Shoshin – Beginners Mindset

"In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, in the expert's mind there are few" - Suzuki Diana Kander gave the opening keynote at the Gartner PPM Summit in Orlando and spoke on The Expert Trap. In this, she talked about the importance of Shoshin, which is a concept in Zen Buddhism meaning Beginners Mindset. A Beginners Mindset is basically [...]

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2016: End of month one

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2016 Week Two: The next list

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2016: End of week one

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Darren LaCroix in Kansas City – 2016

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2016 Week One: The short list

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Did you forget to start?

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