Know the Rules. Bend the Rules.

Know the Rules. Bend the Rules.

You need to know the rules so you can effectively bend them to meet the changing needs of your environment.
I’m a rule breaker. Well, maybe more of a bender. I believe in spirit and intent, as sometimes rules take time to catch up with reality.

Going into this past weekend, I was really looking forward to Captain America: Civil War. I’ve long said I am Iron Man, and identify with Tony Stark as someone who has had to figure out how to lead without the suit. However, when it comes to Team Iron Man or Team Cap, I’ve been Team Cap all the way.

While I say I’m a rule bender (Tony frequently bends, shapes or ignores rules as he sees fit), I have a firm grasp of what I see as right and wrong. I understand the rules – all the nuances of the rules – to make sure I don’t put a toe past them.

If Tony and Cap are each on one side, then I know Cap is going to be squarely on the side of right. That’s just what he does. In effect, he’s the balance Tony needs.

At least that was my position going into the weekend. The reality, as expected, is murkier than a strict definition of right and wrong.

If you haven’t seen the movie, you may want to stop here. Spoilers ahead.
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How Shifting Perspective Can Increase Your Success

How Shifting Perspective Can Increase Your Success

SHIFT PERSPECTIVE

Study the past to know the future

Our brains have the amazing ability to predict the future. That’s right – we are our own crystal ball.

In order to survive our early experiences on this planet, our brains developed the ability to use past events to predict the future. We consider what we know, or trends we can perceive in past experience, to anticipate what will happen in future scenarios.

Predicting the future comes in quite handy. If we touch something hot once, we are unlikely to do it again, reducing the chance of being burned. In the past, it was knowledge of fight or flight scenarios that kept us alive as a species.

While many of our learnings have less dire results now than they would have a millennia ago, using the past to predict the future is both necessary and advantageous.

Predicting our individual futures

Our ability to predict outcomes based on historical experience is a double-edged sword. It can help us identify dangers to avoid, as well as opportunities to chase. However, for the process to work, we need the actual experience available to us.

We can be “told” about risks, dangers, or opportunities. However, until it becomes our experience, it is not real and part of our own predictions.
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Develop Better Ideas than Tony Stark in 7 Steps

Develop Better Ideas than Tony Stark in 7 Steps

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Ideas are cheap.  Before we begin investing time and resources moving forward with one, it’s free to change or refine it.  Potential is endless in the world of ideas.

While opportunities abound, not all ideas are good ones.  Just ask Tony Stark.  In the latest Avengers movie, one of his ideas nearly causes the Earth’s destruction.  Oops.

Most of our ideas don’t risk the world as we know it.  However, we could jeopardize a project, customer relationship, or business.

An effective vetting process allows us to identify and mitigate risks during ideation, before they become reality in execution.  Let’s evaluate Tony’s vetting process for the Ultron program to determine what we can do differently in our own ideation.
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We are Groot – 3 Unsung Qualities of Superheroes (Leaders)

We are Groot – 3 Unsung Qualities of Superheroes (Leaders)

Unsung qualities of superheroes

As most of you know, summer movie season is when I revert to my inner child and jump up and down in my seat in theaters.  This year is no exception.  I waited for months and, finally, the Marvel installment I had been waiting for was here.  And it was worth the wait.

In every Marvel movie, I try to connect with the story beneath the story.  In this case, I fell in love with one character immediately.  The first viewing was pure joy and laughter.  I had to watch it a second time to savor it.

That’s right…twice.  And I’m considering a third.  It is that good and now ranks #1 on my Marvel list.

If you have not seen the movie and intend to, you may want to wait to read on.  Though I do not intend to provide spoilers, I do reference specific scenes you may want to experience for yourself.

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Stand Up, Stand Out

Stand Up, Stand Out

Stand Up Stand out
As many of you know, I love me some Marvel movies.  The release of Captain America 2 was counted down in our house.  I was barely able to contain my excitement as the date approached.

One of my girlfriends and I took in the evening show last night, looking forward to a night out.  As a follower of the Marvel mythology, this installment did not disappoint.

As with the other movies, I left with more than just the continuation of a storyline.
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