What SEEMS impossible, but if it WERE possible, would transform your job, your team, your company, heck . . . YOUR LIFE . . . for the better? That is the paradigm-shifting question that I learned many years ago from Joel Barker, a Futurist who made a movie called “The Business of Paradigms” a way back in the last century. The movie has been updated, and now it is cleverly called “The New Business of Paradigms – 21st Century Edition”. No matter, it’s timeless. (It had BETTER be, it is only 18 minutes long and it costs almost a thousand bucks! But the preview is free. Check it out here if you haven’t seen it. Tell them I sent you and you might even get a discount.) This question has the power to unlock possibilities that otherwise would peek out from behind the cloak of consciousness, and I have have frequently used it to achieve what seems impossible, but is merely difficult. Human beings are animals, and we spend a lot of our time on autopilot. We live many of the minutes, hours and days of our lives in some kind of trance state, highly functioning, no doubt, but not exactly highly consciously aware. I mean, really, haven’t we all found ourselves at the end of a busy day wanting to shout out “Has anyone seen where the day went?” And I have personally been on long drives in the car when I suddenly wondered who had been driving the last 100 miles. Most of my brain was off scampering around somewhere, but fortunately some part of it was driving the damn car! Continue reading
In 2008 Kenichi Ohmae’s “Business Breakthrough, Inc.” filmed 14 episodes of me ranting and raving about “Breakthrough Leadership”. (Ohmae-san is famous for having directed McKinsey’s Japan and Asia Pacific operations, and writing many popular business books, like The Borderless World” and “The Mind of the Strategist”.) It was a thoroughly terrifying experience, which I described in gory detail in a previous blog. Someday soon they’ll be shown on Japanese business TV. Here are the Power Points for the first episode. It’s just not the same without the video (as with all PPT, you might be tempted to say “I don’t FEEL the power and I certainly don’t SEE the point!”), but for now it will have to do. Let me know if you want a copy of this first set for your very own and I’ll send you a pdf. The who series of PPT can be viewed on slideshare by clicking on the link above the PPT in this blog.
In the videos that accompany the PPT, I speak quite slowly so that non-native English speakers will be able to easily understand what I’m saying, even when I’m ranting. (They’ll be sold through BBI.) Let me know if you want to hear when they are released (email@example.com) and I’ll drop you a line and a link. You can always play them with the sound off to amuse your cat! – Kimberly
If you’ve ever been inside of a tin of sardines you will have a pretty good idea of what it’s like to ride the subways of Tokyo during rush hour – only in the subway the sardines are still alive. Even though we are packed together with greater intimacy than most sexual encounters, my inscrutable Japanese companions manage to wear a mask of serenity and composure. Most of my fellow riders have their eyes fixed on their mobile phones, looking up train schedules, checking email, texting their pals, or doing a little shopping on-line. These 21st century urban dwellers use their phones for everything! (I’m told that the average mobile phone purchase in Japan is over $50!) My phone works there, but it costs a bundle per minute, something approaching the cost of a college education, so I tend not to use it much. Instead, I’m looking around to see if anyone else notices that those of us fortunate enough to have a seat have our faces at crotch-level with the people standing.Continue reading
Thank you so much for the insightful, inspiring, and useful talk this morning. You have a real talent!
You were so helpful in giving us food for thought with the many processes we need to put in place. Thanks!
Kimberly is a whole energy level unto herself. I call it the “Kimberly Factor”. Her passion to give, teach and mentor excels people, programs and companies.
For Believing in us, showing up, and helping us realize our dreams – we thank you.
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.
In a 3 hour workshop you helped to change people’s attitude about our challenge from something with too many obstacles to starting to see the big prize and plan the first baby steps, in short a transformative experience.
This book unabashedly puts forward a new, unambiguous, non-shrinking, and ultimately empowering view of what we all as project managers should commit to be and do every day in our project roles.
“It is always a pleasure to work with Kimberly. As an expert in leadership and an experienced instructor, Kimberly brings her great knowledge and first hand experience in innovation and entrepreneurship to her work. She frequently contributes to the TVLP Institute programs for both individuals and corporate clients from 42+ countries. Kimberly recently guided about 70 senior leaders of YPF, the largest Argentinian oil and gas provider, during a Learning Lab intended to promote team cooperation a… Read more
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… Read more
Thank you for inspiring me to be the leader I aspire to be. You are a great model of the courageous leadership philosophy in action.