Category Archives: Working Smarter

Ensemble

cast members of The Book of Will, OSF version, written by Lauren Gunderson, directed by Christopher Liam Moore, photo by Jenny Graham A British friend, Johnnie Moore, sent me a link to a book called The Illusion of Leadership, by … Continue reading

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The Purpose of Work

child labourers, Pennsylvania, 1910, photo by Lewis Hine in the National Archives The word “work” originally meant “what we do”, and came into use around 900 years ago. At that time it was mostly about craftwork, and the design and … Continue reading

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Deliberately So

image CC0 from pexels.com Lately I have been enjoying a series of podcasts from a young Toronto-based group called The Stoa. Some of their recent discussions have been about deliberative processes — the work we do, both personally and in … Continue reading

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Facing Collapse: Ten Important Questions for the 2020s

Image of Ken Ward in 2016 Valve-Turners action, from the film The Reluctant Radical.  It has been a year of terrible news and terrible realizations. A year of justifiable outrage and bewildered astonishment. A year of dashed hopes, false expectations and … Continue reading

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Ten Tips For Dealing With Complex Predicaments

Dave Snowden’s Cynefin Framework This is a bit of a screed against really bad “strategic” plans, which is to say most of the documents that go by that name. Most written plans these days are means to achieve a particular … Continue reading

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What’s the Best Possible Outcome?

I’m a member of a Meetup group that is exploring various aspects of a non-hierarchical, self-organized approach to creating and operating business and other organizations, that is casually known as Teal, and is based on the book Reinventing Organizations. At … Continue reading

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There Must Be a Better Way

This is a very long article, about meaningful work and about imagining possibilities. Hope you find it inspiring, and worth the read. Calgary restaurant workers separate tables to meet new social distancing rules prior to reopening. Image from the CBC’s … Continue reading

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Signs of the times: Zoom Edition

  Translation: We can hear you eating, slurping, whispering, muttering, talking with others in the room, and/or making other unpleasant and disruptive bodily sounds, even over the sound of the person speaking. We’re all getting used to using Zoom and … Continue reading

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May I Ask a Question?

Image from pixabay by Dean Moriarty, CC0 My friend Ben Collver recently loaned me a book called A More Beautiful Question, by Warren Berger, that arose from some ideas in Warren’s blog. The book is specifically focused on questions that spark business … Continue reading

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Networking to Find Better Work

I’m retired, and hoping I won’t ever have to return to the work world, but I know most of the world doesn’t have that luxury, and many aren’t happy with the work they are doing as employees, freelancers or contractors (or they … Continue reading

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