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 →

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 →

“The Holy Grail” of HR

I recently read a great article presented by the Human Resources consulting firm, Human Synergistics.  I am a big advocate for their services including insightful and actionable surveys for leadership and organizational culture.  Back in the day I was fully certified to use their products and  nearly 20 years later still refer to my materials. In... Continue Reading →

Before a Beginning There Must Be an End

For those who know me directly and for others familiar with my blog writing, the day has come.  My last day at work is set.  Friday, December 12, 2014 will be my last day at a place I called home for over 26 years. An end is near.  It is a necessary step to the beginning that will... Continue Reading →

Happy Nuns Live Forever

I am studying Positive Psychology these days.  I put this is the category of "why have I not thought of this before" as a leader and person interested in growing and building thriving organizations.  Over time I will write more on Positive Psychology and the application to everyday working life. For today a story for... Continue Reading →

Monsters University Benefit Screening

Lucky man.  I attended a pre-release screening of Pixar's new movie, Monsters University last night ... at Pixar's campus. We live close to Pixar's offices just across the bay from San Francisco.  My family is close to Pixar in other ways as well.  Chiefly my daughter, Lauren is both a super fan and a talented... Continue Reading →

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