The Importance of Unlearning

Much has been written about the power of lifelong learning. Most successful professionals know how important it is to continually “sharpen the saw,”1 or stay current in knowledge, skills, and abilities to effectively perform and deliver results. If you look at great leaders, they are typically infinite learners. However, if you take a closer look, you might see […]

Are You Taking Notice in 2019?

For the last several years, the trend of selecting a “word for the year” has been rising in popularity. Some examples of these words include “Limitless”, “Intentional”, “Create”, and “Forward”. The idea is that your word of choice clarifies your intent, intensifies your focus, and serves as a catalyst for action.   For 2019 I […]

Succeeding with New Year’s Resolutions and Goals

Right before the new year, a friend of mine posted a note on Facebook that New Year’s resolutions actually start the first Tuesday after the first Monday of the new year. It occurred to me that taking this approach might actually extend some resolutions into the year longer than they might last otherwise! In fact, […]

Understanding the Personal Impact of The Ladder of Inference

In our last blog post, we explored the Ladder of Inference and its impact at the organizational level. What we didn’t explore was how it impacts all of us in one-on-one situations. Consider this: In a recent workshop exercise, we asked participants to interview one another in pairs. In this case, the interviewers were only allowed […]

Understanding the Organizational Impact of The Ladder of Inference

The Ladder of Inference is a mental model for communication – ours and others – and whether we are conscious of it or not, it impacts the way we interact every day.  The concept of the Ladder of Inference was originally developed by Chris Argyris and is explored in The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook by Peter Senge. The basic […]

What is Your “Job 1”?

In early 2016 one of my favorite clients asked me to watch A Faster Horse to pull out some key thoughts for a meeting. A Faster Horse is a documentary about the making of the 2015 Ford Mustang. The film shares the entire journey from design to production.   I am not a car person so, honestly, I wasn’t really expecting […]