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Tag: Learning

A Learning Model

October 31, 2018
A Learning Model

Aware Then Unaware: Years ago, when I was studying martial arts, I became aware of a learning model. I’m pretty sure many, perhaps most, of you are also aware of that model. It goes like this: In the beginning, you aren’t aware of how difficult a task might be. In the Dojo, the Sensei makes […]

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Competitive Advantage?

May 23, 2018 0 Comments
Competitive Advantage?

Sustainable Advantage: I don’t know how we can claim we have a sustainable competitive advantage unless, that is, that we believe that advantage to be our ability to learn faster than the competition. Technology is moving much too fast for us to think that some sort of product or service is really our competitive advantage. […]

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Doubt and Learning

January 24, 2018 0 Comments
Doubt and Learning

Embrace Doubt: Often, I will start out with a new client, project or endeavor with a considerable amount of conscious doubt. What makes me think I can do this? What makes me think I will be the best coach for this person? When will they find out I’m really an impostor? Frankly I can’t think […]

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Industry Experience

October 11, 2017 0 Comments
Industry Experience

Catch 22? Have you noticed that many job postings lay out a list of skills and also require, say, five years of industry experience? Ever wonder how the heck a college graduate manages to get hired? Do you assume they worked their way through school? Or perhaps you look for a valuable and long internship […]

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The Early Bird . . .

April 13, 2016 0 Comments
The Early Bird . . .

. . . gets the worm. AND, the Early Worm Gets Eaten. The worm that sleeps in survives. But if too many worms sleep in, the Bird will go hungry — or learn to sleep in as well! What got me thinking about all this stuff was one of my favorite podcasts, Freakonomics, which did […]

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Laughing in the Face of “No”

December 2, 2015 0 Comments
Laughing in the Face of “No”

Kids can teach us a lot of things. I know mine have — and not just after they became adults. They taught me about being totally open, no preconceived notions; I wish they were close by to keep reminding me of that lesson. They taught me about tough-love, being consistent and how loving someone as much as […]

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The Trouble With Answers

May 20, 2015 0 Comments
The Trouble With Answers

The trouble with answers is that they almost always close off any other possibilities. I usually have answers — especially when I’m not “on my game.” If I don’t, I work hard to derive them from the problem space. I often get frustrated if I can’t find an answer to a question. But when I’m on […]

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Leadership and Dance

May 14, 2014
Leadership and Dance

My wife will tell you that I can’t dance. Not really dance. No danger of you seeing me on Dancing With the Stars or any other such foolishness. And she’s right. I get out there and shuffle around. My feet keep time with the music and move in a predictable pattern, but there’s no real […]

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Leadership: Competency

April 2, 2014
Leadership: Competency

It is our responsibility as leaders to make sure our employees have the tools and training to accomplish the tasks we set for them. Sometimes, if we have come up through the ranks, we believe that it’s faster if we just “do it.” That’s a critical mistake. We quickly become the bottleneck in the organization […]

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Sum Etiamtum

January 1, 2014
Sum Etiamtum

Sum etiamtum – I am still learning. That’s my theme for this New Year. As I think about the new year I can’t help but wonder a bit about what’s in store for us and marvel at how technology has accelerated (and will continue to accelerate) the pace of change with which we must contend. […]

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