Mulitpotentialites push organizations forward- you need us corporate world

Last week, I learned a new term: Mulitpotentialite. It’s a term coined by Emilie Wapnick. She talks about it in this TED talk. This idea so resonated with me that I’d like to share with you a little of what Emilie talked about with a layer of my own thoughts smeared on top. A Multipotentiliate is a person who does not have, seek or need a single true calling in work. A person whose work and interests span a wide variety of activities, specialities and passions. These people (I am one of them) live a life of seemingly unrelated interests …

Let it live!

When things feel like this….be glad. I saw this on the walk back to my car at the end of my work day. Sometimes a new idea that’s trying to emerge or a new learning is trying to land, things can feel like only a sprig of green reaching from a dry crack in the earth.  It’s rich and a total contrast from what’s usually present, and it’s compelling.  Compelling and sometimes feels like a sunburn, evidence of a good day, but the sting is real. This is the time to watch it grow, see what it looks like, be …

Work with watcha got

Work is never perfect.  Never is the execution flawless from end to end.  I got hit upside the head with this last weekend when we finally, after months and months of preparation, put on a live orientation training for nearly 1500 volunteers who, in January, will staff events on behalf of the Superbowl 50 Host Committee for the entire Superbowl game week (I know, you’re not a sports fan, nor am I, but the Host Committee has some bad ass initiatives that got me hooked- things like this, and this, and this). Back to the show. At the top of rehearsals, …

Have patience for educating

It’s easy to point the finger when peoople (and groups) don’t “get” you, don’t engage with you the way you or your projects need or simply step around you.  “They don’t know this” and “They don’t get that”.  Instead, add a line item to your responsiblity list: educate people about what you do and how you do it. Teach, mentor, educate, communicate, find right.  Seek to understand.  When you do these things, people want to work with you, not around you and they’ll know better how to access and engage your greatness so you can do more of the work …

Resist talking about the work…

Here’s some awesome advice from a colleague.  It goes something like “Resist talking about the work.  Do the work and clarity will come.” It’s too easy to sit around a table spinning and debating, refiing and tweaking an idea or an approach before we’re ready to write it down.  To let it live.  And in those minutes (and sometimes hours) we’ve taken seeds of ideas, just tiny inkling of what could be, and rounded their corners effectively sucking the possibiity right out of what they could become.  We kill things before they live because we demand of ourselves perfect ideas …