Posts Tagged ‘movement’

A Written Reflection

September 30, 2011 3 comments

As a strong “ideator” who uses “connectedness” in all things and is an extreme extrovert, so much of how I process my thinking and move it forward happens in conversations with people.   It has been a very effective method for incubating, creating, and drawing important connections and meaning – all through the privilege of getting to know people better, engaging with them and further developing these relationships.

Like so many other great things in our lives, I’ve found a down-side to these activities.  As the type of person who likes to chase “the shiny new thing” I often find myself fragmented and frenzied.   My head starts swirling in thoughts and I’m physically jazzed-up from the interaction; often waking up with thoughts in the middle of the night.  I found myself just disappearing from these activities by escaping into my work and not moving any ideas forward as a way to refresh from the hype.  I was stuck in this cycle of rapid frenzied movement followed by stagnation and it felt unhealthy, unbalanced, and even ineffective.

I lacked balance.  Focus was missing  Solitary reflection should replace the stagnation in order to quiet the mind, process and understand, draw meaning, and be able to keep moving forward.

I was privileged to participate in a writing / journaling conference hosted by The People House and The Center for Journal Therapy recently.  I learned that journaling and solitary reflection would accomplish both things:  quiet the mind AND continue to move ideas and thinking forward.  I’ve been diligently applying these techniques and feel more balanced, have more insight, and am moving ideas and thinking forward more rapidly and with a calm that I haven’t had before.

The tagline for the conference was:  I write to know what my heart thinks.  It is so true!  I’m great at asking questions, but have lacked the discipline to pursue finding answers, including listening for those answers.  If you have never written as a technique to move your ideas forward, try it!

Reflective Writing Steps:

  1. Set aside 10-15 uninterrupted and quiet minutes to allow the free-flow of your thoughts.
  2. Pick a question (of yourself, of someone or something else, of God, or whomever).  See following examples.
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How Ideas Spread – Insight from ROWE Movement

April 29, 2010 1 comment


Results-Only Work EnvironmentI’ve been following the Results-Only Work Environment (ROWE) movement for a couple of years.  This workplace philosophy is based on holding associates accountable to results, not to how they achieve those results.  It’s not about creating a virtual work team, but about no longer equating the amount of time a person is at their desk with the actual results they produce.

  • Some people are more productive in a home office
  • Others get the most done at 6 AM in the office when things are quiet
  • Still others wake in the middle of the night with brilliant thoughts they can move forward with

I wouldn’t characterize the spread of ROWE as viral (see original post).  Still, I thought it would be interesting to see how it has been successful in breaking through organizational barriers.  Most recently, ROWE has grabbed governmental attention with a ROWE implementation to take place in the U.S. Office of Personnel Mgmt – creating an opportunity to shape national policy in the future.

Michael Barata - ROWE Zealot

I was fortunate to meet Michael Barata who is a “ROWE Zealot” now getting paid to spread this movement – a dream come true since as he believes it to be the future of work.  I spent a dynamic hour on the phone with Michael laughing and enjoying exploring the characteristics of this movement together.  Following are the key findings from this inspiring conversation about what helps and hinders the spread of  ROWE.

Facilitates Spread:

  • Everyday people are passionate about ROWE – staff level are most common followers.
  • It affects their very lives and livelihood.
  • Spread happens when leaders become interested in something other than the status quo.
  • Adoption of  is not limited to a common set of organizations (mid to small, non-profit, Best Buy, Government, technology).
  • It’s optional.
    • “If you start forcing [ROWE] upon people it can be just as toxic as the current status quo – it just becomes the new status quo.” – Mike Barata
  • Social media (access to information, people, and stories) helps build courage in people who want to make change happen.
  • People find out about it from other followers (in addition to the founders and leaders of the movement) – see How to Start a Movement….
  • Success stories are a powerful way to spread the movement (especially when coupled with social media).

Barriers to Spread:

  • Organizational policies (& even labor laws) do pose a significant barrier that must be broken down.
    • “Many of the beliefs people carry aren’t really their own, it’s what they’ve come to believe by others.” – Mike Barata
  • Opponents who are as loud or louder than supporters (regardless of how logical or illogical the argument)
  • Key stakeholders who don’t buy-in.
  • Some people never really realize that just because something is different, doesn’t mean it’s wrong.
    • Classic change management principle.
  • When people aren’t willing to stick-it-out through the challenges … there WILL be challenges.
  • The more people & processes required to change in order to spread the idea, the more barriers there likely will be.
    • It’s much simpler to spread ideas that only require individuals to do something (ex: reusable grocery bags).

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How to Start a Movement, in less than 3 minutes!

April 2, 2010 2 comments


Following is an outline of what Derek Sivers shows in a video during his TEDTalk explaining How to Start a Movement in less than three minutes:

1.  A leader needs the guts to stand out from the crowd and be ridiculed

  • Leadership in a movement is actually over-glorified

2.  It must be about the followers

  • A leader must embrace and nurture the first followers as an equal
  • The first follower is what transforms a known nut into a leader
  • If you see a lone leader doing something great, have the guts to stand beside and follow!

3.  A movement must be public.

  • Three is a crowd and a crowd is news!
  • If you really want to start a movement, have the courage to be a follower!

4.  Must show the followers, not just the leader.

  • New followers emulate the followers, not the leader.
  • If you really want to start a movement, have the courage to teach others how to follow!

5.  Momentum of followers – now we have a movement!

  • The tipping point
  • The more people that join in, the less risky it is
  • They won’t stand out, they won’t be ridiculed, but they will be part of the in-crowd, if they hurry

6.  The movement becomes the crowd.

  • Once enough people have joined, the movement becomes the crowd
  • To NOT participate is to risk being ridiculed
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