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The Next Best Idea

Biz Team Ideas

Great leaders do not have exclusive rights to great ideas! Mediocre leaders definitely do not, regardless how much they believe they do. In making decisions, request ideas with the expectation of exploring them. The purpose is to create an environment of creative problem solving, not placating contributors. Every idea is not good, nor salvageable. But, the right process increases perspectives and ideas for circulation. Progress despises ninth place trophies. Monday’s idea may be dumb, but Wednesday’s idea may be game changing. But the group never gets Wednesday’s idea, if Monday’s ideas are choked. Avoid embracing the second best idea. But, the next idea may be the best for organizational growth.

Trust the Process
Encourage contributions. Leadership conveys authority, not ultimate intelligence. Evaluate and digest each suggestion. Celebrate creativity and input. Effective brainstorming accepts all ideas before a vetting process starts. In many circumstances, time does not permit the acceptance of all ideas. However, by creating the environment where encouraged ideas surface, more ideas emerge under any time constraint because of trust in the process. More ideas, more diverse opinions result in more opportunities for an optimal solution.

Leaders belittling inferior contributions effectively choke future contributions. Not discouraging the idea is vastly different from endorsing inferior input. Accepting and evaluating assorted contributions need to be part of the organizational culture. Contributors with seemingly dumb suggestions often facilitate discussions that challenge assumptions. The possibility clearly existed, but fear of challenging established protocols most likely stifled it. Open processes generate unconventional ideas that lead to innovation. Allow the group to benefit from new ideas.

Reward the Result
Leaders have authority which typically involves making decisions. Weak organizations fixate on making motions and casting votes. Sometimes protocol dictates that process to prevent abuses of power. Other times organizations default to that position to pretend to value all contributions. Still other times, organizations default to mediocrity by cowering behind fairness. But, effective leadership makes decisions! Part of the decision making process is rewarding contributions. Ideally, the expectation becomes that the best executed opportunities will deliver the best results. Give the organization the opportunities to execute the best ideas. Encourage ideas with clear and conspicuous rewards based on open input.

Requesting more input enables more innovation. Many problems result from old assumptions leading to poor performance. Poor performance can be avoided by growing a culture that actively welcomes and rewards the best ideas. Seek the best paths to the most favorable results. Assuming that the leader has all the answers is a recipe for disaster. Leaders make errors. They subscribe to poor theories. Sometimes they genuinely believe lies, then innocently spread them. Consequently, test seemingly bad ideas to unlock potentially valuable insight. Cultivate different perspectives. A different set of assumptions and experiences may result in unexpected value.

Ultimately, leaders who genuinely ask for contributions get them. Dealing with suggestions honestly, respectfully, and authentically creates an environment where suggestions have a chance to contribute to the greater good. All ideas are welcome. They may be discarded. They may be lousy. But, they are welcome. Seek the value in the bad ideas. Challenge assumptions. Leaders may have more authority. They do not have exclusivity to accuracy. Solicit ideas. Be open to new insights. The proposed solution may be lousy. But the next, best idea, that surfaces because the group believed in the process, may be the most valuable of all!

 
By Glenn W Hunter
Principal of Hunter And Beyond

May 10, 2017 Posted by | Better Business, Better Communication | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Escape From Your Comfort Orbit

Spacecraft in Orbit

It is sickening how professional speakers pathetically encourage people that they can have success by “moving beyond your comfort zone.” These commentators are entitled to their limited world view. But extraordinary achievement requires an extraterrestrial grasp of reality. “Escape Your Comfort Orbit” suggests a greater effort and much greater results! But, what is a “Comfort Orbit” and how can someone escape it?

Create A Stronger Force
Any zone, including a comfort zone, is a place marked by boundaries. Rules forbid leaving the perimeter. An orbit literally has boundaries that are defined by gravitational force that restricts escaping. Still, a zone reflects limited territory in the sense that the area is clearly defined. Beyond the boundaries anyone who escapes can be relatively easily retrieved. But, upon escaping an orbit, the stars await. Success requires more than resisting this force. The ambitious adventurer must completely escape it.

Beyond the orbit’s restriction, freedom and adventure reign. Orbital forces are strong. But, resistance is not futile. Exerting exceptional energy leads to breaking free. The first scientists to launch a rocket to the moon had to learn to use Earth’s rotation and gravitational forces to help generate enough speed to escape the Earth’s orbital pull. Extraordinary achievement demands unique and creative solutions. Escaping social, personal, and professional boundaries require solutions with similar imagination. Seek additional solutions to launch your dream if the first one fails. Escaping the orbit is hard work. It is worth it!

Soar Beyond Constraints
Upon breaking the gravitational pull, progress benefits from suddenly lighter burdens. The force that allowed you to escape, is now unburdened, and effortlessly propels toward greater distances. It is simple physics. With the same mindset that escaped greatness-inhibiting burdens, identify and attain new heights. The weight that held you back is no longer a factor. All acquired knowledge and experiences are free to empower a new trajectory.

Embrace the new trajectory. Without the reality of gravity’s tug, prior constraints no longer apply. Continue to soar. Education, background, past mistakes have less authority in the new frontier than most people realize. Open your mind to dream bigger. Gather your tools. Learn the knowledge. Acquire the skills. Achieve your greatest ambitions. Mediocrity, like gravitational pull, only matters in close proximity to familiar terrain. In unchartered space, prior constraints no longer apply.

ULTIMATELY, the freedom to reach greater achievements does not mean they can be recklessly pursued. Specifically, be WISE to use the tools to launch a significant escape:
Work – Make the effort with an expectation of results.
Iterate – Try, fail and try again.
Service – Help someone; you may even create an ally.
Experiment – You were stuck in the orbit based on your prior habits; Get new habits.
Upon escaping your comfort orbit, success is available. But first, get started. Then, be WISE. From that point, create your own limits to pursue!

By Glenn W Hunter
Principal of Hunter And Beyond

April 27, 2017 Posted by | Better Person, Better World | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Building Relationship Is For Them

 

Hall Crowd

Who doesn’t want to be loved? Some people seem to attract strangers who are willing to share their life stories. Whether they have an empathetic ear or a trusting face, these lucky listeners have people approach them with personal details. The best of these folks embrace their abundant relationship trait. Patience is often a common characteristic. An electric smile emerges as a sure sign in other cases. Nevertheless, recently two friends laughed over really good coffee about how they manage the unusual attraction of people who willingly over-share.

Music
Friend One is a musician who has a full dose of the relationship trait. As a working musician, he finds himself in assorted halls, theaters, and churches where he encounters diverse fans. Invariably, after a set, fans and listeners are inclined to pull up a chair to share. Friend One believes his highly evolved ear makes him a gifted listener.

He receives their input by listening intently. Too often, people do not really want someone to solve their problems; they want someone to listen to them. They equate listening with caring. Because Friend One listens well, his audience believes he cares well. Consequently, they share well and in turn, experience relationship. Friend One’s gift is establishing connectivity with people who need it. The music is simply a vehicle.

Lecture
Friend Two on the other hand, is a lecturer. Whether teaching, presenting, or consulting, he dispenses knowledge for listeners to apply. Establishing rapport is a skill he has developed over time. But in order to personalize information, he has to understand his audience in as much detail as possible. His primary skill is questioning.

Great lecturers do not necessarily create knowledge. But realize that knowledge is more readily available now than at any time in history. A great lecturer personalizes the knowledge. They present information in ways that multiple individuals in the audience want to receive it. Consequently, asking the right questions, while sharing information to ensure understanding, is an exceptionally valuable attribute. And, as the audience responds, either by individual or as a crowd, the connection becomes more firmly established. And, whether the bold learners address him during Q & A, or the extremely bold learners approach as he packs his materials to leave, Friend Two reinforces connection by exchanging more information individually.

Fundamentally, connecting with people happens at an emotional level. President Theodore Roosevelt stated, “Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.” The conversation is just the foundation. The listening and connecting is where the value happens. Relationship is the foundation of human and commercial value. Would you buy your morning coffee from someone if you do not believe it is going to be good (or at least dark & hot)? Whether the power comes from listening or questioning, it is the personalized dialogue that expresses caring. And caring is the foundation of relationship.

So, in building relationship, how do you express caring? When are you most receptive to connecting?

By Glenn W Hunter
Principal of Hunter & Beyond

April 5, 2017 Posted by | Better Communication, Better Community, Better Person, Better World | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Bloom Where You’re Planted

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Community gardens uniquely reflect growth! The location’s inherent beauty and the unconquerable human spirit jointly emerge regardless of the surrounding environment’s condition. The individual may suffer. Aggregately, life thrives despite the surroundings. Whatever conditions may dictate the environment, in the presence of community, life perseveres. Similarly, great ideas are birthed wherever the human spirit intercedes. Today’s dilapidated warehouse becomes tomorrow’s technology hub. Like the garden in a field of asphalt, the result demonstrates that life, people and ideas have the capacity to bloom where they are planted.

Breakthrough
Before the garden spreads, the first seeds must have their breakthrough. All the seeds have the genetic capacity to emerge in harsh soil. However, certain seeds have either genetic tenacity, or a fortuitous crack near their germination which results in their breakthrough. People, and subsequently communities, must take advantage of breakthroughs as soon as they happen. Blooming never gets the chance without an available opportunity. Call it luck; call it favor; call it destiny. But to bloom where planted, the individual has to answer the call. Whenever someone emerges successfully from squalor despite nearby death and destruction, that individual seized their breakthrough and then absorbed a disproportionate amount of radiance and nutrients. Another nearby person may have had more innate talent. Yet, they failed to seize the resources that were available to all. Blooming requires grabbing resources where seeds take root, then expanding beyond the local boundaries. Do not wait for the next turn. Fight for resources that provide individual transformations.

Spread
Greatness is not a singular event. The bloom that emerges in their desolate environment needs to spread seed in the environment so that additional growth can occur. The garden is not successful with one stalk. Success requires a community of vegetation to make the soil healthy enough for more growth. The goal is to bloom where you are planted. It is not bloom, then wait to be transplanted. Even with expanding growth opportunities, no guarantee exists that every new seedling has a breakthrough. Bloom where you are planted requires cultivating a more vibrant and fruitful garden which enriches the soil to reproduce additional growth. The pockets of life interact. Their networking strengthens their aggregate opportunities to benefit each other and grow. A community does not grow one individual at a time. It grows and flourished when multiple pockets emerge in the same general location. The groupings share resources and nourishment, then the garden eventually changes its characters. The asphalt gives way to fertile growth.

Creating a vibrant community requires a symbiotic, pro-growth environment. Tilling, seeding, watering, pruning are all components of growing a garden, even a community garden. Spreading ideas and opportunities into pockets of growth facilitate the next generation enduring the same routine. Blooming is not a singular event. Growth demands time and replication. To change the environment, the enriched soil must be maintained. Remove weeds that choke the growth. Also, introduce outside influences that understand how to grow gardens so that they benefit from proven practices. Blooming communities require the ability to develop and nourish each other. It is difficult, but it is worthwhile. But to start, the first intentional cultivation must bloom where it is planted.

By Glenn W Hunter
Principal of Hunter And Beyond

February 22, 2017 Posted by | Better Community, Better World | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Fitting Dreams In Your Current Reality

overworked-server

Visiting with a young server in a casual dining restaurant, she shared that her experience at a local college was going horribly. She wanted to improve her position in life. A college degree was an important dream. She even had entrepreneurial aspirations. Her problem was that classes were online. She had no experience learning in that environment. Furthermore, teachers were unresponsive. The material was difficult. She considered quitting because people like her really were not made for school. Besides, she had a good job at a well-established restaurant. To the question of what she wanted to do, she said that she really didn’t know; but she had stuff in her head. In fact, she did know what she wanted to do. She could not fit her dreams into her current reality. She needed a new reality where her dreams would fit. What to do? What to do?

Good Idea
The server had an admirable idea. She wanted education to improve her position in life. She clearly needed confidence. More importantly, she needed guidance! Sound familiar? Her current reality did not include either of these essential success characteristics. Historic explorers used local guides for a reason. Despite the explorers’ knowledge and courage, they still benefited from someone who knew the landscape where they traveled. The server was not in uncharted territory. She simply did not know anyone who had navigated it. A good idea requires guidance. It demands support.

Better Execution
Upon establishing the goal and starting down the path, relentlessly secure resources to execute successfully. Tutors, counselors, graduates all have advice to navigate academic terrain. Mentors, accountability partners, trusted advisers perform similar function for professionals. These resources do not necessarily require any costs. But, they do require boldness and tenacity to locate and use. So, ask for help. When the current reality employs the necessary resources, the experience is less of an adventure, more of a vigorous hike. Regarding the server’s studies, she did not know, what she did not know. The good news is that execution can improve. Plans can change during the journey. Help is available. Courage is the next step.

“If you want something you’ve never had you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.” – Thomas Jefferson. Change direction. It is the journey, as much as the destination. The journey represents the current reality. Take another step. Obtain wise counsel. Start by asking, not complaining. Definitely ask a trusted source. Perhaps that source has a referral to someone who can better deliver the necessary help. Next, realize that the journey reflects the adventure which represents the real value of success. Treasure the journey. Upon reaching the goal immediately set a loftier, crazier one. The important skill is achieving the goal. Never settle. The more times goals are achieved, the easier it is to reach the next one. Continue to stretch reality so that even bigger dreams will fit in it!

Thanks Brandon!

By Glenn W Hunter
Principal of Hunter And Beyond

December 22, 2016 Posted by | Better Community, Better Person | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

This Ain’t No Dress Rehearsal

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Two old friends are having lunch and discussing their future. They both just sent their youngest child to great universities. The older of the two acknowledged how his world was now different, and he was now making a bigger bet on himself. Exclaiming, “This Ain’t No Dress Rehearsal”, he shared his next planned project. He was not throwing caution to the wind, just boldly stepping forward focused on his interests and passions. He committed to fulfilling his personal ambitions and deploying all his talent! He prepared for his next great, individual performance.

Live Full and Die Empty
Legendary motivational speaker, Les Brown, often exhorted “Live full and die empty”. The sentiment refers to exhausting all resources and skills in pursuing specific goals. Don’t exhaust them all at once. But apply them toward your individual aspirations. You cannot take your talents with you. Consider your priorities. Be responsibly selfish. Contribute your skills to your family, your community, your faith. Just contribute them in such a way that you create more value because of your choice. Under no circumstances do you bury your talent. The next, great performance demands deploying every bit of talent inside you. Let the critics quibble over the performance. Give your all!

Start Where You Are
“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do What you can.” ~Arthur Ashe, tennis legend and humanitarian. I lectured to a high school class in urban Nashville about entrepreneurship. I asked what do you need to be an entrepreneur. A young lady answered “A college degree.” I politely, but firmly told her “no”. I quickly added, “Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying a college degree is not important. And, I encourage you to get one.” To be clear, I am a monstrous advocate of higher education, and have my children’s college debt to prove it! The point to her is to maximize the resources at her disposal. Learn the skills and business acumen necessary to reach your dreams from people who are doing it. Next, identify activities that you enjoy which can bring value to a specific audience. Then, ignore all the people in your life who are sitting on the sidelines and telling you that your ideas are silly. Under what authority does someone without ideas or ambition get to pass judgment on people with them? So, take your talents and seize an opportunity!

Your personal performance is not limited by a specific timeframe or place. It works best when it is a body of work that takes time to develop fully. Live life to the fullest each and every day. Take a companion with you. Call them a friend, accountability partner, or significant other, but have another talented individual on the big stage with you. Just remember that this is your work, your purpose and consequently, your masterpiece. Give this life-performance everything you got! Use whatever you can grab at your disposal to make it great! This ain’t no dress rehearsal!! This is the performance of your life. Start Today.

By Glenn W Hunter
Principal of Hunter And Beyond

November 23, 2016 Posted by | Better Community, Better Person | , , , , , | 2 Comments

Dream While You’re Awake

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My best decision last week was to take a Saturday morning nap, then wake up and dream. Fresh ideas emerged that resulted in opportunities that I am pursuing today. Dream while you are awake. It’s easier to make them a reality!

First Is Mental
Dreams are typically believed to exist in the mind. They are purely a mental exercise. Dreams happen when people sleep which implies that the body is resting. But then, how do you explain sleepwalking? Or waking up in a cold sweat? The mental state for dreaming is an expectation, not a physical law. Even when people talk metaphorically about dreaming, it remains a mental exercise. However, incredible accomplishments emerge from these dreams that take shape while awake. Either in the subconscious, or the mind’s eye, desire for achieving incredible deeds are associated with dreams. The reality is that innovation, or super-human accomplishment, incubates within virtually limitless mental capabilities. And then, it happens!

Next is Physical
Ideas take shape and their limitations become obvious under intellectual scrutiny, then choices tend to move toward practical and feasible options. Resources and constraints enter the picture when approaching physical possibilities. Reality abruptly interrupts dreams! Great ideas are abandoned because too little time is available. Or, the technology for unprecedented execution is unavailable. The right people to get it done are inaccessible. Consequently, only practical paths are pursued. The physical becomes limited to what can happen in the current reality. But, do not fall for that deception! Reality is merely an understanding of what current thinking can accomplish. Dreams empower the impossible to happen. And, everything is impossible until someone does it. So whether asleep or awake, let dreams lead the way to physical manifestation; not the other way around. Circumnavigating the globe, breaking the sound barrier, free falling from the edge of space were all dreams. They were all impossible. They are all now part of recorded history!

Consciously, people only scratch the surface of possibilities. In the absence of external restrictions, people have the option to reach inside and explore limitless possibilities. Encounter a physical threat or crisis, then watch the body exceed its preconceived capabilities. People run farther, demonstrate great feats of strengths, or solve complex problems when threatened. The power was hidden in the mental state. The physical capabilities existed all along. The point is to identify your dreams. Create them in a quiet place where they receive singular attention. No one really sleeps well in noisy environments. Consequently, people do not dream well in noisy environments. Even the Old Testament teaches, “Be still and know that I am God.” If greatness is in you, then give it an environment to incubate and birth. Then, get the greatness out of you! Not just in a crisis, but whenever is necessary. The choice is simple. Dream bigger! Achieve more!

By Glenn W Hunter
Principal of Hunter And Beyond

November 16, 2016 Posted by | Better Person, Better World | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Do You Play or Do You Do?

Sushil of India celebrates his victory over Gogaev of Russia in their 66 kg men's free style gold medal match at the World Wrestling Championships in Moscow

A major highlight being in the sports media business is watching various athletes perform. A question came up recently, why do basketball athletes play and wrestling athletes wrestle? They don’t play wrestling; they wrestle! Wrestlers are a proud, fanatical group. Their sport is not merely an activity, it is a verb!

In managing Mo Patton Sports, the same question echoes: are we playing or are we doing? Like any business, it is important to know the product. Ours is sports reporting on local high schools. We know our audience. It is local high school athletes, fans, and the communities they represent. We require absolute clarity to our customers’ needs. We tell stories that ignite the passions and foster relationships with our audience so that we can connect our sponsors to them.

Players
While better athletes bring determination, discipline, and passion to their activity, it is still identified as play. A school of thought exists that high achievement can occur when your work is your play. Another school of thought says, nothing substitutes for hard work! Entrepreneurs and other professionals can enjoy their work immensely. They can be unreasonably passionate about their companies. But until they are grinding at it relentlessly, they cap their success. Study your craft, analyze your competition, practice your presentations, get expert coaching to prepare for victory, then prepare some more. Players get this. But, does this approach maximize performance?

Thinkers
Another way to contribute to an organization or endeavor is by discovering great ideas. Deploying talented people to come up with smart ideas is a long-established exercise for businesses to chart a path to success. However, the ideas are not the secret to profits. Execution is. The road starts with ideas. Then, intelligent planning needs to happen. But value only results from doing! The most brilliant thinkers cannot predict every contingency. But, the person who acts and delivers results is the one that makes the difference by actually creating value. Do something to get something!

Doers
Like the aforementioned wrestler, the performer and the performance are inextricably linked. Wrestling literally involves one performer competing against another performer where skill and competence is singularly exposed. Likewise, doers’ contributions are individually exposed. A seller either closed the deal, or did not. They may achieve another round of negotiations, but business is not consummated until a seller sells and a buyer buys. The performance keeps you employed. Likewise, the individual or group that produces the good or service has to be a doer. Imagine going to a law office and the lawyer tells you I think we should win this case, sends you a bill and heads to the golf course. Clearly, work must be performed!

Doers contributing to an individual mission or organization, own their individual results at some point. While someone may receive the work product and then add additional value to it, for doers, their contribution can be tracked to the source. Once success singularly defines your contribution, you fully understand the commitment and responsibility that you have in personally performing. Athletes that get this, embrace the responsibility to perform as part of their identity. The same is true for professionals. Do not play with the idea that your contribution does not matter, or that it is only a small part of the overall performance. Own your singular excellence and carry that with you in every competitive encounter and the results will reflect your success. Don’t play, do!

By Glenn W Hunter
Managing Director of Mo Patton Sports, LLC

March 8, 2016 Posted by | Better Business, Better Person | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Leading, Serving and Spoiling

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A kid wants ice cream for dinner. Dad says it’s OK. He’s only a boy once. He can eat vegetables and grilled skinless chicken tomorrow. But, tomorrow brings a bigger outburst resulting in more ice cream. The next day is fast food after a late school event. Very soon the kid has obesity issues and subsequent social challenges. And, it all started because ice cream for dinner “is not that bad”. Lack of discipline and accountability, that is what was so bad!

Leadership
In a business, the organization is an entity to itself. The entity has members and leaders. Leaders are often financially, socially and emotionally invested in the organization’s success. But, the leader is fundamentally a member of the organization and separate from it. In operating a team to lead the organization, it is unhealthy for the needs of one founder, one leader, one stakeholder to supersede the needs of the entity. All leaders must have a contributing role and be held accountable to fulfilling those responsibilities. Dysfunctional leadership that caters to one individual’s specific whims are vulnerable to setting priorities that fundamentally inhibit the organization. “The founder deserves a bigger bonus despite our cash crunch because of all he has done for the organization.” Or, “Let’s approve funding the CEO’s pet project because his ego is so invested, despite that all market research points to the confirmed death of that market.” Coach Tom Landry described, “Leadership is getting someone to do what they don’t want to do, to achieve what they want to achieve.” Placating a spoiled founder helps no one in the short run, nor the long run for that matter. It simply demonstrates that true leadership failed!

Teamwork
Organizationally, collaboration maximizes value. Several people aligned toward a common goal can do more than one person performing at maximum effort, or many people working hard individually. Effective organizations rely on coordinating efforts such that all contributors have a role and the obligation to perform it. When one individual overrules the group in performing its duty, the dysfunction poisons other leaders, and then other contributors. The organizational dynamics must be in place for correction and clarity. If Dad continues to serve the kid ice cream for dinner, then Mom needs the authority to remind both of them that healthy food choices are a family priority. Let the kid cry. Do the right thing! As leaders, proper stewardship requires making the most intelligent and practical decisions possible to maximize the performance of the entire team’s objectives.

Maximum productivity is most probable when an organization’s leadership prioritizes the value of the entire entity. Of course, leaders have egos. They have agendas. They have personal biases. They also have a responsibility to serving the entire entity. This responsibility includes nourishing, cultivating and maturing the total organization, not just the first among equals. Leaders must lead. Teams better cooperate. The competitive marketplace is hard enough to defeat without internal egos siphoning energy and creating obstacles from inside the organization. Ultimately, the choice is simple. Leaders can work together for the entity’s greater good or they can placate privileged parties while presiding over inevitable failure.

By Glenn W Hunter
Managing Director of Mo Patton Sports, LLC

March 6, 2016 Posted by | Better Business | , , , , | Leave a comment

Listen to One Story

Tell a Story

“Patience is the most necessary quality for business, many a man would rather you heard his story than grant his request.” Lord Chesterfield, an 18th century English merchant said this. He was right then; he is right today! Everyone has a story. And, valuable connections result from listening to these stories. In fact, great stories continue long after the storyteller has left. By listening to one story, the right story, lives can change. But, for the story to maximize value, both the speaker and listener must benefit. The problem is too few people listen which limits the value. So, what exactly happens when the right individual listens to the right story?

The Power of Knowledge
Recently, I participated in a conversation with a local celebrity and a business colleague. The local celebrity casually shared personal challenges that had derailed his career. He had just met me, and knew my colleague mostly by reputation. Yet, he confided in us. We listened patiently, encouraging his alternate plans. We had no right to judge. Frankly, we were flattered that he shared a fairly intimate story. The celebrity’s story radiated power because it was personal and life-changing. The listeners absorbed the story’s power because they honored his confidence. Hopefully the celebrity will be comfortable trusting in the future, in turn transferring more power to additional listeners. They will benefit from his previous, weaker decisions. Despite the fact that we could not solve his problem, nor grant his request, our listening amplified the power of his knowledge. The story made a difference.

The Power of Trust
As this celebrity continues to trust more, he increases his outreach and influence. Trust inherently amplifies credibility, resulting in value creation. Good ideas are easy to get. However, executing them is hard which is why they are valuable. As trust builds, people share more, then do more. Listening to one story strengthens the bond between storyteller and listener. It becomes easier to tell another story. The result is even more power for both the audience and storyteller. In this case the celebrity summoned his power to impact additional lives. As listeners, my colleague and I can manifest additional value as we trust, then share our stories resulting in additional individuals’ improvement.

Sharing a story, receiving feedback and embracing validation paves the way to reproduce value creation. Each shared story strengthens personal bonds, resulting in greater accomplishments. It is synergistic. A storyteller conquers her inner fear. Listeners, in turn, overcome greater external threats! Additional listeners do not really need details. The audience simply needs permission to transfer trust that a shared story can build relationships and personal confidence. Embrace that responsibility. Tell a story. Then, listen to one. Give someone you newly trust permission to share your power!

By Glenn W Hunter
Principal of Hunter and Beyond

September 2, 2015 Posted by | Better Communication, Better Person, Better World | , , , , , , | 2 Comments