This year on November 9, the people of Berlin celebrated the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. A business trip to explore partnerships with German universities took me to Berlin one month before that anniversary to see what has been, and continues to be, an amazing transformation. What I saw taking place there truly is a beacon of hope and a testimonial to the potential of people to co-create a desired future. I was in Berlin in 1980, a time when no one yet imagined the Wall coming down. I was 30 years old and...
The evolutionary theorist and psychologist, Clare W. Graves, puzzled by an inability to answer his students’ questions about which theory of human development was correct, dedicated his life to exploring the differences in personalities of mature adults as they relate to their human experience. From over a thousand essays from students ranging from 18-61 years in age during the period from 1952 to 1959, and from complementary library searches, Graves started to conceptualize his idea of an evolutionary cycle that...
Dysfunctional teams can produce results, but not consistently and not over the long term. An effective team that produces results consistently requires many attributes, but they all must begin with trust. More than anything else, trust enables people to work together effectively. Stephen M. R. Covey, author of The Speed of Trust, says this workplace trust is a function of both character and competence. Character includes integrity, motives, and your intent with other people. Competence is your capabilities, skills, results and track...
Organizations are a buzz with collaborative strategies. Increasingly, work environments are focusing on being team-oriented and enabling employees to establish and be engaged in organizational networks. While progress is being made, the picture is not totally rosy. It is not uncommon for members to find it difficult to stay engaged, to fully participate in an on-going manner. Why is this occurring? There are many potential causes to investigate but the one I want to reflect upon is the notion that competing interests and responsibilities...
The other day, I was scanning the shelves at the half-price bookstore, and came across a book entitled Imagine What the World Could be in the 21st Century: Visions of a Better Future from Leading American Thinkers, edited by Marianne Williamson. It was published in the millennium year 2000 and contained about 40 short articles by well-known contemporary authors who had been invited to share their personal visions of the future. As I skimmed through the pages, I realized that this was not just another book about social and environmental...
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