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Synthesize, don’t harmonize.

October 29, 2011

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It goes by many names–the false dichotomy, the either/or when you should be thinking both/and, first things and second things. We have a mental weakness–we’re fine with exposure to various ideas, but we want them to combine into perfectly harmonized chords. Perhaps we should be trying to synthesize ideas rather than to harmonize them. To synthesize literally […]

One Big Thing

October 13, 2011

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Part of the reason that I am/will be blogging about books I read is to force myself to process them more deeply than I often do. Today, I thought of another tool that might be helpful: the “One Big Thing”. “One Big Thing” is a phrase stolen from Immunity to Change. That book tells the […]

Digital Reading

October 11, 2011

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I’m a convert. I’m an evangelist. And…I’m a skeptic. I’m rapidly going digital in practice and preference, and yet I’m wistful about the things my Kindling leaves behind. Several years ago, I was working overseas for a number of months. It was then that I realized how much I missed my reading materials. Sure, I […]

Immunity to Change

October 4, 2011

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…fully titled Immunity to Change: How to Overcome It and Unlock the Potential in Yourself and Your Organization, by Robert Kegan and Lisa Laskow Lahey. Immunity to Change is like many of the “personal growth” books I’ve read: the big ideas of the book make it worth sorting through the fluff. Like a number of books of […]

What’s To Come

October 2, 2011

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My recent reading has included a lot of books about growth, both of individuals and of organizations. I’m interested in learning about myself and the way I (and humans in general) think, both because I enjoy learning and because that’s the first step in being able to change myself. I’m interested in learning about organizations because, […]

Introduction

October 2, 2011

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Seth Godin recently gave some sage advice for improving your writing: “Just write poorly. Continue to write poorly, in public, until you can write better….Do it every day.” I may not reach that standard, but I do want to write well. For a time, that may mean writing poorly. It will mean exposing my pet ideas […]