Values in action

February 2, 2014
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Our values reflect what is important to us. They are a shorthand way of describing our individual and collective motivations. Together with beliefs, they are the causal factors that drive our decision-making. ― Barrett Values Centre Thursday night after work I jumped in my Jeep, turned on Spotify and fired up Google Maps so that […]

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Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

December 28, 2013
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“Becoming is better than being.” ― Carol S. Dweck Whoa. It’s been a while since I last posted. I’ve been spending all my free time reading (yeah, right).  But since I do read quite a bit, I’m going to start posting book reviews here.  I promise to do it in a way that’s helpful to […]

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6 Dimensions of a Healthy IT Organization

September 7, 2013
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Across which dimensions do you evaluate the health of your IT organization? Common models include process and technology. Most models add the dimensions of people and strategy to process (or practice) and technology. Agile models also include change enablement. Soon, innovation management will become a standard part of these models as business partners expect more […]

PSA: You’re Terrible at Interviews (and I’m Glad).

August 21, 2013
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A vast majority of people are terrible at interviews.  For the life of me, I don’t know how it has gotten this bad.  I truly think this is how people think interviews work: 1) Somehow land an interview. 2) Go to interview. 3) Answer questions the best I can. 4) Cross fingers they liked me. […]

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Use the STAR method to capture performance feedback

July 30, 2013
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The STAR method is a framework for capturing feedback. It comes from the field of behavioral interviewing, of which the basic premise is this: the most accurate predictor of future performance is past performance in a similar situation. BBI focuses on experiences, behaviors, knowledge, skills and abilities that are job related. The STAR method can […]

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Stir-Fried Rigor

July 17, 2013
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All too often leaders confuse rigor with defined process. It’s understandable, and I believe healthy, for new teams to begin a project with an open mind when discussing and introducing new processes. This shouldn’t be at the expense of leaders coaching rigor in team members’ approaches. With that said, a question has been bubbling up […]

Blog Friction

July 9, 2013
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“It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.” - John Wooden I recently presented a larger version of our previous post, Blockers Versus Friction, to an organization of Agile enthusiasts in central Ohio (www.cohaa.org). At the end of the discussion, we spent time reflecting on how the idea of friction […]

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