Got Frustration? Watch this Leadership Nudge from David Marquet

Another great nudge from L David Marquet (@ldavidmarquet)! I work in a gargantuan IT organization where leaders continually beat the drum telling leaders to empower their people. Sadly, I would rate our level of frustration far north of 63%. How about your organization?

bh 05/24/2017

How to know if Kanban is right for your team?

Is Kanban Right for your team? Yep.

This is a nice post from the folks at Breath Agile.


You’ve got the best performers in your team, yet they falter. If this sound familiar to you, it is time to look at a different approach that can help

Source: How to know if Kanban is right for your team? | Breathe Agile

How Effective Leaders Listen

More great Leadership Nudges from David Marquet

If you’re not getting David’s (@ldavidmarquet) weekly Leadership Nudge, you really are missing some great info. This installment provides us a wonderful mnemonic to help us listen more effectively. (IMHO, this tip could/should be re-purposed and titled, “Hey Husbands! Here’s how you can become a better listener!)
Thanks for the great insights David! bh 2017/03/21

Representing data is the best way possible is art and science.

This is an interesting post by machine learning enthusiast Sachin Johglekar. Here’s a quote from the article.

Non-Mathematical Feature Engineering techniques for Data Science – Sachin Joglekar’s blog

Why do I say art/science? Because good Feature Engineering involves an elegant blend of domain knowledge, intuition, and basic mathematical abilities. Heck, the most effective data representation ‘hacks’ barely involve any mathematical computation at all! (As I will explain in a short while).

What do I mean by ‘best’? In essence, the way you present your data to your algorithm should denote the pertinent structures/properties of the underlying information in the most effective way possible. When you do feature engineering, you are essentially converting your data attributes into data features.

The article goes on to discuss ways that we present data. It’s thought provoking and definitely worth your time.

bh 2016-09-12

Communicating Change… ick

Change is hard, but communicating changes just stinks. This is a good piece about ways to communicate change using video. Have you used video to communicate change?
bh 8/15/2016


Three ways to use video to communicate change

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Use video to communicate change, connect with audiences, and create a unified change story

We get it. Change is hard.

According to research, one of the main reasons change efforts fail in business is the lack of effective communication. If there’s anything that employees and clients dislike more than uncertainty, it’s silence.

Video is the richest, most engaging communication medium. It’s the opposite of silence. So when inevitable changes occur, video can help you cut through the perceived silence with powerful, nuanced communication.

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Here are three ways you can leverage video to communicate change.

1. Live broadcasts 

Deliver short live interviews with employees or clients – use these events to address changes and the impact of new regulations, merger and acquisitions, staff changes, etc.

For example, there is a lot of uncertainty regarding post-Brexit vote outcomes in the UK and EU. Legal services and financial firms – and others – are leveraging video to reach their customers promptly to help them navigate Brexit. Live streaming video is a great way to interact with your employees and customers in real time. It keeps your organization agile and helps you reach targeted audiences across regions.

Make it personal  video brings the human side of the organization into change initiatives.

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The Danger of Comparison (from Launchpoint)

My daughter has a reminder from Theodore Roosevelt posted on her refrigerator:

Comparison is the thief of joy.

As I look back on my life, my unhappiest memories involve me comparing myself to others and anxiousness about where I “should” be. When I focus on where I am and try to improve from there, I am much happier and much more successful.

This is a great post and worth your time.


 

The Danger of Comparison

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.wpb_animate_when_almost_visible { opacity: 1; }</style&We’ve all watched the Olympic swimming rivalry play out between the USA’s Michael Phelps and South Africa’s Chad le Clos. The not-so-subtle jabs in the media between the two have spanned continents, from the London games all the way to Rio, and are credited with Phelps’s return to the sport from retirement.

phelps+faceFor those of you who haven’t been salivating over this story, le Clos narrowly beat Phelps in the 200 meter butterfly race during the London games and giving Phelps his first international loss. Phelps announced his retirement shortly after, with this one blemish on his nearly spotless competitive record. He watched le Clos dominate in the 200 meter fly race in international competition and eventually announced his return to the event stating the other swimmers really “are not that fast,” clearly taking a jab at his rival. That statement has unleashed a slew of back-and-forth comments from both parties in the news and on social media.

And since arriving in Rio, le Clos has been trying to psyche Phelps out, most notably while shadowboxing in front of Phelps as they wait for a qualifying race, launching a thousand memes featuring Phelps’s hilarious scowl.

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