A lot of my work in the past couple of years has been consulting with a company in Tokyo called ALC Education. It’s the biggest project of my life, with the longest time horizon of anything my A.D.D. brain has ever had to wrap itself around. The goal of this project is nothing less than planetary transformation, something I’ve had a hankering to work on since my youth, but lacked the personal vision of exactly how to go about it. All kidding aside, the senior executives who lead this company have told me quite matter-of-factly that they intend to transform the Japanese economy for the better, for the good of the world, through shifting the mindsets of leaders in international Japanese businesses. When pressed, they estimated that it will take somewhere around a decade to get some traction on this whole mindset shift that will enable their clients to “solve global problems profitably”. Continue reading
This past Christmas one of my closest friends gave me a dish towel that says “Being unstable and bitchy is all part of my mystique.” Knowing that there is truth in sarcasm, and understanding the importance of good communication skills and positive relationships to project success, I’ve decided to recommit myself to improving my relationships through improved communication skills.
Step 1 – Categorize the kinds of conversations I’m having. I figure that being able to identify the different types of conversations should help me engage in each of them in more appropriate ways. Here are a few of the most important that I’ve identified, and some guidelines for each:Continue reading
“I long to accomplish a great and noble task; but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.” – Helen Keller
It’s the beginning of a whole new year and an entirely new decade. What do you want to be saying on Dec. 31, 2019? My wish for you is that you won’t be looking back with regret. Personally, 10 years from now I intend to be looking back on a decade of surprising breakthroughs and unprecedented progress towards becoming the kind of leader I admire and the kind of human being I aspire to be. And I sure don’t want the people of this Earth to be facing the same problems then that we’re facing now in this world. (Nope! Let’s have new and more exciting problems to tackle in 2020!)Continue reading
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Kimberly is a physicist by training, is active in SDForum and other technical organizations, authored the “Scrappy” Project Management books, is a skilled and engaging facilitator, and is also funny and refreshingly entertaining.