Accidental collector baba jam 2010

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  • Google’s Mantra – to encourage calculated and rapid risk taking
    Share a story about an ah-ha moment I had during a training session
    One of those HR courses – probably a management one – offered through SunU
    My expectation: instructor speaks, I listen and take copious notes, I retain some good stuff, wait for lunch so I can check in with my team
    What really happened: after usual ice-breaking moment, instructor had us break into teams. Each person on the team had 5 chances to throw a ball into a basket with the usual rules - #1 being, get the ball into the basket
    4 tries – 0 points
    Last try – instructor changes the rules to “There is no failure. Any attempt is a success. Do what you want to get the ball into the basket”
    My take-away? I don’t remember the class, I do remember the feeling of instantaneous freedom to reach, to try, to succeed in a new and different way
    The result? I keep that mantra in my mind, esp when I start to feel my internal barriers coming up?
    And do the barriers come up? Sure do –
    Fax machine story
    My other mantra – technology is our friend, it makes things possible, but in the end, it’s all about making relationships possible
    Relationships = connections – between people and content, people and people
  • So Seth Godin has come up with a different way of viewing “CHANGE” or change avoidance
    His concept is “Zoom” - stretching into the ‘change’ by removing the threatening environment
    Ex: we all read – but we’re probably reading very similar types of books, maybe you have 3-4 genres that you easily gravitate towards: sci fi, contemporary, non-fiction, British lit, Pulitzer Prize winners, etc
    What if you decided to :zoom” into a new genre? It’s still reading, but now it’s reading a different type of book
    Seth’s idea is to do the same thing (AKA reading) but do it differently
    Ex: bicycle on the flats, now bicycle on hills (same process but requires some additional skills and ability)
    Ex: bicycle -> unicycle (same thing = balance required)
    Ex: getting from one place to another = walk – bicycle – train – car – plane as explored in the BBC series Cranford
    Ideas: read a new magazine, watch a new sport, attend a new event (tattoo expo – art on bodies instead of art on the walls)
  • Accidental collector baba jam 2010

    1. 1. The Accidental Collector BABA Jam October 2010 Cindy Hill
    2. 2. “Book collecting is an obsession, an occupation, a disease, an addiction, a fascination, an absurdity, a fate. It is not a hobby. Those who do it must do it. Those who do not do it, think of it as a cousin of stamp collecting, a sister of the trophy cabinet, bastard of a sound bank account and a weak mind.” Jeanette Winterson
    3. 3.  What about eliminating Change and switch to ZOOMing instead?  Stretching without threatening Source: Seth Godin
    4. 4. THANK YOU! Cindy Hill 1 October 2010

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