Posts Tagged ‘ agency ’

Tyranny Of Rules Or Freedom To Choose?

Rules define how we approach virtually all aspects of life, not least of which is how we function in our organizations. There are the written rules, and the unwritten ones. Both shape our behaviour, and they interact with one another in fascinating and sometimes unpredictable ways. The larger question is how we interact with the rules around us—and whether or not it is safe, appropriate or advisable to do so. That depends a lot on the organization around us, how it functions and how we perceive our role within it.



Principles Matter

Some of our hardest questions are hard simply because the situation is complex and the possible outcomes are fuzzy and abstract. Knowing how to make a good decision, and how to sustain one, is hard. But it doesn’t have to be. There is a way to be able to sort through the fuzziness and get to the heart of what matters.



We Should Stop Using Should

Constructive criticism very often isn’t constructive. We also tend not to receive it well, even when it’s well-meaning—and sometimes even when we ask for it. Part of the problem is with our use of the word “should.” It is a word of judgement, criticism and deflection We probably shouldn’t use it quite as frequently as we do.



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.



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.



Motive and Opportunity

Trust is a big thing. A strongly related concept is motive. Our motives shape our intentions, and our perceived actions lead to some pretty significant conclusions about our motives. Getting to the heart of what we are doing, why we are doing it and what we might want to do differently is pretty essential.



Done vs. Done Well

How we think about work is perceptual. How we approach it is critical. We can just do the work, or we can invest the effort to do it well. Why I think that’s important.



Making a Difference In a Time Like This

We live in difficult economic times. Organizations face uncertainty, fear and the threat of lay-offs. As a result, morale goes off a cliff and people go out the door. What are the strategies for succeeding in this environment?



When Purpose Just Means “Get This Done”

Purpose can be about larger meaning. But it can also just be focussed on getting something done. What is key is our ability to define why we are doing something, to care about doing it and to be committed to moving forward and getting it done.



Finding Purpose In The Salt Mines

Purpose is all well and good. But what happens when you work in a mind-numbing and soul-destroying bureaucracy? We need to broaden how we think about purpose, and where we seek to find it. Looking for ways to do our job well—and make it interesting—doesn’t hurt, either.



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