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Writing my book has been the proverbial journey, in every aspect. One of the biggest learnings I encountered along the way was how different an arts education is from other majors. I was surprised at the amount of people who lost patience and became testy as I offered up the many, imperfect versions that resulted from the creative process. Seemingly, they had not experienced or been taught that iteration is as basic principle of creation.

In our instant world, the process of ‘try, try again’ is seemingly looked at as failure. What, you didn’t get I perfect the first time?! There is no such thing as first time perfect, or perfection for that matter. There is, however, the continued striving and advance toward excellence. Or at least there used to be. In our hyper-critical society, striving for excellence is starting to be characterized as failure. Continue reading

Good News: May 14, 2013

Social Change jpegOkay – so I’m a day late. Good News Monday turned into Good News Tuesday. Unfortunately, it’s really hard to find Good new about work. This doesn’t fit the box exactly, but it is about what we are doing here. We are trying to create a social movement, well maybe not that lofty, to improve work and life, one person at a time.

I’m not the only one disappointed in the outcomes of the last decades. The discourse is getting numerous and louder. Here is an example – Bill Moyers, again leading the way, with an interview this week with Marshall Ganz on “Making Social Movements Matter.”


I repeat part of a quote from Bill Moyers.com. “…work that movements do requires risk-taking, uncertainty, going up against the odds. And that takes a lot of hope,” Ganz tells Bill.” Let’s hope.


Disruptive Events: Part 3 of 3

D is for DisruptionDISRUPTION

What if you knew how to respond to a work crisis,
no matter how small or big?


Moving forward … ok, easier said then done. Here are ideas to help. In Part 1, I talked about the three steps of acknowledgement around disruptive events. In summary, we need to acknowledgement that:

  1. A disruptive event(s) has happened
  2. Change has already occurred; things will never be the same
  3. The disruptive change event has residual energy that can be harnessed, tapped into, for good outcomes

Let’s look at these three in more depth. Continue reading

Disruptive Events: Part 2 of 3

D is for DisruptionDISRUPTION
What if you knew how to respond to a work crisis,
no matter how small or big?

In my upcoming book, Do Work DIFFERENT, I have a story about a high-tech company who went through another set of disruptive events – the dot.com bust and 9-11. The story illustrates how most businesses, collectively as groups and individually as the people in them, fail to connect the dots between internal and external events and their resultant combined effect on the work we produce. How in doing so, the disruptive events not only interrupt our short-term, everyday work momentum, they push us backward. Those who see the connection, acknowledge its effects and take immediate, proactive steps to recover are able to move on. Those who deny the influence of the events take longer to return to normal, and sometimes never recover. Continue reading

Disruptive Events: Part 1 of 3

D is for DisruptionDISRUPTION
What if you knew how to respond to a work crisis,
no matter how small or big?

I didn’t sleep well the other night. Tossing and turning, I was wide awake more than once, my list of concerns looping in my head. Big on the list was the worry that I wouldn’t get up in time for the contractor coming bright and early that morning to remodel my master bathroom. There had been the inevitable start delays and as a result, the project wound up occurring on the heels of, instead of simultaneous with, termite repairs and exterior painting. I had just put the plants and patio furniture back in place the day before.

Add to this, the microwave and the printer, or rather the printer that replaced a month ago the previous printer that stopped working, broke. The time and frustration involved in replacing these is a story for another day, but all added to the not-going-well list. As I dragged myself out of bed on a rainy, fall day, I wondered why I wasn’t happy to be starting the bathroom project I had wanted to do for a long time. Reviewing all of this I realized – I was disruption weary. And the list of disruptive events was still growing. Continue reading