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Unconscious Competence

When developing new habits, it is helpful to understand the four distinct phases of the learning process.  Most of us, at any given time, can be said to be “unconsciously incompetent” about a number of skills.  These are skills we are not even aware we are performing in a suboptimal way.  Hence, this is a…

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That's Cute

Back in 1975, an engineer at Kodak invented the world’s first digital camera. When this engineer, Steve Sasson, went to his management to present his new idea, the response he received was “that’s cute”. While that response ultimately led to the demise of Kodak, we shouldn’t be surprised with the reaction by the company’s management…

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On the Shoulders of Giants

There is a saying that our greatest achievements often are attained by standing on the shoulders of giants. It is often hard to know who deserves the credit when each of us is surrounded by ideas that have circulated for centuries. In How to Fly a Horse: The Secret History of Creation, Invention and Discovery,…

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Change and Innovation

I was recently interviewed for the 2018 Change and Innovation Online Summit! The Summit goes live on May 21. As a featured guest, I’m able to share FREE passes to the Summit. Check at the end of this article on how to acquire your pass. In my interview, I talk about some of the steps…

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The 7 Fires of the Day

How many of us spend too much time, day in and day out, attending to the “7 fires of the day”? Many of my clients bemoan the fact that the big projects never seem to get the attention they require for meaningful accomplishment. Other newsletters and time-management gurus offer tons of advice, including: Don’t start…

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