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Author: Matthew Furlong

The Incomprehensibility of Sense-Making

The Incomprehensibility of Sense-Making

This is a post about nothing…and everything. And all else in between. This is a post about ‘Posturing’ and the gas that fills the air that makes it all possible. The oxygen that feeds it and the carbon molecules that it exudes. It’s a post about life and death and sasquatches. But to really get into the spirit – to dive deep and stay shallow – you need to watch this from Reggie Watts Here is one particular gem from…

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Ruining the Ending

Ruining the Ending

Darth Vader is Luke Skywalker’s father. Bruce Willis is dead pretty much the whole time. Dil is a trans-woman. If you haven’t seen any of the movies I’m referencing, then I probably ruined your day. But seriously, if you haven’t seen Star Wars, The Sixth Sense, or The Crying Game yet – that’s on you. That’s totally on you. If you think you know what’s going to happen in the next six months – good luck with that. There are…

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Improv at Work

Improv at Work

I really can’t stand team-building exercises. I always feel like it’s forced fun. And I’ve been through so many team activities from pasta making to ax throwing to go-kart racing; I feel like I have done it all. Are our teams any closer because of them? I have no idea. So when I heard we were going to do a virtual team meeting with another team-building exercise, I was thinking, “Here we go again.” And when I was told I…

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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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Facing Change

Facing Change

“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” — James Baldwin When we had a reduction in force at Charles Schwab, we all knew why. We all knew why because the leaders opened a dialog about the needed change. The talked to all of us, they listened to all of us, and they helped us all face the inevitable. Well, not everyone was able to face the change – Larry struggled….

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Handling Stress in the Covid-19 era

Handling Stress in the Covid-19 era

If you alive right now, you are likely feeling a crazy amount of stress. Whether unemployed or fully employed, there is increasing pressure associated with the unknown. As you factor in that very few businesses are thriving (with some obvious exceptions) — it is clear that the pressure to survive is immense for virtually every organization. If you are unemployed, the amount of competing applicants is staggeringly high. And if you are employed, the amount of stress your company is…

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