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Two Things You Must Know about Transformation

Transformation sounds better than change for some reason. Cooler. Transformation may appeal more because of its implied promise of total newness. And who doesn’t like a fresh start? A makeover? A new beginning? Maybe transformation even sounds more noble than … Continue reading

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Just What is OD?

The following definition of Organizational Development has been around since at least 1969: Organization Development is an effort that is: Planned Organization-wide Managed from the top Increases organization effectiveness and health Through planned interventions in the organization’s “processes,” using behavioral-science … Continue reading

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There Is No “I” in “Team”?

There is no “i” in team? Of course there is. What first-person pronoun might any team member use?  How about me, myself, and I?  If that troika is not on your team, please tell me who is. With respect to … Continue reading

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Positive. Immediate. Certain.

31 August 2013 At today’s Toastmasters Leadership Institute, hosted by Division H, I spoke on “Leading a Volunteer Organization.” The principles I highlighted apply to any group enterprise whether business, social, civic, volunteer, not-for-profit, or religious, to name a few. One … Continue reading

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Carpe Diem? Not Really.

Robin Williams, in the character of English teacher John Keating, popularized the phrase, “carpe diem,” in the 1989 movie, The Dead Poets Society, when he said, “Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary.” Popular culture took it … Continue reading

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Coaching

San Francisco Giants World-Series-winning manager Bruce Bochy understands coaching and shares his perspective in Bloomberg Businessweek (“Hard Choices,” Nov,-15-21, 2010). “Like any job, the more you learn the better manager you become,” he says, reflecting on his own development as … Continue reading

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Fractals and Performance

Benoît B. Mandelbrot, the father of fractals, known for describing the eponymous Mandelbrot Set, died Friday, October 14, 2010, at age 85. It’s likely you have seen computer-generated fractal art, a testimony to the widespread cultural influence and popularization of … Continue reading

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