Digging Deeper into Corporate Culture

No regrets on my Bachelors Degree in Anthropology leading not to far away lands, but to the jungles of Corporate America. Anthropology taught me the importance of a holistic view of my work and larger enterprise. The precepts of ethnography and observation combined with recognizing the importance of Culture has been critical to my approach to business leadership.... Continue Reading →

From Managing the Probable to Leading the Possible

I read a terrific article in the McKinsey Quarterly titled "Delighting in the Possible" that presents the case for a shift in leadership that better addresses the complexities of our modern, fast-moving, business environment. The best articles are those that spark a conversation and create a path to deeper thinking and discovery. I invite you to... Continue Reading →

Of Bonfires and Campfires

The executive team reached agreement on the framework and vision for the change process about to begin at their company. The future of the company is at risk due to the changing business environment and new competition. They know it is vital to communicate this new vision to the rest of the organization.  As such... Continue Reading →

Tidal Forces

I stand at the end of Pier 7, a long pedestrian walkway stretching into San Francisco Bay. Fishermen and tourists are my companions as I stare out into the bay, deep in thought. I have much on my mind after meeting with a friend to discuss job possibilities. Organizations now talk of "Change Management" and much of the... Continue Reading →

Engineering and Art

A lack of imagination ... or more accurate, shunning imagination, limits us at work. Imagination fills that sometimes large "empty chasm between noble aspirations and disappointing results."  Managers need be technicians and indeed, artists.  Here is a quote from one of my favorite organizational development resources. "Reframing Organizations: Artistry, Choice, and Leadership" by Lee G. Bolman and... Continue Reading →

Global Leadership Forecast

Just read the Global Leadership Forecast 2014/2015 prepared by the learning consulting firm, DDI and The Conference Board. Fairly standard for me to seek and read such a study with my professional focus on Organizational Development and Learning. I point this out because I am not the target audience for this study. In a perfect world,... Continue Reading →

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