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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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Let’s start with the basics, shall we?

There is a progression towards mastery. There are no shortcuts. Shortcuts miss the point, which is that the journey is the most important part of mastery, not some final destination. The concept of shuhari is becoming quite well known in the agile world. It means roughly: “first learn, then detach, and finally transcend.” I leave it to the Aikido master…

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Filler up

Lately I’ve been observing the use of filler words. You know, like, actually, totally overused meaningless words. The two phrases that interest me most are “you know” and “I mean”. When people say “you know” all the time, are they craving for understanding? Is what they’re actually trying to say “Surely you understand what I’m trying to say?” When someone…

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