solution-focused coaching finding what works video

I had the honor of sharing the SOLVEDmethod solution-focused team and leadership coaching with ATD Buffalo Niagara,  above is an excellent video they made from our time. What Is SOLVED? SOLVED is an acronym for a process of solution-finding. While using the cards, you can choose to use them in the SOLVED order – initially suggested – … Continued

Using – How we do things around here – to develop your team

Using – How we do things around here – to develop your team In your work with teams, you have heard the term start with why. This – why am I here?  or why are you here or why does this team exist? – is often the first step in team performance and leadership. In the – 7 Steps to high performing … Continued

Culture change from a focus on how people interact

What makes culture change in your company or team difficult? Is your current organizational culture – how things get done around here – working to attract-trust or repel-trust? When I talk about culture change within a workplace the best thinker to reference is Edgar Schein: “Schein’s model of organizational culture originated in the 1980s. Schein (2004) identifies three distinct … Continued

How do we make bad things in companies discussable?

Images from “Behind You” by Brian Coldrick Bad things happen within your team and company. Plus, the bad stuff hides when culturally and behaviorally being the bearer of bad news is punished or burdened with management hyperbole “Don’t bring me problems, bring me solutions.” Working with management teams the surprise or lack of knowledge about potential … Continued

Growth Mindset and Behavior Change

Video of 3-days of design thinking, team building and leadership work with over 200 SUNY Buffalo State College students. Growth Mindset and Taking Actions on Behavior Change: Students will reflect on current behaviors and gain feedback from others (extrospection) on which behaviors are helpful and hurtful to academic success. Students will articulate and develop a small action … Continued

Resilient Organizations Develop With Time

After spending a week in Vancouver BC Canada attending the Cynefin Retreat on organization design for emergence, I was moved to learn new ideas, leave some outdated concepts behind, and reinforce the progress that we are making together. This moved me to think – How can you create more resilience to ideas and innovation within … Continued

Innovation from personal mastery

At any given moment all of us, whether in work, personal relationships, or anywhere else in life, are Rote Copying, Surface Understanding, and Personally Mastering many things and many times at many levels.

Process to gather what is and is not working within the organization

Within organization development the more straightforward and understandable the tool or process the more likely it will make a difference. This simpler the tool the greater the requirement of the consultant or expert to suppress themselves and expertise. When you remove the translator (the expert) from the results and ask people to gather narrative data … Continued

Framework for Change

“I do not believe that change needs a robust and compelling vision because I do not think that most change efforts have an idea of the endpoint or view until they get there. Also, when you have that clarity of vision it is no longer a change effort it is a project to accomplish someone’s … Continued

Workplace Complexity Through Opportunities

“Workplace complexity dwells in set(s) of options about what is possible rather than a set of options about what is probable.”  – Simple Habits for Complex Times Sitting with a senior management team, we were talking about how to understand and prepare the company to work through workplace complexity and change, one of the managers … Continued