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  • Failure

    Failure

    Failure means you’re trying. Maybe it didn’t work out; maybe it won’t work out. Good faith and effort was or will be there. You’ll inevitably learn something along the way.

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  • The Employee

    The Employee

    Employees aren’t resources. They’re precious resources, and that’s why employees are the company.

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  • Systems vs. Teams

    Systems vs. Teams

    Systems are strategic entities. People can operate within them for the purpose of facilitating processes and procedures. More fundamentally, people cooperate in teams. It’s when we errantly swap the two that we sacrifice the viability of strategy, and the humanity of those who make organizations go.

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  • Just Be Nice: A Lesson In Path Dependency

    Just Be Nice: A Lesson In Path Dependency

    In the way I’ve thought about them here, path dependencies make for interesting diagnostic and prescriptive tools. They may also describe scenarios in which culture is either/both a strength or a weakness that must be acknowledged. Operationally, perceiving strategy through the lens of path dependency may result is some creative, cost-effective, and efficient solutions to hard problems.

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  • Why I Journal About Work

    Why I Journal About Work

    Of course, not everyone likes in-depth analysis; however, what affects one at work has personal meaning to that individual. My work journal became more than a daily review. It was something altogether different, something more.

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  • Making Sense of Organizational Culture

    Making Sense of Organizational Culture

    Through a top-level understanding of organizational culture we can discover new ways to make sense of the workplace.

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  • Mentorship Mastery

    Mentorship Mastery

    Mentorship is an important development method both for the mentee and the mentor. Desired results are growth, path development and high performance. For me, there’s a gratification in sharing alongside an urgency to develop myself to meet need.

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  • Get To Know The Employee Life Cycle

    Get To Know The Employee Life Cycle

    The employee life cycle overlaps with workforce planning strategy—from recruitment to departure; yes, through until the employee leaves—and plays a crucial part of the promise and potential of an organization’s design – and by derivation its people.

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  • Organization Design Is Affected By Employees Occupying That Very Design

    Organization Design Is Affected By Employees Occupying That Very Design

    It may logically be said that organization design comes down to a compilation of people, not simply roles.

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  • Organization Design Matters

    Organization Design Matters

    When working dynamics seem off, we tend to appreciate them in a conjectural manner. I love how Brian J. Robertson puts it: “The human capacity to sense dissonance in the present moment and see the potential for change…” [1] Typically, we identify activities or performance for deficiency, because those are the effects over which someone must have control, right?! (Sadly, we’ll even point the finger.)

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  • Self-Leadership: Managing Energy In Yourself, First

    Self-Leadership: Managing Energy In Yourself, First

    My personal blog is about making sense of the workplace and improving others’ careers. Effectively, I set out to highlight self-leadership.

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  • Scaling-Up Personal Ambition

    Scaling-Up Personal Ambition

    We think of our purpose as a target to shoot for. That’s only half right. In fact purpose is BOTH the projectile and target, together. For individuals, purpose starts with personal ambition. The way to see purpose through to one’s goal, one can scale-up. Let’s explore what all of this means.

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  • Is An MBA Worth It?

    Is An MBA Worth It?

    Answer: An MBA is worth it if you never leave the program, figuratively speaking.

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