Tag Archives: organizational development

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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The Price of Gold: 2.9013

2.9013 No, this is not the U.S. postal zip code for Beverly Hills, California, 90210, it’s the price of gold, 2.9013. Memorize that number. 2.9013 is statistically significant and scientifically grounded. 2.9013 is the “Losada Line” named for positive psychologist … Continue reading

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The Road to Wisdom

The Road to Wisdom? — Well, it’s plain and simple to express: Err and err and err again, but less and less and less.  (Piet Hein, 1905-1996, The Road to Wisdom) The efficient and insightful poetry of Piet Hein (which … Continue reading

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Deming’s 14 Points

Offered as a refresher: Deming’s 14 points.* How are we doing? Create constancy of purpose for the improvement of product and service, with the aim to become competitive and to stay in business, and to create jobs. Adopt a new … Continue reading

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