On Gratitude, Agility and Career Transitions

On Gratitude, Agility and Career Transitions

When I was a teenager, I thought I had it all figured out: My life and career would be a logical series of steps and accomplishments. I’d go to college, earn an officer’s commission in the U.S. Navy, see the world. Then, I’d probably go to law school and enjoy another set of logical steps of accomplishments toward “success” in the civilian world. 

Reality, of course, is different. 

Life—and careers—are often full of twists and turns, punctuated by triumphs and failures. Some of those ups and downs are big and public, most are

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Why Perfection Isn’t Good Enough

Why Perfection Isn’t Good Enough

“I just want it to go the right way,” he said, with tears starting to form at the corners of his eyes. “I’m trying and trying and trying and it’s not working.”

The tears began to flow, as he rapidly stamped his feet on the green artificial turn covering the mini-golf course. His knuckles turned white as he gripped his club with a surge of frustration, and he swung as hard as he could at the ball. 

He missed. It was fortunate that he did, because

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Recent Agility Research: March 15, 2016

Here are a few items of new agility-related research that popped up on our radar recently. 

Determination of Sustainable Business Strategies during Recession: An Indian Perspective
By: Pritpal Bhuller

In the pursuit of global growth to enhance profitability, and a continual creation of interoperable synchronization of ambitious business strategies with sustainable business strategies, it is essential for the organisations to distinctively synergize the business in the VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous) world. The financial recession of 2007-08, which started in US but encompassed most of the economies gradually has fostered the idea of formulating sustainable strategies which would safeguard the interests of the organization even during the times of economic meltdown. Indovation and diversification of business has emerged as a new tool for survival during economic slowdown. Suggestions have been made to the corporate world about focusing on those sustainable business strategies that make their fundamentals strong and help them in surviving even in economic slowdown on the basis of the findings of the analysis.

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The Agile Startup Week 11: Experimentation and Learning, VUCA-Style

The Agile Startup Week 11: Experimentation and Learning, VUCA-Style

This week, as evident in the average ratings below by its three co-founders, was one of considerable volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity (VUCA) for GILD Collective. After a bit of a reduced perception of VUCA in Week 10, the team had an interesting Week 11 as part of the Cincinnati-based business accelerator The Brandery, to say the least.

A big part of their increased VUCA this week was likely due to their increased emphasis on testing new ideas in their market while simultaneously maintaining current operations.   

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The Agile Startup Week 5: Let’s Party!

The Agile Startup Week 5: Let’s Party!

I really like data. And I like data even more when they’re used to make decisions—a process I try my best to encourage among the executives whom I consult and students whom I teach. And so that’s why there’s one seemingly small update that GILD Collective made to their homepage that I particularly like. 

It’s the button that says “Let’s Party!” 

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The Agile Startup Week 4: Marketing, Publicizing, Evolving

The Agile Startup Week 4: Marketing, Publicizing, Evolving

The continued marketing push appears to be yielding results for the nascent startup GILD Collective, which just finished its fourth week as members of the Cincinnati-based startup accelerator The Brandery. That’s important because getting the word out about your product or service is a top priority for any startup. And what most people who haven’t dealt with or been a member of a startup don’t realize is that marketing often occurs simultaneously with actually creating one’s product or service. It’s part of the reality of startup life that makes agility so important, as startup leaders must be able to sense and respond rapidly to their market.

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The Agile Startup Week 3: Branding, Selling, Learning

The Agile Startup Week 3: Branding, Selling, Learning

GILD Collective—which is Jessie Deye, Rachel Bauer McCreary and Kelsey Pytlik—just finished its third week as members of the Cincinnati-based startup accelerator The Brandery. It was another week of hard work, insights and learning. 

Here are a few key highlights from the team for this week:

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