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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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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 4 days ago 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
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 reinvention for him! 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