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Does anybody listen to you?

Making great things happen at work is about more than just being smart. Good ideas succeed or fail depending on your ability to communicate them correctly to the people who have the power to make them happen. When you are navigating an organization, it pays...
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Lessons Learned From Cancer Treatment Doctors

Over the years, oncologist Barbara McAneny, MD, had grown increasingly frustrated with what hospitals were doing to her patients. Every time chemotherapy complications sent someone to an emergency room, which happens all too often, “they’d come out a little bit worse, each time just another...
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How To Make Pseudo-controversial Changes

On the subject of making pseudo-controversial changes to classic Marvel characters, [Marvel’s Senior Vice President David] Gabriel added that internet outrage is never a good indicator of what actual comic book readers and fans want. “The first thing we do is watch the sales. If...
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Refactoring Stream-Of-Thought Management

Refactoring not only helps improve the mechanical quality of code; it also helps you learn from your code. When refactoring, you converge on better models. Right now, your code works, but it may feel tense, even a bit brittle. Refactoring reveals the implicit model, which...
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Projects Don’t Really Exist?

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Projects don’t really exist; they’re a mental model, not an actual thing. We invented projects so that we can talk about a nebulous stream of work as if they were single blocks of time and effort. There are no projects; there are only products. The...
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Winning The Bureaucracy Game

Winning The Bureaucracy Game
During a college job at an Air Force weapons lab in New Mexico, [Robert Mercer, co-CEO Renaissance Technologies] says, he found a life’s calling. “I loved everything about computers,” he said. “I Loved the solitude of the computer lab late at night. I loved the...
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How To Manage A Chaos Machine

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They assumed that, if a project was intensely and minutely planned, everything would naturally and inevitably proceed in an orderly and deterministic way.  … And when projects did go off the rails, their response was to stop everything and replan. Sometimes that works, but sometimes...
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Of Bicycles And Kanban

Of Bicycles And Kanban
How the economy works, to me, is kind of like riding a bicycle.  You have to keep it going forward for it to work correctly.  If everyone in the economy stopped buying and selling, then just like a bicycle when we stop peddling, things stop...
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Lessons Learned From Fighting Ebola

Lessons Learned From Fighting Ebola
[Doctors Without Borders] is able to move so swiftly, in large part, because of its decentralized structure, which is more akin to a guerilla network than a top-down corporation. How To Manage A Plague, Bloomberg Businessweek, Nov 17, 2014. Contrary to such notable initiatives such...
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