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Ramblings on Post Re-entry January 30, 2011

Posted by Edwin Ritter in career, Trends.
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Now that it is a bit more time has passed, I find my re-entry is complete. Many learnings, adjustments and several ‘ah-has’ of enlightenment. Establishing yourself in an organization can be arduous as co-workers take a ‘Show-Me’ attitude. While you certainly have to demonstrate your abilities, I submit they must be willing to listen to have a dialogue; be willing to engage in a crucial conversation. The good news is I have generated a ‘ah-has’ and I think my peers are beginning to recognize the value of my perspective.

I’m all for moving at the speed of business provided everyone is heard and understood. That is a related key aspect from those effective behaviors we learned so long ago. There are two dynamics here – policy and practice. In highly functional organizations, both are aligned and mutually supportive. In other organizations, practice may over whelm policy. The exception to the rule such that there are no rules anymore. Here a repeatable, established process helps. A fixed way of doing business everyone uses that provides a reference for conversation(s) at any given time. Otherwise, things are fluid, changeable and uncertain.

During those crucial conversations, which typically triumphs in your organization, policy or practice?

Happy 2011! January 22, 2011

Posted by Edwin Ritter in Grab Bag.
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It is still January, so I wish you all a Happy New Year.  Hope you had a good start to this year. The holidays have been busy the past few weeks. Great to see family and friends and make new memories.

I stopped making resolutions a while ago. Didn’t see the point as I usually did not keep them. My wife often asks me about changing into a better person. Such a kidder. At least, I think she’s kidding.

So, no resolutions and I hope to make a difference in my job. Seriously. Speaking of which, that ‘W’ thing has been crazy busy. In a good way, of course. I have learned much the past few months and there has been a concerted effort with ramping up on a new client account,  internal systems and process changes. It’s all good as we are making the right kind of progress – forward, not backward.

What surprises await us in this new year? How will you play a part in making things better?