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Month: May 2018

Adaptability

Adaptability

A lot is made of the successes of Uber, Amazon, Apple, Airbnb, and Google. ‘Category Kings’ is what Al Ramadan, Dave Person, Christopher Lochhead, and Kevin Maney would call them in their book Play Bigger. They crush the competition and become the space with which they helped create. Who searches anymore when you can ‘google’? Similarly, there are a lot of lessons shared from the failures to embrace change at companies such as Blockbuster, Kodak, Borders, and Sears. Too little, too late. But what…

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How to Start a Movement

How to Start a Movement

Are you trying to start a movement? It starts with the courage to be the lone nut, but then… According to Derek Sivers, “The first follower is what transforms the lone nut into a leader.” What can you possibly take away from this if you are implementing software? To start a movement in your organization, you’ll need a leader. But, perhaps even more important, you’ll need those initial followers. Those are the unsung heroes that add momentum to a movement or can help…

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6 Things I Learned from Breaking my Ankle

6 Things I Learned from Breaking my Ankle

I broke my ankle three weeks ago. And of course, it happened at the worst time for me. Two days before I was to speak at my annual Company conference. One week before another scheduled surgery. And, worst of all, at the beginning of summer. As I was stuck on the couch staring longingly out the window. I learned some things. I learned: To Slow down – I think we forget how to slow down when we feel that speed…

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Leading Change – The Kotter Perspective

Leading Change – The Kotter Perspective

Leading Change, a book by Dr. John Kotter, remains a must-have for Change Leaders. In his book, he outlines 8 Steps to effectively lead, implement, and sustain a successful change project. Here are the 8 Steps: Create a Sense of Urgency – Why is the change necessary right now? Build a Guiding Coalition – Identify key Champions – the people that will really rally the change and the messaging – One person is never enough. Form a Strategic Vision and Initiatives…

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The Millennials Are Coming! The Millennials Are Coming!

The Millennials Are Coming! The Millennials Are Coming!

Well, technically, they are already here. According to the Pew Research Center, more than a third of the workforce is already made up of millennials. Aren’t you glad you were sitting for that? And according to the Digital Marketing Resource Center – 75% of the workforce will be Digital natives (Millenials and Post-Millenials) by the year 2025. In other words, people who grew up during the age of computers and the internet will be dominating the workforce by the year 2025. By now,…

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