Catalyst Weekly Rewind (Dec 22) – your story, your coalition of talent

Sometimes the weeks fly by (even as the clock drags on). If that happened to you (or even if it didn’t), take a moment to rewind and check out the best of last week.

Here’s a quick listing of the content I created (and published) as well as the 20 or so articles that inspired me — and I shared for our mutual benefit. In the event you missed any last week, now is your chance to skim through to pick out the what works for you. I always welcome the opportunity to connect over good conversation.

I’m using the next few weeks to work on my own (company) transformation and look forward to sharing with you soon!

Quote of the week

When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it. – Henry Ford

Created: published last week

As I winded down some client efforts that took a lot of creation cycles, I worked back into sharing ideas publicly. Last week even included two articles at CSO (both aimed at advancing your career and improving your leadership):

CSO Tapping into overlooked talent to improve your security career a quick look at some effective ways to build a coalition of talent with the mutual benefit of improving each other. As an added bonus, working with people outside security actually improves your practice of security.

CSO What story are security leaders telling themselves? A few weeks ago I asked leaders what story they told others. Since then, I realized that the stories we tell ourselves dramatically impact the stories we tell others. Most of us need to change the story we tell ourselves – and I shared some thoughts on why and how.

DTSR Podcast DtSR Episode 123 – NewsCast for December 15th, 2014 we talk Sony (naturally), but also some other stories you might have missed. We include our usual take on the issues from an IT leader and business-minded security professional perspective.

Security Weekly – honored to be a guest on the 400th!! episode of Security Weekly. I was on near the end of the day to talk breaches; specifically a different set of questions we need to ask ourselves. It’s not posted yet — so I’ll update the link again next week. You can look for it here: http://securityweekly.com/portfolio/security-weekly/

Curated: articles shared via social media

I generally share 3-5 articles a day across social media. Most are focused on the leadership challenges of prioritization, measurement, and communication of value. My interest is looking for ways to grow and improve.

Here is the list of what I curated and shared last week.

Monday:

5 steps for structuring an ideal work day

David Rockwell’s Secret To Creativity? Asking “What If”

5 Things Professional Keynote Speakers Do Differently From Amateur Public Speakers

Take The ‘Old School’ Design Out Of PowerPoint

Tuesday:

Media Interview Skills: Why Silence Is Not Always Golden

5 Effective Ways to Incorporate TED Talks into the Learning Experience

Want to Improve Your Public Speaking? Read These 3 Books

Why Being Busy Isn’t Cool

Don’t Waste Your Two Golden Hours of Productivity

Wednesday:

What your product demo is really about, and how to fix the busted one you’ve got now

20 Best PowerPoint Presentations That You Can’t Miss

Why hold sales training off-site?

No, I Won’t Share My Slides and You Shouldn’t Ask

7 Step Process to Plan for Silence in Your Speaking

Thursday:

12 Best Practices For Speaking In Front Of A Big Crowd

This Is Why You Don’t Have a Mentor

Drucker’s 9 Practices of Effective Leaders

How Do You Close A Presentation?

Inside My Body Language Briefcase – Part 3

Friday:

Flipped-Learning Toolkit: Getting Everybody On Board

Creative Student Projects Synthesize Learning

The two biggest mistakes entrepreneurs make

6 Tips To Stay Productive During The Holidays

Solutions To The 5 Most Common Productivity Roadblocks

Let me know which of these you liked best. I always welcome suggestions for articles and ideas to share!

Catalyst Weekly Rewind (Dec 15) – preparing for improvement

Was last week so awesome you want to live it again? Or maybe you’d prefer a do-over.

Let’s rewind.

Start this week off right by taking a moment to review the best of last week. This is a quick listing of what I published, the articles I curated, and then some insights about where I’m focusing energy.

I always welcome the opportunity to connect over good conversation.

Have a great week. Go own it!

Quote of the week

The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers. ― Ralph Nader

Created: published last week

The theme of the articles shared last week seems focused on preparing to improve. Fitting, as I work through the final stages of focusing and explaining what I do. As such, it was a heavy week of production (and a lot for clients), but awkwardly a bit light in terms of work actually published. The changes should start sometime in the new year…  and more on tap for this week.

Curated: The articles shared via social media

I generally share 3-5 articles a day across social media. Most are focused on the leadership challenges of prioritization, measurement, and communication of value. My interest is looking for ways to grow and improve.

Here is the list of what I curated and shared last week.

Monday:

Leadership, Customer Service And Sustaining The Customer Experience

7 Things Supremely Confident People Never Do

Teaching Literary Analysis

The New Habit Challenge: Trick Yourself Into Accomplishing Your Goals

How To Integrate Your Creative Double Life With Your Career

Tuesday:

10 Ways to Use Repetition in Public Speaking

12 Best Practices For Speaking In Front Of A Big Crowd

How to Become a Better Communicator

A Simple Hack That Makes You MUCH More Persuasive

Why Don’t You Ever Improve Your Presentations?

Wednesday:

How To Be A Better Public Speaker Based On Your Personality Type

How Can You Turn Your Speaking Flaws Into Strengths?

Modern Entrepreneurs Need To Learn How To Write

Can You Connect with Different Communication Styles of an Audience?

What Meaningful Reflection On Student Work Can Do for Learning

Thursday:

The Courage of Creativity

Your Best Work Requires the Perfect Environment

The Simple Change to Daily Routine That Fights Bothersome Negative Thoughts That Won’t Go Away

Friday:

Listening Dyads Can Transform Your Team

How to craft an effective year-end staff message

Doing It Differently: Tips for Teaching Vocabulary

How “Quality Time” Is Killing American Innovation

What’s Lost When Experts Retire


Let me know which of these you liked best.

I always welcome suggestions for articles and ideas to share!

Catalyst Weekly Rewind (Dec 8) – are you really telling stories?

Was last week so awesome you want to live it again? Or maybe you’d prefer a do-over.

Let’s rewind.

Start this week off right by taking a moment to review the best of last week. This is a quick listing of what I published, the articles I curated, and then some insights about where I’m focusing energy.

I always welcome the opportunity to connect over good conversation.

Have a great week. Go own it!

Quote of the week

Everyone you meet has something to teach you.

Created: What I published this week

Curated: The articles I shared via social media

I generally share 3-5 articles a day across social media. Most are focused on the leadership challenges of prioritization, measurement, and communication of value. My interest is looking for ways to grow and improve.

Here is the list of what I curated and shared last week.

Monday:

Understanding “New Power”

An Opening Pitch Line That Will Instantly Make You More Likable

The Kaizen Way: How to Master Creativity by Asking Small Questions

Minted CEO Mariam Naficy On The Lost Art Of Memorization

Tuesday:

The Discipline of Business Experimentation

How to Give a Stellar Presentation

The Leadership Playbook: Five Cool Things Leaders Do

How to Turn LinkedIn Contacts Into Real-Life Connections

How To Make Yourself Indispensable At Work

Wednesday:

Whose Fault Was It?

The Science Of Politely Ending A Conversation

How to Train Your Voice to Be More Charismatic

3 things you should never say to a reporter

How To Give The Perfect Pitch

Thursday:

Why Speakers Need A Leadership Voice

The Ultimate End-of-Year Tipping Guide: Who To Tip, How Much And Other Rules

Minted CEO Mariam Naficy On The Lost Art Of Memorization

The easiest way to get more done? Work fewer hours.

This 15-Minute Activity Will Make You More Successful At Work

Friday:

Business model boss: Reinvent or die

3 Ways To Get Along With That Irritating Coworker

Learning New Things Means Getting Up From Your Desk

What Happens When You Put Values Front And Center In Your Business

How To Manage Remote Workers Like They’re Right In The Office

Let me know which of these you liked best.

I always welcome suggestions for articles and ideas to share!

Catalyst Weekly Rewind (Dec 1) – two sides of human kindness

Did you get a chance to read what I created and curated last week?

The weekly rewind is a brief look at last week — the work I published, articles I curated, and insights in where I’m focusing some energy — all in one place. A few of the curated articles (on Friday) really stood out to me; definitely worth a read.

I always welcome the opportunity to connect over good conversation. Have a great week.

Quote of the week

Believe everyone has something they can teach you to make your life better.

Created: What I published this week

I took the week to enjoy time with family – which means it was a light week of publishing. However, we did publish a podcast worth checking out:

DtSR Episode 120 – Hacking the Human (again) – engaging conversation with Chris Hadnagy.

Curated: The articles I shared via social media

I try to find and share 3-5 articles a day across social media. My focus tends to be on communication, value, measurement, and leadership challenges of transformation and performance. My interest is looking for ways to grow and improve.

Here is the list of what I curated and shared last week.

The Power of Kindness (and One Surefire Way to Know If You “Get” Mindfulness)

The Habits of Highly Productive Writers

Tony Robbins Shares His 3 Best Public Speaking Tips

Let me know which of these you liked best. I always welcome suggestions for articles and ideas to share!

Back with a full slate of publishing and sharing this week — with plenty to share next Monday.

Catalyst Weekly Rewind (Nov 24) – more value, less time

Did you get a chance to read what I created and curated last week?

The weekly rewind is a brief look at last week — the work I published, articles I curated, and insights in where I’m focusing some energy — all in one place. A few of the curated articles (on Friday) really stood out to me; definitely worth a read.

I always welcome the opportunity to connect over good conversation. Have a great week.

Quote of the week

“The chains of habit are generally too small to be felt until they are too strong to be easily broken.” -Samuel Johnson

Created: What I published this week

Successful leaders use the value of time to boost security team results

Podcasts:

DtR 119 – NewsCast for November 17th, 2014 — the every-other week discussion of the top news in security; focused on what leaders and business-oriented practitioners need to know. This week we covered breaches, government action, payment cards… and more.

Curated: The articles I shared via social media

I try to find and share 3-5 articles a day across social media. My focus tends to be on communication, value, measurement, and leadership challenges of transformation and performance. My interest is looking for ways to grow and improve.

Here is the list of what I curated and shared last week.

Monday:

Master These 4 Simple Pitching Concepts to Capture a Room’s Attention

So, do you start sentences with ‘so’? If so …

The Science of Memorable Presentations

2 Easy Changes That Will Stress-Proof Your Brain

Tuesday:

Gestures and Preaching

Strong Character Is Built Through Significant Challenge

SOURCE: Here’s The ‘Dirty Little Secret’ Of Microsoft’s Cloud Business

SECRETS OF THE MOST PRODUCTIVE PEOPLE

Wednesday:

Debunking 7 Common Public Speaking Tips That Do More Harm Than Good

Do You Think You Could You Do A Better Job Than Your Manager?

The best leaders get comfortable with being uncomfortable

Thursday:

(crazy day)

Friday:

The Common Traits Of The Most Successful People

How Old Brains Learn New Tricks – no excuses, we can all learn.

The 6 people who shouldn’t be coaching you for your next speech

20 Ways to Improve Your Presentation Skills

Why It Is Time to Kill the Webinar — don’t confuse the medium with the message

Powerful find (last minute edition): This Coach Improved Every Tiny Thing by 1 Percent and Here’s What Happened

Let me know which of these you liked best. I always welcome suggestions for articles and ideas to share!

What I’m working on – opportunities

In the Spotlight: Hosting an educational series for Damballa University to explore how to align the mindset of “assume breach” with the actions necessary to improve detection and response. The program uses a different format – some content to prepare, a conversation, and a reflection column. No charge to join, and as a series, plenty of time to catch up. https://www.damballa.com/in-the-spotlight/

Custom Workshop: Based on demand, I’m developing a highly flexible one-day onsite workshop. It’s a mix of hands-on exercises, instruction, and facilitated conversation. The experience infuses energy, a shift in perspective, and brings people together, focused on a result.

Catalyst 5×5™: a rapid method to capture, distill, and effectively communicate value. Connect with a strong signal, start a conversation with a clear message. More details soon.

 

Catalyst Weekly Rewind – Value in time and passwords

As we start another week, take a moment to pause, rewind, and replay the highlights from last week. This captures the work I published, elements I shared, and offers some insights in where I’m focusing some energy.

Connection, context, and conversation are encouraged!

Quote of the week

This week I came across a word that really resonated with me:

meraki: (verb) do something with soul, creativity, or love; to put something of yourself into your work

I hope you get to experience some this week!

Created: What I published this week

To increase value, you need to know what your time is really worth — my second post on LinkedIn, based on an exercise I use in my speaking, training, and advisor programs. Sometimes humbling, knowing what our time is worth allows us to make better decisions. Let me know what you think.

After this judge’s ruling, do you finally see value in passwords? — An interesting ruling that sorted out the difference between biometrics and passwords. The real gem is the legal analysis and insight from Shawn Tuma – check out what he had to say.

Podcasts:

DtR Episode 118 – Demystifying Threat Intelligence – a fascinating chat with Crowdstrike; I thought the last 10 minutes was the most revealing. Do you agree?

Some other work you might be interested in

Last week launched a 5-part series with Damballa University to explore what it takes to bridge the gap between our mindset of “assume breach” and our actions (hint: they don’t entirely match up yet). It draws on my “content-structured conversation” approach, and you’re invited (no charge or obligation) to join in the journey:  https://www.damballa.com/in-the-spotlight/

Curated: The articles I shared via social media

I try to find and share 3-5 articles a day across social media. My focus tends to be on communication, value, measurement, and leadership challenges of transformation and performance. My interest is looking for ways to grow and improve.

Here is the list of what I curated and shared last week.

Monday:

Overcoming the Barriers to Decision Making

Performing horizontal eye movement exercises can boost your creativity

Best Advice I Ever Got: Keep It Simple and Tell Your Truth

Tuesday:

***  What An In-House Career Coach Can Do For Your Company  I loved this article because of the importance of realizing sometimes we all need a coach

7 Communication Skills Every Entrepreneur Must Master

5 Secrets to Crafting the Perfect Startup Story

Four Better Ways To Speak From a Script (If You Must)

Wednesday:

Top 20 Presentation and Public Speaking Blogs (2014 edition)

How To Keep Your Keynote Brief

5 Ways to Negotiate What You Want For Your Career

Thursday:

How to Make Your Presentations Better Without Opening Your Mouth

10 Ways to Fine-Tune Your Presentation Skills

Sophos CEO: We’re betting entirely on the cloud

Friday:

How Relearning Old Concepts Alongside New Ones Makes It All Stick

Listening To Your Body Clock Can Make You More Productive And Improve Your Well-Being

Why No One Noticed That You’ve Changed for the Better

35 Sweet Side Effects of Parenting

Elite Presenters and the Art of Small Improvements

Let me know which of these you liked best. I always welcome suggestions for articles and ideas to share!

 

ICYMI Nov 10 – Weekly Rewind – 3 questions

 

Business man cover face with question  board

Welcome to the weekly rewind – a chance to play last week again.

This is my latest attempt to figure out the right way to blend various writing efforts — now spreading over more platforms — together. It also captures the content I shared last week in one convenient place. I’ll try this for a few weeks – feedback welcomed!

I’ll include some notes about what I’m working on below, too. Check ‘em out.

Quote of the week

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. – Robert Louis Stevenson

Created: What I published this week

3 questions successful leaders ask before starting a new project → my first article published on LinkedIn

Answer these 3 questions if you want to get your security projects funded

Podcasts:

DtR Episode 117 – NewsCast for November 3, 2014

DtR FeatureCast – Norse Corp DDoS – Nov 7 2014

And from 2 weeks ago (when I intended to start this):

The real problem with passwords? We only treat symptoms

BEYOND A MAJOR, TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN SECURITY YOU NEED TO SELECT THE RIGHT MINOR

An invitation

A new series I’m hosting launches this week.

If you’re struggling to adopt the “assume breach” mindset and adapt the appropriate actions, then the new series I’m kicking off this week is for you. Hosted by Damballa, it’s a 5-part journey of education, insight, and cutting through the noise to explore what it takes to be successful running a security program based on prevention, detection, and response.

Sign up and join me for the series: https://www.damballa.com/in-the-spotlight/

Curated: The articles I shared via social media

I generally share 3-5 articles each day through social media (twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn). RIght now my Facebook account is my personal account. I guess I either need to open that up, or transition over to an author page (it’s setup, I just don’t use it).

I tend to share concepts about communication, value, measurement, and performance — insights into ourselves, ways for us to grow and improve.

Here is the list of what I curated and shared last week.

Monday:

3 Keys To Being a Great Storyteller

If You Don’t Tell Your Story, Someone Else Will

Comment: This is why people leave your company

Tuesday:

Top 10 Bruce Lee Quotes (Ten Best Sayings)

Jimmy Kimmel’s Hilarious Shark Tank Pitch Hits Close To Home

Speakers: Are You Overworked And Overwhelmed? Here’s Your Answer

Wednesday:

10 Things the Most Likeable People Consistently Do

10 Ways to Clarify Your Message as a Public Speaker

Thursday:

The Presentation Advice You Can Dismiss

Friday:

Master the Stage – Microphone Technique

6 Things the Best Speakers NEVER Do

You Can Always Find The End Of This Ingeniously Designed Tape Roll

Let me know which of these you liked best. I always welcome suggestions for articles and ideas to share!

What I’m working on – opportunities

My business is getting more focused; turns out it’s growing, too. I’ve got some ideas planned for the coming year – and it includes a new website. I’ll work to pepper in some updates as we continue to journey together.

I work with enterprise and select vendors to take friction out of communication, connect people to value. As such, I often get the opportunity to help both cut through the noise and get the results they need.

The invitation to join me for the 5-part series with Damballa is above. This series uses a format I’ve been working on over the last year. I’m excited about the series, and look forward to share more information on the approach soon!

In addition, I’m working on launching an advisor program. With a limited number of openings, it’s an opportunity for leaders to get a “catalyst-on-demand” that focuses on friction, transformation, value, measurement, and effective communication — for security, and beyond.

More on these and a few other things I’m working on coming soon!

 

DtR Security Newscast: why CISOs get no respect, how many passwords?, and more

Recording the Security Newscasts is a real blast. Hopefully that comes through when you listen in!

I invite you to listen to the latest episode of the Down the Rabbithole (DtR) Security Newscast for August 11, 2014– with Raf Los (@Wh1t3Rabbit) and James Jardine (@JardineSoftware). We record the DtR Newscast every other Monday to engage in spirited discussion about security topics in the news.

More than a run-down of the news, it’s our unfiltered (but safe for work) discussion of top stories. We usually inject some passion and and some divergent thinking to fuel your week. This episode has a cool energy and flow that I think makes for a good listen. Let me know if you agree.

This week, we covered:

Take a listen and let me/us know how we did on the segues this episode:

Consider this the invitation for discussion

What we started on a Monday morning is just the start. Keep it going here, on Twitter (I’m @catalyst) or the different “neighborhoods” in which I hangout (check out the bar on the upper right). If you have a topic you want us to discuss on the next DtR Security Newscast, drop us a line.

Monday Motivation – the power of perspective

2014-08-11-MM - perspective

 

Something to think about

Perspective is essential. Similar to context, our perspectives change. Evident from the top of a tall building, where everything below looks like a model, and people the size of ants. Or gazing out at the vastness of the ocean.

Sometimes our perspectives shift based on location. Other times experience does the trick.

A key to success is to accept and embrace other perspectives. Location, experience, and the views of the people we serve, work with, and share our world with.

Those perspectives give us depth. They inform decisions. They allow us to understand value and communicate more effectively.

Consider how to gain a new perspective this week. And let me know what you learn.

Monday Motivation – Be a Beginner Every Day

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Something to think about

Sometimes we get so bogged down with reality that we stop seeing the possibilities. Lately I’ve learned to delight in the joy of our youngest when she spots a squirrel or bird in the back yard (it happens often).

I love listening to the majestic and unfettered plans of her older siblings. They don’t see the bounds that many of us have placed on ourselves.

Sometimes what holds us back is the way we see things. Our experience, our scars, or discomfort narrows the path until we see few options.

This week, consider a reboot. In some small way — or perhaps a big, sweeping one — step back and begin again. Reconnect with the excitement. Embrace the joy. Take off the blinders and see the possibilities that lie before you.

Then act.

PS: Do let me know how it works out so we can celebrate your success together!