Author Archives: Gerry Kirk

Feeling broke? Check your thoughts. It worked for Jeff

Lately I’ve been focusing more on the mental side of business and life. So much of our success is tied to how we think about ourselves, our situation, and those around us. So when I got this email from Jeff Lerner, a guy I have a ton of respect for and one of the most…

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Adjust your settings (part 2 of 5 to a more effective you)

This week we look at what happened one week after Nancy started using her Personal Kanban™ system (read part one here). It’s not enough to be busy. We’re all good at that! What we want is to be effective, to do the stuff that matters most. The first step to becoming more effective is to…

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5 steps to a happier, more effective you (Part 1)

Meet Nancy, a new client of mine. She wears many hats. She manages a support team, coordinates and defines work for the software development team, and works on many internal improvement projects. Oh, and she’s constantly interrupted by a barrage of emails, phone calls and in person visits, making it a challenge to get anything…

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A Personal (Kanban) dream come true

A dream of mine is coming true. For some time now, I’ve wanted to reach more people to get the deep benefit of Personal Kanban. I’m also unsatisfied with the big batch approach of one day workshops, where people absorb a lot of material before a chance to apply it. At the same time, I’ve…

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1 simple step to more satisfying work

  How often does someone say they are really busy when you ask them how they’re doing? It’s like a badge of honour. If we’re not busy, then we’re wasting time, right? It’s easy to get caught up in being busy, forgetting where the time has gone. Imagine discovering one day that everything you’ve been…

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Personal Kanban Sault College meetup notes

Today I met with some of the workshop participants from last May’s Personal Kanban workshop. I was curious to see how people have been experimenting with Personal Kanban and learning about themselves in the process. What’s worked: High value in using Today / Waiting On columns to stay focused on what is important right now.…

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Lean Change: Applying Lean Startup to Change Programs

If you think building a successful technology product is hard, try organizational change. Shifting culture involves people, and people are complex creatures (I can say that being one myself, and having helped create a few others), which is why most change efforts fail to deliver on their promises. Traditional upfront planning approaches don’t incorporate enough…

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Defining moments from 2011

Another year has passed, 2011 was filled with major change around the world. Here is my personal look back at 2011, and the changes that took place in my own life: Personal Growth A big investment this year was taking the highly regarded Co-Active Coach Training Program. I felt it was time to bring in…

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Expense help for busy professionals like U

I discovered I have a gift. Over the years, I’ve assembled a series of tools and processes that greatly streamlines my business operations, something important for a solopreneur like myself. When I talk to other consultants and busy professionals, they are delighted to learn about these improvements for their own work. When I can help…

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Democracy unleashed: bringing agility to citizen engagement [Agile 2011 Experience Report]

Looking for the crowd-sourced mind map of the session? You can view/edit/copy/export it here. Empowered individuals. Creative, participatory decision making. Connectedness and care for each other. These words apply equally to an Agile organization as to a healthy community. What might happen if we applied Agile values and methods to transform communities? I will share…

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