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Priority Learning January 2021 Newsletter

Happy New Year!

2021 has finally arrived and, speaking on my behalf, good riddance to 2020. It certainly was a year we will always remember and enough is enough. Let’s all assume that the big test is behind us and that 2021 will find the end to the pandemic, we will find our way back to each other and, because I’m feeling particularly optimistic, spring is coming.

This month we are bringing back a popular choice from last year. Steve Hrehovcik wrote an article for us that received a mountain of positive feedback and so we invited Steve to write another article. Because he is a bit of a ham, he graciously gifted us with one. You need to know Steve to truly appreciate him. He runs an art studio in Kennebunk, Maine, is an actor and accomplished author. He is also a dear friend to Priority Learning and illustrated my first book and doing more for my second book. We hope you will enjoy his humor and wisdom as we do.

The second part of our January message is the next excerpt of The Leadership Maker that examines Mind-Mapping and Systemic Thinking. Please enjoy these humbly submitted articles and we hope you will give us feedback and ideas of interest that you’d like to read about.

What Leaders Can Learn from the Movies

There’s a scene in the Oscar winning movie Annie Hall that provides an important lesson for leaders. If you saw the movie, you may recall when the characters played by Woody Allen and Diane Keaton go to their psychiatrist because their romance has hit a snag. They appear in a split screen, so we see them in their separate psychiatrist office at the same time. As part of their therapy session the psychiatrist asks them how often they sleep together. Allen says, “Hardly ever, maybe three times a week.” Keaton answers, “Constantly! I’d say three times a week.”

Each experiences the same event, yet they come to a different conclusion.

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“In the fields of observation chance favors only the prepared mind.”
~Louis Pasteur 

bulls eyeThe more we teach this technique, the more people like it. We took it for granted for years because we used it so often, and it is still one of the best tools to bring the creativity out of a group. It taps into the visual and abstract sense that our brain feels is most appealing. Some simple rules you will find easy to apply:

      Hit the “bullseye”

  1. Start in the center placing your subject or problem with an image or words in the circle. Use colors.
  2. Place the different solutions (ideas) to the subject or problem around the outside as primary words directly connected to the center circle. Connect each idea or solution to the central image.

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The Leadership Maker

By Ralph Twombly

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  • Preparation for Building a Culture

    Preparation for Building a Culture

    Before we pull the curtain to reveal the magic of building a culture, it will help to disclose a few discoveries I made while working with three developing organizations.

  • Every Year Tells a Story

    Every Year Tells a Story

    As the holiday season makes its annual comet-like appearance and 2021 quickly draws to a close, I hope the year has been good to you and you are brimming with excitement for 2022.

  • The Pillars of Organizational Culture

    The Pillars of Organizational Culture

  • Magic - What is in this book?

    Magic - What is in this book?

    Organizational culture building is here to stay for so many reasons but the most important is that it creates business that people love to work at.

  • Dunning Kruger Effect

    Dunning Kruger Effect

    n the field of psychology, the Dunning–Kruger effect is a cognitive bias in which people of low ability have illusory superiority and mistakenly assess their cognitive ability as greater than it is.

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