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Find a way or make one.

In Facilitating Genius, leadership, Leave Your Comfort Zone on October 23, 2015 at 6:24 pm
Photo credit: JohnLesko.Biz LLC

Photo credit: JohnLesko.Biz LLC

A few weeks ago I had to chance to visit family in Pennsylvania and tour the Senator John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh. This museum features a number of innovations and innovators with a connection to the Steel City. One exhibit focuses on the H.J. Heinz company. The photo above caught my eye. Immediately below “Think Outside the Bottle” is etched a quote by the founder of 57 Varieties.

I will either find a way or make one.

– H.J. Heinz

Coincidentally, many will go to the cinemaplex this week to see the latest movie about Steve Jobs.  Now there have been several movies about the most famous CEO of Apple: Jobs, Pirates of Silicon Valley, Steve Jobs: Billion Dollar Hippie, Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview, and Steve Jobs: One Last Thing. Reviews are mixed with a Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer pegged at 85% and an Audience Score of 81% liking it. And then there’s Walt Mossberg’s review.

Which brings me to my point. Yes, today is the perfect day for reflection, for taking stock, and then for getting off the dime and doing something important.

  • What is it that separates genius achievement from the day-to-day work of the common man?
  • Why do we call a masterpiece a work of art? What will be your masterpiece?
  • What will be your life’s work?
  • Are you moving one step closer toward your goal? Or have you become distracted by the oh-so-many mindless distractions found on-line?
  • Note to self: Resolve to never, ever again watch another YouTube video about kittens, puppies, or pandas.
  • Will you be someone who strives to make a dent in the universe? Or will you spend the rest of your life selling sugar water?

The unexamined life is not worth living.

– Socrates

And for the critics who might say, “Nice post here on Linked In, John, but where are the tools and materials I’ll need to get started on my masterpiece?” Consider these helpful links and related resources:

Kudos to Michael Bungay Stanier

Check out thegoodproject.org for ideas and tools designed to help organizations foster collaboration.

And if I might be so bold as to recommend my latest book: Facilitating Genius: Illuminating Brilliance in Your Organization.

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