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Static to signal

Louder Than Ten
September 05, 2018

Static to signal

Your job isn’t what you think it is. Ringing the iron triangle of time, scope, and budget doesn’t drown out the complexity of humans working with other humans. Your real job is to create alignment with your folks at work: to bind them together so everyone is pulling in the same direction, fighting for the same things, and uniting for the same purpose. Join Rachel Gertz for a frank discussion about getting your people on the same frequency so you can focus on doing the work that matters. A talk for the Digital PM Summit 2018 in Memphis.

• Key behaviors, responses, and environmental changes that indicate stakeholder misalignment and practical scripts and tips for how to respond
• How to create strong work allies who champion your processes and ideas
• Our evolving role as process and organizational change makers and how we become invaluable catalyzers on our teams

Club of Rome study; Big Think: https://bigthink.com/paul-ratner/in-1973-an-mit-computer-predicted-the-end-of-civilization-so-far-its-on-target
Iron Ring Ceremony:
Avoiding Toxic Workers; Activ Collab: https://activecollab.com/blog/growth/avoiding-toxic-workers
The business case for psychological safety; Workplace Strategies: https://www.workplacestrategiesformentalhealth.com/free-training-and-tools/making-the-business-case
Post meritocracy: https://postmeritocracy.org/
Leverage Points: Places to Intervene in a System: http://donellameadows.org/archives/leverage-points-places-to-intervene-in-a-system/
Wicked questions; Coax: https://louderthanten.com/coax/wicked-questions

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