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Reverse Rationalization

Posted on October 26, 2014

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Anything can be explained in hindsight. Children often have wonderfully complex excuses. Partners frequently summarize the end of long-term relationships in very simple terms. Our minds constantly generate and rationalize desires. The timing difference is interesting…how we think in the moment versus how we think looking back. “I’m interested in how people understand things in present tense, and not how they tell the story back to themselves in the past. That’s why I’m not that interested in interviews. People create these narratives of themselves, and it becomes a kind of locked path. All the uncertainty and danger and risk and decision-making are ripped from the telling.” –Laura Poitras I occasionally see project teams make two separate sales pitches. The first is in advance of the…

Colorado

Posted on October 19, 2014

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A lovely fall week in Colorado. First meal at The Source. A run at Red Rocks and breakfast in Golden. A slow drive along Independence Pass to Aspen. A Medicine Ball to go (Recipe: Mint, Chamomile, Honey, Lemon steeped to taste). A dinner in Vail after a day in the valley. It’s low season for some I suppose… *

The Sizzle and the Steak

Posted on October 7, 2014

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Early in my consulting career, while working a project in New Jersey, I drove to Atlantic City for an evening. I met some teammates for dinner, played cards for a few hours and then drove back to my usual hotel near the client site. The next morning I walked into the office and was immediately confronted by one of my project managers – where did you go last night, who was with you, etc. – turns out some guys hadn’t made it back yet, and along with eight others I was now branded a member of the “AC9”. It didn’t matter what exactly was done or not done by each individual, what mattered was the negative narrative for the group. Dealing with communication as much as we did, we should have…