I led two team projects during the last semester of my MBA program. One project involved the development of a business plan for a new deli. The other involved the development of a consulting plan for a crime-laden, Miami neighborhood seeking to become a tourist destination that could one day rival South Beach. The business plan was hypothetical. The consulting plan wasn’t—we were expected to present our findings to the area’s redevelopment reps at the end of the semester. The business plan consisted of a three-member student...
"Some day, when we have harnessed the power of the sun and the waves and gravity, we will learn how to harness the power of love. And then, for the second time, we will have discovered fire." — Teilhard de Chardin We’ve all heard of the notion of an ecological footprint—that measure of human impact on the carrying capacity of Earth developed by Mathis Wackernagel during his doctoral studies. It is often expressed in terms of how many planets, like ours, it would take to “offset” the damage that...
I’ll never forget being a young manager having learned to know-it-all, or defend-it-all, but not having truly “heard-them-all.” So, who is the them? And, why should we stop to hear what they say? Them refers to a leader’s followers. Even though I don’t like the word "followers" because it suggests a lower-rung status for organizational team members, followers are team members, colleagues, stakeholders, and members of the organization. Not only is dialogue not taught in business schools today...
I have a sweet spot for facilitating groups to do any kind of work—strategy, visioning, daily business, new product development, planning—you name it. I love to be in the thick of it—helping leaders, groups, teams, boards, or collectives get better results than they think is possible. Recently a group brought me in to facilitate a series of meetings. The group's committed, well-intentioned, and sincere. They come together to support the well-being of the organization and they will do what it takes to ensure things go well...
How can we end the cycles of violence and injustice that cause so much suffering and misery? Is a more peaceful and equitable world really possible? If so, what would it actually look like? My research over several decades has focused on these questions. They are questions deeply rooted in my own early life experiences, when my parents and I narrowly escaped from Nazi Europe. Had we not been able to flee, like most of my relatives, we would almost certainly have been killed in the Holocaust. As I grew up, I looked for answers to these...
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