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Words that Grow Next Level Leaders and Workplaces
Words have been on my mind a LOT lately. It’s the first word I’ve chosen to use in the headline for this newsletter. It’s also the headline on my home page at Forward Thinking Workplaces, and on the landing page for this newsletter.
There are many other words I could have used such as strategies, ideas, insights, etc., but I think it will become clearer shortly why I settled on using words.
I’m also reading an advance copy of a new book from leadership expert David Marquet, Leadership Is Language: The Hidden Power of What You Say–and What You Don’t, coming in February 2020.
Leadership is language is a concept that David first wrote about in his bestselling book, Turn the Ship Around, and has been a recurring theme in his writing and work since then. I’m discovering that David has done a lot of thinking and work since then, and I think you will find his upcoming book fascinating and a must-read.
Then to top it off, the concept of words came up again in a post I did this week on my interview with Andrew Bennett:
I connected with Andrew through his fascinating TEDx talk, The magic of words–what we speak is what we create.
Above and beyond using magic to help us see how the impossible is possible in all areas of our lives, Andrew calls attention to the idea we all overlook: the power of our words to create.
In response to a post I made on LinkedIn, Andrew further illuminated on this idea with the following comment:
Abracadabra means, “What I Speak Is What I Create,” and it’s a reminder to us all that our words create our world. It’s important for everyone, and especially leaders. Leaders should always be thinking, “Are the words I’m using right now, moving us to our desired future?”
The magic of words is just one of many powerful ideas that Andrew contributed to this interview. You’ll also learn that Andrew worked for H. Ross Perot, Former US Presidential candidate and founder of EDS. He has a fascinating experience to share on what it was like to work with Perot.
And perhaps most exciting of all is that Andrew is a highly accomplished and recognized magician! He was encouraged by H. Ross Perot to bring the power of magic to the business world.
Here are just a few of my favorite takeaways from the interview:
- Much of what is unconsciously at play day in and day out in the workplace is fear, so it’s important to ask, “Where might I be unconscious of how fear is getting in my way?”
- We can facilitate a connection between the employee and the purpose of the organization by asking, “How can we make the world a better place?”
- Be mindful that our words have great power—what we speak is what we create.
- Magic helps us experience something you thought was impossible being made possible, giving us a taste of an invisible force that is greater than our understanding of the material world.
There’s a lot more in the full interview, so I hope you will pick up a copy of The Future of the Workplace and discover more magic from Andrew Bennett!
What people are saying about The Future of the Workplace –
Bill, the words you share through your writing are creating a better world by encouraging leaders to deepen their consciousness about what’s possible in our world. You create hope through your words.
Andrew BennettLeadership Coach and Professional Magician
FORWARD21: top articles that got my attention
New game: Now, you win by asking powerful questions and allowing the collective voice, wisdom, and energy of everyone on the team or organization to emerge. It’s the age of Forward Thinking and allowing people to be themselves.— Bill Fox (@BillFoxStrategy) January 13, 2020
Ask Employees Two of These 20 Questions Every Month ⎜Inc. Magazine
The Emergence Process⎜Michelle James on LinkedIn
The 2020 Forward Thinking Success Series ⎜Bill Fox
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