Tag Archives: Learning

Letting go again

Last summer I shared reflections about a decision I made that had a significant impact on my life – the choice to stay at my place of employment through a significant change in strategy, structure and role.  I also wrote … Continue reading

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Letting go, asking questions

Something I have always struggled with is letting go of a plan.  I love planning, and love implementing.  One of my favorite quotes is from Dwight Eisenhower: “Plans are nothing; planning is everything,” along with “No plan survives contact with … Continue reading

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Practice being ok with not knowing

I have been sitting with the question of knowing, and not knowing, and how sure I will ever be.  My conclusion is, not really sure, not ever.  But that does not stop me from wanting to know.  I think this … Continue reading

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Investing in your own growth

Over the past 3 months I have been working at my full capacity, stepping in to a new role that is really stretching and challenging me.  I am learning new things, developing new skills, and confronted with the edge of … Continue reading

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Real time feedback and stand up paddle boarding

This past weekend I went paddle boarding for the second time ever.  It was on a lake, with wind, and wakes from speed boats, and family members nearby on paddle boards and in kayaks.  And everyone says how easy it … Continue reading

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The questionable value of a performance rating

We are in the midst of the end of year performance review process at my organization.   I am sure many of you can imagine what we are going through: we write self-reviews assessing how we think we did over the … Continue reading

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Feedback loops at multiple levels create potential for a dynamic, adaptive educational system

I recently had a chance to learn more about an undertaking that is creating feedback loops at multiple levels, creating the potential for change in a system that is currently pretty stable but which many people think needs to change.  … Continue reading

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Trust and Learning – Leaders need to go first

I don’t think you can learn without some level of trust, especially as part of a team. I recently had an experience with one of my colleagues that brought this home – I was asking questions about a project, and … Continue reading

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If being data-driven is so good, why is it so hard?

I have long believed that fact-based decision making is better, but ironically there has been little evidence supporting that belief. The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) conducted research on this very question in the fall of 2014, and concluded that “data-driven” … Continue reading

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Acceptance and change

It occurred to me recently that one reason we don’t learn from what we do is because of delays. A delay in the feedback loop between cause (action) and effect (result of action) makes it much more difficult to recognize … Continue reading

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