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The Illusion of Control

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Letting go of control is not easy: all too often it feels unnatural or premature. When our own reputation or job is on the line, it is even harder to not attempt to control every detail and every person. The more control we attempt, the less effective it is; paradoxically, though, this only convinces us […]

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Why Do They Keep Doing That?

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What is the half-life of a New Year’s Resolution? Apparently not very long. The new year is still young and already I’m hearing managers complaining about how none of the promised, worked-for, much talked about changes are occurring. After a brief flurry of action, everything pretty much fell back to status quo. It’s not that […]

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Put The Candle Back

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The experience of changing something in one part of the business causing an apparently unpredictable reaction in another part of the business is, sadly, far too common. How information moves through the system varies according to the roles people play, the way communication is handled, and the unwritten, implicit assumptions that people make.

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When The Fat Tuesday Sings

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In a business, the tendency is to apply expert opinion and previous experience to many situations. A break in similarity, however, is a clue that something major may have changed. It is a clue that the previous situation and, therefore, opinions and judgments based on that previous situation, may not apply. When that happens, it’s […]

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