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 →

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 →

Balance, Not Stability

I will forever be fascinated by Pixar. I love Pixar's origin story with a fateful sale of the company by  George Lucas to  Steve Jobs.  I define my children's life stages by which Pixar movie was in theaters at the time.  Living near Pixar's studio, I drive by and think of the mysterious Willy Wonka factory and how... Continue Reading →

Truth In Trials

In the excellent business book, Onward: How Starbucks Fought for Its Life Without Losing Its Soul we get the story of how Howard Schultz, the founder of Starbucks, returned to the everyday CEO duties in 2008 and lead the turnaround of the company. I, for one, never followed the business side of Starbucks to realize... Continue Reading →

The Age of Wisdom May Be 103

I attended a retirement dinner last week. An honor. Not one person or even two, but three men honored on this night.  My wife works for this company, one of the largest in the world.  It is a place that people start a career and decide to stay. These retirees reached 34, 34, and 35... Continue Reading →

So Willingly Given

Margaret (Meg) Wheatley is a business theorist and connected to the Learning Organization theory and practice that serves as an influence for me. Much of her writing focuses on how we organize ourselves ... our communities and our business operations. She looks to nature for inspiration and even answers for how to organize. Very thought-provoking... Continue Reading →

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