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

Team Building Stakeholder Analysis

image Project Stakeholder Plan Having a project stakeholder plan ensures that you will approach the influence part of your project with as much organization and attention as possible. Time invested early in stakeholder planning can save you countless hours of dealing with resistance, redoing work, missing targets, etc. WHAT TO DO: Use the worksheet Project … Continued

Are leaders motivation different than others?

Are leaders motivations different than others? No, they are not. The term ‘leader’ is just another way of saying a person who is helpful in a situation when you need help. I had this discussion, in Buffalo NY, with a series of workshops focused on leadership, above is a picture of the chalkboard at the … Continued

Learning from a challenging organization development process

I shared an Organization Development Case Study and outcomes to the Organization Development Network of Western New York. At the end of the workshop, a friend asked, “What did you, as a consultant, learn from your experience with this client?” … Below is my best effort to share what I learned from working with a … Continued

Psychological Safety is Team Building

The team leader is accountable for establishing comfort with the work and team members. They can establish this early by setting the following conditions for team members to feel comfort in the work and reciprocal helping relationship of the team.

Rumors Backstabbing and Gossip in the Workplace

Some teams and managers create environments where backstabbing, shit-talking, and gossiping are the norm.
They do this, with the best of intentions – and are guilty of hiding their eyes, ears and mouths from the reality they are seeing.
You can do something about it.

Experts offer alternatives They cannot make choices about values

Team Building and Leadership Expertise is a challenge to define and understand. It seems that everyone is a thought leader and that all the noise and ideas are equal and useful. I am guilty of pushing lots of noise out into the organization, team and leadership development field. While I try to ensure that what … Continued