2021Q3 REVIEW: Planning

Sep 17, 2021
 

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Let’s reflect on the Leader’s Field Guides from 2021Q3. As we focus on “planning”, how does better forecasting impact our success and calm?


It’s time for a review! Reflect on 2021Q3 and consider what you’ve incorporated into your leadership and what needs more attention. Think about how each topic challenges you to reflect on your forecasting and scheduling over the last three months. What role are expectations and surprises...

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Moving Mountains

Sep 10, 2021
 

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What do you do after hoisting buildings and tunneling under water fails? You move a mountain. Find out why Chicago’s River flows backwards.


Recently, I had the fortune of co-leading a Team Optimization event in the Windy City. Perched above the buzz of downtown Chicago, I could see the characteristic teal blue of the Chicago River inviting me down to the Riverwalk. Before my meeting, I darted down to street level for (predictably) a no-foam soy latte and a side of...

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I Quit!

Aug 28, 2021
 

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The Great Resignation marks a massive exodus of workers seeking trust, significance, and engagement. Uncover the impact of the WFH movement.


The word resignation has a few meanings. The most common usage defines the act of retiring or giving up a position. Resignation also identifies the document conveying someone's intention of retiring. …And, resignation can describe the acceptance of something undesirable but inevitable. These days, employers are discovering...

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Don’t Get Trapped

Aug 20, 2021
 

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Discover how Star Trek’s Kobayashi Maru, a no-win training scenario, challenges us to reconsider dated decision trees and break the rules!


Star Trek’s Kobayashi Maru is a fictional training simulation known to be a no-win scenario. One Starfleet Academy cadet took the test three times before reprogramming the parameters and ultimately solving the unsolvable. We’ve all experienced the lose-lose dilemma. Sometimes, it is even of our own making, like an...

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Unseen Forces

Aug 13, 2021
 

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What do unprofessionalism and fluid dynamics have to do with 18 tugboats and a supermoon? One cargo ship, 6 days, and billions of dollars.


So, how did the Ever Given cargo ship go from the Suez Canal to a tourist attraction in The Netherlands? Well, it’s complicated! It all started with a 40 MPH wind, high-pressure decisions, poor communication, and fluid dynamics; it ended with 18 tugboats, one dredger, and a supermoon.1, 2 In 1869, the Suez Canal cut between...

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Scheduling Conflict

Aug 06, 2021
 

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What takes precedence over hurdling to the edge of space with 3 others making history? Let’s explore tips for resolving calendar conflicts.


When we buy tickets for an event, whether we are planning to attend a concert or take a plane flight, we are fairly committed to using the tickets-- especially if it is something we are eagerly anticipating. We feel even more obligated if we spend a lot of money. What would you do if you had a scheduling conflict after paying...

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Not as Planned

Jul 30, 2021
 

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What happens when you plan to compete at the Olympics and your teammate is disqualified? Get insights from a professional volleyball player.


My husband and I travel to Mexico for volleyball vacations. The week-long event includes tournaments of many types and clinics taught by professional beach volleyball players. We also take excursions and share meals with the pro’s. On several occasions, we’ve enjoyed tacos and conversation with the 6’7” Jake...

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World Wide Web Flashback

Jul 23, 2021
 

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Ever wonder how we got from computer coding to the first commercially successful Web browser? Marc Andreessen knows, here are his mistakes!


I’ve always loved computer technology. Strangely, my first exposure was in high school, and it was a complete disaster! I was composing a term paper the night before it was due-- I know, my first mistake (sorry, Mrs. Clump). Using the first laptop I’d ever seen, without knowing how my work was being saved, was my second....

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Anytime You Wish

Jul 16, 2021
 

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As leaders, we sometimes feel like we are “doing time”. What can a famous prison break teach us about getting caught and doing “good time”?


While visiting San Francisco, I heard something not everyone at my location heard. I was just over a mile from the mainland. My hair was frenzied by the same wind the seagulls seem to navigate with ease. The swift current and frigid water swirled around the island-- once a camping spot, lighthouse, military...

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Future Me has One Problem

Jul 09, 2021
 

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Unravel the tension between our current habits and our future interests by future proofing, addressing rebellion, and leveraging commitment.


Future Me is successful, inspiring, and joyful! Unfortunately, Future Me has one BIG problem-- Present Me! Behavioral scientist Katy Milkman explains the conflict between Future Me and Present Me in the Hidden Brain podcast, called You, But Better.  Future Me wants a big savings account and an active lifestyle for a...

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