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Jim Benson
Worked at Modus Cooperandi
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We aren't comfortable with power and in our excitement to be human abuse it. 
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We are all part of many systems. How we act, what we do, how stressed we are, impacts those systems. 

Often, without realizing it, we are role models, influencers, and mood-setters. 
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I've often been told I'm 'green' or 'too innocent' for believing the best in everyone and greeting everyone as if they were friends. People often look at me as if I'm crazy when I strike up a conversation with someone I've never met only later to be amazed when we walk away from that exchange with an outcome beneficial to both parties(be it that we're both happier then we were before or with more obvious benefits like a free cookie I got given this morning).
On the flipside, I recognise the impact of one member of my team being a negative nancy for a day. I do everything to turn that around and to be the positive, happy, friendly role model for them to follow as it makes a huge difference. When they are a consistently negative force within the team, I have to look to remove it as it's too easy for others to follow suit just because it flies for one person. Being grumpy is easy for some, but not not good for the cause.
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I'm trying to get back into blogging every day. I've been off the writing train for a long time now (for me anyway). 

Today I'm thinking about cognitive biases and how they might compound into creating uber biases. 
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When we can see what our team is doing, we can better manage our work. 
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Doing some good classes with +Mark Graban this year.  Here's a really nice summary of what we teach for helping manage knowledge work - you know IT, engineering, design, marketing ... those parts of work that involve creative ideas and many possible solutions...
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Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to our classes in Phoenix and San Antonio - http://www.kanbankaizen.com   #ShamelessPlug  
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We start some things, we finish some things. But we don't finish everything we start.  

What do we do about those projects that can't quite get done?
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Today's post is about ambiguity and work. Why do we get stuck on our own plans  - often to the detriment of the business or even ourselves?

Make plans, but expect them to change.
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Your work in process is likely hidden. Your team and your personal performance are suffering.
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Quick blog post about how to actually complete work. Maybe finishing would help us get done! :-)
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Hmmm, would that require a new entry in the definition of done? Like "Finished! Really! No shit!" ;-)
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Cold? Want to get away and learn about making the office a better place? Come to Phoenix or San Antonio in March and learn some skills from +Mark Graban and me. 
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    1989
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