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The difficult conversations

Organisational transformation isn’t a walk in the park. It involves people and change, two concepts that don’t always go together so well. Change involves thinking and acting differently, but what should we do if we observe others continuing in the old ways? This is when difficult conversations become necessary. I think it’s human nature (at least for some) to avoid…

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Old dog tricks

“You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” Who says? Everybody? This kind of thinking holds us back. It’s a persistent cultural belief (at least in some cultures) that your ability to learn new things deteriorates as you get older. This smacks of logical fallaciousness to me. Perhaps we observe older people and their apparent lack of willingness to change or…

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Get out of your own head

Humans are amazing creatures. Our unique combination of DNA, environment and experiences cause each of us to see, experience and interpret the world around us in a way that is truly personal. Multiple people may experience the same event, but each of them will take something different away with them. Take a music concert, for instance. The thousands of people…

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Frowned upon

Working from a coffee shop is a great way to observe people, their actions and interactions. I look around at other people working on their laptop and what I notice is how many people frown while working. The furrowed-brow look. There’s the pensive frown by the aspiring writer while she tries to place the lead character’s sequence of events into…

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Power

The drive for power is a human condition. We can’t escape it. It’s built into our DNA. The way that power is expressed is however up to you. One man might obsessively build up his body, only seeing power in physical strength. Another man might dominate his wife, taking power from her fear. An executive may revel in the power…

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Quote of the day

There is nothing to prompt learning like pain and necessity.  – Ray Dalio from Principles.

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Think Different, fundamentally.

One of the most common rebuttals I often hear during an Agile transformation is “Oh, we’re already doing all this stuff. We just don’t call it Agile.” When I hear this, I try to stay as open-minded as possible, so I nod and find the first chance to observe. Usually my observations confirm very quickly that there’s an awful lot…

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Think twice before mocking cargo cults

Reporter Paul Raffaele: “John [Frum] promised you much cargo more than 60 years ago, and none has come. … Why do you still believe in him?” Chief Isaac Wan: “You Christians have been waiting 2,000 years for Jesus to return to earth and you haven’t given up hope.” – Raffaele, Paul “In John They Trust” Smithsonian magazine, February 2006.

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