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Ever wonder why organizational leaders cling to old ways of doing business? I did the other day while looking at my desk, equipped with a 1-week-old Motorola XOOM, a wireless keyboard, and some scattered whiteboard markers. I found myself questioning why organizations tend to be reluctant about technological innovations, like “cloud...
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This is the 150th anniversary of the U.S. Civil War's beginning – and recent political events brought this painfully to my awareness.  As Donald Trump celebrated forcing the president of the United States show his birth certificate, I read a blog by Goldie Taylor titled “Why Obama shouldn't have had to show his papers,...
Among the luminaries of Organizational Development, Stafford Beer’s contributions are many and relevant today.  Perhaps it’s not a coincidence that cybernetician was both the least academic of his peer group and one that put his methods into practice on a grand scale. If you’re not familiar with his work, you should be:...
Early in my consulting career I had the opportunity to assist one of our most senior consultants on  a substantial project. My company had been asked to support the restructuring of a global Fortune 100 consumer products goods company. The company had decided to centralize the technology function by creating a shared services structure....
At first glance Steven Denning’s new book struck me as offering revolutionary suggestions to organizational life-as-we-know-it: after all, it's called The Leader’s Guide to Radical Management: Reinventing the Workplace.  The workplace certainly needs to be reinvented—and Denning is a well-known author who has worked with...
As a leader and entrepreneur I often want people to do as I say and not give me their opinion or disagree. So often we’d get through things much faster and I that way. But I try not to give in to that easy solution because I’ve learned, time and time again, that without my team’s input and feedback, I am wandering around in the...
These are not good times for idealists – and they’re taking it out on everyone else. As Jonathan Alter recently wrote, there are two strains of progressives:  idealists who feel that doing the right thing is everything, and who prefer being right to getting results;  and pragmatists focused on moving forward, who make deals...