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Seth's Blog: The sad irony of selfishness

More often than not, the selfish person is insecure, fearful and filled with doubt. The selfishness springs from his belief that this is his only good idea, his last dollar, his one and only chance to avoid failure.
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Are You in the Conversation Business?

The real importance of this networking and business relationship development is the conversation and dialogue. Connecting.
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Decide on the “Why,” Not the “What”

If you have kids, you know that they all pass through the “Why Phase,” where they keep asking “Why?
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10 Things Bosses Never Tell Employees

10 Things Bosses Never Tell Employees | Innovatus | Scoop.it

"Confessions you wish you could make to your team but can't."

 

A different perspective, straight from "the dark side" :)

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The Productivity Contradiction – Do We Really Want to be Highly Productive?

The Productivity Contradiction – Do We Really Want to be Highly Productive? | Innovatus | Scoop.it
I wish I could grow back down and be young and carefree again. Life was so simple when I was in elementary school. I had no concern for time. Time was forever. There was always more time or enough time.
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IQ? Nahhh..we need EQ!

There's a book about emotional intelligence on a shelf of mine for years now.

I know I have to dig into the subject. I like the subject. So why don't I read the damned book?

I read a bit and it was booooorrrriiiinggg!!!

 

And you know what? My understanding of emotional intellingence, how to deal with it and why is pretty much very well summarized in this blog post from a friend of mine.

 

PS-> People should write simple stuff easily understandable (unles they are writing a dissertation thesis... and even so I have my doubts on how complex should the speach be)

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Avoid the Con of Quick and Easy Lean

Lean is a strategic initiative that requires at least three to five years for any organization of size. It is a lifestyle change, not a diet.

Via Philippe Vallat
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Who the Hell are You? 10 Ways to Step out from Behind the Mask

Who the Hell are You? 10 Ways to Step out from Behind the Mask | Innovatus | Scoop.it
Who the hell are you? Are you for real? That’s the message I got when I had forgotten my twitter password for the umpteenth time. And it got me thinking (something I have been known to do on occasions).
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The Brainstorming Process Is B***Sh**. But Can We Rework It?

The Brainstorming Process Is B***Sh**. But Can We Rework It? | Innovatus | Scoop.it
Two recent articles by Jonah Lehrer and Susan Cain argue that brainstorming doesn't make people more creative. So how might we remake the brainstorming process, given what science tells us?

Via Edouard Siekierski, nicolas enderle
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On insecurity and writing

"A good friend mentioned he'd write more often if he dealt with his insecurities about writing.

I look at this differently." by @berkun

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You will be disappointed

"Sooner or later, you'll ask for something or read something or expect something and you won't like what you get. You'll feel like I wasted your time, wasted your money or didn't meet your expectations." via @thisissethsblog

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The Value of Confusion

Are you confused about how to proceed with your hottest new idea or project? If so, take heart! Confusion is not always a bad thing. In fact, it's often a necessary part of the creative process.
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The Music of Innovation (and vice versa)

How is innovation dissimilar from music/ Innovation has its composers, students and influencers?
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How to Handle A Credit-Stealing Co-Worker

When it comes to writing a blog, one of the unfortunate realities you have to deal with is addressing online plagiarism (for those who aren't familiar,...
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How to be Intentionally Happy

How to be Intentionally Happy | Innovatus | Scoop.it
What makes you happy?
Money? The newest iPhone? The good health of your family? A promotion at work?
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5 Things to Give Instead of Money

5 Things to Give Instead of Money | Innovatus | Scoop.it
For many of us, money is tight at the moment. Perhaps you’ve got a friend in need of support, or you want to contribute to charity … but you just don’t have any cash to spare.
Thankfully, money isn’t the only thing that you can give.
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Power to the People

I don't know whether I should laugh or cry.

 

Honestly, it is getting difficult. After yesterday's "Scrum but" episode, this friend of mine came to me telling that the manager actually asked for an official written definition of this new approach. He was then told that whatever is not scrum should be considered "Scrum but". But he insisted.

And so he was told: there is nothing in written, there is no such thing. If you want to do scrum, start by knowing what it is and read the scrum guide, it is made of 17 wonderful pages.

 

At this point my mouth is still open wide in shock, but then again I believe a new business opportunity has been found.

 

And today there was still more. The third episode I've been told after lunch, involved getting an organigram where these wonderful roles for the scrum-but approach have been defined. And my friend has full empowerment to make whatever changes are found necessary. Given that the manager keeps his definition. Which means: "don't change anything because I won't consider it, but please, feel at ease and provide your suggestions and improvements".

 

I like this man's definition of empowerment. Setup things for people, establish them as rules and then stay on top breathing on their necks controlling. Quite an interesting way of doing it. #irony

 

(oh, and I've been told that after hearing such an ironic sentence he still said he never de-authorized anyone, he just wants to be present at all times)

 

What can I say? (my mouth will stay open wide in shock for quite a while)

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Scrum But

I am still overwhelmed at the way people get addicted to evolve only along a continuous line. They think about stability and don't realize how unstable it is.

 

Someone I know got invited to become a product owner. This is nice, right? Well... I would say it depends. This person then tried to figure out what is a product owner in the mind of those requiring for such a job to be done.

And then the puzzling part came. Looked like they needed a scrum master. And then it looked like the job required a team leader. And somewhere in the middle it looked like the department needed a project manager.

Well... to keep a long story short, that company needed someone to be a team leader with a broadened view of the involved business, who was also able to do project management.

Why? Because the actual team leader is still too operational and the project manager is not as agile as he could be. Because they don't know better. Nor have the necessary space or opportunity to learn.  And... in my modest opinion: because their own manager does not have what is necessary to take the decision he should: do a real mindset change and get a product owner to do his job and a technical team leader to do his job and a scrum master to do his job. Instead of making the usual salad mix of people's tasks, roles and scopes of responsibility.

 

Now we could argue on whether this person lacks the knowledge, mindset, the courage or the actual ability to do such a transformation due to some other higher management pressures.

 

I'll leave it to your imagination. What happens is: these people keep "evolving" along a straight continuous line.

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Practical Agility: Pragmatic Agile - Be Principled!

Practical Agility: Pragmatic Agile - Be Principled! | Innovatus | Scoop.it
Practical Agility - Pragmatic #Agile - Be Principled!

Via Charalampos Arapidis
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The Last IRRESPONSIBLE Moment

This morning I asked my partner what they were doing today.

"I'm taking my son to get new school shoes but it clashes with something else. It will be a pain"


Via AM
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The difference between Black Swans, Flying Green Monkeys, and Unicorns

[Flying Green Monkeys ... - Black Swans - ... Unicorns]

Where are you in this interval when it comes to evaluating the events in your life?

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Prepared to fail

"We're hoping to succeed; we're okay with failure. We just don't want to land in between." --David Chang He's serious. Lots of people say this, but few are willing to put themselves at risk, which destroys the likelihood of success..." voa @thisissethsblog

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