Relationship Roundup

Self-composure is key to relationship mastery. This week in the round up, find out how to transform natural habits and create tremendous advantages, be a seeker of opportunity, collaborate, and grow.

Male body language makeover – Getting a handle on our not so subtle body language barriers allows us to create more relationship opportunities. Learn the natural disadvantages to male body language in this Forbes article here: http://onforb.es/LRgAKS.

Being the calm in the storm — Keeping cool and composed in a crisis is one of the most challenging traits to learn if it doesn’t come naturally. Leadership expert John Baldoni shares some tips for appearing cool as a cucumber under pressure. View his SmartBrief Blog here: http://bit.ly/KEbvms.

Meeting resolutions – At times, meetings can turn manic. Knowing how to settle disputes effectively can keep the entire organization on track. Learn how consultant and coach Dana Theus helps resolve meeting disputes here: http://bit.ly/LBVMJ4.

Finding opportunity – Learning how to find the opportunity in a challenge will make you an unstoppable force at the office and in your relationships. Learn how to see what’s possible in this Harvard Business Review blog by Ron Ashkenas here: http://bit.ly/MX50LK.

Ideas wide open – Holding your great ideas close to the vest doesn’t allow for the greater opportunity to grow the idea with the input of others. Learn how to take a stance of openness in Nilofer Merchant’s Harvard Business Review blog here: http://bit.ly/M5wnc8

Kibibi Springs is myGreenlight’s Community Director.

How to Become the Big-Idea Creative

For much of the last 150 years of economic history, the smartest people gravitated to where the money was. The money, today, is looking for where the smartest people are. To stay relevant, every venture of any size is looking for creativity. Because wherever you find creativity – and, by extension, wherever you find talent — innovation and profits soon follow.

Dan Pink, in his book, A Whole New Mind, put it this way: “The last few decades have belonged to a certain kind of person with a certain kind of mind — computer programmers who could crank code, lawyers who could craft contracts, MBAs who could crunch numbers. But the keys to the kingdom are changing hands. The future belongs to a very different kind of person with a very different kind of mind — creators and empathizers, pattern recognizers and meaning makers. These people – artists, inventors, designers, storytellers, caregivers, consolers, big picture thinkers – will now reap society’s richest rewards and share its greatest joys.”

So how is one exactly supposed to respond to all that? I think there are two areas where we can learn to become more proficient: one can loosely be labeled “high concept,” referring to the personal aptitudes we can develop that foster creative thought and action in ourselves, and the other is “high touch,” referring to many of the skills and practices myGreenlight teaches that enables people to expand their networks and thus their access to other creative people.

Management guru Bill Taylor, a recent guest on the Social Capitalist, was particularly astute when it came to ideas for improving our high concept aptitude. Specifically, he introduced a profound idea that suggests all kinds of exciting ways to improve creativity: Continue reading