catalyst: facts vs. stories

catalyst: facts vs. stories

Writing in the Harvard Business Review, Alexandra Samuel looks at a problem that's increasingly relevant to leaders, managers and business owners: how to present data-heavy information in a way that motivates and inspires – and avoids the trap of Death By Powerpoint.So when planning a presentation that's going to include a lot of rich data, there are some simple tips to follow. The most important of which is: forget the data, focus on the story.

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The carrot, the funnel, and the saxophone mouthpiece…

The carrot, the funnel, and the saxophone mouthpiece…

We can all be guilty of over complicating things, in all manner of contexts; and that tendency can squash the creativity out of business. Often, we even seek out complexity to keep the adrenaline going and make sure we feel challenged enough. I've seen it in the clients I coach – senior, smart-thinking people, who nonetheless get overwhelmed and end up feeling they're lacking in creativity when everything is complex.

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Catalyst: Pay it forward, profitably

Catalyst: Pay it forward, profitably

Sure, it's possible to make a healthy profit from your business and then support the causes you're passionate about through donations. But more and more, we're seeing socially-conscious entrepreneurs show that making a positive impact in the world, and running a profitable business, don't have to be two separate strands.

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Catalyst: What kind of leader are you?

Catalyst: What kind of leader are you?

Every great leader will have faced projects or ideas that failed. Missing a target or misjudging a strategy doesn't tell us anything about someone's capability as a leader - it just tells us they're human. The important part is whether we choose to perceive these setbacks as failures – proving our fixed view of the world – or interpret them with a growth mindset, as experiments on the way to our ultimate success.

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