Monday, November 21, 2022

Amazing Journey Album is Now Streaming

 Announcing “Amazing Journey” by the Foxx and Sinur Label is Now Streaming

Everybody has a life journey to experience. This collection of songs takes you down a journey of the search for fulfillment and love. While each song stands alone with unique style and message, together they create a journey for the listener that will evoke various emotions while delighting your ear, engaging your mind, and hopefully moving your soul. Amazing Journey is streaming on all major streaming services. Please try your favorite streaming service. If you don’t have access to a service, there is a CD available.  Click here for a Sample of Amazing Journey



What Others are Saying About Amazing Journey

Amazing Journey is an eclectic mix of many musical styles. The songs take you on a well-crafted emotional journey. Top notch musicianship along with the heartfelt vocals and lyrics make this a very enjoyable project indeed!

Greg Chaisson, Manager of Bizarre Guitar plus bass guitarist, singer, songwriter, and producer of Atomic Kings and Badlands, Phoenix, AZ

I really like how this turned out; there are so many different styles at play and it works! The production/mix is tight. Siren’s Song is my favorite, but there’s so much to love here! You should be proud of this CD! I’m impressed!

David McCoy, Former DJ and Digital Consultant, Atlanta Georgia

“Having grown up on theme albums, I miss them with new albums having just a number of songs. Jim and Ethan have put together an album on the themes of life and love. I found myself drawn to the deep experiences in my own life as they came back to life in this album. Highly recommend this exploration”

Craig Hayenga, Retired NASA Scientist, Phoenix, AZ






Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Winning Change Management Delivers

It matters not what kind of situation organizations find themselves in; change is always present. Change often implies an organizational and individual risk that creates angst. These facts alone should drive organizations to be great at change, but unfortunately, they generally are not. In today's world, it seems like stability is even more elusive, with change and potential change hovering around every corner. Therefore, it puts a premium, making change management a core business capability. What should organizations do to improve the change process to survive, thrive, and capitalize on change? There are three things that I would point to that are enumerated below:



Continuous Alignment on Goals:

Change is no longer a project with a defined start and end. Instead, it is continuous and accelerating. Because of the agility needed in the world today, there is a significant need to keep teams focused on their goals and any change or refinement of those goals. It means that the goals become a first-class visibility object in the change process. Because alignment is crucial because the change cycle will likely be split into many pieces, all progressing while changing the interactions of several advancing teams. There are two key enablers to making this happen. One is a shared repository of goals and all the supporting content for all to see. The other is a strong collaboration and communication capability to keep everyone abreast of progress when goals are stable and changes if the goals shift.

Focus on Watching the Change:

In an emergent world, change management must provide Just-in-time feedback to all recipients in a synchronized fashion, so all can act on it appropriately. Change sponsors often only look at the emergent change's operational and tactical results. It is a significant miscalculation. Sponsors need to be laser-focused on the actual change process itself. This way, the results will align with expectations, but more importantly, drift can be detected early to adjust during the change process. The sponsors will lead the way to the teams keeping a sharp eye on the progress of the change management process.

Upscale Team Change Skills:

Because of the increased frequency of the multitude of sources of and impact of today's change, organizations had better make change management a core competency. In some instances, this will become a survival skill, whereas, in other circumstances, it will be a necessary part of a game plan to win. As we all know, people are the key to change, and they have an emotional tie to the changes. While they might like the vision, some folks fear the change. Here, empathy is crucial in keeping leaders and team members on an even keel. In addition, clear visibility and effective communication are necessary without all the overhead of meetings.

Net; Net:

Change management is crucial for organizations to succeed and drive outcomes. It is common knowledge that study after study points to a 70% change failure rate. On the horizon, all organizations are seeing more change coming. We are at a critical juncture to "Get Great at Change" or else. The convergence of more change than ever and being poor at it paints a grim picture. Change management has risen to the top processes to get great at. You can't just hire a consultant that works with your executives and declare change; you must get much better at the change management process to make changes effective. It should become a core competency.

Additional Readings:


There is one organization that gets it and helps you grow competency in change management that doesn’t take a vacuum cleaner to your pocketbook. Here is a pointer to some of their writings



Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Art for the 3rd Quarter 2022

 I decided to return to my traditional digital art and produce some colorful pieces. I also tried a sponged piece just for grins. Let me know what you think of these recent fractals. If you want to enjoy some of my past pieces, click here. Next quarter, I'll probably do some more experimentation. 



                                               Starlight




                                              Emergent


                                           Neon Strings

Monday, October 10, 2022

Survive Changing Change

The good news is that organizations know an organization must change to succeed and drive business outcomes, but change management is complex today. The bad news is that change itself is changing from "point-in-time" to "all-the-time," and organizations had better get great at it because change rates are accelerating, as you read this post. It is on top of the fact that organizations have traditionally struggled with the change in calmer times. There will also be more relaxed times to catch the collective organizational breath. If you believe the numbers floating on the web for traditional change failure rates, the cards are stacked against organizations. It's time to turn the tide, folks.



Change is Changing:

Change is becoming emergent and real-time. Change is no longer a project with a defined start and end. It is continuous and accelerating. Today we have significant opportunities with digital technologies to automate and shrink time and costs out of our processes. Still, things are changing so fast that optimizing with automation is becoming a big challenge. Today our customers, employees, and partners are under tremendous pressure, fueling the fire of change. Customers want organizations to shift from a product, service, and process-driven approaches to empathetic outside-in sensibleness. We ask people to move from fixed to flexible efforts along with our underlying organizational infrastructures. We ask them not to fear change but to embrace change as the new normal.

Change Management is Changing:

In an emergent world, change management must provide Just-in-time feedback to all recipients in a synchronized fashion, so all can act on it appropriately. This kind of feedback allows recipients to adjust their behavior and witness the effects of these adjustments on performance and outcomes. This information must be personalized in a way uniquely relevant to the users in their context and contributions to the greater group goal. It will often include sidestepping the hierarchy to create direct connections among people while stakeholders can watch the adaptation. The intermediaries must not get in the way of resolution. Change management will have to build empathy, community, and shared purpose as people are no longer in a common location to collaborate. Providing an outlet for colleagues to share and see all the information, including progress and commentary, is essential. In this real-time change, world progress must be demonstrated visibly while linked to changing goals. The problem is that today’s methods, tools, and techniques are too slow and not goal-led, with real-time progress immediately visible.

Three Key Coping Mechanisms to Survive:

· There is a need for real-time dashboards where active watching and learning can be encouraged and assisted. It gives timely information in a customized fashion to the right people.

· There is a need for features that help with situational analysis so that decisions can be assisted and carried out in a thoughtful and timely fashion, with or without automation.

· There is a need for a goal-directed set of collaborations that give guidance and shared visibility to all the roles implemented and affected by the changing change.

Change Case Studies:


Human touch case study 

Net; Net:


Change management is crucial for organizations to succeed and drive outcomes. Over 75% of organizations want to add more change management initiatives in the coming years. It means investing in better change, even if it is like "Nailing Jell-O to a Tree." It will require a shift in organizational culture while applying a new generation of digital communications as we engage our constituents in real-time and continuous. 

Thursday, October 6, 2022

What Have Folks Been Reading Lately

 During the third quarter, the interest in real-time business visibility was accelerated, emphasizing situational analysis. It makes total sense as events worldwide are interconnected and emerging, causing organizations to make the right decisions and apply the proper actions in a more timely fashion. This effort depends on unifying various data sources, usually in the cloud these days. You can see this in the pie chart below measuring the third quarter 2022 topics. It is also interesting that Northern European countries are keenly interested in these topics as they respond to war-related moves tactically while dealing with more strategic shifts related to climate and supply chains. See the offshore (non-US) hits by country. typically northern Europe is an early adopter of new technologies that link to business outcomes. YTD for 2022 shows an increased interest in customer-pleasing efforts as we slip into a downturn where the fight for customer loyalty will be crucial. So the quest for automation for profitability will have to be taken in light of customer acceptance. 




Sunday, September 4, 2022

Life is an Amazing Journey

 We are pleased to bring you seven new original songs that follow an amazing journey seeking self-understanding and love. Please enjoy the short clip that samples each song by clicking here. Join us in this exciting pre-release by ordering the CD and learning how this multi-generational team got together Just send an email to jim.sinur@gmail.com to start the process. The full release will happen in October if all goes well. 


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                                                               Song list 



                                                          Contributors



Don't miss your opportunity to be part of our musical journey by emailing me at jim.sinur@gmail.com

Monday, August 8, 2022

Situational Awareness is Now at the Front Line of Business

As of this writing, we see unprecedented times, and the sands are shifting all around businesses. While organizations can't stop the moving sands of interacting situations, savvy organizations keep their strategies in line with adaptable critical success factors. Today all organizations have to deal with a changing brew of external factors while managing their internal network of resources dynamically. All of this as the interactions of these forces emerge. Keeping a solid balance and learning to play offense in challenging times will depend on becoming much better at situational awareness. Situational awareness is being aware of what is happening around you in terms of where you are, where you are supposed to be, and whether anyone or anything around you is a threat to your health and safety. Therefore, situational awareness is becoming a priority business skill, but it includes opportunities too. This awareness must be built and tested before the battles of keeping organizations on course emerge to create muscle memory for proper decisions and actions. Situational awareness is essential for survival at a minimum and a great partner for gaining an advantage.


Looking around us, we can see emerging and morphing external and internal forces playing together to contribute to the challenge of staying on top of situational analysis, significant in-context decisions, and on-point actions. How long to keep up the course with the active strategy and policies is also in the mix. Here are lists of external and internal factors that are active right now. I’m sure you could easily add to these lists, which will shift and change over time to make an appropriate balance more challenging. To complicate matters, organizations must manage their spending, secure talent, and accelerate digital to keep up with current trends. All of these factors are changing at the feet of the executives who must deliver radical productivity and speedy innovation while practicing a boundary-less mindset.

External Factors:

· Persistent Inflation

· Economic Headwinds

· Supply Chain Constraints

· Energy and Food Insecurity

· Pandemic Fatigue

· Climate Crisis

· Shortages

· Cyber Crimes / Ransomware

· Wars / Conflicts

· Social Unrest


Internal Factors:

· Skills Scarcity

· Lack of Experience

· Adaptability

· Keeping Goal Focus

· Flexible KPIs

· Vigilance

· Keen Project Management

· Continuous Improvement

· Lean Operations

· Smart Automation


There are three-time slices that organizations must keep their focus on or suffer from getting blind-sided.

Predictive

Much of situational analysis focuses on immediate situations. However, organizations must project beyond the current state and try to predict the twists, turns, and combinations of factors that could present a significant threat or an ample opportunity. It is where digital assistance from AI and Analytics combinations can add tremendous value, especially with newer visualization techniques.

Real-Time

Keeping an eye on all the moving parts of "What's Happening Right Now" is a tremendous challenge for organizations overwhelmed by the tsunami of data, information, and advice coming onboard. Again digital assistance can help by recognizing signals, events, and patterns that the human eye can't possibly watch.

Post Audit

It is also imperative for organizations to learn about past realities and the "Mach-Testing" of likely scenarios. Analysis of actual situations without the pressure of immediacy is crucial for preparing for future conditions. In addition, this process can create test beds for practicing situational awareness and adaptation.

Net; Net:

Situational awareness must become a competency before time catches up with old-style management practices. An organization's processes must be as change-proof as possible by staying adaptable. This adaptability must be guided by key insights from all three-time slices supported by both emerging and established digital business infrastructures. Keeping up with changing performance indicators and flexible/smart automation is essential to stay in business. Is it easy to practice strategy changes while to operations and tactics? One thing is for sure. There are methods, tactics, tools, and techniques that can make it easier, faster, and more effective. Some of the blog posts listed in additional reading might help the reader. In addition, a couple of vendors can help with this approach. Wizsm & Tibco.


Additional Reading: