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Don McLeod - shares his unique perspective with students from Thom Kearney's professional practice class.

Don McLeod - shares his unique perspective with students from Thom Kearney's professional practice class.

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  • 1. Collaborative Monkeys and other thoughts.A presentation by Don McLeod toADV1691- Professional Practice Professor Thom KearneyAlgonquin College, January, 2012. 1
  • 2. The Art of Getting up in the Morning I need to get up in the morning to ask of others and learn, discuss, ask questions,I need to get up in the morning. be terribly wrong, listen, think, project,I need the transition of dark to light. assume, verify, articulate and write.I need the blue light from the sun. All that leads to production of new brainThe light distorted as it travels through the neurons. That is our nature.horizon.If I dont after two weeks my body will want I need to get up in the morning knowingto sleep all day and stay up all night. that over the last week someone saidThat is our nature. something with that incredible tone of voice that means I have made others lives better.I need to get up in the morning. That means it is very likely to happen againGod is not going to get me up. in the next week. That is our nature.A nagging spouse is not going to get me up.Fear of consequences is not going to get me I need to get up in the morning to go to bedup. at night at 10 p.m. for a full night sleep withIt will keep me in bed. the short and long term memory shufflingI have to get my DNA to want to get up and that comes with dreams and restorative cellface the day. That means I have to convince my own work that comes during sleep. That is our nature.DNA, that as a collaborative monkey, I amcontributing. I get up in the morning because I knowI must prove to it I have meaning and each day will be exceptionally wonderfulpurpose. It has to be real. That is our nature. and that takes my mind way beyond my physical limitations, including that brokenI need to get up in the morning, to eat well, part of my go for a 2 hour walk for the BDNF so I can As the poem I once read to my kids revealedproduce new brain neurons. That is our nature. to me; "Good morning, good morning, its time to face the day, first well have breakfast and then we will play." Don McLeod
  • 3. Don McLeodMysteries, Puzzles &Huntingtons Disease Spot the source of the colour @ 483 nm
  • 4. HD confused withRage Balance fallCognition Paranoia Cautionary tale from Nixons era warning of Harpers
  • 5. Animal studies show that an enriching environment delays the onset of Huntington’s Disease1/7 mice with enriched environment failed motor tests compared to 7/7 controlsvan Dellen A. Blakemore C. Deacon R. et al. Delaying the onset of Huntingtons in mice. Nature.2000;404(6779):721-2.What is an enriching environment for us, - - - mouse + + + ?
  • 6. mindbrain
  • 7. At 55 I could retire without a pension. I did because of HD.I was lucky, a habit, that the people I worked for created wealth and shared it because they,unknowingly, created systemically trusting organizations.I am working the mystery - what is a substrate for an enriched environment? I freely share what Ilearn. I get funding from business for programs.That is enriching for me, what about you?
  • 8. My advice for young people, wasted on far too many older people.
  • 9. Know what you are inclined to do and stretch that everyday.Alfie Kohn “No, that is not want I think! Buy my 300 page $30 book, motivation is from within!” lesson watching motivation speakers is that they do what they enjoy doing with others.
  • 10. Work with friends that do what you are not inclined to do, about 5 or 6 in one group at anyone time.
  • 11. traditionally taught group’s average score was 41%, compared with 74% for the experimentalgroup—even though the experimental group did not manage to cover all the material it wassupposed to, whereas the traditional group did.
  • 12. Avoid people too selfish for your own good, use about 1 of every 12 as a guide.
  • 13. Spot the career counsellor
  • 14. Wait for 5 positive interactions before calling anyone a friend, from Cahners on activity based costto sell solutions.Trust takes time and therefore has a cost. 5 interactions times $300 per interaction times 2 timesfor 66% failure rate times 20 so cost is 5% of top line revenue = minimum value of a solutioncustomer is $ 60,000.00. Anything less should be a customer driven transactional purchase or youare loosing money on every sale.
  • 15. Find the freedom to exchange a million little random ideas and make a million little mistakes to avoid catastrophe.Kathleen Forsyth “If you have the humility to be wrong you have the key to learn almostanything, you will find others desperately need to correct your assumptions, all 3 trillion”.
  • 16. Avoid jobs doing puzzles if not automated they be outsourced for $10 per hour.“Underlying the notion of a simple, controllable production system was the notion of thesimple, controllable employee. In the factory model of management, it was easy tomonitor workers and measure their output. Because the work itself was not terriblyinteresting or motivating in its own right, managers intuitively relied on what Freudcalled “the pleasure principle,” the idea that human beings are motivated to seekpleasure and avoid pain. Thus supervisors used a combination of carrots (more pay formore tasks completed) and sticks (reprimands or the threat of job loss) to motivateemployees. These behavioral strategies were very successful, but they produced anunfortunate legacy that still characterizes many workplaces today—an undercurrent offear.” The Competitive Imperative of Learning by Amy C. Edmondson“Those same theories would drive our invasion of Iraq forty-five years later,championed by RAND-affiliated actors such as Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Perle, ZalmayKhalilzad, and Donald Rumsfeld. But RAND’s greatest contribution might be its leastknown: rational choice theory, a model explaining all human behavior through self-interest.”
  • 17. Delight in jobs of mysteries. This is where you will find quality of life.“Theres a reason millions of people try to solve crossword puzzles each day. Amid the wellordered combat between a puzzlers mind and the blank boxes waiting to be filled, there issatisfaction along with frustration. Even when you cant find the right answer, you know itexists. Puzzles can be solved; they have answers. But a mystery offers no such comfort. Itposes a question that has no definitive answer because the answer is contingent; it dependson a future interaction of many factors, known and unknown. A mystery cannot be answered;it can only be framed, by identifying the critical factors and applying some sense of how theyhave interacted in the past and might interact in the future. A mystery is an attempt to defineambiguities. Puzzles may be more satisfying, but the world increasingly offers us mysteries.Treating them as puzzles is like trying to solve the unsolvable—an impossible challenge. Butapproaching them as mysteries may make us more comfortable with the uncertainties of ourage.” cant solve a mystery alone! Aloneness leads to loneliness leads to depression aNeurological Degenerative Disease, I have one, you dont need one.
  • 18. If strong, find work in a selfish culture and destroy it from inside. You will know that by observingthat knowledge transfers will be at the slow rate of 12 people per meeting. Knowledge will becorrupted by self interest.
  • 19. If weak, like me, work in the growing number of firms that see the advantage of a culture offairness needed for sharing for beating competition which cannot change and vulnerable to afearless, learning and responsive younger managed business. Firms were alignment of fit forfunction of collaborative monkeys appreciates the DNA of most of us, not all, can be used tocreate fearless organizations. You will know that by observing that knowledge transfers will beat the fast rate of less than 6 people per meeting. Knowledge will travel up in times of externalthreats instantly. They will be fearless firms. Investors will invest in these firms instead of feardriven firms because fearless firms will contribute towards 30% more to the bottom line.Do more than co-operate, collaborate.Bob Broomfield “Hire those who can and want to do the job, not a task for HR. Avoid people toointerested in money or advancement. The financial advantage is 30% more contribution to thebottom line relative to others. The executive advantage is upward communications in times ofexternal threats.Niki Halle “I never worked so hard, had so much fun, made so many friends or was pushedbeyond what I thought I was capable of doing”
  • 20. Envisioning a adhocish, face to face and sufficient wealth creation machine. Problem – Solution – Implementation – Problem... Substrate
  • 21. Could you help me? Talk about this, preferably face to faceover coffee, beer etc. adocishly in groups of sixish.If any of this helps you please donate to theHuntington’s Society of Canada .