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Social Media Roundup: Find Facts on Success in Fiction

By / Jun 17, 2013 (iStockphoto/Thinkstock)

Discover valuable, long-lasting lessons about success by swapping out leadership books for fiction. Also: Focus your efforts on effective icebreakers based on the needs of your audience.

Bored with traditional leadership books? Select the right genre of fiction, and you might walk away with life-changing lessons.

See what fiction teaches us about success, and more, in today’s Social Media Roundup:

Think Fast, Make Decisions

Change the plot of your success. In an article for Fast Company, Craig Chappelow shares his insights on why leaders should read more fiction to be successful, noting that fiction can influence the way leaders approach decision-making and connecting with people. Ken Grimwood’s Replay, Chappelow writes, taught him this: “Tomorrow is not a promise, and we have today to act. If you have something to say to somebody, say it.” Whether you have a decision to make or thoughts to share, it’s important to advance the plot and take action—not tomorrow, but today. (ht @ChatterBachs)

Process vs. Purpose

Conference organizers and meeting leaders sometimes lose track of the real reasoning behind icebreakers. “An icebreaker is not something a presenter or meeting convener should do to participants for his or her edification. It should be a purposeful activity done for or with the participants for their benefit and application,” writes Idea Architects’ Jeffrey Cufaude. By approaching each group of participants differently, organizers can get to the root of engaging each particular audience instead of using cheesy icebreakers that don’t serve the purpose at hand. (ht @VelChain)

Have you broken the ice lately? Share your thoughts in the comments.

Jasmine McGee

Jasmine McGee is a contributor to Associations Now. More »

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