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Here are 5 Significant Insights from “Thinking, Fast and Slow” and “The Undoing Project.”
“Leaders who have been lucky are never punished for having taken too much risk. Instead, they are believed to have had the flair and foresight to anticipate success and the sensible people who doubted them are seen in hindsight as mediocre, timid and weak. A few lucky gambles can crown a reckless leader with a halo of prescience and boldness.” (from Thinking, Fast and Slow pg. 203)
Listen to your own “rules of thumb/ intuition” because often the rule is incorrect.
Optimism without restraint or argument can lead to dangerous mistakes.
“Disbelieving is hard work” – Once you have accepted a belief it’s even more difficult to disprove. If the acceptance is within a group, it’s even more difficult to disprove.
How to make better decisions: When faced with a decision fully write out a list of worst case scenarios to your decisions. Slow down your first thought and you might start to clarify your decision. As Kahaneman points out, “learn to recognize situations in which mistakes are likely….it is easier to recognize other people’s mistakes than our own.”
So, if the Seahawks would have beaten, Atlanta, we would be hosting the NFC Championship in Seattle. Last weekend, (RULE OF THUMB) you would have wanted to play at home against the Green Bay Packers, correct? I heard many experts say, Seattle playing at home gives us the best chance. Although there is one fact which one might want to consider before you make a “fast decision/rule of thumb”. Did you know in 50+ years of the NFL there has never been a rookie QB in the Super Bowl? So, take your chance on Mr. Rogers who had over a 115 QB rating or take your chances on a rookie?
Again, we will never know the answer to the question but a (rule of thumb decision), often needs a slower response. Overly optimistic responses will be your first indicator to slow down. In the case of Dallas or Green Bay, it would be interesting how people would answer before and after what happened on Sunday. Most decisions are wagers which need a little slower intuition.
I hope you wager well in 2017.
“Turley, would you please KISS me! The shouting became louder, ‘No! No! No! “PLEASE – KISS!”. Then the wise old sage of a coach walked up behind me and whispered, “Turley, KISS means, Keep It Simple Stupid.” As a rookie coach 30 years ago, this transformational phrase of KISS still echoes in my ears. Recently, I have had the fortunate opportunity of coaching my son’s football team, reminding me how ‘the KISS’ is applicable not only to coaching but also to leadership, life, parenthood and business.
Keep the feeling — Most will remember the feeling of their first kiss. I repeatedly teach, myself and my young players, “if you don’t feel it you can’t change it” (behavior). In business, you cannot change anything until you have felt the pain (client, employee, or teenager) and remembered it. Once you lose the “feel” then the passion to change is nearly impossible.
Do you still feel it? Leaders, do you remember what it’s like to follow? Parents, do you remember what it’s like to be a 15-year-old girl or boy?
If you can’t feel it, then slowing down can be the best method of correction.
Inspire — Our football team has been crushed, often. After one crushing defeat as all the players were sitting on the bench with heads down, one of the players walked in front of everyone giving them all high-fives, and yelling, “Great effort, good job, great effort!” It was powerful moment to see the physical trail of his positive energy affect players on the bench. Even the coaches started to smile.
To KISS is simply hard to do in the dark.
Simple — In basketball my kids hear me say over and over again, “Same motion, same result.” Can you repeat it? Much of life is repeating the same motion, but if you don’t have good mechanics both mentally and physically then you will get the same negative result. Simple repeatable systems which can be measured and attained are important.
Often times we just need to simplify our motions.
Stupid — It’s much easier not to be stupid, if you tell the truth. Where in life are you not telling the full truth, whole truth and nothing but the truth? If not, I’ll show you complexity. Living in the darkness of deceit creates so much complexity therefore, it is difficult to lead or even follow anyone.
I’m notoriously an over-thinker, but when these simple truths are applied, I become much more Kissable…. Just sayin’.
Has life, work or family been moving so fast it seems out of control? Recently I had the opportunity to test drive my first Lamborghini and it was amazingly fast – able to do 90mph in 2nd gear. As you can see in the video I was doing a short track test where one was not allowed in the car without a co-pilot (mentor). I have learned mentors are priceless when life accelerates. If you don’t have a mentor in every significant area of your life, I highly suggest you start seeking them out.
Here are a few things that I have learned regarding mentors/co-pilots:
1. Find Mentors: I could have driven the Lamborghini without a co-pilot, but the twists, turns and speed of life normally comes up quickly, so before you get into the car bring those wiser ones along for the ride. It’s important to make sure you have them with you before life turns too fast. Normally great mentors don’t come looking for you, you have to seek them out and keep chasing them down while respecting their time.
2. Heads up Mentors: As in my Lamborghini test drive, sometimes mentors will shout at you. Learn to heed their advice. Let off the gas or accelerate when directed.
3. Reading Mentors: Reading mentors (authors) are great, but they never talk back to you. I have many authors as mentors but they don’t look across the table to ask the deeper timely questions. Both are necessary, however those sitting in the seat next to you are critical when acceleration happens.
4. Truthful Mentors: When I hit the cone in the video my co-driver told me to slow down, “stop.” Has anyone ever told you to slow down? If not, I wonder if you have anyone telling you the truth?
5. Specialized Mentors: All mentors are not equal. I have had great mentors in my spiritual life who would not have had a clue to my business life and visa-versa. Mentors will come and go depending upon your season of life, but there are a few areas I keep consistent mentors: Spiritual, Business, Leadership, and Family.
I turn 50 in a few days and recently in two different situations I had someone tell me, “Jeff, you have gotten great advice.” I smiled and thought, “Well, fortunately I surrounded myself with some great mentors (co-pilots).” You are never too old to be mentored. I hope I’m always willing to go for a wild ride with those willing to push on the accelerator with me.
A marriage counselor once told my wife and me that we should end each day asking four simple questions:
a. What made you mad today? – Anger
b. What made you sad today? – Resentment
c. What made you happy today? – Joy
d. What made you excited today? – Passion in life
Asking emotionally rich questions creates profound connections and draws out untold stories. Recently, I started asking these questions to my kids around the dinner table (BOOM) – it’s amazing how many stories created deeper connections.
Let me ask you; have you become a master at asking the brilliant question? The daily discipline of asking questions is a powerful tool to change your life and those you influence. One of the greatest gifts in life is being able to ask the “difficult questions” which allows everyone to collaborate their knowledge into amazing insights.
• Change Questions: If personal change is difficult then ask yourself what is the competing reward in not changing? Simple example: I want to stop procrastinating? What is the reward you are getting for procrastinating? If you desire a change in any area you must first identify the reward you are currently getting for the behavior.
• Simple questions: Don’t you hate when your kids ask you “why.” Then they repeat the same “why” question 10 times. My irritated parental response is normally “because I said so.” The simple “why” question can challenge even the greatest minds sitting around the corporate board room table. The “why” question can force everyone to explain the purpose in a “childlike manner.”
o When you use “the why question” in the workplace or of God, it can your own pubescent power play. Use the powerful “why” question wisely.
o See video for an example: beware it’s theological in nature
• 5W and H Questions: 5W’s and H are the heart and soul of great questions. Who, What, Why, When, Where, and How. I start almost every sales meeting with: How can we help? And then end the meeting with what are the next steps?
• Do you pride yourself as being the smartest person at the table? I have learned I don’t want to be the smartest person at the table. If I am, then I’m definitely sitting at the wrong table. However, I do want to be the most inquisitive person at the table.
Share with us some of your best questions which allow you to lead others.
I often repeat the Frozen theme song, “Let it go, let it go…” to my two daughters with a big old smile on my face whenever my daughters are…well, just being 8 and 10. Funny thing is I never heard the phrase, “Let it go” the first time I watched Frozen. To be honest, I was asleep. However, as father of two girls Frozen has become habitual, now all of us know the meaning of “Let it go…”.
This leads me to my 2016 goal to “re-read” at least 25 of the best books which are currently on my bookshelf. It’s fun to pick up the best of the best and cut directly to the essence of the book. Here is what I learned when my bookshelf become unfrozen.
Teach better: I was helping my son understand history by re-reading one of my Lincoln books. I made a simple observation which helped both of us forever remember a few important historical dates. “Cyrus, when was your Father born? 1966. When was the first Super Bowl? 1966. When was the emancipation proclamation? 1863 (Civil War 1861-1865). When was the Revolutionary War? (1775-1783). About 100 years separate 3 major events which affected his life. (4 if you count the 1st Super Bowl)
Connect in Context: Re-reading will allow me to not only remember, but to remember in the context of where I’m at today.
Example: Re-Reading Raving Fans: yes, I remember many of the points of Raving Fans but now when he says, “Paint a picture of the perfect store,” I now see the perfect GoNetYourself.
Speed-Read: I’m only reading for the main points and the deeper points of significance. At those points I slow down, repeat, read again, highlight, take notes, and then speed on. I can re-read a book in one night.
Top Ten 2016 Re-Read List
1.The Lexus and the Olive Tree: Thomas L. Friedman (the United States is Michael Jordan and Russia is Gary Payton, Friedman describes every country as an NBA player, it was funny.)
2.Good to Great / Built to Last: Jim Collins (Right people on the bus, become a clock builder.)
3.The Black Swan: Nassim Taleb (Identifying Black Swans and creating on their tails.)
4.Henri Nouwen: Everything he wrote should be on the re-read list
5.Immunity to Change: Robert Kegan
6.Clued In: Lewis Carbone
7.Raving Fans: Ken Blanchard
8.Making Ideas Happen: Scott Belsky
9.The Goal: Eliyahu Goldratt “find out where the problems are and focus on them”
10.The Membership Economy: Robbie Baxter (subscription business? it’s a must re-read.)
Marketing in a Social Environment
As the speed of communication and the importance of social media increases so does the need of businesses to interact with customers across all domains. With countless platforms for consumers to make their voices heard it’s paramount for businesses to keep pace and utilize the opportunities that digital marketing and social media afford them, the ability to quickly respond to the needs of customers and trends that outpace traditional marketing practices.
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What have my kids have taught me about leadership?
Fatherhood has transformed my leadership style. Parenting and leadership are not synonyms but they are intimately related. At the core, I believe parenting is about developing leaders. Isn’t the core of business to develop great leaders?
- Dance: If you dance well then they will begin to mimic your every move. As a parent this is a scary thought. Often in business we don’t think those we lead will dance like us but they do.
- Sleep: My wife deserves high praise for her parenting skills. At the top is her dedicated commitment to the sleep patterns of our kids. I personally learned about the value of great/long sleep by watching the behavioral difference between kids with good sleep and kids without. It’s amazing. Leaders don’t talk enough to their employees about sleep, but we should. There can be a case made that an employee with great sleep habits is a happy, thoughtful and energetic employee – this becomes contagious employee.
- Emotions: Have you hugged those you lead lately? (VIDEO) watch this 90 second video to answer this question.
- Clear Direction: If I surprise my kids and say, “It’s bed time right now” I’ll get push back. I almost never get push back when I say, “10 more minutes till bed time.” In 10 minutes they are ready for bed. Employees just need clarity of direction without surprises.
- Decisions = Core Values: Major decisions are rooted in a core value. Do you know the core values of your kids? Last week one of my kids seemed to be making an odd choice and I could not understand the decision. Then I asked, would you make the same choice if one of your friends wasn’t part of the trip. “Absolutely not, I would make a different decision.” One of his core values is “quality time with friends.” Most major decisions are made from core values. Do you know what the core values of those individuals you lead?
I think we can all sometimes be reminded of how important it is as leaders to find ways to “hug” those we lead. So as we move into the following weeks, how can you be nurturing those around you, those who support you, and those who depend on you?
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“The game of chess originated in present-day India during the sixth century CE, the time of the Gupta Empire. It was invented by a very clever man who traveled to Pataliputra the capital city, and presented his brainchild to the emperor. The ruler was so impressed by the difficult, beautiful game that he invited the inventor to name his reward. The inventor said, sure – give me a grain of rice and double it for every square on the chess board. The emperor quickly responded, sure I can do this.” Question, what happens next?
- The inventor lost his head
- The emperor lost his country
In the Second Machine Age, the author uses this illustration to remind us all how fast data is currently doubling and how we are currently entering into the 2nd half of the chess board and how the numbers become indescribable. Even if you disagree with the transformative power of Moore’s Law it’s a mental game changer.
Books have the ability to let us see the world differently. It’s my belief blogs are 15 second advertisements and videos will give us another 60-90 seconds which are tremendous connections at the surface. Books, on the other hand, have the opportunity to take you into the depth of thinking which will change your life forever. Ask someone what is the best book they have read recently and it will be interesting what their answer is…and it will tell you a lot about them.
Here are a few books I have read recently which I highly recommend:
- The Second Machine Age by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee
“In the next twenty-four months, the planet will add more computer power than it did in all previous history. Over the next twenty-four years, the increase will likely be over a thousand-fold.”
- Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
If Big Data is your bacon then this book allows you to eat a little slower.
- Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
If you have aging parents, this is a must read.
- A More Beautiful Question by Warren Berger
What happens if you you sleep with a question?
Here are a few worldview game changer books:
- The Evolving Self by Robert Kegan
- The Fourth Turning by William Strauss and Neil Howe
Maybe history is not linear but cyclical/seasonal?
- Lexus and Olive Tree by Thomas L. Friedman
- The Black Swan by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
You can rarely ever predict a black swan – you make money on their coattails. *If you want to see what happens when you can predict a Black Swan read The Big Short.
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