Posts Tagged ‘ expectations ’

Developing Skills & Making Changes

Organizations invest significant resources in training. Evaluating and assessing the impact of that investment is of more than theoretical importance. Part of assessing impact involves considering whether participants are able to successfully take on board and apply the principles being taught. Of far greater importance is whether or not they feel that they are allowed to.



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.



Team Building – Not Separate, Not Different, Not Optional

Many, many sins have been committed in the name of “team building.” All too often we associate team building exercises with awkward, superficial and embarrassing interactions. And much of what is done simply doesn’t work. Team building is often irrelevant, but building the team is critical.



The Unbearable Madness of Being: A Conclusion

I started this series as an exploration into why so many of us—theoretically well intentioned and intelligent professionals that we are—seem to manage to maintain a state of being overwhelmed most of the time. As I close out, the inescapable conclusion is the one I suggested at the outset: that, for the most part, this…
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The Unbearable Madness of Being: Technological Transformation

In the first column of this series, I identify a number of key reasons underlying our current state of overwhelmed busy-ness. First among these is the incredible tidal wave of technological transformation that has occurred in just a few short years.



Stimulating Creativity

Every so often, our collective unconscious seems to get oddly aligned on a particular topic, without there being any particularly evident indication of why this should be the case. As an example, in the last few weeks I have managed to come across several unrelated—and at times contradictory—articles, exploring the intersection of caffeine, coffee shops…
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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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Accepting The Fear

I speak. In fact, I speak fairly regularly. I’ve been speaking for nearly 20 years now, and I like to think I’m reasonably good at it. At least once a month, and quite often more, I find myself in front of an audience who wants to know what I have to say.



The Irrational Hold Of Labour Day

It is fascinating the power that seasons have over us. For all of our attempts to defy nature, and to regulate our existence into a monochrome sameness for the sake of efficiency and productivity, it really doesn’t work. The seasons unfold, and they hold an extraordinary power over us in the process.



Entrepreneurism & Evolution: A Personal Perspective

Entrepreneurs have an interesting and fundamental challenge, which is to grow the company beyond themselves. At the outset, the entrepreneur is everything: product developer, salesperson, marketer, consultant, accountant, office cleaner and more. The challenge is when they seek to grow beyond that stage.