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Tag: Change

Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA)

July 25, 2018
Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA)

It’s In Our DNA: How often have we heard that statement? Personally, I hear it quite frequently. Often, it’s used as a way of excusing a person’s actions: “I can’t help it, it’s in my DNA.” I also hear it used as an indictment of another person who is reluctant try something new. Deoxyribonucleic Acid […]

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Simplify

June 6, 2018 0 Comments
Simplify

Why Simplify? A leader must be able to make the complex simple. That is not easy to do — on several fronts! In many (most?) organizations today, our employees know more about the details of their jobs than their leaders do. This is inevitable in our modern world and will only become more true as time […]

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Her Ears Are In My Way

April 18, 2018 0 Comments
Her Ears Are In My Way

Behavior: One of my leadership mentors, author David Marquet, makes it clear that in his experience, if you want to effectively change people’s behavior, you have to change the environment. I learned that lesson again recently when my assistant, pictured here, exhibited unwanted behavior. It was my own fault. I came home from a photo […]

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It Takes a Crisis

March 28, 2018 0 Comments
It Takes a Crisis

Crisis: Many attribute the statement, “Never let a good crisis go to waste,” to Winston Churchill. His statement was meant to point out that a good politician will know how to address a crisis in such a way as to turn it to political advantage. I’m not sure that things always work out for politicians […]

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Self-inflicted Frustration

March 14, 2018 0 Comments
Self-inflicted Frustration

Frustration: I rather regularly do this to myself. I get frustrated with a process that has been in place for awhile. Then, I go through a flurry of activity to investigate different solutions. Eventually, I settle on living with my present frustration or, more often than not, opting for new frustration. This past couple of […]

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VUCA

February 28, 2018 0 Comments
VUCA

Massive VUCA Ahead: Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity (VUCA). Lots and lots of moving parts in our economy. That we are living in an ambiguous environment is definitely an understatement. I am reminded of a recent car trip where a colleague was driving. We were going to an unfamiliar destination, so of course we were […]

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Career or Job?

August 30, 2017 0 Comments
Career or Job?

Millennials Not long ago, I was reading one of the many, many articles about Millennials. It was stated that Millennials will change their careers at least four times during their work lives. That seemed pretty significant to me. Until I thought about my own career path. While my corporate career was always in semiconductor businesses, […]

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Premortem

August 2, 2017 0 Comments
Premortem

Chrystal Ball Many of us have heard about doing a postmortem on projects, initiatives and business plans. After implementation, we are interested in determining what went right and what went sideways. Perhaps fewer of us have heard about a premortem. In its simplest form, a premortem is planning ahead for a disaster.  Those of us […]

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Overshoot

July 26, 2017 0 Comments
Overshoot

Geek Out <Geek Speak> Warning, a bit of geek speak here. Don’t panic, it’s not going to be that painful! Back during the times of my undergraduate education, we often talked about the theoretical issue with a stimulus causing overshoot in a second order system. The image on the right shows that phenomenon in a […]

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What If We’re Wrong – 03

July 5, 2017 0 Comments
What If We’re Wrong – 03

Climate Change Now there’s an interesting topic! Of course there are at least two camps on the climate change thing. One is that the climate is changing and that mankind is causing or at least exacerbating the change. A second camp is that yes, the climate is changing but it’s a natural phenomenon and mankind […]

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