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Month: July 2020

Learning from Layne

Learning from Layne

I gave a talk about creating a work community last year that started with thirty seconds of me playing “Rooster” by Alice in Chains. If you don’t know Alice in Chains – first, you should. And second, they were a band that was popular during the 90s and were contemporaries of the likes of Pearl Jam and Nirvana. Based out of Seattle, as well, they played (and continue to play) in some of the largest venues. Third and last point…

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The River Parable

The River Parable

Two years ago, I wrote about the Starfish Parable. Since then, I’ve read several articles critiquing the message shared from that story. In those critiques, you’ll often find another parable that carries a stronger message about systemic change. The River Parable Once upon a time, there was a small village on the edge of a river. The people there were good, and life in the village was good. One day a villager noticed a baby floating down the river. The…

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The Language we use

The Language we use

‘Sort of’ is such a harmless thing to say. Sort of. It’s just a filler. Sort of. It doesn’t really mean anything. But after certain things, ‘Sort of’ means everything. Like after, ‘I love you’ or ‘You are going to live.’ — Demetri Martin The language you use can help you or harm you at work. The words you choose, the phrases you adopted along your journey, the types of things you choose to speak about – all matter. Do…

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Change Fatigue

Change Fatigue

Change Fatigue is very real. As organizations push forward efforts to Digital Transform their work – countless applications, processes, and reorgs are being tossed at employees. In fact, the change doesn’t stop – there is no ‘done’ for Digital Transformation. The future of work, as it were, has got to be better than this. In the interim, along with all of this change comes Change Fatigue. The idea that at some point, employees have had enough. The reaction to any…

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Greatness

Greatness

I once believed that for me to be great at my job, others had to be bad. Like it was a competition among my colleagues. I see it in others, too. I see it in a new staff member. He oozes this idea of greatness. But it’s a trick. Him being great has nothing to do with me. Or anybody else. And me being great has nothing to do with him. Or anybody else. We can both be great. Others…

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