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Lorna Garey
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3/4/2014 | 12:24:14 PM
What Uncle Sam does right
You don't think people can, if not repair themselves, at least tack on some patches and spackle, enough to make the dynamic work? Granted, that sort of gumption doesn't happen for everyone, or even most, but I like to think it's possible.

The military has it right -- every couple of years everyone gets reshuffled. Opportunity for reinvention.
RobPreston
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3/4/2014 | 12:48:53 PM
Re: What Uncle Sam does right
"And the best managers were the kids who very early on learned to play with and enjoy broken toys." Nice. Entitlement is a disease. The entitled generally don't make good managers or interesting people.  
Brian.Dean
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3/4/2014 | 5:19:21 PM
Re: What Uncle Sam does right
All the special little snowflakes are as different as processor architectures i.e. x86, ARM and power etc. Good at performing any task in general and can exceed expectations when presented with a specialized task for which they were built.
Laurianne
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3/4/2014 | 2:31:45 PM
Another puzzle
It can also be a problem when your place in the IT leadership puzzle is tied too closely to your boss -- do you have your own identity or are you just a good #2?
Brian.Dean
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3/4/2014 | 5:30:36 PM
Re: Another puzzle
Great point as it would create a string of dynamic interactions between two dynamic entities. I would think that if this interaction was leading to more collaboration in the organization then it would be good for the organization, on the other hand if it's creating a competitive environment inside then the results could be unpredictable.
Li Tan
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3/5/2014 | 8:15:50 AM
Re: Another puzzle
Exactly - such kind of intensive interaction would create either a kind of healthy collaboration or fierce competition. The competition to some extent is good inside organization but somehow it's difficult to control. This would be one tricky topic from leadership perspective in the long run.
jagibbons
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3/5/2014 | 2:28:47 PM
Re: Another puzzle
Being the "really good #2" can be really problematic. I've been that #2 guy. At first when taking over for #1, every decision was evaluated in light of "the way we used to do it." Introspection has been a valuable tool for me.
Somedude8
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3/4/2014 | 6:43:16 PM
Them boxes
Good thing we have stringent processes to make all the pieces the same shape box!
Somedude8
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3/4/2014 | 6:45:55 PM
Re: money in your hand
So your neighbor's mom worked 268.8 hours last month? Rock on!
David F. Carr
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3/5/2014 | 10:53:10 AM
Jim Collins
Curious about the riffing on Jim Collins: are these talent issues something you think he oversimplifies or ignores?
Coverlet
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3/5/2014 | 2:40:34 PM
Re: Jim Collins
I think he actually does a decent job addressing talent.  For instance, his was the first book I read that talked about key leaders being quiet introspective types (and that being a strength).  And maybe I read too much into his use cases but I saw a common theme come out around the value of humility.  

I respect Collins' writing.  I just think that he (and every biz lit writer) shys away from this subject matter.  It reminds me of how economists used to poke fun at psychologists until the latter started to disprove the notion of a rational actor.
Charlie Babcock
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3/5/2014 | 4:07:09 PM
'Being broken' or having limits?
Coverlet Meshing calls it "being broken." I would tend to call it having limits. The human personality, once it's been proven right in one area, tends to assume it's got brilliance and insight into all areas. In fact we don't. Most people don't even try to generalize their intelligence and insight into as many spaces as possible. It's too much like work.


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