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    Phyllis Turner-Brim, Peyina Lin-Roberts, Jeanne Yu, Joe Anderson, Molly Huber I wrote a chapter in my book on Cultivating Attention about Connectedness (more on that here). At a couple of recent meetups I was reminded of how complicated and multi-layered the experience of connectedness within[...]

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    New &quote;Cultivating Attention&quote; book now available

    My book Cultivating Attention is now available on Amazon as a paperback or Kindle book. Here is my first shipment of author copies, which arrived today:

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    This post is excerpted from the Connectedness chapter of Cultivating Attention: the Paradoxical Secret of Team Success. Agile software development includes a wide range of practices. The common characteristic of these practices is an incremental and iterative approach: do the work rapidly and [...]

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    Heaven and hell are not far apart

    The last few weeks have been mostly consumed with getting my forthcoming book finished. It has been a rich and exhilarating time--an experience I won't soon forget. Along the way there have been heavenly experiences ("This book is actually going to happen! It's actually pretty good! This is a [...]

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    This past Monday was the first day in many weeks that I didn't posted a snippet of content from the book I'm working on (working title: Cultivating Team Alignment). That's mostly because I'm moving into high gear to get the book out the door by the end of the year. I'll post some updates on my [...]

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    4 reasons MacGyver will never die

    The 1980s TV character Angus “Mac” MacGyver is a secret agent with a unique ability to improvise solutions on the spot with odd combinations of found objects. A characteristic MacGyver solution: “Alright MacGyver, think. Rope…a smoke alarm…sheets of plywood…yeah. It just might work.” [...]

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    Why team personality assessments aren't quite enough

    Psychological frameworks are a fascinating feast. There’s a huge number of items on the menu, including contemporary psychometrically validated tests like DISC, widely used profiling tools like Meyers-Briggs and the Enneagram, practical workplace-oriented assessments like StrengthsFinder, and [...]

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    Master the planning fallacy in 3 simple steps

    If you have an intention to work with cognitive bias, there is no more powerful or beneficial place to direct your attention than the planning fallacy. Anyone who’s been within a stone’s throw of project management knows about this one. First defined by Daniel Kahneman and Amos Twersky in 1979, [...]

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    4 ways to build trust on your team

    “I’m sorry, but I just don’t trust you,” said Pat to Chris skeptically. Within this black cloud of a sentence—sure to drop plenty of rain on any relationship—there is a very faint silver lining: the fact that Pat is willing to say it out loud to Chris. More typically, a lack of trust [...]

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    6 ways to overcome mind-numbing meetings

    “We have too many meetings!” It’s a common enough cry, but what lies underneath it is, “We have too many boring/ineffective/time-wasting meetings!” Whether or not you can make meetings less frequent, what can you do to make the meetings you have more meaningful? The practice of stable [...]

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