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When we look at change, we can easily distinguish between planned and unplanned change. In simple terms, planned change is change that we seek. Conversely, unplanned change is the type of change we are forced to accept and integrate. This latter type of change may have been planned by others and we are just the unsuspecting recipients of it; or...
Like humans, organizations develop and evolve. Organizational development follows a defined lifecycle, from inception to maturity to eventual decay if operations cease.  Forty-six percent of organizations generally fold within a year-and-a-half of opening. The ones that remain in business generally average a median lifespan of seven years. So...
There is no doubt that we have been rapidly evolving as social beings since our tribal beginnings to our now global media-connected existence. As our evolution continues, we can see two very different paths ahead of us: one of a sustainable future and one of apocalyptic outcomes. Our current ethical fabric may not be enough to propel us into a...
At 5:41 p.m. on May 22nd, 2011, a powerful tornado hit Joplin, Missouri. Its 200-mph winds carved a path of destruction as it barrelled through the town in 45 seconds. That same, horrific day led to the beginning of an incredible story of compassion at Joplin's St. John’s Regional Medical Center—now called Mercy Hospital Joplin...
So what is complexity? The definition of complexity is... complex. Most people associate complexity with complication. We view something as complex when we do not understand it, it appears difficult to manage, or it simply has too many moving parts. The challenge with defining complexity is similar to defining happiness. It doesn't have a neat...
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How would you describe finding meaning in the work you do? Would you say that work is most meaningful when you are developing yourself? Would you say that that you find the most meaning when you are expressing your full potential?  How about when you feel connected with others? Does doing service give you the most meaning? How about all of...
How many peak experiences have you had today? Let me rephrase this question: how many instances have you had today where you were fully immersed in what you were doing to the point that nothing else mattered? If you do not know the answer, you are not alone. Most of us go about our day without consciously attempting to experience moments that...
Imagine our private organizations operating like the federal government. What if we belonged to parties inside our workplaces and chose to work or not based on what our party determined? What if we could refuse to implement a needed plan just because our party does not agree? I have been working in private for-profit and non-profit organizations...
Ronald Burke, the accomplished organizational change expert, once said, “There may be as many and as diverse definitions of leadership as there are for love.” Most social scientists agree that leadership and the role and makeup of a leader are among the most researched and written about subjects in business literature. There are...
The phrase pecha kucha means "chit-chat" in Japanese. In 2003, two European architects created a new type of presentation that they christened Pecha Kucha and the format of this presentation stays true to its name. A Pecha Kucha is a community session where individuals present an idea in a structured PowerPoint presentation of 20 slides...
Leadership in our modern cultures is not only highly valued but essential for our evolution.  As I approach 30 years of professional work, I realize that almost 100 percent of the value I bring to organizations and what I am compensated for involves leadership.  My work in leadership comprises of creating an even playing field for teams...
We are at the portal of what systems scientist Béla Bánáthy called the "fourth generation" humans. What distinguishes this fourth generation from its predecessors is evolutionary consciousness, according to Bánáthy, a professor emeritus at Saybrook University until his death in 2003. Báná...