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Dee McCrorey
Silicon Valley, CA
Leveling the Innovation Playing Field.(sm)
Interests: travel, sailing, reading, writing, walking, spirited discussions over mugs of lattes and pots of tea, emerging technologies, social media
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Companies suffer when leaders and managers assume that someone is too young or too old to solve complex problems, collaborate in new ways, contribute to the innovative design of a product, or skillfully lead a process improvement project. Reinforcing age-related myths for targeted sectors of a workforce reduce real opportunities to raise the innovation bar for everyone, which is why I'm calling out ten age-related myths for the over forty crowd that we should debunk in 2017. Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2017 at The Practical Professional
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Hoffman's Downtown is one of my favorite places for breakfast in Santa Cruz. Although I certainly try out different dishes now and again, I still find myself returning to my favorite meal of eggs over easy. The chefs consistently get my eggs just right--they're credible in my eyes. What makes you credible in the eyes of others? Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2016 at The Practical Professional
Elliot--youre spot on. I couldnt agree with you more 😃
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Entrepreneurial energy isn't always welcomed within an organization, especially when disrupting the status quo threatens those whose identities rest with the "as is" state. However, it's the enlightened leader and manager who discover innovative ways to tap and channel entrepreneurial moxie as part of a strategic advantage. They apply best-in-class change management techniques because they understand the importance that diversity of thought plays in the workplace. Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2016 at The Practical Professional
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What's great about revisiting a place after years of being away means you get a chance to see your surroundings with fresh eyes. Perhaps you discover something new that wasn't there before or you view something that's been around awhile but with a different perspective. Surrounded by locally-owned cafes and cutting-edge restaurants with side roads leading to some of the best California wineries, revisiting California's Gold Country had me re-exploring the places where miners came to seek their wealth in 1849. Reading up on the tips offered to new miners hoping to hit pay dirt gave me ideas on how you might repurpose some of these tips for your next career do-over. Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2016 at The Practical Professional
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Aging in place is a term that refers to someone living in the residence of their choice, for as long as they're able as they get older and their needs change; where they can have the things that they need in their daily life while maintaining their quality of life. Great when the time comes for a lifestyle shift, but not so great when designing your career strategy. Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2016 at The Practical Professional
Wendy, it sounds as if you're well on your way! The first step is always the hardest, but it sounds from your comments that you regrouped and moved forward on more solid ground. Kudos to you! Thanks for sharing your personal story and thrilled to hear that you took away some practical advice from my post :) Wishing you the best in your endeavors!
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If you think that reporting to a younger manager is a challenge or that managing upwards is tough, how well would you fare with a robotic boss? Gartner revealed its top predictions for IT organizations and users for 2016 and beyond with a strong emphasis on the digital future. Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2016 at The Practical Professional
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Self-reinventions present you with a number of benefits, the obvious one being a transformative you. But contrary to what many people believe, transformation doesn't happen by chance just because you decide to change jobs or leave a career to start-up your own micro-business or even a start-up. A good rule of thumb is that the greater the change the earlier you'll want to begin the process of stress testing your systems before launching the new Product of You. So, what types of changes might require less time and where would you want to introduce longer lead times? Consider the following when pulling together your transformation strategies. Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2016 at The Practical Professional
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What a difference a year makes. During a CES 2015 panel John Chambers, former Cisco CEO, made the following statement: "You either disrupt your industry, disrupt yourself, or become a victim of disruption," he said. A few months later, Chambers announced his succession hand-off to Chuck Robbins, a long-time Cisco insider who had led its worldwide field operations as senior VP before being handed the CEO reins. Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2016 at The Practical Professional
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Throughout 2015 I've mentored four professionals from different generations who also happen to hail from different parts of the U.S. and who all have one thing in common: loss of employment earlier in the year. Either by choice or by necessity they've taken time off from aggressively pursuing a new job, using this time to reflect and consciously decide on their next career move. It's become a gap year of sorts for them, and for one person in particular, it's also turned into a walkabout adventure traveling across the U.S. Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2015 at The Practical Professional
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I published an end-of-year Facebook post about catching up with Rich Goldman, one of the thought leaders in Innovation in a Reinvented World, and who provides readers with insight and experience representative of Essential Element #2: Entrepreneurship. It was fun catching up with Rich again after four years and another... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2015 at The Practical Professional
Here is our short end-of-year video to get the juices pumping for you--2016 is right around the corner! Why not check out our 8 minute video course 10 Pivots to Juice the New Year that includes voice narration and more teachable moments for you. How do YOU plan to juice the new year in your career, business, or your personal life? Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2015 at The Practical Professional
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For one day only on November 30, 2015 we're offering a 2:1 gift-a-membership special. Here's how it works. You purchase a membership for yourself at our regular rate of $79 / month and you get a chance to give a 4-month membership gift to anyone you choose with all the benefits of our Seeding Change membership--full access to all our online courses, monthly Training Insights, community forum, and in January 2016 the launch of our newest course. Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2015 at The Practical Professional
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You may have pulled together a career portfolio in the past, maybe while in college or to land your current job. A solid career portfolio can differentiate you in the marketplace by highlighting your transferable skills and expertise, establish or strengthen your personal brand, and trace your personal development—something that a resume or CV can't fully capture. Entrepreneurial skills will increasingly play a role in differentiating you in the marketplace; helping you land that next job, leadership opportunity, or client. Here are three reasons why you need a portfolio of entrepreneurial skills. Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2015 at The Practical Professional
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How many of you wear (or have worn) badges peppered with words and phrases representative of your company's core values? Have you internalized these core values and model them at work? Are they even meaningful to you? And did you receive training on how to translate these values into everyday behavior? Far too often companies build their cultures around value words, which by themselves mean little to their employees or contingent workers. Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2015 at The Practical Professional
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Compassionate accountability. It’s a life challenge for me—what about you? When I’m under the stress of deadlines or I’ve allowed myself to get too hungry or didn’t get enough sleep the night before—pretty much, things that are in my control—what’s at risk of dropping is more than my energy level. In today’s fast-moving, ambiguous, and disruptive business environments of mergers and product innovations, it doesn’t take much of a leap for us to feel the challenges associated with living and modeling Emotional Intelligence while at work and in our personal lives. Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2015 at The Practical Professional
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How much would you say success in life is due to good timing? You know the adage—right time, right place. Perhaps, you’ve had teachers and bosses who intervened at the right time and inspired you to change your life’s course. Over the years the leaders I’m most grateful for having crossed my paths were those who seemed to instinctively know when I needed them to intervene. Their timing was always impeccable. Intervening at the right time increases the likelihood of your being able to influence someone’s direction, something that they may still be working out in their head. Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2015 at The Practical Professional
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Employee retention is one of those things that keeps talent managers and leadership teams awake at night. And for good reason. The other day I caught a SiliconBeat article about tech worker unhappiness despite the wage and hiring boom we’re experiencing in Santa Clara County—the strongest job market in the nation—with San Francisco-San Mateo area the fifth-strongest. Cities still struggling with unemployment and under-employment might think us spoiled and entitled, but if you scratch the surface and explore why tech workers are feeling restless these days, it might reflect a canary in the coal mine for non-tech workers as well. Among the key findings of the TINYpulse survey of 5,000 tech workers: Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2015 at The Practical Professional
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I was reminded of my 15-day rule for moving beyond setbacks from a former conference attendee who now uses this process for managing her perfectionist tendencies. She credits it for helping her to release, learn, and get closure on the emotional aspects of professional setbacks (it has always served me well). So, I thought this might be a good time to review the original post and convert it to an infographic. Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2015 at The Practical Professional
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There is no magic formula for becoming an entrepreneurial leader—it’s a choice you make about investing time and energy into this reinvention endeavor. Motivation might not even be an issue for you. You realize that applying entrepreneurial skills in today’s disruptive business environments would make a positive difference in your career. But you may be harboring fears about not being a prime candidate for this type of leadership. Let’s dig in and explore some myths and truths about entrepreneurial leadership that you might not have considered. Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2015 at The Practical Professional
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I was reminded of the power of mindful change as an element of personal and professional growth as I was putting the finishing touches on a presentation for an upcoming reinvention program. I was thrown a personal “curveball”, a baseball term for those unfamiliar with American sports, adding another layer of complexity to the reinvention work that I'm helping others with, along with my own reinvention cycle (you might remember that I’m a two-year “marker” person—my Optimum Change Cycle is two years—which means that I begin the reinvention process half-way through my OCC). The practical aspects of mindful change hit home with all the cha-cha-changes going on! Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2015 at The Practical Professional
Thanks much, Chris! I appreciate your comments :)
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I so agree with you, Chris--this is where real growth takes place! Thrilled to hear that you'll give Collaborate Risktaking and the GDN process a go. Keep us posted on how things go and if any new ideas come to you as you implement the process. Cheers!
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People often ask me why I treat a personal or career reinvention like a project. But did you know that by doing so you are 90 percent more likely to reach (or exceed) your goal? This is why Project Managers typically make top notch “reinventionists” once they learn the how of my reinvention model—it becomes an on-demand process for them when they know the optimum time to change. Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2015 at The Practical Professional