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Dee McCrorey
Silicon Valley, CA
Leveling the Innovation Playing Field.(sm)
Interests: AI, robotics, workplace change, future of work, creativity, innovation, responsible risktaking
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It’s the middle strata that gets squeezed by leadership teams that demand more output with less budget and resources, squeezed by direct reports, stakeholders, and functional teams who demand time and energy, and squeezed by vendors and suppliers who look to them for day-to-day operational direction. The good news? There’s no such thing as a wasted experience. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Practical Professional
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A slew of articles caught my eye this week that could provide us with a sneak peek into future skills and tasks that will impact the types of jobs available, particularly for what I call the middle strata—program and project managers, change practitioners, and mid-level leaders—career professionals who will shoulder the brunt of transformational change for organizations, particularly as AI and other advanced technologies take root. Let’s begin by taking a look at three areas—human data labeling, AI communications, and human-to-machine collaboration—in order to get a better idea of how the dots might connect for the middle strata in the next few years. Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2019 at The Practical Professional
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Economic downturns can happen at any time. The toughest part in planning for a recession is that those who may be impacted the most will typically have less time to plan. This means that you'll want to be prepared ahead of the curve-at all times. Let’s look at seven reasons why you’ll want to recession-proof your next career reinvention—now. Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2019 at The Practical Professional
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Wondering if you’re a “what-if” person like Jasmine? Jasmine (not her real name) and I met during a delayed flight from San Jose to Honolulu. Crammed into a lounge area filled with people none too pleased with the delay, we carried on a philosophical conversation about what it means to live a full life. I don’t know about you, but for me the right people show up in my life when I need to hear what they have to say. It often works in reverse as well. Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2019 at The Practical Professional
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Gartner projects that by 2030 artificial intelligence will replace up to 80 percent of the tasks managed today by project managers. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Project managers manage a myriad of granular tasks that could (and should) be offloaded to smart machines so that PM’s can focus on implementing more complex, high-risk initiatives. Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2019 at The Practical Professional
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A NYTimes quote the other day by California’s Governor Gavin Newsom got my attention when asked about his major areas of focus in the near term —preparing for a recession — “more acute than ‘01 but less acute than ‘07”. It’s good to hear that Newsom’s administration is planning and preparing for the next economic downturn. Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2019 at The Practical Professional
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The soft underbelly of reinventing yourself? Not everyone will delight in your self-discoveries, especially if it disrupts how they feel about you and confusion about how you’ll fit in their world. Prepare for it now. Then it won’t come as a shock to your senses when family, friends, colleagues, and even old bosses see you as disrupting their equilibrium. Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2019 at The Practical Professional
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You might have read the article that summarizes the results of a survey by KPMG LLP titled "Will Women Take Big Risks?" It was disconcerting to see that less than half of the 2,000 respondents of the Risk, Resilience, Reward survey were open to taking big risks to further their careers. Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2019 at The Practical Professional
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Adaptability is one of those words that get bandied about along with the likes of resilience and flexibility and agility. There's the more formal definition of adaptability: the quality of being able to adjust to new conditions. But it's only a word unless you apply it to an experience that has somehow changed you along the way, which brings me to the other definition of adaptability: the capacity to be modified for a new use or purpose. Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2019 at The Practical Professional
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In the waning days of another year it’s natural to reflect on a year gone by. What were the highlights and lowlights? Where could I have adjusted my actions to better align with my desired goals? Were there times where I could have stepped up to take advantage of higher quality opportunities? Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2018 at The Practical Professional
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Can you develop an appreciation for office politics? Most people I speak with may not think so until I share a glass half-full view instead of an empty glass perspective. Of course, much depends on whether you take steps to learn from different environments and the people dynamics that come with your experience. Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2018 at The Practical Professional
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We've decided to so something a bit different this year in celebration of my book's publication by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. in September 2011 (how fast these seven years have passed!). I'm offering readers a complimentary subscription to our Seeding Change membership site. Please use CODE IIRW2018 at checkout to receive one month free access to our interactive courses. Sign-ups are good through 12/30/18. This would be a great opportunity to work through our current online courses in preparation for our upcoming training in early 2019 AI in the Workplace. Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2018 at The Practical Professional
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As my team begins development on our training series AI in the Workplace℠ available to Seeding Change members in early 2019, I thought this would be a good time to write a post about not overlooking the basics. Focusing entirely on developing technical skill sets for 2030 and beyond may actually put you at risk of bypassing the transferable skills that will successfully lead you into the future. Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2018 at The Practical Professional
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Employers, business leaders, and career professionals can expect considerable workplace disruption in the coming decade. What we do today to manage change associated with this technological transformation will impact the lives we live in 2030 and beyond. Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2018 at The Practical Professional
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Learning how to successfully pivot begins with knowing what could get in your way. Think of pivot points as the bridge between your Plan A and your Plan B. By placing pivot points where you anticipate hiccups along the way, you prepare yourself and your team for potential risks and possible setbacks. But not all pivots are to avoid risk--unexpected opportunities can surface as well, and if you've prepared your mind to take them in you'll be ready to make the most of a shift in direction. This infographic will help serve as a reminder for ten drivers of change that can present risks or opportunities for you. Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2018 at The Practical Professional
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Business leaders might have it tough today, but it’s about to get a whole lot tougher. Except this time there won’t be any faking it until you make it. Leadership will truly come into its own in the next few years and it won’t be for the faint of heart. We’re leading up to a technological inflection point that increasingly includes AI as part of any digital transformation. In less than a decade the skills required to effectively keep the “wheels on the bus” rolling for organizations will look very different. The workplace itself will look and feel different. Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2018 at The Practical Professional
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I've received a number of requests for a "cheat sheet" on how to prepare for change. I've pulled together a video (14:20) for you on pre-activities to consider when preparing for change. Below is the 8-day checklist that I use. Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2018 at The Practical Professional
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What does automation angst look like in 2018? It might look different for everyone. Contributing to the general sense of angst is that no one knows for certain how innovative breakthroughs and transformative technologies will play out for society, industries, and institutions in the next decade (let alone the next 20 or 30 years). Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2018 at The Practical Professional
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MIT's EmTech NEXT 2018 conference attracted an interesting mix of attendees prepared to learn about how AI and robotics are changing the future of work and asking--Are You Ready? From technologists, educators, and start-up teams to students, analysts, industry and government leaders, people came seeking answers, insights, and tips for ways to navigate and manage the disruption that advanced technologies will bring. Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2018 at The Practical Professional
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I'm heading out this week to MIT's EmTech NEXT conference on June 4-5 and will blog (during and after the event) about the topics covered by the great lineup of presenters. The two day event will focus on AI and robotics and how they're changing the future of work. Check out the agenda and you'll get a sense of why this event is important. Can't attend the conference? Be sure to subscribe to our blog and receive updates as they're posted. Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2018 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