Book Review

Missing the kisses

In honor of Valentine’s Day, I’m writing about missing kisses. Trust me. This will get to a typical Engine for Change point soon enough. The classic picture book Strega Nona–written and illustrated by Tomie dePaola and published in 1975–tells the story of a beloved local witch, Strega Nona (translated as Grandma Witch) and her inattentive

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More Highly Valued

Those who work to solve problems are more highly valued that those who merely label them.” – Robert Mager and Peter Pipe in Analyzing Performance Problems This week, so long as I get my voice back, I’ll have the privilege to provide three days of training to a highly motivated group of problem solvers.  I

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Made you look

You’re going to have to wait a few more days for the second portion of  A Guide to Breaking All The Rules (which happened to be just a bunch of different rules to follow) .  Though I had the best of intentions, I have failed to deliver.  I let others things creep into my blogging

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Weigh and consider

Read not to contradict and confute, nor to believe and take for granted … but to weigh and consider.” – Sir Francis Bacon Perhaps this is a silly quote of the week, for how few of us read these days (beyond blogs of course)? In many organizations, if you express a penchant (noun: a strong

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Visual Thinking

Last May I posted a long discussion about the importance of drawing pictures: If you want to succeed a driving change, practice drawing pictures.  Specifically, practice drawing pictures of either what the future looks like or what the journey to the future looks like.” Today I was back at it, drawing more pictures in an

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Innovation in Government

This week I found two fabulous, free booklets titled Innovation in Government and Leading Innovation in Government.  The booklets were published by the Partnership for Public Service. If you’ve got ten minutes to flip through them, you should check them both out. Let me know what you think. [Thanks to Rosalie for sending me Innovation

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