The influence of language

Tuesday, 05 April 2016 00:00
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What language do you use?  Habitually?  Consciously or unconsciously?  “Our words create our worlds” – this simple phrase when spoken by David Cooperrider, had considerable impact on my noticing my vocabulary and intentionally changing it to be more positive and to create the space for possibility and growth.

 

Following are a few more quotes that I have reflected on and have impacted my words and my world:

 

  • “The seeds of change are implicit in the first question we ask.  The more positive the questions, the more positive the potential for transformation.” Diana Whitney
  •  " The power of questions and questioning is to open the door to new possibilities.”  David Cooperrider
  •  “To change behaviour, change the conversation.”  Wim Croonen
  •  “When I tell you my story, you give me colour.  I exist, I am in the moment.”  Eric Koenen

Innovation - Shift Happens

Tuesday, 22 March 2016 00:00
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Our last blog discussed how organisations often focus on providing tools for idea generation and evaluation, but fail to create the curious environment that is critical to innovation and that enables the ideas to be generated and evaluated.  We suggested that curiosity, courage, fearlessness, vulnerability and playfulness are all important attitudes and mindsets for innovation.

Last week we suggested that you look at a commercial for Apple from the late 1990s.  This week, we're offering another YouTube video for your consideration.

While you're watching, you might like to consider:

The world is constantly changing at a fast rate;  

  • What impact does this have for our organisations, our customers, our products?  
  • For how we do business?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMB77eJPYs8

 

Innovation - the Apple Commercial

Wednesday, 16 March 2016 00:00
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Organisations often focus on providing tools for idea generation and evaluation, but fail to create the curious environment that is critical to innovation and that enables the ideas to be generated and evaluated.

Curiosity, courage, fearlessness, vulnerability and playfulness are all important attitudes and mindsets for innovation.

The following link will take you to a commercial for Apple from the late 1990s.  As you watch it, you might like to ask yourself:

  • How are we crazy?  What does crazy look like for us?
  • What do we do so that we are not ignored?
  • How will we change the world?

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