A Mountain of Courage

Giving a TEDx talk is a challenging adventure.

I enjoyed sharing some of my story and the stories of people I admire – those who have had the courage to embrace and excel in the face of difficult change. It has been rewarding and inspiring to hear from the Traverse City attendees that my talk gave them language, and a visual image, for where they are in their own journey of change. I also met some very talented people among my fellow TEDx Traverse City speakers, who I will introduce to you in the days ahead.

By watching ‘A Mountain of Courage’ you will learn more about my personal journey – the journey that led me to create Courageous Thinking Inc. Every day I am energized by the challenge of assisting adventurous leaders who seek excellence in their personal growth, and strive for success in their organizations.

Linda Youtube TEDx


Where are YOU in your life right now?

  • Are you looking for ‘what’s next’?
  • Do you have a clear vision of where you want to go?
  • Are you questioning how to get there?

Thank your for taking the time to share in this ever evolving journey with me.
I’d love to hear where you are on your ‘Mountain of Courage’ – linda@cgthink.com

Inspired by Change,
Linda

The Hail Mary of Innovation: Google X

Google glassesLast week I had the opportunity to watch the future in action. As a Google Glass wearing friend took my picture, posted it to Instagram and emailed it to me – all with a hands-free one sentence voice command.

Exploring the opportunities, implications and risk of this technology is and will fill volumes, courtrooms and lawsuits. Today we look at ‘where did this technology come from?’
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Inside the halls of Google X lies a very different organizational culture, structure and breed of people that are developing, trying to break and launching new breakthrough technology. Take a look:

  • CAPTAIN OF MOONSHOTS:  Now there’s a business card to aspire to! Expectations of success are extremely low – but if/when they come – the results are world changing.
  • FAILING IN FULL VIEW:  When Leadership can fail in full view, then it gives everyone permission to be more like that.
  • RAPID EVALUATION:  ‘Why put off failing until tomorrow or next week when you can fail now?’ Encourage those who admit mistakes or defeat in group meetings.
  • THE TEAM:  People who want to build stuff and who aren’t easily daunted.

Google is uniquely equipped at a unique moment of history with the potential to create world changing innovation. Once you eliminate the fear of failure – anything is possible!

Why hire retired athletes & military leaders?

Because of these valuable reasons!

recent article in Forbes lists six reasons you should hire ‘Athletes’ in your company:
• Tenacious, strong work ethic, perseverance
• Goal oriented
• Adaptive, new skill development
• Think strategically, long term goals (entrepreneurial)
• Strive for balance/strong personal boundaries of health
• Work well in/thrive in teams and partnerships
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Who wouldn’t want a company filled with these kinds of people?

It’s easy to teach your content, process and systems to good people. But try teaching people to preserver, strive for excellence, be adaptive, maintain healthy life-work balance, and be great team members – if they don’t already possess these qualities and hard wiring.This same list of success oriented qualities applies to retired military leaders. But often retired Athletes and Military leaders fail to translate their skills and value on the playing field or in the armed services – to that of the business world.Don’t overlook these talent pools of people who are all ready wired and conditioned to pursuing excellence.