Value the Offsite, or Boondoggle?

May 20, 2018 admin 0

“I took off for a weekend last month Just to try and recall the whole year. All of the faces and all of the places, wonderin’ where they all disappeared. I didn’t ponder the question too long; I was hungry and went […]

How Many “Ps” are in “Empowerment”?

May 10, 2018 admin 0

Trick question. There are three! Read on… I had the good fortune this past week of spending an hour with one of our human resources VPs. The agenda for our discussion was performance management strategy. We covered the detail on this. The […]

A Short, Simple List of Rules

May 10, 2018 admin 0

From the Human Systems Dynamics Institute: Short List of Simple Rules 1. Teach and learn in every interaction. 2. Reinforce strengths of self and others. 3. Search for the true and the useful. 4. Apply emerging learning in reflective practice. 5. Make expectations […]

My Blue Ocean *update*

April 30, 2018 admin 0

This past March I posted about Blue Ocean Strategy. I promised to give you an update on my personal Blue Ocean. Here it is, though still a work in progress. 50% Blue Ocean, 25% Conversation Agent, 25% Dip: adds up to this: I am finding my […]

Gain Perspective at the Edge of the World

April 20, 2018 admin 0

Dear Friends and Colleagues, With our busy world and so many competing demands, how do we gain the perspective we need to accomplish our goals? We pack so much into our lives and don’t really know what to do with it all. […]

On The Road with The Happy Burro – Chicago, IL, USA

April 10, 2018 admin 0

**UPDATE** May 17, 11:45a central (scroll down for latest news) That’s right – I’ll be in Chicago most of next week, May 14-17th at the OD Summit.  I’ll be spending time with a few co-workers and about 800 of my closest organizational development friends from across several […]

How To Know If You Are Old

March 30, 2018 admin 0

“A person is not old until regrets take the place of dreams.” – John Barrymore This is true at work just as it is at home.  Take that job in the UK.  Lead that project. Attend that conference.  Have lunch with that […]

We All Need More Simon Cowell

March 20, 2018 admin 0

The three judges on American Idol can be maddening, enlightening, saccharin sweet, or just plain brutal.  The show just wouldn’t work if it didn’t have all three.  And don’t we each have our favorite? This feedback after a performance would be a tremendous asset […]

Don’t Mess With My Chocolate.

March 10, 2018 admin 0

The Chocolate Manufacturer’s Association is lobbying the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to change the ingredients in what is legally chocolate.  They want to substitute cheaper ingredients for the more expensive cocoa butter. This is not right. Support those that are not going to change quality. We vote […]