Need more motivation? Let Mo’s favourites inspire you.


My top short videos (5 minutes or less)

#1 Transformation:  3 minute video on explaining the power of approach change from a hope focus Vs a fear based approach.  Learn more about Dr Peter Fuda at his website: An Obsession with Transformation,

Video:  From Burning Platform to Burning Ambition

#2 Transformation:  3.5 minute Most leaders wrongly assume that they have to choose between control on the one hand, and chaos on the other. In this short clip Dr. Peter Fuda presents a third and better way to lead your people; create a context for success.

Video:  Creating a Context for Success

#3 Transformation: 3 minute on leadership transformation. All about the impact of leaders who are open and vulnerable and ways to build trust. Commitment to mutual accountability.

Video: Snowball of Accountability

#4 Transformation: 3 minute video by Dr Peter Fuda on Masks: How leaders conceal imperfections and adopt a persona. Everyone knows that you are wearing a mask, but no one talks about the mask. People want to demask as their masks are not delivering success and causing internal conflict.  Leaders can drop their mask and create a new identify that is fully aligned to their vision and leaders and to their life as a whole.

Video: Masks

#5 Innovation: 4 minute video by Where Good Ideas Come From by Steven Johnson. The highlight of the conclusion in the video is that with today’s tools and environment, radical innovation is extraordinarily accessible to those who know how to cultivate it. “Chance favours the collective mind.”

Video: Where Good Ideas Come From

#6 Innovation:  In this 1.5 minute clip, Dr Peter Fuda talks about the challenges we face when living our values in an organizational context and how we can go beyond ‘Values’ to ‘Standards’. We all have different rules (connect this with video by Alan Watkins about emotional).

Video: Why it is difficult to live your values

#7 Innovation: A 1.5 minute interview with Dr Peter Fuda. Talking about gap between noble intention and reality, this is primary focus in his life – causing exhaustion with leaders.  The most important part is the shift from Burning platform towards a burning ambition – hallmark of all leaders that succeed. Hope is a process – goals, pathways to reach these goals and knowing how our effort makes a difference.

Video: Inspire Hope not Fear

#8 Blame: 3 minute video invites you to reflect upon the magnitude to which you blame and the research on blame. Learn more about Dr Brene Brown – researcher and story teller at her website.

Video: Blame

#9 Appreciation: 3 minute video helps us to reflect on the power of ‘thank you.’  by Laura Trice.

Video: Remember to Say Thank You

#10 Family Conflict: 3 minute video on how to have difficult conversations within families can be much smarter.  Bruce Feiler describes ways to fight smarter.  His ideas came from spending three days at Harvard Negotiation Group (my favourite guru from this group is William Ury – please take the time to visit his website:

Video: Fight Smarter 

#11 Engagement: 3 minute video shows us how the first follower is the real leader. By Derek Sivers.

Video: How to Start a Movement

#12 Empathy: 4 minute video about The Human Connection to Patient Care created by Cleveland Clinic.

Video: Human Connection 

#13 Introversion:  3 minute video by Susan Cain, author of Quiet. Video on importance of introversion.

Video: Introversion

#14 Storytelling:  3 minute video about the future of storytelling by Dr Paul Zac.  In this video Paul explains the power of empathy and how to tap into oxytocin

Video:  Power of Storytelling

#15 Introduction to Appreciative Inquiry: 3 minute interview with founder Dr David Cooperrider at Drucker School of Business.

Video: Interview with David Cooperrider

#16 Appreciative Inquiry: 3 minute video about how Hunter Douglas used Appreciative Inquiry to improve their manufacturing production line.

Video:  Hunter Douglas

#17 Power of Words: 2 minute video clearly demonstrates how the words we use creates different responses from those around us. Filmed in the city of my youth – Glasgow.

Video: The Power of Words

#18 Community Engagement: 5 minute video about how in 2008 the community cleaned up the country in one day!  The project was called “Let’s do it!”.

Video:  Clean Up Estonia

#19 Strengths:  3 minute video by Dan Heath on How to Find Bright Spots in times of change, study them and clone them. When we fall into problem solving we can fall into paralysis.

Video: How to Find Bright Spots

#20 Coaching:  4 minute video on Feedforward by Marshall Goldsmith.  You cannot change the past, but you can focus on the future.

Video:  Feedforward

#21 How Positive Energy Drives Performance – in this 3 minute video Professor Kim Cameron of POS, U of Michigan shares his research about the 4x impact of positive leadership

Video: Positively Energizing Leadership (this link takes you to his website with the questions and the video).

Here are the 4 questions and you can replace someone’s name in lieu of manager in the questions: (from the article The Energizing Leader)

  • Do I feel invigorated when I interact with my manager?
  • After interacting with my manager, do I have more energy to do my work?
  • Would I go to my manager when I need help solving a problem?
  • Would I go to my manager when I need a pep talk?

If your immediate supervisor is not positively energizing, what then?  Try the following:

Step 1. Analyze the energy of your internal network. Who are the most positive people in your organization? What ways can you find to work more closely with them?

Step 2. What mentoring relationships can you create to take advantage of the positive energizers?

Step 3. What activities can you initiate or suggest to increase the positive energy of your team or organization?

Step 4. Outside of work, who is a positive influencer that can help you recharge?

My top medium length videos (6 to 20 mins)

#1 Leadership Transformation: 11 minute video with Dr Peter Fuda

Video:  Going from Ordinary to Extraordinary

#2 Opening Remarks to Dialogic OD ConferenceEdgar Schein gave a 12 minute introduction to the conference.  Great way to learn about the early pioneers of organizational development and spirit of inquiry.

Video: Remarks on Dialogic OD

#3 Management Development A 12 minute interview with Robert Quinn on management development using his four questions about taking a strength-based lens.

Summary of the book Lift Becoming a Positive Force in Any Situation which outlines the 4 questions

Learn more for HBR article Moments of Greatness

The four questions are: 

What results do I want to create?

What would my story be if I were living the values I expect of others?

How do others think about the situation?

What are three strategies I could use to accomplish my purpose?

Video: Management Development

#4 Leading Extraordinary Performance – 17 minute presentation by Professor Kim Cameron on his research on positive deviants.

Video: Leading Extraordinary Performance

#5 Compassion Kristin Neff TEDx talk on her research on self-compassion. Treating ourselves with (1) kindness vs harsh self-judgement (as we would treat a good friend with empathy etc);  (2) common humanity – self compassion asks how am I the same as others?  We are all imperfect that is the shared human experience. (3) Mindfulness – being with what is in the present moment.

Video:  The Space Between Self-Esteem and Self-Compassion 


My top 5 quotes on Innovation

“Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change.” ~~Brene Brown.

“If you want something new, you have to stop doing something old.” ~~Peter Drucker

“Dreamers are mocked as impractical. The truth is they are the most practical, as their innovations lead to progress and a better way of life for all of us.” ~~Robin Sharma

“Remember the first two benefits of failure. First, if you do fail, you learn what doesn’t work; and second the failure gives you the opportunity to try a new approach.” ~~Roger Von Oech

“Chance favours the connected mind.” ~~Steven Johnson

My top 5 quotes on mindfulness

“Regardless of how we get there, either through meditation or more directly by paying attention to novelty and questioning assumptions, to be mindful is to be in the present, noticing all the wonders that we didn’t realize were right in front of us.” ~~Ellen Langer

“In the end only three things will matter: How well we have lived; how well we have loved; how well we have let go.” ~~Jack Kornfield

“Mindfulness lets us see things in a new light and believe in the possibility of change. When we feel locked into strict work procedures and rules, we can recognize that these were once decisions made by certain individuals. These people lived at a particular point in history, with particular biases and needs. If we realized this, more of us would consider redesigning our work to fit our skills and lives.”  ~~Ellen Langer

“Be happy in the moment, that’s enough. Each moment is all we need, not more.” ~~Mother Teresa

“Life is a dance. Mindfulness is witnessing that dance.”  ~~Amit Ray

Latest reading:

February 2016

The Triple Focus – Approach to Education by Daniel Goleman and Peter Senge

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