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Welcome to: A Pot of Gold

It’s pretty clear that today’s is a rapidly changing (and quite challenging) world of work.  The question I would like to explore is, what does it mean for you as a  leader and participant, or as someone who influences others in those roles? I believe that the changes going on are occurring at a deeper […]
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Voters: Bring your Best Self to the Polls

“People’s memories are so short that what has them down today could be forgotten by next week if the court or whatever else becomes the issue,” Tom Ingram, political strategist. 2020 We may not want to admit it, but our elected leaders are a reflection of us.  And, at this moment, our national leaders are […]
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Upgrade Yourself As a Learner: Reason #4 (of 5) Help Others Learn

One of the defining features of our species is our ability to codify and pass information on to the next generations. We are all teachers as well as learners.  The social aspect of learning is part of our genetic makeup. Researchers recently noticed that a two week old baby recognizes body language indicating that an […]
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Upgrade Yourself As a Learner: Reason #3 (of 5) Co-Evolve With Technology

Beware. Under your radar, technology is changing work and life much faster than you think. Machines and software are becoming exponentially more intelligent and influential (even manipulative).  As they get smarter, they do more than make information more accessible, or manufacture tangible things, or do what used to be manual, dangerous, or analytical tasks faster […]
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Out of Disruption, Personal Transformation 5 Steps for Breaking Through

2020’s health and leadership crises are accelerating the inevitable. Whatever your job is today, it will change. It may even go away. You can count on your work, career, and life taking  different shapes than you’ve planned..  As Thomas Paine wrote in 1776 during another time of crisis, “These are the times that try men’s […]
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Your Role in FAKE News

What do YOU, the user, do about fake news? About manipulated and made up information, even slightly biased information, wherever it comes from?! This is a critical question to answer today. Our democracy is under attack and virus fears are weakening our defenses. Meanwhile, renegade propaganda is on the loose and exponentially spreading in social media […]
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Why Processes Don’t Work

NUGGET: Processes can add immense value for the enterprise. But it still takes people to make them work.  It matters how you implement and sustain them After many years working with people across industries, countries, and levels I’ve come to what may seem like a blindingly obvious conclusion: people resist processes:  step-by-step procedures, checklists, guidelines, […]
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Improving your change Management Success Rate: An Insight from Research

NUGGET: People’s belief in (and your telling them) the value of a change does NOT guarantee that a change will be implemented – in fact, it may make the change harder to implement! Don’t just sell a change, make sure the people affected help customize it for your organization and environment. It’s a pretty widely […]
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More About the Shadow At Work : Distortions in Power Relationships

NUGGET: See over-reaction as a sign that your shadow is trying to take over. We know what we should do, but do we always do it?  For example, “I should pick up my own trash, wear a mask, prepare for the meeting.  But I have a problem with authority in general.  This problem may originate […]
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If You Want Water to Boil, Turn up the Heat! Pat McLagan

NUGGET:  Make sure your investment in change is robust enough to achieve your change goal. In the last post, I talked about one of two major mistakes that condemn changes to the trash heap of failed projects:  failing to say NO to a proposed change that won’t add value.  The second mistake is both big […]