“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” Albert Einstein
This month of October, on a National basis, is about Learning in business as well as remembering our heritage. Polish American, Italian American, Hispanic Heritage and German Heritage all celebrate their ancestry background this month.
It’s also National Cyber Security Awareness Month https://www.boozallen.com/c/insight/thought-leadership/booz-allen-kicks-off-national-cybersecurity-awareness-month-2017.html and National Women’s Small Business Month https://www.nwbc.gov/news/10-million-strong-october-council-celebrates-national-women%E2%80%99s-small-business-month. The Balance website hosts an extensive list for you to choose a favorite event: https://www.thebalance.com/october-is-national-month-calendar-3514993
Here in Chicago, events during the year have all led to the celebration of Chicago Ideas Week http://chicagoideas.com from October 16th through October 22. As an example, Professor Marcelo Gleiser, Director the Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Engagement at Dartmouth College spoke at a Symposium on the Future of Intelligence: Human, Machine and Extraterrestrial, sponsored by Chicago Ideas. He asked the question, “Are we engineering our own destruction through technology when we speak about artificial intelligence?” It’s an ethical and scientific dilemma because our intelligence is really about how we move from our present world to the future, including all that’s dark and dangerous, to creating a future that is just and equitable for all society.
As mentioned earlier, this month of October celebrates who we are as a society because all that we have around us places us in a state of constant Learning from the daily occurrences in our lives, both personally and in business. Within the past 30 days of our lives we have experienced or witnessed more tragedy in the USA, than was ever presented before, in non-war time. We mourn all those who left this earth and keep the survivors in our good thoughts for recovery.
Earlier this week, I attended an online Webinar where like-minded people shared their views about our profession and how we can Learn from one another’s experiences. It is because of that discussion that I would like to share with you some ideas for change management in your career. I prepared the format this week and it is based on a business presentation, hosted by the University of Chicago back in 2001. It’s pretty straight forward and timely in today’s environment. Here it is:
As you Choose Who You Want to be Known As during this Learning month, consider how the survivors demonstrated their strength of character and became the best examples of USA humanity for us all.
In order for an organization to stay healthy, its members must have a clear sense of who they are and what they can accomplish…in terms of a product they make or… in terms of a service they perform. Members must feel they have a share in it. Fred Pearson
Earlier today, I published a post entitled, “What’s YOUR Question Today?” at LinkedIn Pulse https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/whats-your-question-today-jo-ann-m-radja The subject matter was innovation, feedback from the world’s largest architectural firm founder, Arthur Gensler and a change management Design Group Study Guide from the University of Chicago. A number of questions were posted from the Design Group Study Guide. I would like to share with you additional questions because they acknowledge how you may be able to work through different perspectives in a group or team. Here they are:
What expectations do the leaders have for the group/team? Is there a match with the expectations of the team? Are the expectations in line with the agreed goal of the project? If not, is it time for the group/team to agree an expectation has a place to be articulated in the group and may be unrealistic.
“How do your attitudes compare with the team members? Are your observational skills improving? Are your skills at listening to others, and asking effective questions, getting better? How were you influenced by others, for the better, in the group/team?”
“What skills do Group Leaders need to get the job accomplished? What skills do group members need to work together? How has your participation in the group/team increased your understanding of your company and your place within the company?”
Personal growth will only be realized when you recognize what was difficult for you, your lack of understanding of an issue, or dealing with another person, or making a tough decision. No one ever said self-development was easy and that’s why we love to do better by stretching ourselves in our careers! Have a great week.
“Jo Ann” M. Radja, Executive & Career Management Coach
Here’s my story from the LinkedIn post, published this afternoon at : “Friday the 13th and Synergies. . .” https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/friday-13th-synergies-jo-ann-m-radja by @Coach_Jo_Ann on @LinkedIn
The best part of our lives we pass in counting on what is to come. William Hazlitt
We smile as we read text describing the difference between the use of “a” and “the.” It happened to me as I read a four-page paper by Luciano Floridi, Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information at the University of Oxford, entitled, “Mature Information Societies – A Matter of Expectations.” Mature_Information_Societies_a_Matter_of
Floridi’s premise is that “a” is more appropriate when discussing the digital information society because it refers to groups as opposed to “the,” that references one. Digital bandwidth itself, all over the world doesn’t provide a basis to judge the benefit of information to society. Rather, it is the expectation of information that drives education, understanding and innovation for each country’s philosophy of life. Expectations are viewed as mature when balanced by an acknowledgement that all people in the society may not be able to share your specific expectations. In other words, the right to expect more is coupled with knowing everyone may not equally be able to share in the output of digital information.
From a business prospective, companies work daily through expectations they have for their customers, their employees and stakeholders. Mature societal expectations point to three avenues, according to Floridi, as follows:
a) Education – Creates awareness of your own assumptions and expectations; Allows for justification, reasonableness and historical determination of your expectations.
b) Understanding – When society implements a particular right of use it recognizes deficiencies associated with the right of use.
c) Innovation – Mature expectations assist in creating informative actions, ordinary vs. extraordinary, normal vs. abnormal.
The philosophy of digital information results in mature expectations for the common good. Haven’t we all asked one or more of the following questions: How will this benefit the customer? Why are we moving foward on this project when the risk evaluations are not yet completed?
It’s time to recognize we all have a philosophy for the common good developed on the back of digital infrastructure. As you Choose who YOU want to be Known As in whatever societies you participate in, consider your Expectations for what you give, what the other person gets and what benefit is provided. Enjoy the upcoming weekend!
“Jo Ann” M. Radja, Executive and Career Management Coach
Here is a parody on the issue of customer service. It’s the first week of March, 2016; we recognize that we are only responsible for our actions as we attempt to diffuse the conflict “ball” thrown at us. One way is to find humor in the situation. . .
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I. t’s Thursday and we have few
S. o, we forget the service training we were given.©
As You Choose Who You Want to be Known As this month of March, consider humor as a means to diffuse conflict. Enjoy.
“Jo Ann” M. Radja, Executive and Career Management Coach
Valentine Week Thoughts. . .
After a lengthy meeting, we
Listen to comments from our Team,
Eager to put everything into perspective.
Now another opportunity presented itself
To try a different approach.
It’s what we wanted. Yet,
Now that it’s an agreed plan by all,
Everyone wants another meeting in an hour to
confirm the plan in writing.
Decisions are made daily.
And we learn to trust ourselves and others. . .
You too may learn to trust yourself and others as you
Choose Who You Want to be Known As this week.
Happy Valentine Week Thoughts! ©Jo Ann M. Radja
What I must do is all that concerns me, not what the people think. This rule, equally arduous in actual and intelligent life, may serve for the whole distinction between greatness and meanness. Ralph Waldo Emerson
It continues to give me pause of the biases people have, based either on age or appearance. Each generation often greets another generation with surprise, rather than acceptance of what knowledge/skills they have. I experienced this phenomenon again yesterday when a person couldn’t believe that I passed an exam, because her unconscious bias placed the biggest look of surprise on her face I haven’t seen in a long time.
Positive outcomes during the day often balance the negativity we may experience. It is a work in process to learn how not to take certain actions personally or become judgmental of what may be said. The daily balancing of our soft skills is the platform for managing ourselves and others in our career path.
Surprising ourselves with what is curious could be a mantra that leads us to self-development. As you Choose Who You Want to be Known As this week, when you least expect to — have fun practicing the element of surprise of a curious situation.
Enjoy your day!
“Jo Ann” M. Radja, Executive and Career Management Coach
Earlier today I published a post on LinkedIn Pulse with the Title of The Three R’s. http://www.linkedin.com/pulse/article/three-rs-jo-ann-m-radja. Here is a modified version of that post.
A man in a creative job had been working on a new project. He submits it to the client and a discussion ensues. Even though the project was deemed unacceptable for the marketplace, he believed the discussion was fair. It was such a shock and a setback to subsequently learn his staff was hired away from him (except one man) by the company who deemed his work was out-of-fashion. This story occurred sometime during the 1920’s. Whether it is a myth or a restatement of history, unfortunately, this story rings true for many people.
The terms of reinvent, re-engineered, retooled or right-sized were not spoken in this creative man’s era; his story has universality for us today, some 90 years later. What Walt Disney did with his one employee was to collaborate and re-work his original drawings. Mickey Mouse was then born and introduced to the community. Many of the action terms we use today – customer driven, vision and focus, brain-storming new ideas and visualizing real-world activities for the new character – took place in the development and implementation of the Mickey Mouse character.
How quickly do you rebound from a serious let-down? What did you tell yourself to regroup and continue on? Did you re-frame the situation or just recognized perhaps the timing was all wrong? Stating these questions another way: What feedback did you receive that continued the spark in you to recognize, relate and resolve your actions to the next step? How frequently do you rely on YOUR three R’s As You Choose Who You Want to be Known As?
During the month of October, I hope your three R’s work to your best advantage as you recognize, relate and resolve.
“Jo Ann” M. Radja Executive and Career Management Coach