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  1. Agile project management methodologies are no longer confined to software development or technology companies. As rapid innovation creates the need for increased adaptability, organizations have implemented independent agile teams to provide greater flexibility, efficiency, and customer engagement.  Agile teams manage projects in a series of short Sprints (typically a couple weeks) to produce a product or output. Sprints are iterative development steps toward the final delivery and create many opportunities for calibration with customers and other stakeholders. ..

  2. Five U.S. Senators wrote to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos on March 3, 2021 to express their concerns about surveillance cameras with tracking software being installed in some delivery vans operated by contractors.  The Senators were concerned about privacy and potentially harmful unintended side effects on driving safety...

  3. Many people underestimate the complexity of being a good leader while simultaneously overestimating their own leadership skills. According to Psychology Today, “The Dunning-Kruger effect is a cognitive bias in which people wrongly overestimate their knowledge or ability in a specific area.” The research in this area finds that people who are the least skilled in a particular area are most likely to overestimate their abilities. Skipping the psychological explanation of why this effect might happen,..

  4. All projects and change efforts involve behavioral risk. They require people to start doing some things or to do things differently. When sustained behavior change is a requirement, those responsible for the new behaviors must feel compelled to do so, know specifically what to do, and know how to do it. They must also receive more positive reinforcement for those new behaviors than for any old habits or workarounds that compete with the new behaviors. It might sound simple, but as the number of people involved in the change effort grows, the risk grows...

  5. In the book Measure of a Leader, the authors state, “The best predictors of leadership are found in the behaviors of the leader’s followers.” Measuring a leader by the success of the people he or she leads is a powerful indicator of that person’s true leadership...

  6. It is quite likely that even the best MBA programs in the world are missing out on preparing their candidates with the one thing that will ensure they enter the real world with proven, effective leadership skills; the one thing that guarantees, if applied correctly and consistently, sustainable, positive results. That one thing is a clear understanding of the science of human behavior and how to apply its principles and methods successfully in the workplace. To be clear, this doesn’t just apply to MBA candidates; it extends to anyone in a management position...

  7. Based on the positive response to my blog on Increasing Meaningful Behaviors, I thought it worthwhile to extend the discussion. As you now know, values can play an important role in our lives and help guide us through the environmental “noise” we interact with on a daily basis. Without deliberately using your core values as a way to find direction or purpose in life, the world around you may be actively encouraging behaviors you find inconsistent with who you want to be. In our current social and economic envir..

  8. I’m guessing that many of you have begun to settle into a rhythm while working and leading remotely as we navigate a work world turned upside down by the pandemic. Even as we are adjusting to the current state, everyone in your organization is facing considerable uncertainly. Whether we acknowledge it or not, our behavior is affected by what happens around us...

  9. During this phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, have repeatedly advocated behavior change as mitigating steps to reduce the rate of infections in the population.  "There's no magic bullet. There's no magic vaccine or therapy. It's just behaviors."—Dr. Deborah Birx, White House Press Conference, 3/31/20...

  10. For most of us in the US and for many throughout the world, our lives have been turned upside down by stay-at-home orders. We’ve lost access to many of our favorite places to spend our time.  For me personally, I have lost the ability to be onsite with my clients, to access my gym, to eat at my favorite restaurants, to go climbing, and to participate in my social group.  I am sure you are experiencing similar disruption to your preferred activities.  From a behavior science perspective, what we have lost are sources of reinforcement.  ..

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