You Can’t Take Your Marbles With You When You Leave
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You Can’t Take Your Marbles With You When You Leave

Posted on Dec 15, 2010 by George F Huhn
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This morning, I attended a terrific breakfast seminar delivered by Ernie Dianastasis and sponsored by theDelaware Emerging Technology Center. Ernie is Managing Director of CAI, a global information technology (IT) consulting, integration and outsourcing services organization. Ernie founded CAI in 1981 and since then it has grown to over 2,800 employees with business units around the […]

What’s the Difference Between “Excellent,” “Good,” “Fair,” and “Poor” in Project Portfolio Management?
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What’s the Difference Between “Excellent,” “Good,” “Fair,” and “Poor” in Project Portfolio Management?

Posted on Sep 23, 2010 by George F Huhn
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It depends on whom you ask. And that is why the common practice of assigning business values to projects using simple categories such as “Excellent,” “Good,” “Fair,” and “Poor” is misleading and usually wrong. Why? First, in most cases where this is used, there is no explicit quantified value assigned to each term, and team […]

Broken Windows, Broken Businesses
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Broken Windows, Broken Businesses

Posted on Aug 15, 2010 by George F Huhn
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“The bigger things may age you, but it’s the little things that make you old.” W. Town Andrews I remember a call from a friend of mine a few years ago who was working in a pharmaceutical plant that I had consulted for several  years earlier. “George,” he said. “I have a problem. I was […]

The Power of Networks: How My Grandmother Introduced Dr. Bob to Bill W. and Started Alcoholics Anonymous
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The Power of Networks: How My Grandmother Introduced Dr. Bob to Bill W. and Started Alcoholics Anonymous

Posted on Jun 27, 2010 by George F Huhn
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The power of your network isn’t just in its size. And it isn’t just in whom you know or in whom they know. The power of your network to change the world may come from just introducing two people in it to each other. In 1935, my grandmother, Henrietta B. Seiberling, was experiencing some hard […]

Why Teams Don’t Innovate Well And What You Can Do About It
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Why Teams Don’t Innovate Well And What You Can Do About It

Posted on Jun 4, 2010 by George F Huhn
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Wondering why your teams aren’t more creative and innovative? Maybe they are stopping themselves. Knowledge@Wharton interviewed two of the authors of the “Idea Generation and the Quality of the Best Idea” article, Wharton Professors Christian Terwiesch and Karl Ulrich, in an article called “How Group Dynamics May Be Killing Innovation.” The goal, they said, should be about finding good ideas, not […]

You’re Probably Dysacronymic And Don’t Even Know It!
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You’re Probably Dysacronymic And Don’t Even Know It!

Posted on May 25, 2010 by George F Huhn
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I was talking with a friend of mine, Dr. Richard Flanagan, a psychologist and co-author of the book The Six Disciplines of Breakthrough Learning: How to Turn Training and Development into Business Results, about his recent election to a non-profit Board of Trustees. Our discussion quickly turned to the number of new acronyms that he had heard […]

Dr. Clayton M. Christensen: What Jobs Are Your Customers Hiring Your Products To Do?
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Dr. Clayton M. Christensen: What Jobs Are Your Customers Hiring Your Products To Do?

Posted on May 24, 2010 by George F Huhn
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I attended a great seminar by Dr. Clayton M. Christensen at the University of Pennsylvania last Friday night celebrating the 20th anniversary of the EMTM program. Dr. Christensen is the author of The Innovator’s Dilemma and the person who coined the phrase “disruptive innovation” that “describes a process by which a product or service takes root initially in simple […]

Predicting Project Success The Way Meteorologists Predict The Rain

Posted on May 17, 2010 by George F Huhn
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What does it mean when a meteorologist says “the chance of rain today is 60%?” Each day in the United States, a massive amount of data is collected from weather stations, satellites, and weather balloons from around the world and sent to the National Meteorological Center near Washington, D.C. The data is processed to give […]

Is Your Business a Clock or a Cloud
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Is Your Business a Clock or a Cloud

Posted on Apr 30, 2010 by George F Huhn
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This last paragraph caught my attention: Karl Popper, the great philosopher of science, once divided the world into two categories: clocks and clouds. Clocks are neat, orderly systems that can be solved through reduction; clouds are an epistemic mess, “highly irregular, disorderly, and more or less unpredictable.” The mistake of modern science is to pretend […]

Research Shows “Brainstorming” Doesn’t Work for Creating Better Ideas. Here’s What Does.
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Research Shows “Brainstorming” Doesn’t Work for Creating Better Ideas. Here’s What Does.

Posted on Apr 26, 2010 by George F Huhn
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Looking for new and better ideas from your project team? Thinking about having a typical “brainstorming” session? Don’t bother. New research shows there’s a better way. “Brainstorming” usually consists of people meeting specifically for the purpose of coming up with new ideas around a specific topic. Any and all ideas are recorded, and evaluation of […]

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