Why problems don’t go away

Why don’t problems go away? One simple reason. You don’t do anything. You don’t take action. You just complain about it. “I can’t believe we’ve had that old lawn mower sitting in the garage all these years.” “Why is that lawn mower is still sitting in the garage?” “That lawn mower doesn’t work.” “Ouch! I just tripped over that stupid …

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Beware of piranha minnows!

You know what piranha minnows are. They’re those little unfinished tasks that nibble voraciously at your time and energy. They swim through your dreams, clog up your concentration, and chomp on your sense of achievement. As if that weren’t enough, they’ll even chow down on your feelings of self-worth. No matter how many times you repeat the old saying, “Don’t sweat the small …

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Stop doing that!

You don’t need to do all the things you’re doing. A recent Harvard Business Review article cites the results of a survey conducted with executives, asking them to estimate the cost to their organization, in dollars per day, of wasted time due to what they called “people issues.” The average dollar amounts ranged from a low of about $4,200 to a …

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Desire isn’t enough: the three essentials for organizational change

There’s an old joke that goes, How many therapists does it take to change a lightbulb? Answer: One, but the lightbulb has to want to change. And it’s true that change of any sort – personal or organizational – starts with desire. But that’s not enough, as anyone who’s watched New Year’s resolutions fall by the wayside, or corporate change initiatives …

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The perils of “how”

Everyone does it. (No, not that. Let’s have a little decorum here, please.) In over 25 years in corporate America, working on  systems analysis, business analysis, and system design, I never saw anyone not do it. And in all my years of self-employment since, I continue to see people doing it. Clients, colleagues, friends … and even myself, every now and then, …

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A Cure for Process Blindness

This post originally appeared in my newsletter. In my last article, “Do You Experience Process Blindness?”, I described how process vision – the ability to step back from what you’re doing to observe how it’s working – is a powerful tool that enables greater ease and flow in your work, and can even help you become more profitable – with …

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Do You Experience Process Blindness?

This post originally appeared in my newsletter. I was having dinner with a friend who’s also a small business owner. One of her business partners had recently chosen to leave their company.  My friend commented that in taking over this person’s responsibilities, she was astonished at how many process improvements she’d found herself making – process improvements that seemed incredibly …

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The Power of Gradual

This post originally appeared in my newsletter. If you’re like most people, you want change and progress to be big, obvious, and fast. Yet real, lasting change and progress is seldom big, or obvious – and it’s almost never fast. It’s gradual.  Incremental. Waves take years to shape jagged, broken bits into the beautiful, rounded forms of beach glass.  And …

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Taming the Email Monster

This post originally appeared in my newsletter. I’ll bet you either groaned, chuckled, or both when you saw the title of this article. Whatever your job or role in life may be, you’ve almost certainly got an email monster.  It may be large or small, it may be overwhelming or just annoying, but we’ve all got email monsters of our …

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