Category Spirit at Work

Peer Powered Board Meetings

February 29, 2016 Affective LeadershipAssociation InsightsEmotional IntelligencePeer Powered PerformanceSocial SmartsSpirit at WorkTopicsTraining  No comments

Board member pretending he is the master of the universe

The biggest threat to nonprofits is not declining membership, meeting attendance or sponsorship.
It is not limitations in volunteers, time or money, but a shortage of “Creative Democracy”.

group blameThere are few things more daunting than trying to run a CREATIVE board meeting.  Partisan politics, positioning, personal priorities and the occasional ego often bring progress to a standstill.  It is easy to get caught up in the illusion that these are people problems.

These are not problems of ill int...

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Successful change is not the result of profound intention but sustained attention.

February 26, 2016 Affective LeadershipEmotional IntelligencePeer Powered PerformancePositive DevianceSpirit at WorkTopics  One comment

Shon Watkins

Shon Watkins is our “Chief Imaginator” his responsibility is to convert complex ideas into irresistible illustrations.

We have all experienced the life-changing energy of learning something that we absolutely know will change our culture forever, only to have the message fade away drowned out by too much to do and too little time.

The solution is to create a system that is:

1. Quick

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2. Easy

3. Instantly recognizable

4. Universally understandable

5. Consistently renewing


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Managing Malignancies

May 26, 2015 Affective LeadershipCustomer ServiceEmotional IntelligencePeer Powered PerformancePositive DevianceSocial SmartsSpirit at WorkTopicsTraining  No comments


The story is true, the setting is healthcare but the emotional intelligence, communication expertise and service delivery systems can (and should) be lessons for anyone.  

I appreciate the kind concerns that have been expressed by so many but the purpose of this article is to provide a platform for evaluating your own service delivery systems.  Real Lessons, Real Science, Real Solutions.  It is easy to talk in the abstract...

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What is Peer Powered Performance?

November 13, 2014 Affective LeadershipAssociation InsightsEmotional IntelligencePeer Powered PerformancePositive DevianceSpirit at Work  No comments

Peer Powered Performance

Many people have inquired as to the purpose of our new Peer Powered Performance™ LinkedIn group.  In short we wanted to create a place dedicated to those interested in exploring any combination of systems that help to establish:

  • All-inclusive

  • Non-coercive

  • Totally-transparent

  • Collaborative communities

Peer Powered Performance™ is based on the belief that organizations of all kinds, for-profit and non-profit alike are far more effective and innovative when they are designed for the be...

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Historic Wonder & Organizational Blunder

November 11, 2014 Affective LeadershipAssociation InsightsPeer Powered PerformancePositive DevianceSocial SmartsSpirit at Work  No comments

top down authority incompatible with engagement

If I were a physician I would prescribe a sedative for the hierarchically inclined before reading Gary Hamel’s prelude to Reinventing Management at the Mashup: Architecture & Ideology starting a week from now in NY.

Gary’s insightful article attacks the spurious half-steps of incremental improvement characterizing current bureaucracies as breeding grounds for “sycophants” perpetuating the past while discouraging innovation and experimentation...

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