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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Libraries - A Central Hub for Innovation

Libraries Today

This week I got to see first hand the changes in libraries across the US.  I was working with the Florida Public Library Directors in Tallahassee, running their annual meeting.  Pre-meeting work included reading the Aspen Libraries Report which was a think tank discussing the future of libraries.

The report offers 4 key strategies:
1. Aligning library services in support of community goals. 

2. Providing access to content in all formats.

3. Ensuring the long-term sustainability of public libraries.

4. Cultivating leadership.
The day flew by as the the directors drew their vision into reality, brainstorming how they each could take their library into the future.  While each of them had their own map for their area, I created a compilation of common themes in a map that will live in the State Libraries office.  
Did you know that the library has become a social services office in some areas? That it is filled with people retooling and retraining themselves? That you can check out a book online from your library? (I bet you knew that!) That they are transforming libraries into 'maker spaces' for entrepreneurs, creating video and audio recording studios, and house some of the greatest historical collections of photos, artefacts, and art? If you are stuck in your old way of thinking about the library around the corner from you, go check it out!
 
Libraries are the new hub for innovation, the place to launch your new business venture, or publish your own book. The library is more than stacks of books.  It is essential to our community!  So if funding your library is on the ballot in your town, I urge you to check the box that says YES we will fund ours!

Thank you Florida Public Library Directors!

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Spook Yourself Out

Spook yourself out

Wondering how to grow your business or yourself? Does the very thought seem spooky? It might be easier than you let yourself believe, if you let yourself believe it will be (Try that for a tongue twister!). And don’t decide to believe what you just read, prove it to yourself.
People who set goals are more likely to achieve them. Didn’t we hear that in school? Yes, countless times, but now it's time to turn up the volume and really do it.
When was the last time you asked the universe to show you what goals to work towards? That may sound weird (A little like hocus-pocus!) but in a recent survey 64% of people said they either used their intuition when goal setting, or actively sought answers from the world around them.  
How do you do that? You turn up your ability to notice what is happening around you, meaning the road signs, the radio, the person who you were just thinking about who then called “Out of the blue”. Once you start noticing these things, the coincidences and connections might seem positively spooky!
When we were in New Zealand, we saw a felt-board at the Christchurch botanical gardens and kids were going crazy putting up felt flowers, felt suns, felt landscaping etc. Why not designate a wall to become your own felt-board? Tear out a few pictures of things that call out to you from magazines or ezines and pin them up there, create a snapshot collage in your Instagram account, or look at your Pinterest - what is it telling you that you love? Is your next step right in front of your nose?
Change can seem like a spooky process, but did you know that if you continue to make small changes every day, you increase your flexibility and ability to adapt to large changes? Get busy with those little changes today and before you know it they will add up to become those big changes you've been dreaming of.
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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Let Go & Move On!

I walked into another company this month where they’d merged a couple of big companies together, laid a bunch of people off and everyone was SUPER excited at the TOP.  But down below that level, wow, were people pissed off.  Our job was to help them make change using a picture of the future and what we found was what they really needed was a cheering squad, a pep commission, a complete confidence overhaul.
This is how it goes in the drivelatia of corporate America and it will go on and on and on like that until eternity is over. BUT that doesn’t mean you have to let it roll over you, squish the life out of you, pummel your self esteem to pieces. 
When your company merges with another and they are threatening and actually making lay-offs, you can despair if that is your nature, or you can:
1. Be curious about your future, rather than be afraid of what’s coming. 
2. Ask questions when there are no answers until there are answers. 
3. Offer to help with something you like doing. 
4. Refuse to be a lemming and start to swim upstream, support your friends and buy them coffee and donuts to cheer up the team.  
5. Actively look for alternative employment i.e. LET GO.
Which brings me to this blog’s topic. It’s fall and like the big trees all around your neighborhood, it’s a good time to drop your leaves and LET GO of something. Maybe let go of parts of yourself that are bugging you, of bad habits or old beliefs.  
Sound good?  Here’s a few tips on how:
Make a list of things you really want to let go of (draw a few pictures of them too, just to make it a fun versus torturous review of yourself/life/work). 
Choose one habit, behavior, thing to let go of.  Imagine yourself without that thing/habit/behavior.  See it as clearly as if you were in that life without itright now. Draw a sketch of you without it (perhaps a smiley-face you)
Now look back at the road you took to get here. Pretend you have already traveled along that road to this miraculous new you without that thing and what did you do, learn, find, experience along the way?  Write down everything you can think of that you did to help yourself.  Then do one of those things to kick start the new you.
Here’s mine. I’m an illustrator. I have hundreds of pens of all kinds, pencils, pastels, chalks, paper, tape. As I write this I know that when I get home I am going to go through my closets, drawers and keep ONE of each thing I have actively used in the last year and give the rest to the art teacher at the local elementary school.  Divest. AND I’m going to enlist Julie’s help doing it, because I can’t be fully trusted with these kinds of divesting things.  I can give up sugar but hard to give up art supplies.
What will you give up this fall?  What are you clinging to?
Let go. Be brave. Move on. Lighten your load.
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Use Sleep to clear out your brain

Did you know sleeping allows your brain to  let go? A finding from the National Institutes of Health suggests that one function of sleep is to allow the brain to flush out the toxins that build up during waking hours.
"Sleep basically restores your vitality and your ability to do things," Dr. Saper said. When your nerve cells are active for a long period (such as while you're awake), there's a build up of the chemical adenosine, which can reduce the ability of your nerve cells to fire when they get a new piece of information. When you go to sleep, you convert adenosine back into forms that help your brain work better."
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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

How to Spot a Confident Facilitator

How to Spot a Confident Facilitator

Last week I got to be the human highlighter in the room as I supported two awesome facilitators as their graphic recorder. About half way through the session, I looked down and noted that one of the facilitators was barefoot!

Wow, I thought, she has got to be SUPER confident! and...yep, she was!  Then I began looking more closely and discovered both facilitators shared, what I consider to be...

The Top Five Traits of a Confident Facilitator:

1.  Listens more and talks less.
When there is a moment of free air time, a confident facilitator turns the question back on you instead of filling the air time with their own opinions. ;-)
2.  Keeps you in dialogue, even when it gets sticky.
After years of being the human punching bag in post layoff facilitation sessions, I've seen that when participants were given a chance to talk things out, they worked it out.  A confident facilitator strives to patient, listen, ask open ended questions, let participants find their way, with gentle prodding.

3.  Is flexible with the agenda, but delivers the goods.
A confident facilitator is continuously weighing other possible interactive tools that may help your team explore a topic or come to a deeper understanding. When something isn't working, they reach into their bag of tricks for tool to steer you through the muck to the original outcomes you desired.
4.  Brings his or her authentic self into the room.
No matter where you go, there you are. When a facilitator feels comfortable enough to go barefoot in the room, it says something. It makes the space for you to embrace your authentic self and bring more of it into the room as well.
5.  Engages all of your senses.
A confident facilitator will not be put off by the CEO who tries to talk you out of doing game storming in your session. Participants will be grateful, because in the end, it will be fun, funny, filled with games, drawing, music, visuals, and rock solid deliverables. Afterwards they will say things like "I don't know what the #@%&* you did in there, but it was awesome!"

When you are looking for a facilitator for one of your sessions, keep this checklist handy and if you are a facilitator - be bold, be brave, and above all, be you!

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Shout Out

I have had the great honor to facilitate numerous sessions for the Global Libraries team at the BMGF.  As their program comes to a close, I want to say thank you for being my secret think tank for new ideas. #awesomeyou
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