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The Lift | Brian@GrowthWorks

It's All about the Conversations...

by Brian McDermott on 04/27/17

The most important thing I've learned in a whole bunch of years facilitating biz meetings and processes: It's all about the conversations. Getting people to talk to each other in productive creative ways may not be the quickest or easiest route to resolution, but it is the best.

Heineken – yup, the beer maker – and Francis – yup, his Holiness the Pope – created videos that help make that case, and that are inspiring and insightful if you’re looking for ways to make your business a better place to work or to make the world a better place to live.

Pope Francis prepared his video for TED2017. Addressing the conference’s theme, “The Future You,” he stresses that everyone and everything is connected, and that looking into the future about ourselves invites us to open a dialogue today about the role each of us has play in helping each other – regardless of race, ethnicity, sex…

I’m glad I watched both: 4 minutes and 25 seconds, and 17 minutes and 44 seconds well spent. Good alone, better together.

(Click the CC tab on the bottom bar for Closed Captioning on the Pope's video.)

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Brian

A Clarion Call for Intelligence...

by Brian McDermott on 04/21/17

Neil deGrasse Tyson has challenge for Americans who care about the future. Despite lapses by those who are supposed to be leading the way, he's warning that without a return to intelligent scientific diligence and reasonable political discussion our country and planet are in trouble. Alternative facts and choosing to not believe in inconvenient facts are not what made America great, and certainly are not a path to a brighter future.

There's some stuff we all need to deal with in whatever small ways we can, and he does an unsettling job of sounding the alarm.

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Brian

Such Is the Way of Goodness...

by Brian McDermott on 10/27/16

This is a great story about the power of kindness -- a bit of an antidote, perhaps, for getting through the final ugly unkind days of the 2016 U.S. election season.

As Steve Hartman, the storyteller, puts it, "Acts of great kindness are done without expectation... but such is the way of goodness. The more likely you are to live for others, the more likely you are to live happily ever after."

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BONUS:
If you are a parent looking for ways to help your kids come away from the election vitriol with as few scars as possible, check out How Kindness Can Win the Election, an article by Dr. Jenny Friedman, executive director of Doing Good Together, an organization focused on empowering families to raise caring, engaged children.

She says, "The spiteful, unfiltered rhetoric of this 2016 election has made me more concerned than ever about the decline in compassion among young people. The decline is becoming pronounced not just on TV but in classrooms, where teachers report more hate language and an increase in bullying as kids model what they’re hearing from candidates and their surrogates. Children, especially children of immigrant families and children of color, are expressing fear about their safety – and their families’ futures."

The article includes concrete things parents can do to keep children focused on their higher angels.

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Brian

The Power in Thinking about Why Do You Do What You Do...

by Brian McDermott on 08/04/16

The idea of purpose driving performance has been showing up frequently and with renewed potency recently in the facilitation work I do . I have long referred to the Simon Sinek TEDTalk video outlining his "golden circle" as an inspiring resource. The Michael Jr. video is a new and equally inspiring discovery for me.

The Sinek video speaks to the head. The Michael Jr. to the heart. Together, in about 10 minutes, they make a compelling case for making time to ask the question, Why do I do what I do?, before getting too swept up in figuring out how to do what you do.

You can find the Amazing Grace video here on Michael Jr.s' YouTube Channel...

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Michael Jr. (YouTube Channel)

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Simon Sinek (Start with Why website)

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Changing People's Lives Is Freakin' Cool...

by Brian McDermott on 05/11/16

I was looking for something to offset all the unpleasant noise from the US Presidential election campaigns and found this -- a story about a teacher changing lives, one kid at a time.

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Brian

Cutting through the Ugliness: Kindness is the Only Currency You Need...

by Brian McDermott on 12/12/15

This Secret Santa has been handing out $100,000 worth one-hundred dollar bills to strangers for a decade. People clearly appreciate the cash, but this version of the giveaway has this other message that has nothing to do with money. Listen and you'll hear this message:

"Kindness is the bridge between all people.
Kindness is the one thing that cuts through everything,
regardless of your station in life."


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Make a Difference... Be Kind,


Brian

P.S. Thanks Steve Hartman. Love your work.

Rewire: Where Has the Human Connection Gone?

by Brian McDermott on 10/31/15

The desire for personal and community connection is universal, healing, and powerful, and I can feel it in this 3-minute video experiment when even strangers simply take a minute to look into each others' eyes.

Eye contact isn't for everyone. There are cultures that discourage or even prohibit it. But  I'm a dreamer, so this makes me wonder what might happen to bipartisanship in Washington DC or what mending might happen with frayed personal relationships by trying this simple experiment to reconnect.

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Brian

Hope and Forgiveness...

by Brian McDermott on 08/31/15

The nine women in this chorus, The Lady Lifers, are serving life sentences in prison in Pennsylvania. Under that state's laws "life" means there is no option for parole. Their only hope for ever walking free is for commutation by the governor -- something that has happened twice since 1989.

I clicked to watch this 9-minute video not knowing most of those details. I was compelled by current events and questions about social justice to follow the link. I come away still not knowing the full individual stories, but compelled again -- this time to spread their shared story... our shared story.

We've been dealing with race and poverty issues in the United States for a long time, and we don't have things figured out. Until I saw this video, these women were out of sight out of mind.  The thing that moves me most is that they are not pleading innocence, but they are posing a universally important question: Is it right or even beneficial for our society to broadly and irrevocably strip part of our community of all hope of freedom and mercy? Is that who we want to be?

I believe it's worth seeing these issues through different eyes and hearing them  through different voices. If you agree, watch and please share this video.

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Brian

Toys from a Tot... and a Shot of Pure Joy

by Brian McDermott on 08/14/15

He's six. Maybe he doesn't truly understand what it means that he has lost both his parents. Maybe. But for sure he know what it means to spread joy.

Remember?

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Brian

Just Breathe: Lessons on Dealing with Anger--from Kids...

by Brian McDermott on 05/25/15

The world can be an  angry place. Hang in for the final breathe of this 4-minute video and you will come away with insights and hopes about redirecting energy that is often so poorly spent.

These are some really smart kiddos...

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Thanks to Julie Bayer Salzman & Josh Salzman at Wavecrest Films!

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Brian

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