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Do Managers Overestimate their Impact?

Do Managers Overestimate their Impact?

Do Managers overestimate their impact? How often do you see someone proudly share their achievements, only to think that the work was completed by a team? It seems easy to bask in the reflected glory of group performance.  It is often expected, especially as ownership...
Should we take Everything Personally?

Should we take Everything Personally?

Should we take Everything Personally? There is lots going on in our lives.  Most of it outside of our control.  A lot of it doesn’t make much difference to us, some does. When it impacts us, it feels like our situation is taken outside of our control.  Being left in...
Asking Permission vs Forgiveness

Asking Permission vs Forgiveness

Asking Permission vs Forgiveness In considering and discussing vexing questions recently with fellow volunteers.  We were asking and seeking to understand the right thing to do.  Then trying make something work, an approach had to be considered. People who...
Premature Elaboration

Premature Elaboration

Premature Elaboration and a Potential Cure It is easy to talk too much, to make assumptions, to lack curiosity about those that we are speaking with. Often assuming that everyone is fascinated by what we want to say.  A Shakespearean monologue, a soliloquy, springs to...
Scarcity vs Abundance

Scarcity vs Abundance

Abundance vs Scarcity Seth Godin recently reminded me of a critical mindset, Abundance vs scarcity.   Scarcity The need to fit into to a new situation The pressure to conform To become a member of the team Feeling overwhelmed and failing Living in fear Not...
Criticism a Gift Wrapped in Sh!t

Criticism a Gift Wrapped in Sh!t

Criticism – A gift wrapped in Shit “Criticism” comes from the Greek word krino, which means “able to judge, value, interpret.” Can often be helpful, especially once we get past the angst.  Really though, it can be near on impossible to keep everyone happy, further it...