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The Emotional Invalidation Spiral

Just the other day, Martha and I set out for a walk with our dogs, Ruby and Spark. Spark is two years old, and is highly enthusiastic about, well,...

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Making Big Decisions With Confidence

Drawing lines is easy. Knowing where and when to draw them is hard.

From time to time, work and life present us with difficult decisions that leave...

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Is Hybrid Work the Best Option?

Surely they are going to cancel.

I remember that thought as we entered the week of March 9, 2020. Our daughter was scheduled to swim in the...

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Lessons From the Edge of the Solar System

Although you might not have been around to see it open in theaters, you are almost certainly familiar with a film released in May of 1977 starring...

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To Be Deeply Seen

I’d like to begin this week’s post with a nine minute, forty-six second assignment. Grab your headphones or earbuds and watch...

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Untangling Immunity to Change: Part 4

Welcome back to our final installment in the Immunity to Change series!

In the previous parts, we defined our Stated Commitment (Part 1),...

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Untangling Immunity to Change: Part 3

Welcome back to our deep dive into the Immunity to Change process developed by Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahey. In Part One, we defined our...

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Untangling Immunity to Change: Part 2

Last week we introduced the powerful Immunity to Change mapping process created by Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahey. If you need to catch up,...

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Untangling Immunity to Change: Part 1

If you find behavior change trivially easy and are someone who can simply make up their mind to instantly and effortlessly adopt new and improved...

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Untangling the Pain of Change

You can look up the numbers on behavior change, and the success rate thereof, but the truth is you probably don’t need to. You probably...

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Untangling the Secret to Getting Unstuck

Wherever we go, wherever we are, we are always in some sort of feeling state. Our feeling state is a continuous, subjective, nonverbal...

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Untangling How the Future Really Works

I almost talked myself out of the two-hour drive to see the eclipse in 2017. I couldn’t understand all the fuss. I was not thrilled about...

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Untangling Kahneman's Two Selves

Daniel Kahneman died the week before last, on March 27, 2024, at the age of ninety.

If you don’t recognize that name, Kahneman was a ...

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Untangling Our Restlessness for Change

Imagine using a wide, chisel-tip yellow highlighter to trace the eastern coast of Central America on a map.

Start at the southern tip of Texas and...

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The Truth of "To Thine Own Self Be True"

“To thine own self be true” is a modern rallying cry for authenticity and self-expression.

After “To be or not to...

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Should I Stay Or Should I Go?

Let's start with a story:

I found myself unable to eat as I sat across the table from Martha on an August day at the local Mexican restaurant near...

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Untangling One Irrefutable Truth About Personality Tests

Let's talk about personality tests.

Well-designed personality tests attempt to get at a person’s “hard wiring,” those deeply...

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Untangling Constructivism and Why It Matters

Constructivism is the educational philosophy that says humans do not simply absorb knowledge from the external world. We are not passive...

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Untangling Good Explanations

“Science is what we have learned about how to keep from fooling ourselves.”

—Richard Feynman

Whether you are an individual...

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Untangling the Johari Window: Part 2/2

Last week we introduced the Johari Window (pronounced "Joe-Harry"). Described as a "graphical model for interpersonal awareness," the Johari Window...

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Untangling the Johari Window: Part 1/2

The Johari Window, a graphic model for interpersonal awareness, is a big title for a simple, yet powerful idea.

It was first published by the UCLA...

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Untangling the Cynefin Framework, Part 3/3 cynefin

Last week, in Part Two of this series on the Cynefin Framework, we explored the unordered world of Complex and Chaotic Systems, and how...

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Untangling the Cynefin Framework: Part 2/3 cynefin

Last week we introduced the Cynefin Framework, a powerful tool for making sense of the very different domains in which we all must solve...

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Untangling the Cynefin Framework: Part 1/3 cynefin

We cannot effectively solve problems or lead teams, let alone entire organizations, without understanding the Cynefin Framework.

A bold statement,...

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