Unfettered Growth

A blog by Jerry Murphey

Managing Change with Mental Models

Managing Change with Mental Models 150 150 Jerry Murphey

It was Heraclitus who is first quoted as saying: “Change is the only thing that is constant.”   First of all, doesn’t this quote beg the question: How much change was going on around 500 years before the birth of Christ, compared to today?   I guess there was the constant threat of being attacked…

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20/20 Foresight and the “Woulda,Coulda,Shouldas”

20/20 Foresight and the “Woulda,Coulda,Shouldas” 150 150 Jerry Murphey

It doesn’t take special powers to see what we “woulda, coulda, shoulda” done in the past, after the fact. We all have regrets about the past… an opportunity we missed, if we only knew what we know now. They say hindsight is 20/20. But it takes foresight to combine a vision of the future with…

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Resilience

Resilience 150 150 Jerry Murphey

It is easier to paddle a canoe on a calm lake. Resilient systems are much more efficient and effective. They rely on workflows that function in spite of setbacks, barriers or even limited resources. They do not rely on top-down hierarchical structures but, instead, they create a latticework of self-organization. Its faster to get where…

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Make 2020 Better than 20/20 (Vision)!

Make 2020 Better than 20/20 (Vision)! 150 150 Jerry Murphey

You know that thing where you become aware of something—an unfamiliar word, item, image, or action—and then see it again and again, seemingly everywhere you look. It’s called the Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon. …It works in the other direction, as well. Troxler Fading is an optical illusion where, if we are presented with a steady image in…

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Dream. Plan. Action. Result!

Dream. Plan. Action. Result! 150 150 Jerry Murphey

I don’t know about you, but I get pretty excited about the future at this time of year. For most companies, this is that time of year when dreams are made and plans are laid. Winston Churchill was right when he said “Plans are of little importance, but planning is essential.” The problem with plans…

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Where’s Your Red Line?

Where’s Your Red Line? 150 150 Jerry Murphey

When everything is working in your business, there’s a pace that feels good, a groove or a kind of synchronicity that just seems to naturally flow. But we live in a world of exponentially increasing technology advancements, and keeping up with the pace of change can feel like crossing a red line into confusion and…

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Disruptive Embrace

Disruptive Embrace 150 150 Jerry Murphey

There is so much talk about disruption these days and typically it has to do with innovation.   A new company or product hits the market and displaces existing market leaders — and even eliminates entire industries over time.   The 12 original components selected by Charles Dow to make up his original Dow Jones…

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A story people want to hear

A story people want to hear 150 150 Jerry Murphey

You wonder when your business stopped growing.    You remember a time when talking about features and benefits was enough, and when demonstrating your vast knowledge and mastery got people’s attention.    That was when you could count on your clients to translate what you do into how it solves their problem.   Now there…

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The problem could be there isn’t a problem

The problem could be there isn’t a problem 150 150 Jerry Murphey

The tendency, when something is not working, is to do more, work harder, and go faster. But the best thing to do is slow down, take a step back to see the problem as it is. This is especially true in marketing where the smallest detail can make the difference between failure and success.  …

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Euphemisms

Euphemisms 150 150 Jerry Murphey

“Euphemisms, such as journey, separate the mind from the unpleasant realities around it, and, like the genteelisms we use when we toilet-train children, they have a place in polite society. But the protagonist of a well-told story is not a passive passenger; she struggles dynamically through time and space to fulfill her desire.” Excerpt FromStorynomicsRobert…

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