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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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A global pandemic is in full swing with countries in various stages of lock down, compulsory mask wearing, social distancing, distance learning, work from home (WFH) and other means of trying to manage a virus that has no borders. In some ways, we could add a seventh fear to this list. Pandemic fear. This additional layer of fear is affecting us all in different ways. As you go through the six types of fears below, consider the anxiety and stress levels associated with what you may be going through and what others you work with may be going through as well. Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2020 at The Practical Professional
When organizations hurt, everything becomes a top priority—C and D tasks become fire drills overnight—busyness suddenly feels like a full-time job. Already stressed workers often translate this type of busy work as something happening behind the scenes—increasing their anxiety. Everyday tasks feel heavier, leaving little room for creative problem solving. Broken systems and processes become more obvious during a crisis. Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2020 at The Practical Professional
In the last six months I’ve had a number of career professionals from various industries and business backgrounds requesting one of my rotating mentoring slots on a single topic: risktaking. Their requests have run the gamut from just beginning their hero’s risktaking journey to someone who once thought their risktaking chops would last a career lifetime, only to discover that after recent setbacks their risktaking efforts are considered reckless instead of responsible. Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2019 at The Practical Professional
Since reading Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero with a Thousand Faces over two decades ago, his “mythological structure of the journey of the archetypal hero that he found in world myths” continues to fascinate me as a writer, learning producer, and emerging documentary filmmaker. Given today’s global challenges it’s not too difficult to understand why so many people feel overwhelmed and incapable of seeking out their heroic nature, when just getting by each day can feel heroic. Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2019 at The Practical Professional
Shortly after my book was published I held a workshop at the Santa Clara Public Library where much of my research was done (never overlook great research librarians!). One of the women in the audience asked if reinventions and transformations were the same thing. Great question and one that we often get asked. Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2019 at The Practical Professional
In the last couple of years I’ve been focused on laying down the first draft of my memoir while also working on a pre-production draft of a documentary, so you could say that I’ve been deeply involved in peeling away layers. Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2019 at The Practical Professional
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 Jul 12, 2019 at The Practical Professional
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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