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the curse of authority

why do some people who have the power to effect change eschew the opportunity?  it seems to me that some would consider the ability to make decisions that matter some sort of burden that they fear exercising.  i realize that it is infinitely easier fall in step, not make waves, etc.  i’m sure it’s me.  when i recognize that one path is easy and other not-so-much i usually consider the not-so-much option a bit more because there is probably a reason why things are easy.  seth godin talks about the lizard brain lots in his book linchpin which became a quick favorite of mine.  godin talks about how it is so easy to allow fear to guide our decision making and i think i would add complacency to that as well.  it’s just so easy to take a path that doesn’t allow for resistance that so many folks do.  after all, why go through the hassle of something that might be more trouble?  if the risk/reward ratio is out of whack, why bother?  perhaps the pull to play it safe is like some sort of magnetic pole, while some can’t stand to go the safe route (sometimes to their detriment), others find that no other path than the safe one suits them.  maybe what bothers me is that those who have the power to effect some sort of change and choose not to don’t understand the perspective of those who lack that authority.  in some ways, people with change-authority may have been in a role for so long that they no longer can see the view from the other side of the table.  the irony here is that i don’t covet that authority, i simply expect those who wear that hat to use it wisely.

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Posted by on August 30, 2010 in cube life


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the heath bros. know resistance as well

i blogged a while back about seth godin’s linchpin and several of the ideas that hit home with me.  it’s his best work and the book really resonated with me.  i’m now reading switch by dan and chip heath and the idea of resistance has come up again, and it’s looked at in the same way.  in the same way that godin talks about resistance as a force that disables thrashing or shipping, the heaths see it, too, as an obstacle to overcome but this time in the context of change.  clarity dissolves resistance, so simple and so true.  this line comes after a piece about scripting moves to stay the course during times of change, but it works in the context of linchpin as well.  when the resistance is in the form of someone, often clarity will be able to disarm them.  to continue the author mashup even futher, lencioni uses fable to drive home very simple points that often/always end in some sort of success.  perhaps what lencioni is doing is offering a bit of clarity to a situation, thus making the solution seem almost intuitive where at one point it was completely hidden.  a friend of mine questioned my reading choices a while back, i suppose it would appear that my reading for pleasure could easily be misconstrued as reading for work.  i’m not sure if they are right or not.  if i were still in the classroom would these books appeal to me?  it saddens me to think that i wouldn’t read/enjoy them if i hadn’t left the classroom but that may be the case.  i like books that make me think.  i’ve had a terrific run of books and authors that seem to connect with me and with each other and speak strongly to the work i do and the work that i might someday want to do.

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Posted by on March 1, 2010 in Uncategorized


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an unlikely obstacle

I came across an interesting quote today that talked about the possibility of experience being an obstacle to change and innovation. This scares me because of how divisive this could be. I fear someone would take this as a way of separating the cultures of a school as opposed to using this for reflection. Having said that…there is a lot if truth to that statement. People who cling to the old ways and don’t look into ways to keep up with the change around them can play the role of anchor. It sounds like a commercial but we are not going to solve today’s or tomorrow’s problems relying solely on past experience.

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Posted by on May 28, 2009 in Uncategorized


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