Dealing with vs. Celebrating failure

There’s a meme that has been making the rounds through leadership circles for some time around celebrating failure. If you aren’t failing, you aren’t pushing the boundaries. The original premise of this line of thinking is that failure is not something to be feared. But there is a difference between using failure to learn well-earned lessons […]

The power of Clustering Illusion when managing image

As humans, we are predisposed to finding order out of otherwise random data. When we look at clouds or even a mountain ridge, we find shapes that are familiar to us. When we see data, we instinctively search for patterns to help make sense of what might appear to be random information. It might be […]

On foxholes and corporate silos

The existence of silos in large companies is fairly common. Employees frequently bemoan the misalignment that exists across functional teams and organizational entities whose primary connection seems limited to the logo under which they exist. The larger the company, the looser the coupling of different silos. That said, large companies certainly do not have a […]

Is your career a destination or a journey?

When most people think about their careers, they tend to think 5 years out and picture the job they would like to have. From there, they back into the things that need to happen, and use that as a bit of a roadmap to get to where they want to be. This works well when […]

Plexxi Pulse—This week at Plexxi

The dog days of summer are upon us, but we are moving full steam ahead in preparation for VMworld August 24 – 28, 2014. We shook things up on the Plexxi blog this week; our own Derick Winkworth contributed two technical posts on network automation and engineering. Mike Bushong covered behavior attribution in his weekly […]

The dangerous practice of behavior attribution

The age-old debate of nature vs. nurture is all about whether our psychological makeup is impacted more by heredity or environment. More simply, is who we are more dependent on our genes or our experiences? The psychological discussion here is interesting in pinning down what influences us, but lost in all of the dialogue about […]

At the office, are you a doctor or a patient?

Everyone experiences challenges at work. Whether it’s an individual contributor or the CEO, everyone has to go through the same basic set of issues that plague virtually all workers everywhere. But not everyone handles those problems the same way. Conversation is the usual outlet for most people. But how you conduct those conversations says a […]

Scenario planning for first-line managers

A common meme in the strategic planning world is that there is no one pre-determined future. The objective in strategic planning is not to forecast a single outcome but rather to identify a number of possible outcomes. Preparedness comes in having thought through multiple possible end states, and agility comes from the ability to quickly […]

You are a topic at your employees’ dinner tables

The transition from individual contributor to management is probably a bit selfish for almost everyone. In that moment when your responsibilities and title change, you will naturally focus your attention on you. Your mind is aflutter with how you will manage a team. What projects do you have to deliver? How will you balance those […]

The Bystander Effect: Why companies fail to change

Almost all of us have worked for a company at some point in our careers that just couldn’t seem to get out of its own way. The ideas were right, the talent was strong, but the execution just wasn’t there. From our positions somewhere in the engine room of the company, even we could see […]

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