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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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Progress Stopper

Progress Stopper

There are a million ways to stop change from happening. But one sure fire way to do it is to say “I can’t do it until I have it all figured out.” That way, because no one has actually figured it all out – you don’t have to do a single thing. Well, maybe Ryan Reynolds has it all figured out. That’s possible. But the phrase “I can’t do it until I have it all figured out” is kind of…

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Emphasis on Relationships

Emphasis on Relationships

Continued from a previous post. When leading an implementation, there are four essential characteristics that I’ve found separate the elite implementers from the pack: Conscientious Leadership Emphasis on Relationships Hunger to Learn New Skills Focused Hustle Let’s talk about an Emphasis on Relationships. What does having an Emphasis on Relationships mean? When talking about implementation, you are talking about change. Rarely does one thing get implemented that is the same as the thing it replaced. In the gaps between one system to…

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Daily Habits

Daily Habits

If you are feeling stuck and are serious about improving, it all starts with deliberate practice and a daily routine. That’s at least according to Angela Duckworth, the author of Grit. Daily Habits are not a new concept. Logically, I think we all know that if we want to improve in an area – we have to do something about improving in that area. One book that you won’t find in a library is a book titled: Serendipitous Improvement: 10…

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Permission

Permission

Sometimes we need permission to do something outside our normal. To take a jump. To be uncomfortable. I’m very much like that. I don’t need permission to do what I always do. But, I do somehow and for some reason need permission to push my boundaries. I’m not sure why this happens. But one thing is for sure; there is no one handing out permission. No boss will come to you and permit you to do something you’ve never mentioned before. So,…

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The Bricklayers Parable

The Bricklayers Parable

The story goes something like this, there are three bricklayers, and each of them is asked the same question: What do you do? The first bricklayer says “I put down bricks.” The second bricklayer says “I am building a church.” And the third bricklayer says “I am building a house of God.” The point is that all three have the same exact occupation and all of them are doing the same work, but how each bricklayer sees what they do…

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