Creative Leadership Dashboard

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11.09.17, Week 11, A. 11.4

The two metrics I'd like to add from this week's learnings are:

1. Integrity, marked on my Dashboard with a "Scouts Honor" hand symbol. The question that would be asked is, did I honor my commitments and promises today? This metric would be determined after my daily reflection accounting for the day. I would use the system +/✓/-, the + meaning fully light symbol light, ✓ meaning partial dull lighting, and sign is not lighted. 

2. Proceeding with Love:  In this metric, I could determine my daily actions and decisions coming from deeper emotional reactions. The metric system I'd use is a Park, Reverse, Neutral, Drive gear and Low Gear selection. The metric would use a 1-5 scale, 1 being in  Reverse acting from a place of complete fear and protection, 2 in Park acting from a place that is fearful and not trusting, 3 being in Neutral  pausing in contemplation and in thought about my action, 4 in Low gear of Drive moving from a place of love and passion even when the road ahead is uncertain or unclear, 5 in Drive picking up speed in complete trust knowing that you are proceeding with a solid foundation of loving motives. 

11.05.17, Week 10, A. 10.3

My new metric indicator from this week's material I'd like to add is:

Integration
What stuck with me from this week's materials, and what is applying to my emotional state as things are getting busier over these weeks is integration between work/self/home/community. A creative leader needs this tool not only in his/her work environment, but to contribute to all of the key stakeholders in his/her life in the four parts of life. First reflection would take place on what matters -- thinking about legacy, core values and important parts of life. What is being measured is the creativity of how a leader can create the "four wins" to get work on things that matter and find a way to integrate life instead of focusing on balance/unbalance. This metric would be measured in a scale of 1-5, 1 having a lack of integration, 2 having partial integration of two parts of life, 3 having an integration working towards three, 4 working towards integration of four parts of life, and 5 complete integration and fulfillment in all parts of life. I'd like to look at the image of a test tube or measuring cup, to experiment with the different levels of life that can be mixed to create a satisfying tonic of life! One mixture won't necessarily be better than the other. Like in cooking it is finding the perfect amount of spicy, sweet, sour, and savory that feels right to your tastebuds.

10.07.17, Week 6, A. 6.2.b

Warning Indicators

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1. Temperature Gauge/ Fuel Gauge: The importance of the temperature gauge is to indicate if the engine is overheating in a car. There will also be a light that goes on to warn you about the warming of the engine. The Fuel Gauge indicates the level of fuel left on reserve for the car to go. This is helpful in showing the approximate miles you could continue and if you will need to pull over and refuel to continue to your destination. I’ve added these together because these both are usually shown together and easily indicate visually if your car can make the journey you’ve set out to do.

These gauges would help me as a Creative Leader by checking if my energy levels are ready for the commitments I am making and if I have enough fuel to carry me through the journey. They would also notify me if I am overstepping my boundaries and overheating my engine (natural life balance). To be of any help to anyone else, I need to take care of myself first to make sure that I am healthy, balanced and nurtured. There was a tendency for me in the past to run on the steam of the engine warning light and stall out for a couple of weeks to recover. This was less efficient in the long run as I was not fit on a daily basis to make action steps towards other projects outside of the one I spent all my fuel (energy/time) on. Looking at these indicators will help me to judge my steps everyday in diverse ways, making sure that self nurturing and private priorities are set within the day along with work priorities. This will keep me stronger and able to work towards longer goal commitments without burnout.

I will use this indication by creating a legend in my daily planner: W= work, SW= self work, M= masters, Ph= physical activity, F= family, C= community, and N= nature to show if I am having diversity in my planned days and weeks, giving me an indication that there is balance/ or unbalance. This will help me question and define the way I use my time, and if there are adjustments that need to be made during the course of the day — noticing when my tank is full and when it is closer to empty— make decisions that is flexible and supportive of where I’m at, for instance choosing aharder journey (more mental focused projects) at times I’m feeling clearheaded and focused, and a shorter trip (activity or project) when my energy levels are lower in the day.

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 2. Electric Car Vehicle Status: This warning indicator is important in showing that all the parts are functioning while the car is in motion. In our electric car, the car will automatically go through self service check-ups to make sure that all functions are working properly — tire pressure will be calculated, measured and notified if any problems arise; the reserve gas tank for emergencies will also go through a test to make sure that this function is kept working. This indicator would help me as a Creative Leader by keeping me knowledgeable about the whole car in motion — this includes me, my team and the project process along our journey together. The electric car vehicle status will allow me to view the support structures of the tires (team/collaborators/colleges) its level of pressure (engagement/intensity/passion) and if all things are rolling fine. The self service on the reserve gas tank, helps me as a leader to check in that all energy levels (including myself) are full and that it can be properly fed into the tasks at hand —especially in unforeseen circumstances that arise and need more attention. The easy-to-read visual gives all on the journey a transparent and honest view of our current status.

This indication will be demonstrated in my practices of awareness and observation, recording in my daily self reflection and observation notes. The way I communicate with others will reflect this clear vehicle status mapping of our path. If there is an unbalance or instability in the team, the tire indicating lights go on (my leadership alarm) that will indicate more attention on certain aspects of the team building and project process. Having this indicator will help scan for any current or surfacing problems so that it can be resolved and cleared. Also having the option to have a “reset button” helps the team to realign be revisiting the teams’ purpose, vision and values and basing all decisions from there — like described in the Griffin hospital example in Tribal Leadership. 

10.07.17, Week 6, A. 6.2.a

World Clock iPhone: Time zones are being calculated for locations around the world, and are measured in minutes and hours in a scale of 24 hours. This display is appropriate, functional, and user friendly, as it shows the user all measurements (time) in real time all at the same time -- it'snow 22:58 in Hawaii, Germany is 10:58 (+12HRS), New York is 04:59 in the morning ( +6HRS). What I can do with this measurement is schedule calls with others that are across the world by determining the times we are both available for a conversation. This helped a lot in my weekly conversations with my collaborative AV designer in Australia, or calling up my close friends that are spread across the world -- California, Arizona, New York, and Hamburg (Germany).  It is also useful when traveling through time zones to get a sense of where you are and where you have been. This meter would be great for my Community trait, as I would need something that helps remind me to go outside of myself and refer to others by reaching out, collaborating and collecting feedback, even beyond my time zone. Having this sort of display of people back to back in their location, and time zone (for working hours) in the easy readability like this iPhone time app, would be useful in reminding me that reaching out around the world is only a click away. Video calling is the most efficient way to connect and talk, it’s just about the timing! It would be nice to start to create this layout with my developing tribe, reminding myself that I’m not alone, these are the talented people that I’ve chose to engage with, and to respect my commitment to the relationship by setting time aside to reach out and reconnect. Time is precious and people are too! 

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Muse Meditation Band: The Muse Headband calculates your brain activity during meditation (stillness quieting of the mind). What is being measured is how your brain falls in and out of activity and calm, and in the middle of the two, neutral. It calculates your recoveries from activity back into calm and rewards you for doing so by collecting recovery points. Calm points are also awesome as it calculates points per minute that you were in a calm state. If you were calm for longer than a minute, a bird chirps to notify you and you are rewarded with birds as a sign of your calm success route. This display is really awesome as it breaks down the daily mediation session you had into a readable graph of your brain activity, and shows you the points and percentage of calm you were in. This will then collect into an overall results page of all sessions you had and show the total graph and points collected to date. This helps me to understand my meditation process, and without pressure, to observe how my practice daily progresses - does it improve? Do I notice a pattern for successful meditations?  I think this meter would go great with my Self Discipline trait. The measurement I chose for this trait was a +/✓/- , which could be transferred to the active/neutral/calm measured graph of the Muse to be collected daily. Like the Muse, looking at the weekly collection of data from the daily reflections would be more effective in showing patterns that arise when I am most disciplined in my practices, and how to best keep me on track of my values consistently. I could then collect a point system for the amount weekly to keep me interested and on board with my commitment, and reward myself every four weeks for being disciplined. 

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Thermometer: The thermometer measures in degrees, both fahrenheit and celsius, measuring the environmental temperature in a scale between -30 and 130 F, -20 and 60 C. This display is appropriate as it is an easy line meter showing the fluctuation of temperature, either going up or down. Based on reading this, you’d know the temperature in actual time in your surrounding environment. Over the day/weeks/months, you could also note down how the temperature fluctuates by reading the thermometer at different times of day, everyday. Looking at the thermometer in actual time only gives you a perspective of the now, but collecting many moments of “actual” temperatures could show patterns and/or fluctuations at different times of the day, different months (seasons), etc. I have connected this meter with my leadership trait Contrarianism, which understands that we can learn from past time-tested collective wisdoms of past, yet still go against the grain challenging the present,  and willing to jump off into the unknown of what is to come. I think this matches the thermometer, as with this meter I can only understand the now moment, and know what my past “temperatures” were, but I could maybe see a pattern that may say what the “future” temperature would be, but it’s not guaranteed. My 1-5 scale for this trait could be a vertical line like the thermometer, 1 being the lowest point (accepting common knowledge to be right) and 5 being the highest point (challenging the current common thinking, leading to own research/testing/experiments). I could also gauge other mentors in this vertical meter scale to determine patterns of contrarianism, as well as past wisdoms in a scale from what was understood then until now.  

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Google Maps: Whether on the iPhone or desktop, Google Maps measures distance (length), the time it will take to get to the destination, and your exact location by coordinates to show your current location and the various ways that can take you to where you want to go. This meter measures in miles/ or kilometers, and uses 200 ft/ 50 m as a legend to gain a sense of the distance to scale. This display is appropriate for this function as it gives a very easy visual of your journey from point A to B, by giving the full picture perspective. You can also break it down into steps (driving directions) that are incremental steps that get you to your final destination. What I could do by reading this meter is get an overall understanding of my geographic position, in which direction am I heading (N,S,E,W), which steps will I need to take to get me there the quickest, easiest, and to avoid toll roads or congested traffic jams. Having this overview helps me to understand my current position, plan my journey, know what lies ahead, and how long the journey will take me. This meter could be used for my Perseverance trait as I’d like to understand the path and break it down into directions (action steps) that can keep me on track, keep my interested and in motion, staying committed to the journey (however long it will take) and making sure that I keep on it to make it in my “estimated time of arrival” period. 

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On most I chose a metric system between (1-5) that I can quantify and measure like a speedometer. Looking closely at the 1-5 spectrum, 1 marks "not at all"; 3 would indicate that I experienced some of this quality/behavior/trait; 5 would mean the quality/behavior/trait was strongly present in my day. The other metric I used is a +/✓/- system that I would then collect over the week like an odometer. I would calculate how many +/✓/- out of 7 I received in the week. + is something has come out from the action that has added towards knowledge, ✓ action completed, - means not done.


10.02.17, Week 5, A 5.2

The new metrics I am adding onto this week are:

1. Perseverance: Knowing that the path may be long, but instilling ways to keep interest and visions in motion and staying committed to the project, your team, and yourself. Ask the questions, am I keeping to tasks that are supporting my projects? How do I keep it interesting for myself/others? What are short term goals I can pursuit and reward? This would be measure on a 1-5 scale, 1 being noncommittal and still, and 5 being on the train and motivated. I've added this to the list as it has been a common theme the past weeks, listening to creative people and entrepreneurial feats. It also for me combines the ideas of resilience and patience. This virtue is called Ahonui in Hawaiian.

2. Contrarianism: to not get carried away with the uniqueness of a particular problem/opportunity and realize that we can learn from past time-tested collective wisdoms of the past, but also to go against the grain and question the status quo. Being deviant, being okay to pave at times the unconventional path or chose to jump the cliff without knowing the outcome and most times without the support of others. The willingness to be unpopular, misunderstood or even shunned are signs that embolden him/her. This would be measure on a 1-5 scale, 1 being am I passively accepting advice,  being doubtful of myself and retreating to "best successes", 5 being I'm embracing the uncertainties to my thoughts that are not currently accepted by current common thinking, having this "challenge accepted" mindset.  I've added this to the list, as this quality is important to creative process and pursuing ideas. This is something I've looked into with my performance works and has lead to really deep material for me.

3. Community: This for me combines the ideas of unity, diversity, collaboration, interaction and service. Leaders unify the talents and strengths of a community that has diverse backgrounds and perspectives that give an understanding to the complexity of issues, and whose purpose is to consider the benefit of the whole. Community collaboration is necessary when selective pressures are too much for one organization (like ideas of ants).  Sharing resources and ideas for the common good and working towards long term shared values is the way to go. Community interaction leads to being of service beyond yourself.  A leader leads to serve. This would be measure on a 1-5 scale, 1 being I'm trapped in "visionary's narcissism", and 5 being I am engaged not only with myself but with matters and people outside of myself in the name of service and purpose.

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These are the rest of my metrics I've narrowed down to, making a total of 10 with the first three on this post. It is not listed in order of importance:

4. Knowledge: A leader needs to be knowledgable of peoples' needs, how to max their potential and aim for higher values, ethics and goals. A leader also needs to be knowledgeable on natural systems and bringing that knowledge with human systems. A leader needs to know his/her field well and have examples of business successes that has those desired values at its core, e.g. sustainability. Have I gained more knowledge in the field I'm working in? If not am I pursuing a path that will teach me more or do I have team membersinvolved that are knowledgeable?  Are there examples of encouragement I can share with my team? This would be measure on a 1-5 scale,  1 being uninformed/passive and 5 being attentive to examples and solutions. 

5. Flexibility: Understands that things don't always go your way, and working with the flow of things. Was I able to make compromises for the betterment of the team or was I rigid in my believes and way of doing things? Was I flexible to adapt if things didn't go as planned? Measured using the 1-5 scale, 1 being stubborn and sticking to one view of vision, 5 being adaptable and flexible to compromise and change of outcome. 

6. Humility: In leadership, understanding that you are not a leader without followers, and what you do/create has potential magnitude beyond your own needs. Also understanding that you can't do it alone. A team driving to the same goals makes the difference greater than one mind working. Allowing others to receive credit for their contributions, and acknowledging their skills that brought us as a team closer to success. How does my offerings benefit the culture/environment around me? Measured using the 1-5 scale, 1 being I hold the vision and status for recognition, 5 being I give the spotlight to where it is deserved and I allow others to participate and take action.

7. Self-Discipline: A leader acts his/her values and doesn't expect others to act on it if he/she can't himself/herself. Practicing values daily keeps them alive in the leader and  instills them in others by leading by example.  Have i lived my values today? This is more reflective from a week stance and is measured using a +/✓/- system that I would then collect over the week .+ means I have instilled all values and have maybe even transformed old ones into new ones, ✓ is I've included most values, - is that I did not practice my values today.

8.  Appreciation: To acknowledge those that have helped you along your path, and show actions of gratitude for their support, relationships and trust in you. Have I showed my appreciation to those that deserve acknowledgement? If not, in what ways can I show my appreciation? This is more reflective from a week stance and is measured using the a+/✓/- system that I would then collect over the week .c+ means I have appreciated all not only by saying it but by acting on it, ✓ is I've acknowledged verbally, - is that I did not take attention towards acknowledging what I'm grateful for and show appreciation.

9. 4. Awareness/Observant: Has an awareness of self and others; is observant of current environment, surroundings, and emotions; takes action after thoughtful awareness and observation have been made. Was i aware of myself and others? Did I take moments to observe nature? Did I take moments to observe the nature within myself? What did I observe? These questions will then be journaled, practicing self-reflection of the day and its activities. Measured using a +/✓/- system. + is something has come out from the action that has added towards knowledge, ✓ action completed, - means not done.

10. Transparent: Someone that followers can relate to and feel comfortable communicating with, as he/she is honest. Someone who is human just like them -- who has strengths and weaknesses.  The leader has a way of creating healthy space for communication, is clear and thoughtful when communicating, and speaks from aloha (love, compassion, spirit, aliveness, the heart). Have I been transparent about how I could use support/what my needs are? Have I showed my human side? Measured using the 1-5 scale, 1 being completely not accessible for communication or opening up, 5 being open and creating a safe space for honest communication. 

09.16.17, Week Three, A. 3.3

1. Resilience: The ability to withstand environmental changes and competition, and recover from unforeseen turns of destiny such as indeterminism and frozen accidents.  This is important for creative leaders, as they need to maneuver times that are asking for innovation to lead the company's/organization's survival. What actions am I instilling to generate protect the reliable core culture, while  stimulating and nurturing influencers of change? This would be measure on a 1-5 scale, 1 being stuck in comfortable equilibrium state, 5 is having methods on the edge that are strong, flexible and adaptable.

2.  Collaboration: Understanding collaboration is necessary when selective pressures are too much for one organization (like ideas of ants).  Sharing resources and ideas for the common good is the way to go. This is important for creative leaders, because it is about leading a diverse group of people together towards long term values that will allow all to survive the new territories ahead.  How have a strived today to develop a collective voice of this organization/business? This would be measure on a 1-5 scale, 1 being uncooperative and 5 being supportive of others ideas and ways of doing/seeing things.

3.  Patience: A creative leader needs to know that things may not swing into motion right away, and the goal may seem far fetched, but persistence and openness to that path that will lead the group there will be also paved with patience. What was my patience level today?This would be measure on a 1-5 scale,  1 being stuck and adamant for the moment to happen "now, 5 being a willingness to see the life structures adapt and unfold in the ways they do.

4. Knowledge: A leader needs to be knowledgable of peoples' needs, how to max their potential and aim for higher values, ethics and goals. A leader also needs to be knowledgeable on natural systems and bringing that knowledge with human systems. A leader needs to know his/her field well and have examples of business successes that has those desired values at its core, e.g. sustainability. Have I gained more knowledge in the field I'm working in? If not am I pursuing a path that will teach me more or do I have team membersinvolved that are knowledgeable?  Are there examples of encouragement I can share with my team? This would be measure on a 1-5 scale,  1 being uninformed/passive and 5 being attentive to examples and solutions. 

5.  Interaction: A leader needs to continue to learn to grow and bring in new ideas. Interacting with nature allows for grounding and observation to learn from natural systems, interacting with all levels of people and relationships allows for individual understanding and that of the collective. Did I interacted with the outside world today? What did I learn from the experience?  This is more reflective from a week stance and is measured using the  ✓/- system. I would then journal the experiences that would add meaning and guidance when looking at the week. 

09.10.17, Week Two, A 1.3

1.  Flexibility: Understands that things don't always go your way, and working with the flow of things. Was I able to make compromises for the betterment of the team or was I rigid in my believes and way of doing things? Was I flexible to adapt if things didn't go as planned? Measured using the 1-5 scale.

2. Humility: In leadership, understanding that you are not a leader without followers, and what you do/create has potential magnitude beyond your own needs. Also understanding that you can't do it alone. A team driving to the same goals makes all the difference. How does my offerings benefit the culture/environment around me? Measured using the 1-5 scale.

3. Self-Discipline: I act my values and don't expect others to act on it if I can't myself. I practice my values daily and instill them in others by living them. Have i lived my values today? This is more reflective from a week stance and is measured using the  ✓/- system.

4. Service: Being of service beyond yourself.  A leader leads to serve. How have I served with the talents and passions I have? Measured using the 1-5 scale.

5. Diversity: Understanding that it takes a team with different talents and perspectives to move us forward and help us lead. It is diversity that we can understand the complexity of issues and consider the whole. Being diverse in skills and areas as a leader will also be necessary to lead. How have I supported diversity today in others/ in myself ? Is there more that can be done to support diversity in my day? Measured using the 1-5 scale.

6. Supportive: Understanding that you cannot lead without supporters, and that your team can't lead in their fields without your guidance and support. It works both ways. Did I show actions to those around me that was supportive today? Was I there for others that needed my support? Measured using the 1-5 scale.

7.  Relationships: A leader understands the importance of relationships and nurtures them. It is about relating with others, connecting, and building partnerships of trust. How have I nurtured my relationships today? Is there some that have been forgotten?  Measured using the 1-5 scale.

8. Appreciation: To acknowledge those that have helped you along your path, and show actions of gratitude for their support, relationships and trust in you. Have I showed my appreciation to those that deserve acknowledgement? If not, in what ways can I show my appreciation? This is more reflective from a week stance and is measured using the  ✓/- system.

9. Courage: Being courageous in standing behind your values and purpose, strengths and weaknesses. Showing your commitment to your causes and seeing it through. Have I been fearlessly encouraging my values, visions, and purpose to develop? Have a shown courage in facing my fears today? Measured using the 1-5 scale.

10. Transparent: Someone that followers can relate to and feel comfortable communicating with, as he/she is honest. Someone who is human just like them -- who has strengths and weaknesses. Have I been transparent about how I could use support/what my needs are? Have I showed my human side? This is more reflective from a week stance and is measured using the  ✓/- system.

 09.02.17, Week One: A 1.3

After some thinking and reflection, I narrowed down ten important qualities I think a creative leader should have. (This is not listed in any oder of priority.)

1. Openness: Open to ideas from others, has a willingness to share (time/experiences/resources), finds diversity interesting and important, and has a willingness to see/do/experience things in new ways. The questions that would be measured are: Did I experience my day from a place of openness? How did I react when someone presented new ideas, ways of seeing things? How were my reactions towards others opinions (open or closed)? Measured using the 1-5 scale.

2. Reflective: Takes time to reflect upon the outcome of the day and journals at least five things he/she is grateful for. Did I write an evening reflection? Did I include at five things I am grateful for today? Measured using a +/✓/- system.

3. Adventurous/Experimental: Is not afraid to try something new and is willing to experiment with different options to find the one that suites the situation best. To go the extra mile off the beaten track to come to new perspectives and paths. What were the new things I tried today that I haven't done before? Was there a familiar method or way of doing things that I experimented with differently? Measured using the 1-5 scale.

4. Awareness/Observant: Has an awareness of self and others; is observant of current environment, surroundings, and emotions; takes action after thoughtful awareness and observation have been made. Was i aware of myself and others? Did I take moments to observe nature? Did I take moments to observe the nature within myself? What did I observe? Measured using a +/✓/- system. + is something has come out from the action that has added towards knowledge, ✓ action completed, - means not done.

5. Communication: Has a way of creating healthy space for communication, is clear and thoughtful when communicating, and speaks from aloha (love, compassion, spirit, aliveness, the heart). Did I communicate clearly and from the heart? Measured using the 1-5 scale.

6. Respectful: Is respectful of self, others and environment; respects own and others space, time, experience and ways of doing things; respects the environments where he/she chooses to live/work/play. Have I cared for myself today? Have I cared for others today? Have I cared for the land today? Measured using the 1-5 scale.

7. Good listener: Listens to ones intuition, and listens intently to others experience and voice before responding. Did I listen without interrupting? Did I make others feel heard? Measured using the 1-5 scale.

8. Passion: Is passionate about live, is passionate in what he/she does in her day, and if tasks seem underwhelming or challenging that they be taken with a positive attitude and a passion to get them done. Am I living out my passion? Did I find passion in what I did today? Measured using the 1-5 scale.

9. Honesty: Is honest to his/her self and others, holds integrity, and communicates this honesty in a supportive way. Was I honest with myself today? Was I honest with others? Did my actions hold integrity? Measured using the 1-5 scale.

10. Vision: Continues to hold the vision for the group and delivers reminders and support to lead the group towards goals, but allows the vision to develop and change organically if it needs to. Did I give myself time to consider the current vision? Did my tasks in the week support and develop the vision? Was there new experiences that have influenced and changed the vision? This is more reflective from a week stance and is measured using the  ✓/- system.