State of Mind Archives - Amie Devero

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Uncertainty Grammar

May 17, 2022
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In Turkish there is a suffix (mis) that turns  a statement uncertain. It’s used to create the “inferential” mood. We don’t have anything like it in English or other Latinate languages, although it does exist in many Baltic languages.  In Estonian it is called the oblique […]

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The Scale-Up Squeeze-Out

April 12, 2022
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There often comes a time in every high-growth start-up when new executive leadership is hired –and sometimes, they replace or displace the stalwart early team members. I’ve heard this phase called “Scale-Up” as distinct from “start-up”.
When a start-up begins, it is […]

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Businessman taking a decision

Are You Playing the Wrong Game?

January 31, 2022
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One of the hardest things to gauge in a new organization is what is expected. At the grandest level, we call this culture. But the broadness of the term “culture” can obscure the insidious ways it messes with us.

Here’s a different cut […]

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Businessman is using his telescope

How Was Next Year?

January 5, 2022
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Happy New Year!
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Take a minute and imagine that you were an Olympic diver. As preparation for the world championships, part of your training includes regularly visualize that winning dive.

In your mind’s eye, you see and feel yourself walking up the steps […]

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Your Great (But Struggling) Employee

September 28, 2021
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What do you do when a great employee can’t seem to handle parts of his job, but flourishes in most of it? Especially if he is am awesome team member.

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Why Does Getting Feedback Suck?

September 14, 2021
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You may enjoy this short, summary video.
Literature is devoted to how managers should deliver feedback: Creating a context, “feedback sandwiches” (good news, bad news, good news –in that order) and more. But almost nobody considers the other person…the one receiving feedback.

Yet, for every one of […]

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Dying to Go To The Office

August 10, 2021
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It seems like every day I read about the employees who are refusing to leave their homes. They so love being with their families and missing the commute that they won’t give up those advantages.

The media is obsessed with that phenomenon. And clearly, it is a […]

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The Chattering Brain

July 27, 2021
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I had a friend who was in a bad romantic relationship. She lived near me, so we so saw each other all the time. For months it seems like every conversation would eventually circle back to her boyfriend. I listened day in and day out to her interpretations […]

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