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Join us for BootCamp in Italy October 27th, 2016

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When you lack a vision of visions, it is because you haven’t thought things through. If great products come from great teams, and great teams depend on great visions, then the vision of visions—what they are, how to get them, how to make them real—is of the utmost importance. If you think things through, you will naturally want to define…


Victims of Mediocrity

People who are involved with projects with no vision are not victims. Those whose work has little purpose and much commotion cannot legitimately cry out for relief. Those who suffer relationships that have no noble end in mind will find no one to blame. Ultimately, a life lived without the vitality of vision can never point beyond itself. This type…

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Videoconference: Build Great Teams

Build Great Teams with the Core Protocols, videoconference hosted by Greatness Guild, February 29 at 1:00pm ET. Register here

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“What if someone expresses a lame idea? If you tell yourself, “This guy’s a fool,” or “That’s a stupid idea,” what have you received? Nothing. A small pain, a wince, and a living confirmation of the world’s uselessness and the tribulations of your job. If you simply tell yourself that you are the smarter person, you might stoke up your…



I am very much enjoying a Netflix series in Japanese, called “Atelier.” The acting and script are very stylized and iconic. Manga-like in many ways. Yet the show is all about fashion, lingerie, and women in business. In Japan. By Netflix. Whoa. Such a terrific, 21st century melange. I see a future here. “Atelier” is actually about personal – and…

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Check your intention

In one-on-one communication, if the discussion becomes boring or difficult, stop it and ask yourself what you intend to achieve and how you would act if you were showing integrity—and then act that way. If you are clear in that regard but continue to experience problems, ask the other person what s/he intends. From Software for your Head Go here…



Knowing precisely what you want often determines whether you will ultimately achieve it. The intensity of focus reported by those who are renowned for their achievements can be summoned only when behavior is informed with explicit intention. The united intention of its many members is as important a tool for a team as singleness of purpose can be for the…



Making decisions is a way for a team to create (and apply) group intention and to identify, incorporate, and mobilize free will. “Deciding as one” requires (at least presumptively) that a team do the following: • Gather and apply its accumulated information • Reveal its desirable qualities • Inhibit its undesirable qualities • Specify its subsequent behavior From Software for…


Teams Must Incorporate Free Will or Lose Value

Choices demonstrate free will and are one sign of sentient presence. People have free will. Take it away, reduce it, pretend that they don’t have it, or allow them to pretend they don’t, and they are greatly diminished. A team can never surpass the limits of its individual members unless it exploits or even increases the exercise of their free…

The Schedule is a Work of Fiction

     The Foundatons of Mediocrity: Foundation Number III: THE SCHEDULE By Jim and Michele McCarthy  2005 Jim McCarthy:  Welcome! Michele McCarthy:  Welcome to the McCarthy Show. Jim:  Glad to see you. Thanks for downloading us, bouncing down that ever so spotty DSL. That’s always a problem. I prefer cable these days for the download speed. But I got here,…

My Prejudice

My Prejudice 1. Prejudice is positive or negative evaluations toward people based on their perceived group membership. 2. I’m pretty sure that is a reasonable definition. It’s the one I have been going with for a long time. 3. I have given up on eradicating my own *inclination* to be prejudicial. I just accept it. 4. I have generally applied…

Software Stories

From Dynamics of Software Development, Microsoft Press, 1995, 2006   Rule 40 Every little milestone has a story all its own. Each milestone needs a story…The spirit of a milestone can be expressed in the story of the milestone. The story is a description of what is meant to be achieved in the milestone. All arguments can be resolved (theoretically)…

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On Connection

In one of our Facebook Goups, where the 2015 spring Bootcamp persists triumphantly, someone asked this wonderful question: “Connection is….?” It was wonderful to me because Michele and I had spent a lot of time answering it earlier, and discussing it muchly elsewhere…If you open Software for Your Head in a copy of acrobat that has a search function, you…


Emotional Wildfires

Often, your feelings are identical and/or occurring in synchrony with the emotions of other members of the team. This shared state gives rise to emotional wildfires, where a feeling leaps from person to person, out of control. Moreover, your emotional intensity often aligns with that of others, even when the specific feelings do not. From “Software for your Head” by Jim…


Emotional Diversity

“Obviously, the aggregate emotional information of a team is highly relevant to the team. This relevance applies not only at the time of an emotion, but also throughout the life cycle of that emotion on the team. Any group includes several types of people: emotional leaders, who anticipate others’ feelings with their own; empathic types, who feel what others are…

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The Effective Discharge of Emotions

Although emotions carry important information for the mature individual and team, they have little or no moral value. The way in which you respond to emotions determines the extent to which you benefit from them. Your responses are part of the habits that determine the value of your experience. Each of the four emotional conditions in The Core’s palette brings…


A Block to Collaborative Intimacy

Oddly, the biggest challenge to collaborative intimacy stems from defenses against the benefit of prolonged and increasing connection. The team crises that arise from this resistance occur early and persist indefinitely. When your emotions erupt, with neither clear intention nor mature self-observation, they function much like a baby’s cry. You demand attention, but, unlike a baby, you lack the legitimacy…

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Emotional Maturity

Maturity is really about the locus of one’s identity. The extent to which you view yourself with increasingly accurate self-observation—in real time—is the degree to which you may claim to be mature. A mature identity considers more of its total experience than a less mature identity. In the emotional domain, this maturity includes the following: Experiencing your feelings Thinking about…

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Unthinking Action

Being “too emotional” seems implausible, perhaps even impossible. Is “too emotional” an oxymoron? Not Thinking and Feeling simultaneously, so that you cannot benefit from your feelings, is a genuine concern. While you may not be “too emotional,” you may act without cognition. It is also true that you tend to want to act when you feel uncomfortable or observe another’s…

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