Our guest columnist this week is Janet Ply, PhD. Janet earned her PhD from George Mason University in information technology. She is a recognized authority in helping organizations manage complex, high level, high stakes change. She is author of “Luck Is Not a Strategy: An Executive
I’ll be honest with you. This is the craziest, most conflicted, divisive, alarming era I have experienced: A brutal pandemic that keeps pulling us back into its orb…even when we think we’ve gotten past it Repeated seismic shocks to the economy Rampant wildfires in part
The Tough Challenge of Being a MentorYouTube-type skills can be challenging—learning life and career skills can seem impossible—that’s what mentoring is all about. YouTube amazes me. In a matter of seconds you can learn to cook African food, learn to install a garbage disposal, or build
Alignment – Your Essential Guide to Avoid Train Wrecks in Business and LifeA freight train is a hurtling 20,000 ton, 2 mile long, 200 freight car mass of rolling steel moving on a narrow 4’8.5 inch wide track supported by an infinite number of rustically cut wooden
Winston Churchill saved his nation because he spoke up. Joan of Arc was burned at the stake because she did. People at home or in organizations are applauded, punished or purged every day for what they say—and what they don’t say. There is no doubt
Managing your emotions skillfully is as difficult as a mountain climber rappelling from a vertical ledge. I have to tell you that I don’t have a great reaction pattern to the parade of negative things that happen every day. Mostly I overreact to issues that are
Story-telling appears to be baked into the DNA of humanity. From oral traditions dating back thousands of years to the origin stories of most religious traditions to the child’s simple request: Tell me a story. And we love to hear those stories over and over.
What can you do when you have to get people or groups to collaborate, when neither bullets, bombs or bluster can get them to move a nano-step? In my work with leaders of organizations—where millions of dollars are on the line—I’ve found three simple magic