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Tag Archives: personal development

Complexifiers and Simplifiers: some necessary nuance

Scott Berkun writes that there are two kinds of people in the world: simplifiers and complexifiers. Complexifiers are averse to reduction. Their instincts are to turn simple assignments into quagmires, and to reject simple ideas until they’re buried (or asphyxiated) in layers of abstraction. […] They take pride in consuming more bandwidth, time, and patience […]

Accountability is both social and personal

What do school group projects, volunteer projects, and ongoing campaign coordination have in common? They all involve working with people where the rules are slightly different than the standard work situation. It’s one thing to think about the psychology of a group when everyone gets a paycheque; it’s quite another when the common ground is […]

Lessons: Planning and the Spiral Nature of Experience

We’re at the first day of 2011. I’m coming down the homestretch of this journey I started a year and a half ago with this master’s degree. I’ve been here before, and I will be here again. Here are some lessons from 2010 that I’m hoping to carry with me for the relationship between my personal journey and my work.

Farewell 2009; Salut 2010

2009 has gone and 2010 has come. Good time to collect my reflections on the high and low points, for travel, career, health, projects, skills, all setting the stage for what’s on the horizon for 2010.

Vancouver and Toronto Personal Growth Models: A Theory

Having lived for a little bit of time in Toronto as an adult, and more time in Vancouver (but an equal amount as an assertive, aware, reflecting adult), I’ve noticed some key differences in the way things get done in each place. I have shared my observations with some others who have spent time in […]