Online Collaboration Tips for the Tech-Savvy @ Dublin Institute of Technology in Second Life

Always a pleasure to guest lecture for “Is One Life Enough” at Dublin Institute of Technology’s campus in Second Life. Course module information is at

iole 2016_001

1. Guest Lecturer, Sitearm Madonna
2. Dean of Arts and Tourism, John O’Connor, addressing students
3. Facilitator, Locks Aichi, chatting with Sitearm and John

iole 2016_010

iole 2016_013











Models, Oh My

InStyleImagery.comModelsAboutFaceDesignTeamOrlandoSandyPucHandsonTourPhotographyFashionBehindtheScenes06One of my personal mentors once said, “all models are lies; some are useful.”
Another said, “you know, there are no gurus.”
And another once said, “do more better!.”

Of course they (and I) are right.

Each of us, in growing and developing, latch onto multiple role models as we develop. These include Mother, Father, Sibling, Role Model. Ultimately, we become (ideally) fully functioning adults in our own right, identifying and dealing with each other.

Difficult subject: why? FFA’s realize that it is meaningless, but that it is meaningless is also meaningless. So we simply strive, in an infinite game, to simply connect and empathize with each other.

In my own case, I am curious about theories (models) of: a) physical matter and energy and the cosmos, and b) consciousness and awareness and reincarnation.

Where some doors close…

Where some doors close…
Other doors open….


Evocative vs. Prescriptive Consulting

girl watering a treeAwhile back I took a training course on staff consulting that influences my practice to this day.

Traditionally, a consultant’s job was perceived as “to tell people what to do and where to go.” The client’s job was to pay the consultant (humor intended there but not much—consulting is a profession after all).

In the course I gained an expanded perspective. Including…

Measures of successful consulting engagements include
1) Does your client follow your counsel?, and
2) Does following your counsel materially help them?

I learned to distinguish between
Evocative consulting (ask questions), and
Prescriptive (give direction) consulting.

Effective consultants do both. They evoke by asking questions not only to learn the data, but to bring forth clarity in both client and consultant, on what is really wanted and what the priorities are and are not. They prescribe not only based on prior knowledge and connections, but their expanded sense of the client and what is fitting, immediate, and practical as next steps for their client to pursue.

At each and every meeting, and between meetings in dynamic circumstances, effective consultants proactively check in with their client regarding new events that affect the project at hand.

Image courtesy: Duct Tape Marketing

How to succeed in life without being trying


Thinking and planning ahead is a prerequisite to a successful project. BUT there is an additional leadership tip that will help you keep your sanity: Letting Go.

Here’s the process in a nutshell:

1. Visualize the ultimate outcome.

2. Identify what you need to get there from here.

3. Fill in the details (whose help do you need, what needs to be done when, etc.).

4. Intend that it is more important that the outcome succeed, than that it fail.

5. Now… let go.

Your role is to keep the ultimate outcome clear, and to go with the flow of everything that happens between now and then. It’s all part of the process.