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The mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools.


A leader depends on her ability to think clearly and creatively.

How do we sharpen our minds?  Is simply reading the latest ideas enough? We believe that our minds need more practice at thinking wisely and creatively.

To support that process, we have developed tools to assist us in training our minds to think in new ways based on time-tested wisdom.

We call these tools wisdom jigs because they help us to hold our minds and ideas in a productive new relationship just like a woodworking jig allows us to customize our tools to produce the results we want again and again. Eventually, we internalize these tools, but until then, we use jigs to train ourselves.

Here are some sample jigs to get you started:

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“If you want to teach people a new way of thinking, don't bother trying to teach them. Instead, give them a tool, the use of which will lead to new ways of thinking.”

Richard Buckminster Fuller

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Moving Beyond Our Fear of Appearing Incompetent Into More Creativity

As successful leaders, we know how to act in the face of fear. We calculate risk and reward and step into ambiguity, risk, and constraints every day. But, for many less experienced leaders fear begets inaction while problems fester, disruptors emerge, windows of opportunities close and learning slows. Of course, we don’t allow that happen to us… very often.

No matter how experienced, leaders still feel fear, but what are we actually afraid of? Continue reading Moving Beyond Our Fear of Appearing Incompetent Into More Creativity

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The Introverted Network Builder: An Offering to John Hagel

Buried in a blog post on the measuring your real net worth, John Hagel recently opened this invitation,

I would welcome advice and insight on how introverts (and others) can be more intentional about cultivating the kinds of personal networks that I’ve described above.

So, Mr. Hagel, and all you introverts who might share his question and challenge, here is what I have learned in my years studying and practicing networking as an introvert. Continue reading The Introverted Network Builder: An Offering to John Hagel