Kaizen – The Meaning and Power of Change

TLDR – Kaizen If you think you can make something better (in your personal life, within a team or a collection of systems you work on, a process in your company), do it. What is it? “Kaizen” is made up of two Chinese characters: 改 kai = “change” + 善 zen = “good” – So kaizen …

Dealing w Dysfunctional Styles of Behavior

Quick question: Got any really difficult people (perhaps a “brilliant asshole”) that you work with on a regular basis? Yeah, I thought so. Next question: Do you ever stop to thank them? Yeah, I thought so. Guess what, those Bengali tea boys/girls are a gift. They are not only helping …

Bikeshedding, aka Parkinson’s Law of Triviality

What exactly is bikeshedding? A recent conversation brought a renewed vigor to my use of the term “bikeshedding.” The term was coined c. 1957 by C. Northcote Parkinson to illuminate a discovery he made – that groups of people tended to make a futile investment of time and energy on disputes over …

A Clear “No” Can Be More Graceful Than a Vague or Noncommittal “Yes”

Sometimes the right (or at least initial) response to a request for action “now” is “No.” – It’s far easier to say “yes” later on…
On the other hand, maybe you don’t even have to choose between “Yes” and “No” particularly if you’re trying to initiate a conversation.

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