In need of more Velcro

Reading for me is like applying large strips of Velcro to my brain.  With each new thing I read, whether a business book, novel or local newspaper, I now have new information that other information can stick to.  This new information always seems to help me find the patterns I need to drive the changes …

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Follow your passion

When you’re leading a team, find your passion within the team’s project or goals and make the team’s work essential to you in some way. Maybe the team’s goal (e.g., expanding housing for the homeless) is your motivation. Maybe you’re indifferent to the goal (e.g., reducing the number of file cabinets in the department storeroom), …

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Create a bigger [ box ]

Years ago I fled my cubicle.  The work that was in the cubicle was never enough for me.  I wanted to work on the things that were about the work before it got to me or about the work after it left, be that Theory of Constraints for work queuing or manuals for standardizing processes.  …

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Keep up the great work

Seth Godin wrote today of Low Esteem and the Factory, of how many companies are still looking for employees they can categorize, command and dominate.  He writes: If you want to raise your game and build an organization filled with people who will change everything, the first thing to look for is someone who hasn’t …

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Link Fuel

Regularly I recharge my change driving batteries by sampling the delightful links my friends send me. As I prepared for the long holiday weekend–Happy 4th of July by the way!–I thought, “Why not offer up some link fuel for my Engine for Change friends?”  Enjoy! Charles Green reveals the silly secrets of strategy in You …

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When did we decide that?

Seth Godin’s post “Seized of the matter,” referring to how the U.N. Security Council has a method to seize and hold issues that they refuse then to allow the full body to debate, got me thinking about a few of my pet peeve statements that can slow down or stop change. 1. “When did we …

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