Leading Questions - a Best of Leadership Blogs 2010 nominee

Leading Questions has been nominated as a Best of Leadership Blogs of 2010. Eikenberryleadership_blogs_2010-nom
You may vote once per email address. I'd be most grateful if you'd would vote for Leading Questions.

There are some excellent leadership blogs in the contest. After you vote for Leading Questions - remember to vote all the email addresses that you have - go check out the other leadership blogs. You'll find some great ones like last year's winner Steve Roesler and my Weekly Leader colleague Wally Bock. Also share with your friends and colleagues. Thank you for you vote.

Sustaining engagement

Dan Pink posted this video under the theme of "motivation through engagement."

There are many clever people who know how to use technology to engage people with ideas. This is not the challenge. It is a totally different thing to sustain that engagement for a real change in behavior.

One of Dan's commenters wrote,

I love the concept, but I’d like to see this same study done on those same stairs a year from now. I suspect that those numbers will drop significantly once the novelty wears off — and it becomes more annoying than interesting.

Still, the concept is powerful and intriguing and I can see a lot of relevance to other industries and problems. (Stephen Palmer)

Engagement requires leadership. By this, I mean, that someone needs to constantly be looking for ways to engage people in the idea. It doesn't have to be much, but it has to happen.

How can engagement with the stairs be sustained?

Right now, the stairs are a curiosity. They need to become a social gathering point for group creativity. So, engagement could mean a video contest of a group of people who write and perform a song on the stairs and post to YouTube as a contest. I suspect that groups from all over Europe would come to this subway station to perform and video their song. 

Whatever the endeavor, leaders have to keep the idea of the initiative before people all the time. If it is a online discussion at a social networking site, the person who is in the leadership role needs to respond to people. Do so and interaction and conversation is sustained.

Engagement with ideas is an social thing that is facilitated by technology, not the other way around. If you want to motivate through engagement, you have to stay involved. It is the way to sustain and grow an idea's spread.

Passages - Vote for Donna in the Intuit Small Business United Contest

My friend Donna von Hoesslin, the proprietor of Betty Belts is a semi-finalist in a  contest sponsored by Intuit. The winner receives a grant of $25,000 to advance their business. Puu shfn3324 credit

Donna recently wrote about her story,

This video expresses how one can truly turn a passion (mine is surfing) into a viable business.
I think this video really hits a nerve because the freefall that I experienced when I left Berlin and struck out on my own again is not unlike what many are experiencing today in our economic disaster era with the loss of stability connected to the loss of the status quo on so many levels.

This shift is a time of opportunity.
One CAN create a business based on passion.
There's nothing to lose, really, if you think about it...

Donna has led a fascinating life, and is now creating goodness both within the SamaSama puu-0945 surfing community in California, and with those who are environmentally involved in places like Bali.

Please go to the Donna's page at the Intuit contest, watch her video, and rate it for all three options listed there, and leave a comment if you want to.

The voting goes through May 31. Winners will be announced June 4th.

Thanks Completes the Bunko Circle


Welcome Johnny Bunko voters. I'd like to tell why I came up with Say, Thanks, every day as the 7th Bunko lesson.

First, read through each of the six lessons.

1.  There is no plan.

2. Think strengths, not weaknesses.

3.  It's not about you.

4.  Persistence trumps talent.

5.  Make excellent mistakes.

6.  Leave an imprint.

Let me ask one question for each lesson.

1. How does Johnny discover that there is no plan?

2. How does he come to understand what his strengths are?

3. If it isn't about "you" then who is it about?

4. Where do we learn the value of persistence?

5. Where do we can the confidence to take the risks that produce excellent mistakes?

6. Who is impacted by the imprint that we leave?

I hope that you see in each instance that a relationship is involved.

1. We learn how to manage life without a plan through mentors and guides.

2. We learn what our strengths are from people who have experienced our work with them.  They tell us.

3. It is typically about US or THEM, not ME. If so, then our focus is how to serve others.

4. Persistence means nothing if it isn't done within an context that matters. None of us works entirely alone, so our persistence to develop and succeed occurs within the context of our relationships.

5. When we make excellent mistakes, we need people who will support us, pick us, and point us back in the right direction.

6. If my life and work is not impacting people, then what am I doing? What does it matter?

If each of these questions and answer are remotely true, then we are indebted to many, many people who enter our lives and help us grow and develop. Johnny has his Diana. We each have family, friends and colleagues who advise and mentor us through our stages of development.

For these reasons we need to Say, Thanks, every day. For example, today, Len, Keith, and John deserve my thanks. As well as each member of my family who individually contribute to making me a better father, husband and human being.

Saying thanks every day completes the Bunko circle of relationship. When we say thanks, we are returning in a small, but meaningful way the gift of affirmation and belief that makes life rich and good.

So, if you think you have made it on your own, you are wrong. Read back through Johnny Bunko and catelog all the influences that make a difference upon Johnny that helped him to come to see what his future is to be.

Please vote for Say, Thanks, every day. In so doing, you are sending a message to the world that gratitude is a attitude worth celebrating. Thank you for your votes, and for joining me in this venture in thanksgiving. (Voting took place 12/15/2008-1/15-2009.)