Stop Reading and Start Doing

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I read. A lot. Books, blogs, reports, research. Tweets (of course). You name it; I read it. Throughout my adult life  I’ve believed that I read because I’m curious. I’ve told myself and others that I read because I am a proud life-long learner.

Of course I am both of those things. But if, like me, you spend more time reading than doing, you may detect the deeper problem here — can you spot it?

Truth is, there is a deeper story. I read because I’m scared. I read to avoid what I do best, which is write.  In my moment of truth I had to ask, am I really learning or simply running?

Do you read as a way to postpone real action? It’s cool if you don’t want to raise your hand. I’ll be honest; writing this blog post is uncomfortable. It stirs feelings of shame that here I am — with a God-given talent — and I’m not fully using it. I’m hiding in the pages of someone else’s good writing.

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Mind Maps, Mobility, and Breakthroughs on SMChat

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I experienced a right-brainer’s fantasy on May 4 as I facilitated #smchat (social media chat) on Twitter. The topic: mind maps and collaboration.

Back by popular demand, we had the honor of hanging out with Chuck Frey to discuss mind maps.  A lot has changed since Chuck joined us on #smchat well over a year ago.

Can we, as innovative folks, use mind mapping to drive break-throughs and eliminate the waste of good brain power?

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