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This caught my eye – Business round-up

by Amanda on December 4, 2010

Twitter is great for getting a wide selection of information on many topics from all over the world. If I don’t have time to read the articles, I send a DM to my Evernote account so I can catch up later. Here are a few items which really caught my eye and are worth sharing.

Small business, entrepreneur advice:
Six Dimensions that Characterize Small Business Owners. Possessing many or most of these factor may predict success in establishing, maintaining and growing small enterprise. Read the report here

  • Collaborative
  • Self-fulfilled
  • Future-focused
  • Curious
  • Tech-savvy
  • Action oriented
  • It won’t be long before conflict resolution skills are on the list! They are already on mine, of course.
    The article came to me via @iamlucid and @triveraguy and is featured on

    Interesting business books
    The Shibumi Strategy by Matthew May is a new book I have on my list for reading over the holiday period. I discovered it through an interview with the author on Carol Roth’s website. Carol is a great resource for spot on business advice and has a great eye. Her own book is due out next year and is now on pre-order. The forward is written by our Mediation Summit Keynote Speaker, Michael Port. Don’t miss it

    Japanese characters for Crisis

    Danger + Opportunity

    And it’s the setbacks, really, that harbor the power to transform our lives. The economy seemed the perfect crisis around which to weave a story, based in reality.  The word

    for crisis in Japanese has two sets of characters: one for danger, and one for opportunity. A sudden, unexpected crisis is an opportunity, and if we view it that way, which admittedly is not easy when you’re simply trying to survive, like Andy is, but it can lead us in new directions,new  directions we perhaps should have taken anyway.

    Eastern philosophy has interested me for over 30 years and influenced my work and life. I love Chinese and Japanese characters (as you can probably tell from the illustrations on this blog). I was introduced to the structure and meaning of the Japanese characters for crisis by Julian Gresser in the mid nineties and the illustration already appears on this web site. I am also fascinated by the tension of paradox in the work I do as a mediator. Looks like an interesting book.

    Brainstorming: “Yes, and” Like an Improviser: Guest post by Liz Caradonna, an associate at Zócalo Group and a life…
    This is a great post for conflict resolution skills. On of the most effective and successful shifts that participants make when they are doing their foundation mediation skills training is the one where they replace BUT with AND. It has incredible power for conveying understanding.

    In improv, “yes, and” is shorthand for the state of being completely open, accepting and uncritical toward the contributions of your scene partner. So accepting, in fact, that you’re able to embrace and extend your partner’s ideas as if they were your own. Someone on stage just called you “Grandpa”? Accept and further that. Yes, you are their Grandpa. And… perhaps Grandpa has some riveting stories to share from his time serving overseas. Read more

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