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Tim Ragan
performance engineer | helping individuals, teams & organizational leaders deliver greater success in our evolving Free Agent world
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Tim Ragan Feb 12
I think Eric Barker's stuff is terrific, so if he recommends these books, then who am I to disagree? The surprising thing -- I read about 4 non-fiction books every month, and I've only read 1 book off this list... guess that means more great books to read:
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Tim Ragan Feb 8
Time on your hands to waste a few minutes playing a seemingly point-less retro'80's video game? I've got just the ticket for you (I'm still trying to find a way to drive up happiness and hike the rent on the DMV.....) -- save a shopping mall!
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Tim Ragan Feb 6
Great advice from a Google VP here, however still hard for many people to do without a clearer recipe for taking action: . At our upcoming (Re)Boot Your Career workshop (Ottawa on 22-February: ) we do exactly that....
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Tim Ragan Jan 31
3 great reasons to share this: 1st, EQ is central to team effectiveness work I do, so it's relevant. 2nd, Eric Barker's stuff is always bang-on with great research backing. But the 3rd is the biggie -- it's such a great a cartoon I just had to share it!
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Tim Ragan Jan 22
"I'm the most competent person you will ever meet!". In the spirit of that sort of personal hubris, lack of self reflection, and wilfully ignoring feedback, I'm pleased to share this little gem with you:
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Tim Ragan Jan 22
Yes, I've never been a big fan of "best practices" inside your own industry but really do like to cherry-pick concepts from non-related industries. And the "did that before and it didn't work" is a big killer of trying new things....
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Tim Ragan Jan 22
Good advice -- every new innovation typically has couple of ideas that can fit your environment and be applied usefully. So, understand the "new thing" first and be clear on what you want to implement from it, why, and how it fits within existing systems:
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Tim Ragan Jan 12
Yet another example of what makes Uber a "different kind of company". And frankly, not a particularly attractive one. The very DNA of Uber is all about flaunting existing rules and regulation; this is just another signpost of that culture:
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Tim Ragan Jan 12
Undoubtedly we could all brush up on our email techniques. Personally I'm still stinging from recent "drive by shooting" by poorly informed associate of a client... email pervasive but only communicates about 5% message... food for thought. Nice tips here:
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Tim Ragan Jan 10
Another unsurprising signpost on the rocky road to the Free Agent Economy: nearly all of the 10 million jobs created between 2005 and 2015 were not traditional nine-to-five employment:
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Tim Ragan Jan 8
Oh goody! Self-driving cars that hold passengers hostage while serving them ads. I hope it comes with a function where the passenger is locked in the car until they purchase something. After all, isn't the point of the drive to buy crap we don't need?
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Tim Ragan Jan 3
Surprisingly good list of questions to ask at informational interviews (I sometimes refer to them as Exploration Meetings, as you are exploring options by gathering primary data). Jot these Q's down in your agenda, planner or phone so you have them handy:
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Tim Ragan Jan 3
Good list here to pin up next to your work space (or wherever works best for you). Timely list with many people working on 2018 resolutions -- pick a couple from this list and focus on making improvements:
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Tim Ragan Jan 2
While this is "old news" still worth the quick review if you worry about how to get higher performance from your work teams. While all 5 are important #1 is concept of providing environment of "psychological safety". Without that all teams will flounder:
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Tim Ragan Jan 2
Short read. Concept of "workplace confidence" is one cornerstone of our "reboot your career" process. Authentic confidence (not bluster or boasting) comes from a deep understanding of how you work and how you add value -- and the ability to express that:
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Tim Ragan Jan 2
Great article about the existential challenge to Uber -- their business model is fundamentally flawed. Well worth the 10 minute read:
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Tim Ragan Dec 15
HR's dilemma in helping to create more adaptable organizations: like trying to tune-up the Tesla in the garage with your grandad's set of spark plug wrenches.
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Tim Ragan Nov 29
1 day to your job-search turbocharger... -
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Tim Ragan Nov 28
Can a new backpack help your career..? -
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Tim Ragan Nov 27
Are you gambling with this...? -
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