minds in my community. Amazing, local rock stars doing amazing things. Yet, one thing we all often struggle with is the model above. Sometimes we loose sight of the far right as we keep our heads down building the something. When we get that something up and running, and it’s cranking out something, we feel a sense of “doneness.” We can get comfortable. Our vision (far right) can get fuzzy. By using the model as a whole we build a mindset (a perspective) on entrepreneurism that is simple and powerful.

How can this help you in your entrepreneurial efforts?

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Knowing Yourself, Knowing Others…Pre-Req to Organizational Vision Work

What drives you? How do you describe your attitudes and prominent behaviors? Are you capable of understanding others, working with those with drivers different from yours? Are you a learner? Can you describe how you think, build ideas and solve problems?

How well do you know yourself?

If your response to any of these questions is, “Uhhmmmm…..”, then I have some advice. Invest time in discovering those answers BEFORE joining your organizational visioning work. Harsh? Not at all. Kind. I’m hitting to your backhand here. I learned this by being a tennis player. My friend and doubles partner wasn’t helping me by constantly hitting to my strong forehand. They helped me grow by hitting to my backhand. That’s what friends are for.

Vision work within an organization presents an incredible opportunity to strengthen and grow. This translates into professional and personal benefits for staff and stakeholders as well. New lines of business may be part of the visioning and those bring new customers, new LIFE to an organization.

On the flip side, re-visioning an organization can feel threatening to some. Depending on organizational structure, concern around change and negative impact can be detrimental to the effort. That push-back however is a choice, one driven by ego and a lack of understanding of oneself and others. To the extreme, some can view organizational vision work as a life-and-death struggle. They will do everything they can to keep their position of influence, their jobs and their security.


β€œIt’s difficult to have fun or to achieve concentration when your ego is engaged in what it thinks is a life-and-death struggle.”


― W. Timothy Gallwey, The Inner Game of Tennis: The Classic Guide to the Mental Side of Peak Performance

These ego-driven struggles are the result of not knowing yourself to the degree needed to take part in organizational development AT THIS TIME. I would NEVER suggest someone could NEVER take part in this work. But, there are those who are not ready at given times. How do you figure out where you stand?

#1 Get help! For years, I’ve helped organizations and teams build vision and conduct mission-driven work. I’ve learned that the struggles they experienced were almost 100% related to team members not knowing themselves and others. That’s why I launched my new line of assessments to help organizations provide a resource for staff. If you or your organization needs help, let me know. Spending just a few minutes to complete an assessment is an incredible professional development opportunity.

#2 Separate Personal from Organization Granted, attaining an “Organization Over Self” mindset can be life-changing and hard. But, it will allow your energies to become part of something larger than what you can accomplish on your own. Being part of an organization is not about getting YOUR way and forcing others to follow. It’s about joining forces with others to do something BIG, something BOLD, something meaningful beyond you.

#3 Trust the System Organizational vision work that is based on Systems Thinking is critical to building a meaningful vision. Systems Thinking is PERSPECTIVAL which means it is inclusive of taking many points of view and seeing things through different lenses. But, it is not about compromises. Compromising a vision means the vision is the result of everyone losing something and giving in to individual needs. To trust the system of building a new vision, check your ego at the door and become part of the process. Learn, be open and participate.

All three of these points are based on knowing yourself and others. Of course, admitting you don’t know yourself requires a certain amount of knowing yourself. So to start, just ask yourself the questions in the opening paragraph and plot a course of action. Begin with #1 above. When you do, you’ll become part of an amazing vision experience for your organization that will change your work and life.