Sunday, August 31, 2008

#49 Transforming Business and Life with David Neenan, part 1

David Neenan is the creator of the pioneering Archistruction(R) process for planning, designing, and managing building construction projects. As president of The Neenan Company, he has combined leading-edge information processing and design methods and innovative “people” approaches to reengineer how the construction process works from conception to completion. His company uses the Archistruction methods to design and costruct office, medical, retail, and light industrial buildings for clients throughout the Rocky Mountain region from offices in Fort Collins, Denver, and Colorado Springs. David is also a nationally recognized seminar leader, keynode speaker, business consultant, and the author of books such as “Evergreen” and “No Excuses: be the hero of your own life”. He has produced his “Business & You” and other seminars in Colorado, Hawaii, California, Texas, Vermont, Taiwan, Sweden, Moscow, and Siberia. He and his wife, Sharon, live in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Topics covered in this episode:

  • Changing Schools
    • Most beloved and hated man in town
    • Dealing with the School District – introducing superlearning into schools
  • Observing the Observer
    • Handling opposition – Separate the observer from what is being observed
    • Observe the observer you are – learn from it
  • Solving business problems – it’s about changing your life
  • Confucius story
    • Always expect the unexpected
  • Learning organization
    • vs. fighting or sleeping organizations
  • Discover your magnifiscence in a breakdown
  • Existentialism
    • I’m born free, make choices from my freedom
    • Responsibility – accountable for my decisions
    • Anxiety – the elixir of life
    • Evil
    • Death
  • Taking responsibility
    • Patterns – what stops people, and what helps them to break through
    • If you have a problem, your options:
      • You can change yourself
      • You can change the system
      • You can get out
      • You can choose to suffer (99% of unconscious choice)
    • If you think your leader sucks, look in the mirror
    • Setting the right expectations
    • Biggest mistake in starting a company – thinking that everyone is like me
  • Hiring is a crap shoot

[techtags: David Neenan, Archistruction, Business, Existentialism]

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