Index: Titles by Date

1.  Introduction (April 24, 2010)

“Learn-Do-Teach-Lead” is a guiding philosophy, a practical road map, an observed reality, an organic progression, and a teachable framework for business and life.

2. Starting with the End in Mind (April 26, 2010)

Of Learn-Do-Teach-Lead (the practice, not the blog), there is no end.  We find, instead—and here we leap ahead a bit—that it is a many layered, recursive, and self-reinforcing practice.

3. Applying L-D-T-L to Noel Tichy (April 27, 2010)

In The Cycle of Leadership (New York: HarperCollins: 2002), Noel Tichy outlines the role of teaching in developing others, which he calls “one of the leader’s most difficult and mission-critical tasks” (p.98).

4. Cultivating a Learning Attitude (April 28, 2010)

Cultivating a learning attitude in self and others is critical and on-going.

5. Bring a Stick to the Fire (April 30, 2010)

Bring a stick to the fire.  It seems so obvious.  Give before getting.  Serve before being served.  Contribute before asking for benefit.  Take care to have something of value to offer before joining the campfire circle.

6. L-D-T-L Matrix (May 3, 2010)

Graphical depiction of the reality that we must learn, do, teach, and lead all aspects of Learn-Do-Teach-Lead.  No aspect of individual, group, or organizational behavior falls outside this matrix.  When fully mature, this awareness pervades the individual and the organization and is refreshed, deepened, and practiced in each present moment.

7. L-D-T-L Cycle (May 4, 2010)

The Venn diagram shows the interrelatedness of the logical components and suggests that it is a continuous cycle with no specific entry point or end goal.

8. The Wisdom of Others…on Learning (May 5, 2010)

I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it.  –Pablo Picasso

9. Reading and Learning (May 7, 2010)

Any effort to cultivate reading skills returns incalculable rewards.

10. From Competence to Innovation…and Back Again (May 10, 2010)

The progression, from competence to innovation (C => I) applies to any given skill or task, which, of course, means that it applies equally to learning, doing, teaching, and leading.

11. Transformational Leadership (May 13, 2010)

To change the organization, change the self.

12. The Birth of a Learning Organization (May 19, 2010)

“Learning organizations are possible,” says Senge, “because, deep down, we are all learners.”

13. Cultivating Curiosity (June 2, 2010)

We must turn mere casual curiosity into a driving force active in every moment.

14. Intentional Curiosity (June 4, 2010)

Curiosity drives action, including learning.  Here are some intentional exercises that help to develop and strengthen curiosity.

15. Pretending and Change Management, Part I (June 10, 2010)

As children, we like to pretend.  It’s fun.  It expands our worlds, our minds, and our highly neuroplastic developing brains.

16. Pretending and Change Management, Part II (June 10, 2010)

We like to believe that change has discrete boundaries, a beginning, middle, and end.

17. Growth Leadership (June 11, 2010)

Growth Leadership is the object of learning, doing, teaching, and leading, and growth leadership is the guiding paradigm for everyone in the organization.

18. Culture Shaping (June 27, 2010)

Replace culture-by-chance with culture-by-purpose, shaping the aggregate corporate culture by positively influencing the behaviors–and thinking–of all work group members.

19. Learning Action-Plans (July 19, 2010)

Using feedback from assessments and other sources, work-group leaders and members can craft individualized learning-action plans.

20. The Power of Open-Mindedness (July 21, 2010)

An inquisitive or open mind leads to greater success than a determined, willful, and goal-oriented mind.

21. Learning, Memory, and Imagination (July 23, 2010)

How does one become expert, or a more expert expert?

22. Problems as Opportunities (July 30, 2010)

Problems can be thought of as Opportunities For Improvement and Innovation in pursuit of Excellence (OFFIEs, for short and for fun).

23. Work Process Elements: Obtain, Enhance, Deliver (August 6, 2010)

Any job task can be viewed as a work process.  Of any process in the workplace, we may say that it can be improved.

24. Work Groups (August 19, 2010)

Work groups are the fundamental building blocks of organizations.

25. Work Groups Cross Boundaries (August 19, 2010)

Work groups overlap across formal organizational boundaries.

26. Complex Organizations Are Work Groups (August 19, 2010)

The work group is the building block of even the most complex organizations, which means that LDTL can arise, be practiced, and propagate from anywhere within an organization.

27. Deming’s 14 Points (August 27, 2010)

Review of Deming’s 14 points.

28. The Road to Wisdom (September 14, 2010)

The efficient and insightful poetry of Piet Hein (which he called grooks) can sometimes help us find the crucial point.

29. The Price of Gold: 2.9013

2.9013 is the “Losada Line” named for positive psychologist Marcial Losada, PhD, who discerned a critical “positive/negative” ratio and it’s relationship to success in business.

30.  Fractals and Performance (October 19, 2010)

Benoît B. Mandelbrot, the father of fractals, known for describing the eponymous Mandelbrot Set, died Friday, October 14, 2010, at age 85.

Fractals help us see, and when we turn our fractalized gaze toward talent management, we can see so many opportunities for growth.

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