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September 19, 2015

The Culture Question = Strong Sales for Change Your Space, Change Your Culture

A young grad student called me this week excited and inspired by the book. He is developing an App based on engagement for the workplace. He said, “I’m turning your book into an App!” Book sales have topped 16,000 and will exceed 20,000 by the end of the year. The interest reflects the ongoing questions leaders  …

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June 20, 2015

Social Capital is the Single Factor that Determines Future Success and Resiliency

A small town just south of Indianapolis holds a secret. Many small towns do. However, when you hear this one you’ll likely sit up and do a double take like I did. Help me finish the following sentence… The top cities in the U.S. with world class architecture in order are: Chicago New York Boston  …

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October 4, 2012

When Your Touch a Nerve Look Beyond the Angry Reaction

Imagine you are a five hundred year old institution going through a battle over your core mission and values. You reach that last resort – irreconcilable differences. Separating is – well – complicated. The road to separation takes five years and a considerable investment of time, emotion and money. There are ups and there are  …

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April 15, 2011

A story of alignment…

I picked up the Washington Post last week when I was traveling, and ran across an article by Liz Clarke.  The text read as follows… “HOUSTON — The Connecticut Huskies will take the court at Reliant Stadium for Monday’s NCAA championship game with a Hall of Fame coach in Jim Calhoun, a surefire first-round NBA  …

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March 11, 2011

Pursuing change in ourselves to create change in the organization

Perhaps one of the most important ingredients to personal change is the ability to be open. In the book, the Naked Presenter, author Garr Reynolds–who happens to live in Japan and is known for applying Japanese thinking to the art of presentation–talks about the symbolism of bamboo. Reynolds writes, “Find wisdom in emptiness…One cannot fill  …

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March 9, 2011

Courage when leaders pursue change

When a leader wants to “fix” the organization, they are speaking from outside. The journey of the leader is to bring their story into the story of their organization. To shift his/her own participation in the brokenness of the organization. The thing is that it takes courage to do this. To see the problem in  …

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March 7, 2011

Personal Transformation as the Key to Organizational Transformation

Perhaps his most crucial contribution is the insistence that the leader focus on self: that is, in order to create transformation in a system, the leader needs to identify his/her participation in the present dynamic, and focus on altering his/her own role.  – E. Friedman The classic mistake of leadership is to see the problem  …

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November 21, 2009

The Peter Prinicple for a New Millennium

The eight phases of a project provide a nice on-ramp for discussing why projects so easily go sideways. Project Initiation Wild Enthusiasm Disillusionment Chaos Search for the Guilty Punishment of the Innocent Promotion of Non-Participants Definition of Requirements Its the 40th anniversary of the book The Peter Principle: Why Things Always Go Wrong. The premise  …

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