Archive for the ‘Tactics and techniques’ Category

EVEN THE GOOGLE ALERTS WE CHOOSE
NOT TO TWEET ABOUT OFTEN HOLD CONSIDERABLE INTEREST, PROMISE OR NOVELTY.

You can call me a Google Alert junkie. Every day of the week, a parade of these pre-screened Google tip-offs to information on the Web that might interest me floods into my email box.
How times have changed. In the 1970s, when wife Sherry and I loosed our entrepreneurial ambitions on the unsuspecting journalism profession, we [...]

Is a dolphin thinking mindset ahead for community organizing circles in America?

That’s the plan! Michael Roth’s plan. This Portland, Oregon-based distributor for Brain Technologies is working diligently to take his love and appreciation for the “dolphin strategy” models, tools and techniques to the next level. When he’s done, his goal is have “a dynamic new resource for community organizing” in place to improve the success rate [...]

One of firefighting’s greatest leaders ever —Chief Alan Brunacini— gives ‘power goofers’ a good hosing.

When I first met Alan Brunacini, I had no idea that he was a prototype of what I would come to call “the dolphin thinker.” He was simply a super-nice guy, who was already being steadily promoted by his employer, the Phoenix (Ariz.) Fire Department. I was a reporter for the local newspaper. A few [...]

Revisiting My “You’re Smarter Than You Think” Article nearly 40 Years Later

In 1978, Reader’s Digest commissioned me to write an article on how to improve your creativity. I’d not thought of the piece in several decades, and might not ever have done so again were it not for the Japanese educational publishing house, Obunsha. Their editors wrote earlier this week to request permission to reprint a [...]

HOW ONE MIND HAS EVOLVED: LISTEN TO KEITH BOWMAN TELL HOW HE MET BROTHER BLUE AND HOW IT CHANGED HIS LIFE

One of the delights of hanging a potent metaphor (which we’ve been told the dolphin strategy is) “out there” where all kinds of people are talking about changing the world is that you end up hearing from all kinds of people. For years now, we’ve been hearing from Keith Bowman, a self-professed “Gen X-er” with [...]

The central question for the dolphin thinker: “How do I take what I know and show it a wider, more applicable, more pragmatic context?”

Suddenly, there are no more guarantees—and no more hidey holes. No one is vouchsafed a free ride in today’s juggernaut of change. Who really knows whether they’ll still have a job come Monday morning? Those skills you’ve spent a lifetime polishing—will they be nearly enough? Health care? Gasoline? A decent vacation? How long can you [...]

WE HAD NO IDEA THAT OUR NEW
“59 MINUTE TEAMBUILDING™” CONCEPT WOULD TOUCH ON SO MANY CHORDS, TRIGGER SO MANY MEMORIES!

If you missed out on our initial roll-out and are wondering what the hubbub is about, you can find a quick fly-over introduction to our new soft-skills-building training format here and here.
What has really been rewarding about our unveiling of a new “play book approach” to using dolphin thinking insights and methodologies in times of [...]

PROBABLY IT’S TIME TO SEND SOME SOFT SKILLS EMISSARIES TO THE PIONEERING LEAN-AGILE-SCRUM COMMUNITIES

br>If you yourself aren’t involved in big-time software development or don’t, say, have a serious client or close friend who is, you may not be aware of some of the latest organizing concepts in this highly influential technology sub-specialty.
I’m referring particularly to the kind of ideas that often travel under one (or all) of these [...]

WE CALL IT “59 MINUTE TEAMBUILDING™”. ACTUALLY, ITS RESULTS ARE DESIGNED TO LAST FOR A TEAM’S LIFETIME AND BEYOND

Swiss psychotherapist Carl Jung would have called it synchronicity. I call it downright irritating.
Less than 24 hours after our talented graphic designer delivered Brain Technologies’ new “59 Minute TeamBuilding” logo (below), an American tire company began promoting a national TV advertising campaign called “59 Minute Quick Tire Install™.” And If that wasn’t already one synchronous [...]

BEING "PRO-ACTIVELY COMBINATORIAL" AND OTHER GOOD USES FOR THE DOLPHINTHINKER’S
IRON FIN

I’ve been known to speak of the dolphinthinker’s iron fin.
This is sometime confused with the dolphinthinker’s “iron fist,” but they are not the same. That iron fist is the dolphinthinker’s unmistakable resolve and demand to be noticed and be heeded without further ado (e.g., in life-threatening moments). The iron fin is the dolphinthinker’s audacious, [...]