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My homework for a creative leadership class

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This painting I created as a final project for my favorite Masters Class in Creative Leadership and Problem Solving: I use symbols to describe my leadership style. I went all out abstract! This explanation comes with it.

This painting is using symbolism for theories and how I combine visionary leadership, with Flow, Divergent thinking, and Foresight.
To begin with, the Foresight Preferences to show that I am a leader that want to help my followers find out who they are and how to use their skills to the best of their ability.
Those are the four symbols with myself in the middle. Classifier, Indicator, (Leader) Developer, and the Implementer

The symbolical thought bubble which we all share is my “Vision.”
I would like to think of myself as a visionary leader with a visionary thinking style in.

The image is also showing that not only am I sharing my vision with the followers but I am fostering them to feel as if they are a part of the Vision.
If they feel they have a role in achieving the vision, this will help foster an environment for “Flow.”

The culture of the staff is based on flow as the reward and goal. That is the intertwined energy sources “Flowing.” The environment would need to be able to support the Flow environment.

Our culture is to make working fun and creative, this will drive you, motivation and skill being stretched in a supportive environment is the recipe for success, and this is accomplished with the use of divergent and convergent problem-solving.

The two circles with the smaller colored waves is a visualization for Divergent thinking and the collection of mass ideas and filtering through the Convergent circle to get to the most Novel solution.

Creating flow through employees knowing their skills and stretching them to achieve more of the feeling of flow and achievement.

Moving Forward/Postmortem

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The Cold Facts Definition:
A project post-mortem is a process, usually performed at the conclusion of a project, to determine and analyze elements of the project that were successful or unsuccessful. The Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) refers to the process as lessons learned. Project post-mortems are intended to inform process improvements which mitigate future risks and to promote iterative best practices. Post-mortems are often considered a key component of, and ongoing precursor to, effective risk management.

Post-mortems can encompass both quantitative data and qualitative data. Quantitative data include the variance between the hours estimated for a project and the actual hours incurred. Qualitative data will often include stakeholder satisfaction, end-user satisfaction, team satisfaction, potential reusability and perceived quality of end-deliverables.

Comedy Therapy

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IMG_2793One thing that separates us from the rest of the mammals is humor.

Stand up comedy or all humor for that much is an emotional response an uncensored reaction. We respond emotionally to something the same way we would cower if we are afraid or cry if we were sad. It’s just how our brain works.

Why Comedy:

One example of a common joke structure uses the idea of bait and switch to shock you. What happens is the joke will build tension and once that tension is relieved you laugh. Our brains are just built like that. It a basic emotional response just like fight or flight… (do we all know what that is?) It’s part of who we are. Have you ever notices this for yourself?  When we’re up against something that might be uncomfortable or really difficult at that moment, but then it’s over and your relieved of that stress… you laugh or at least smile.

Every culture, every age, every race, every economic class, every profession, and every person laughs. Emotion cannot always be controlled and everyone laughs at something.

However what that something is changes from person-to-person.

As a comedian you need to grow your funny bone

You need to figure out what works, what doesn’t work, or how to make something that you’re really passionate about come across to others in a funny way.

What I like most about comedy is that you also need to find the funny in any situation that you’re in. This is what I call Comedy Therapy. At the moment where life is the hardest and things are the worst I say to myself one day this is going to be a great story.

You have no idea how amazing you feel the moment you have a room of people laughing at something that at one time in your life was so horrible. It feels great!

I read an article in the Journal of medicine that says that when we LOL “laugh out loud” and clap it releases endorphins into our system something called oxytocin which is kind of like a your brains version of Prozac! So when we laugh and clap (even a smile works to do this) it actually helps raise your self-esteem and lowers your stress level.

Or as I like to say the more you clap at my jokes the better you’re going to feel in the better you can I think you look. This is the only kind of drug dealer to be! I’ll never be on street corners, Just give me a stage and a microphone.



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Let’s think of the key to delivering your next speech with the acronym speak. It’s really easy way to remember five key points that will help you ace your talk or presentation.

Start with S:
S stands for simple just because you’re talking to college doesn’t mean they always get it.
It’s up to you to tell them why they should care and you have to do that by focusing on :”what’s in it for them”
What’s the benefit of the product or service that you’re talking about?
What will they do with this information and how will this information improve their lives.

P is for practice: It doesn’t matter how good you are, you need to practice as often as possible and you should be doing out loud. The more you practice the easier it will be to internalize and not memorize.
This way you’re having a conversation that sounds natural and effortless.

E is for examples: Examples and short stories put information into context for the listeners. Examples also humanize your message I makes it far more interesting than just spouting off a bunch of facts.
Stories and examples are engaging they also increased attention and retention.

And A is for audience: All audiences are not created equal. Find out who you’re talking to an advance so you can tailor your remarks and examples to address their concerns.

K is for keepers: What keywords or phrases do you want your audience to remember. The late Steve Jobs was great at this he would say things like “Internet in your pocket” or “this device will change the world”
If you can some up your talk in just one line… that’s how you can deliver your message in a way that sticks.

Lastly loose the jargon… the words that are thrown around the office place but don’t really mean anything to anyone else keep it clear simple and to the point.