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First, Do No Harm

We shape our own existence, and we define our own experience. While that might not be a popular sentiment, it’s no less real nor true. The biggest challenge is that we are often fundamentally aware of the underlying beliefs that create our experience. If we want to make a difference in the world, we may first need to make a difference in ourselves.

Cognitively Curious

When most of us think about artificial intelligence or machine learning, it’s in the context of computers taking over. There’s a very different view, that puts us in the driver’s seat. Insights from the bleeding edge of cognitive computing.

Next Webinar – Exercising Agency: A Practical Guide

In previous webinars, I’ve presented the results of my research that led to the publication of the book, “Exercising Agency.” In this webinar, we go beyond what the research said, to what it actually means. Mark Mullaly distils the essence of the findings into a concrete and practical, “So what?” Being an agent of change…
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Constructive Feedback & Choosing To Be Better

Feedback and criticism are generally seen as negative. We don’t like it, we get defensive and we very often resist it. That deflection is often our brains looking for the easy way out. And it’s arguably keeping us from doing our best work.

Simple Is Hard. It Is Also Essential.

How we deal with complex problems is challenging. Our minds evolved to take shortcuts and make things easy. There is a lot of danger in doing so when we confront truly difficult situations. We need to find simple—but not simplistic—ways of communicating complex and complicated relationships and information.

Next Webinar: Strategies for Increasing Your Success as a Project Manager: Find the REAL Root Cause of Your Problems

Project managers are at the core or heart of change within an organization. Their job is to implement their projects successfully for the business; the role includes the removal of roadblocks that impede a project’s progress. In my experience, over 50% of the time the root cause of problems with project delivery is the lack…
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Either You Can Or You Can’t

There is a lot written about getting work done. And a lot more about procrastination. When it comes to results, though, our ability to be successful depends largely on our perception of the situation.

Focus & Follow-Through

Know what you want. And go do it. These are the essential elements of success. There’s a very careful balance to walk here between doing for the sake of doing, and taking action because it will move us forward. And there is a simple test to know which is which.

Dreams & Reality

“Why are we doing that?” It sounds like a simple question. It often has a very complex answer. Getting to the essence of why is important for project success, but how we usually think about projects often gets in the way. Reframing the questions to get the answers that we need.

Process Can’t Compensate For Culture

Process is appealing. It provides structure and guidance and rules and boundaries. The challenge is that organizations are messy and complex. Projects are difficult. They require work and adaptation. You can’t just take process from one place, apply it to another, and expect it to work properly. You need to do something else.