Person of the Year - Leadership SHIFT Tip

As Time Magazine mulls over its Person of the Year, they are missing a key candidate, social media. Yes, I know social media isn’t a person, but the computer won in 1982. Anything is possible.

Few things this year have stoked our culture tribalism, political unrest, and interest in shiny objects like Twitter and Facebook. At times, it’s left many wondering, where are we all going and why are we in this handbasket?

And at the same time, it’s sparked courageousness storytelling, inspiring acts of social justice, and made the invisible visible.

One thing for sure, social media is complicated — which makes it a perfect Person of the Year. And hopefully, it would spark conversation — which is something we need to restore civility and our ability to disagree without being disagreeable.

Conversation isn’t about out-shouting or out-posting the other person. It’s not something we do to someone. And it’s certainly not about feeding our addiction to being right.

Intelligent conversation builds trust and connection. It intentionally places greater value on we rather than me.

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If we want our culture to change, then we need to change the conversation we are having with ourselves and each other.

And speaking of conversation, please join World Bicycle Relief and metomorrow (December 5th) at 2:30 pm eastern for a #Twitterchat. We are going to demonstrate that it’s possible to have a conversation on Twitter about the importance of female empowerment, mobility, and connection in changing lives and shaping society. Please join the conversation by using #bikechat and #powerofbicycles.

Until tomorrow — Have fun storming the castle!

“The next level of greatness depends on the quality of the culture, which depends on the quality of the relationships, which depends on the quality of the conversations. Everything happens through conversations.” 
 — Judith Glaser

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And discover how you can develop more resilience, grit, and 20 ways to become your best in my memoir, Shift: Creating Better Tomorrows. All net proceeds go to World Bicycle Relief.

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