Archives May 2022

Work never ends

If you are overloaded with work, the quieter period you can see coming in the future is a mirage. It never gets any closer. The only reason it looks like there is less work in the future is because you can’t see it yet.

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Blog posts for April 2022

In April, Cherry and I got slammed by COVID.  We were down for a couple of weeks each. Not fun.  Especially when Cherry is absolutely flat out with work, and we were getting ready to go to Vietnam for two months. I’m writing this in HaNoi.  We managed, and now we are back to full strength.  It was good timing to get COVID over with before we traveled.  Look for the up-side.

Our big news for April was the S&T Happens book was published, just in time for Ramadan, Passover, Easter, or your festivity of choice. Happy reading! Please give feedback. S&T Happens: Surviving and Thriving in a VUCA World is available on Amazon in Kindle and paperback in English.  It will be out in Vietnamese in 2022.

In other posts:

It’s not what we do, it’s why

It’s not about the action, it’s the attitude. It’s not what we do, it’s why.
It’s about the relationship between us.

Changing governance

We are passionate about how adaptability isn’t so much about changing how we work, as about changing how we manage that work to allow it. And managers won’t really change until directed and monitored differently by governors.

Money for nothing: consulting without answers.

Working as an advisory consultant, we must be disciplined in not offering answers, or even thinking of them, if we can.

Organisational Change Management

I had an Organisational Change Manager insist I had to tell him the target operating model for two years out for an IT department undergoing DevOps surgery in response to a spectacular disaster.

The successful got lucky

I saw this picture:

And what is all that hard work floating in? Luck. It lifts all that hard work up to success.

That’s not to deny the necessity of hard work (“the harder I work the luckier I get”) but let’s have some humility from the ones who happened to make it.