Posts Tagged ‘ change ’

We Need A VP Of Chaos

How we think about change is stuck in the past. Judging by the way we organize, there are those who would like to keep it that way. We need to think differently about how we organize for change. And we need to change our organizations.



What’s The Point Of Planning?

Planning is supposed to be virtuous. Good for us. And yet, plans usually change. To-dos don’t get done. Life gets in the way. And our planning systems don’t keep up. So just what’s the point?



The Unbearable Madness Of Being: An Exploration

At a breakfast conversation this morning, talking about the challenges of managing in our current environment, one of my table-mates voiced the perspective that many of us share in our minds, but few of us have dared to articulate: “I feel like we are dealing with this massive, relentless pace of change. We’re moving past…
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For Want Of A Reader – A Personal Tragedy (Part 1)

I have spent an inordinate amount of my life figuring out how to organize significant parts of my life. Whether it is figuring out how to track and manage projects, maintain my calendar, manage my commitments or keep track of my writing, there has been an on-going and somewhat frustrating effort to get to a…
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Expectations And Reality

There are days and times when our expectations don’t line up with our reality. Often, we go into a situation with expectations of how it will turn out, and then—for whatever reason—what actually occurs fails to live up with how we imagined it. At the same time, there are occasions when our expectations are quite…
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Challenging Behaviours

“Safety is our number one priority.” This is a common refrain in many organizations, and it has particularly been an area of more recent emphasis in riskier environments: construction, working with heavy equipment, mining and oil & gas exploration. A recent article in Quartz highlights some interesting—and arguably unintended—results from a recent workplace effort to…
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Alternative Universes: A Personal Perspective

In an alternate universe, I will be getting on a plane tomorrow and flying to the west coast. There, I will be spending a lovely, relaxing week with my bride of many years, visiting friends, reading, drinking wine, eating awesome food and taking time to breathe. In other words, embracing and enjoying life.



For Want Of A Paper…

You don’t realize how comfortable and familiar that routines are until you try to change them. Take something as simple as the newspaper. For years, it has (mostly) reliably shown up on my doorstep, and I have pretty much made a point of reading it every day.



Leading Change & Lending Reputations

There was an extremely interesting article in this weekend’s Globe & Mail that highlights some important issues about how we evolve as a society. Ostensibly profiling the meteoric rise to awareness of the Stop Kony video, produced by Invisible Children, it raises some fundamental questions about how issues are addressed, explored and resolved in a society in which social media…
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Time Management Costs

I’ve consulted in project management for a long while now, and I’m acutely aware that project management has a cost. It has a value as well, but there is a premium that needs to be paid to manage work as a project. There is work that has nothing to do with producing the results of…
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