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Kevin & Jackie Freiberg

Virtual Leadership

Virtual Collaboration

Warning – you will need about 30 minutes for this message, but it will be worth the time invested!

In our busy lives and hyperconnected world, it is common for people to tout the value of unplugging and disconnection to refresh and reconnect to what is really important. However, here is a remarkable example of how virtual leadership, a crazy vision, collaboration and a hyperconnected world led to deep relationships, reconnections and a break through innovation. And, if Eric’s virtual choir isn’t enough to convince you of the value of collaboration and global connection, we encourage you to watch Peter Diamandis in his TED talk on AbundanceDiamandis builds a sound business case for the value of optimism, abundance and our hyperconnected world. What is your lofty vision and how will you connect and collaborate virtually to explore some innovative ideas for improving your corner of the world?

Are you an Askhole?

What is an Askhole?

Askholes ask for input but never really listen or apply it. Leaders listen, learn and adjust. To avoid being an Askhole, try this for a week…

Left or Right?

Take the Quiz!

Invite your team to take the quiz, every innovative team has a balance of both left and right brain thinkers. One is not better than the other, they are different. They are complementary approaches to seeing the world, taking on challenges and solving problems. Where are your teams’ opportunities for growth?

Death, Words and Impact

Famous or Not?

What if you start your day with coffee, scrambled eggs and a read through the obituaries for a bit of inspiration, yep inspiration!

In this 6 minute TED Talk, Lux Narayan suggests that going to the back of the NYT to read the obituaries provides more hope than starting on the front page.

His short study of 2000 obituaries says a lot about achievement and what it takes to make a positive dent in the fabric of life… before it’s too late. Why not shake up your morning routine to have a more positive impact in your world.

Leaders are Likable

Are You Likable?

These are habits likable leaders live and model every day. Sometimes a few subtle changes in the way you behave can have a HUGE impact on your reputation as a likable leader. How do you rate:

    1. Are you well known for a positive mental attitude (are you an optimist)?
    2. Do you speak in a friendly tone (most of the time)?
    3. Do you give your undivided attention to people who are speaking to you (vs. looking over their shoulder or at your smart phone)?
    4. Are you able to maintain your composure in all circumstances?
    5. Are you patient?
    6. Are you open minded (vs. opinionated)?
    7. Do you smile when you speak with people?
    8. Do you make eye contact when you speak with people?
    9. Are you discerning, do you hold back on expressing some of your thoughts?
    10. Do you avoid procrastinating (most of the time)?
    11. Do you engage in at least one good deed a day?
    12. Do you learn from failure (vs. mope or agonize over it)?
    13. Do people speaking with you feel listened to and respected?
    14. Do you authentically praise others?
    15. Do you regularly seek feedback on your flaws?
    16. Do you look for opportunities to grow self-awareness?

Where do you need to turn up the volume on improving your likability to increase your impact as a leader? We challenge you to invite some colleagues, friends or family members to embark upon a journey of increasing likability as leaders… in life and at work. Cheers to practicing small change that will lead to powerful impact.