My cats are a great source of inspiration to me. They seem fairly content without many possessions, they do what they want to most of the day (poke around in small holes for rodents, then sleep), and they don’t complain much as long as they get plenty to eat and have someone pay a little attention to them now and then. One of my cats, Dinky, is truly a miracle cat. She came to our home over 16 years ago with her brother Oscar. She was already 3 or 4 years old, and had a big piece of wire holding one of her leg bones together that could be felt through her fur. A tiny runt, she was picked on by Oscar, then a succession of bigger cats, all of whom she outlived.
What I admire most about Dinky, however is how she dealt with great adversity. Several years ago she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer growing in her leg, which she had gotten from the anti-leukemia vaccine. Her leg had to be removed up to the hip in order to save her life, and the vaccine manufacturers were very happy to pay for the whole operation. I wondered how a little cat like her could manage on just three legs, but the vet assured me that a back leg was something she could limp by without. Continue reading
My work takes me to lots of different places, mostly Japan. My home is in Silicon Valley, California, and I’ve lived there for as long as what my dad calls “a coon’s age” . . . which never made sense to me because i don’t think racoon’s live that long, but – hey – I’m no expert on mammals. Having lived there almost 2 decades I’ve made a boatload of wonderful friends. Don’t get me wrong, I love my friends, but traveling as much as I do, my friends are often thousands of miles away and 17 time zones off. I;ve had to learn to make do without them most of the time.
No worries, it’s “strangers to the rescue”! Yes, I’ve found that strangers make the best friends. They don’t know my checkered past, are fascinated by me (mostly because they don’t know me well), and are not yet irritated with my habits and quirks. In fact, strangers frequently find my curious behaviors somewhat intriguing, even considering them among my positive traits. And, since they haven’t had to put up with me for a decade or more of friendship, they are more tolerate of my playful, sometimes hyperactive, behavior. Continue reading
Don’t expect your family to be impressed when you finally become famous. Last year I published my first book, “Scrappy Project Management – The 12 Predictable and Avoidable pitfalls every Project Faces.” It was a huge success. (Well, certainly nothing on the order of Harry Potter, but pretty big for a project management book) We had 150 guests at the launch party, and the book has been among the top project management books in the US since the October hullabaloo. What’s my family’s reaction? I’d have gotten more attention if I’d gone hunting and dragged home a deer with a big set of horns. You see, my family loves hunting and they get all excited about a deer flung over the hood of a car or a nice freezer full of freshly butchered deer chops. (I’m actually quite a good shot myself, but refrain from hunting because I don’t want to kill cute animals, even if I do eat them occasionally. ) But would they get an adrenaline rush from a family member writing a book on project management? Definitely NOT on the top ten list of things that gets them to put aside the remote control. Even though they seemed less than impressed with what took me 3 years to produce (heck, that’s WAY longer than the 9 months it took for my siblings wives to produce grandchildren), I sent my mom and dad a book, and both brothers, too. They promptly used them to prop up their computer monitors to achieve a more ergonomic PC configuration (I think my mom swatted some mosquitoes with it first). Continue reading
The door was opened to improvement where process is no longer a four letter word. I would love to work with you again sometime.
Your workshop was one of the most influential one I ‘ve ever experienced.
As an old program manager myself, and now as President of a large technology company, I find your book spot on the money. Your readers would do well to read the book several times and practice what your write until it becomes second nature. The world around them would become a much better place – and the satisfaction that goes with high achievement would fuel a long and successful career. While your book was written for program managers, it applies to anyone who works with people. It is a mus…
Not a day goes by here when I don’t use something I learned in the “Leading From Any Seat in the Org” class that you taught here last year. In fact, the manager of one of the folks who went through the class last year said his employee was transformed by the experience.
CSIX Event Evaluations Summary Report Speaker: Kimberly Wiefling Presentation Topic: Leading from Any Chair – Leadership is Not a Position or a Title Date: Thursday, 2015-12-17 10:00:00 am – 1:00 pm Location: Saratoga Federated Church, Saratoga, CA Rating out of possible 10: 9.55 Do you feel enough material was covered? Yes = 22; No = 0 What was missing: Needed 2 hours or more!
Kimberly is a force of nature: incredibly smart, selflessly generous in her support of clients and colleagues, totally courageous in taking the right action. She lives in complete integrity, practicing what she preaches, being her authentic self. Kimberly is a rare combination of high tech and high touch, combining her background in physics and engineering with a deep understanding of what it takes to be a successful leader. Kimberly has started a movement of transformational change in Japanese …
Thank you so much for the insightful, inspiring, and useful talk this morning. You have a real talent!
Working with Kimberly was both energizing and enlightening. She has an uncanny ability to help you organize your own thoughts and ideas, then help you apply these ideas to accomplish your goals. My time with Kimberly was well spent!
Keep Kimberly’s ‘Inspired Organizational Cultures’ book within arm’s reach. It is filled with many thought-provoking tips and sage advice intended to make us think about what was, is, and could be in our organizations. This book explores organizational culture from a variety of perspectives, but always with the intention of inspiring positive opportunities for meaningful growth. Focus on any of the 140 nuggets and allow your mind to wander and explore within the context of your personal experien…
In one hour Kimberly uncovered true essentials of professional development and networking skills that now shine like diamonds in my head.
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