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Curbing My Enthusiasm

April 26, 2017 0 Comments
Curbing My Enthusiasm

My Enthusiasm Can Be a Bit Much! I get excited about things—perhaps you do too. I find, however, that my enthusiasm can sometimes be received by others as “preaching.” I truly don’t mean it to be that way, but, well, that’s how it is sometimes (often?) received. What to do? Aware It’s a tough cycle […]

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Wells Fargo – Extensive Fraud – Governance

April 19, 2017 0 Comments
Wells Fargo – Extensive Fraud – Governance

Accountability I’m often asked about the difference between accountability and responsibility. The distinction I make (perhaps a bit oversimplified?) is that responsibility can be and often is shared with others. However, one cannot share accountability. Another distinction I’ve heard in our leadership circles is that one takes responsibility, but one is held accountable (by oneself […]

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Empathy? Compassion?

April 5, 2017 0 Comments
Empathy? Compassion?

A Story Here’s a story I find interesting. In a small rural town, there was an old factory building housing many workers. One day, the building simply collapsed trapping many people.  Soon a large crowd of town folk gathered. The people were overcome by the plight of their fellow citizens and were weeping and wailing. They […]

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The Thing About Risks

March 29, 2017 0 Comments
The Thing About Risks

Business is a risk. The trick is to figure out how to measure the risk. Then to do what we can to mitigate the risk. And finally to decide if the return on the investment (ROI) for taking the risk is positive in our minds. Insurance companies are, of course, in the business of doing […]

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Complexity and Transformation

March 22, 2017 0 Comments
Complexity and Transformation

(This is the final post in a four part series on how growing complexity is transforming our lives.) Continuous Transformation: The common lament these days is that the pace of change is on an exponential trajectory. We struggle to keep up. Knowledge (and of course data) is increasing by leaps and bounds every second. All facets of […]

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Complexity and Decisions

March 15, 2017 0 Comments
Complexity and Decisions

The Complexity Part: (This is the third in a four part series on how growing complexity is changing our lives.) And when it comes to decisions, complexity is indeed the byword. Not only do we have an over abundance of product choices, we have an abundance of freedom in most areas of our life. For example, […]

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Complexity and Forecasting

March 8, 2017 0 Comments
Complexity and Forecasting

The Complexity Part: I find that neuroscience (trying to understand the brain / mind / body interdependence in sentient life) and quantum physics (specifically particle entanglement and uncertainty) are perhaps the most confusing, complex and barely comprehensible subjects I study. The more I read on those topics the more I realize that reality is in the eye […]

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Learning to See Complexity

March 1, 2017 0 Comments
Learning to See Complexity

Look and See: (This is the first of a four part series on complexity.) A habit I’m trying to develop comes from my new hobby—digital photography. That habit is try and “see” opportunities for an interesting picture. Along with that comes the companion habit of not only looking ahead or to the side, but to […]

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Danger in the Comfort Zone

February 22, 2017 0 Comments
Danger in the Comfort Zone

Pushed Out of the Comfort Zone: Lately I’ve observed a lot of folks being dragged out of their comfort zones. Some are finding the huge change in our political environment to be unsettling. And some are perplexed over the many issues around perceived changes in our social values. A great deal of discomfort is due […]

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Try Leading and Not Managing

February 15, 2017 0 Comments
Try Leading and Not Managing

I’ll be frank, I don’t understand the question that comes up so frequently in my circles — “How do we manage the Millennials?” To me, it seems really straightforward. Somehow, people have confused themselves. You manage projects, you lead people. Try leading Millennials instead of managing them. Managing vs Leading There are several ways of distinguishing […]

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