Giving a TEDx talk is a challenging adventure.
I really 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 and YouTube viewers 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.
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’ – firstname.lastname@example.org
Inspired by Change,
Last 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?’
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!
Our digital age has equipped us with tools we do not fully know how to use and has opened up caverns of liability that we are only just getting a glimpse of as incidents like last week’s fake tweet that caused the Stock Market to plummet.
• A tweet that cost the stock market $136b in one hour
• A request for crowd sourcing images which falsely identified someone as a terrorist
• Email scams that steal billions from naive elderly
• A search engine company gathers and sells private information
An excerpt from an article in the weekly ‘Institute for Global Ethics’ newsletter:
A fake message on Twitter that momentarily sent the stock market plummeting last week has raised ethics questions not only about phony messages but also about the automated trading systems that are programmed to dump stocks when search engines detect bad “news.” The New Statesman reports that a phony tweet from a hacked news agency account purported that the White House had been attacked and President Obama injured. “Within six minutes the Tweet was read by two million followers, re-tweeted 1,181 times and sent the Dow Jones Industrial average and Standard & Poor’s 500 Index tumbling 1 per cent (erasing $136 bn) and dramatically weakening the dollar. Spectators rushed to the White House to see … absolutely nothing,” writes the New Statesman. The incident, reports Bloomberg, highlights the responsibilities of social media to improve security as well as the potential for out-of-control trading programs, unsupervised by humans, to tank the economy — even if only temporarily. Notes Bloomberg: “For all the concern over cyber warfare and the need to fend off sophisticated state-sponsored hacking attacks, here’s a discomforting thought: Apparently all you need to disrupt the world’s biggest economy is a stolen Twitter password.”
We have unleashed a vital and critical new age of communication and information capacity. But we have not yet figured out how to regulate, protect and prosecute major abuses of these new digital tools.
As we bushwhack our way through the unknown risks and potential abuses of our new digital age – What do we need to learn in order to be safe and successful?
– as individuals
– as companies
– as countries
– as a global community?