An Evening with Peter Senge

Last night I attended an evening talk with Peter Senge at Saint Mary's College near my home. If someone asks me when I first discovered my passion for organizational development work, I point to Peter Senge's masterful book, The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization. That was 25 years ago. I still... 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 →

Of Zombies and Group Decision Making

I recently read an article in the Harvard Business Review, Making Dumb Groups Smarter and immediately thought of zombies. More on that connection later. Group dynamics is a cornerstone of Organizational Development consulting and a core area for my practice.  Work groups and teams (not the same thing) are a necessity in our organizations. We perform... Continue Reading →

Principles Over Plays

Thoughts and questions to start the work week. March Madness begins this week for college basketball here in the United States. Count me as one who enjoys the non-stop, wall-to-wall game action starting later this week. Most experts say this year should have less drama with clear separation of the top teams from the rest... 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 →

Injustice Anywhere is a Threat to Justice Everywhere

Today I read the Letter from a Birmingham Jail written by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  I do not remember ever reading this truly amazing piece of writing.  I trust it will not be the last time I read it and reflect on its meaning. Yes, the letter is long but as Dr. King himself... Continue Reading →

A Natural Learning Organization

I just finished reading Creativity, Inc., The story of Pixar Animation Studios written by one of its founders and current President Ed Catmull, along with Amy Wallace. Pixar, as a business organization, is a runaway success with top grossing movies beginning with Toy Story and forward with every movie released as a #1 hit. We know... Continue Reading →

A Good First Impression

I am reading Creativity Inc, written by Ed Catmull, one of the founders and President at Pixar Animation Studios. I am enjoying the book and will write more about it once I complete the book. For today though, Ed Catmull reminds me of a story from early in  my work career. In the book he remembers his... Continue Reading →

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