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  • BELIEFS

    Mining for lost treasure

    January 18, 2018

    My first blog of the new year turns out to be the 100th blog I’ve written on this site. Somehow that suddenly struck me as a lot. So I began to read them from the beginning—2011. And...

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    By Jennifer Garvey Berger

  • COMPLEXITY

    Why we write—and read—books

    July 16, 2017

    There are some times when it seems that writing a book is a futile endeavor. Like when people ask me for a one page summary because they really don’t have time for books. In fact, three...

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    By Jennifer Garvey Berger

  • CHANGE

    In a deluge of data look for surprises, not confirmation

    May 28, 2017

    By Jennifer and Wendy (This was also published on the Re:work Google blog) Have you ever tried to find a clear pathway but ended up drowning in data that seem to make everything...

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    By Jennifer Garvey Berger

  • BELIEFS

    Three hopeful ideas about change for weary travelers

    February 19, 2017

    I have a client I’ve been working with for several years now. As we began our work together, I was just finishing the last chapters of Changing on the Job as they were embracing the...

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    By Jennifer Garvey Berger

  • BELIEFS

    Simple habits for bewildering times

    November 10, 2016

    I flew over the US today—from San Francisco to Dallas—and the land looked the same as it always has. Spiky cities with handfuls of suburbs along the coast; crinkled olive hills giving...

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    By Jennifer Garvey Berger

  • BELIEFS

    Leading in complexity: Four lessons from the field

    October 23, 2016

    Mark Striebeck is a participant in one of our leadership programs, and he is teaching me a lot about complexity. A tall, handsome, and thoughtful engineer, he has approached learning...

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    By Jennifer Garvey Berger

  • COMPLEXITY

    Simple Habits to Trump irrationality

    August 1, 2016

    I was flying across the US a few weeks ago, and I engaged in the somewhat dangerous behavior of chatting with my seatmate as the plane filled up. He was in sales, in a global role in a...

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    By Jennifer Garvey Berger

  • COMPLEXITY

    Doubly distracting

    June 27, 2016

    Perhaps, in a distracted multi-media age, we are hamstrung by sentence structure and narrative conventions, lockstepping subjects, objects, and verbs rather than scattershot volleys of...

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    By Keith Johnston

  • COMPLEXITY

    Leading the possible

    April 1, 2015

    Leadership is not about simply maintaining the status quo. Leadership is fundamentally about the future, about bringing people or ideas into a new and better world. It’s hard enough to...

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    By Jennifer Garvey Berger