Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Do you have what it takes to succeed?

I am back from two fantastic international conferences (the CSTD 2006 Annual Conference and the ICF 2006 International Conference). It's been wonderful to be able to connect with other professionals over the past few weeks, as well as hear from some of today's business thought leaders. Over the past two weeks I've heard from some of today's innovators who are creating the edge - Dan Pink, Guy Kawasaki, Lynne Swift and Marshall Goldsmith. Each one of them has an incredibly powerful message for the business world -- from new ways of thinking (literally), to innovation, our relationship with money, to how to harness your team's fullest potential.

The title for this blog "Do you have what it takes to succeed?" stems from Dan Pink's book "A Whole New Mind" which Dan presented on at the ICF Conference. This was the second time I have seen him speak in the last year, both times equally powerful. The question I've posed arises from Dan's thesis of the need to foster new human abilities as we move out of the Information Age into the Conceptual Age.

As we look around in today's business environment, change is evident everywhere we turn. Are the old paradigms of disciplines, thinking in silos, and left-brain approaches still serving us? Dan writes about new abilities needed by the future's leaders -- design, story, symphony, empathy, play, meaning. All of these come from a more right brained approach to business and leadership. How much are you using your right brain? Which skills have you fostered.

Take a look at Dan's book. It's a great read. You can order the book off Amazon via his website.

Jennifer Britton
Potentials Realized
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