P & G – Rescue or Destroy?

P & G – Rescue or Destroy?

Environmental tragedies in all parts of the world seem to be escalating. The news is filled with heroic rescue efforts and many groups of people have come together to make these rescues possible. Some of the more famous rescues include the 33 miners trapped in Chili,...
And You Thought Your Company Had a Great Recruiting Process

And You Thought Your Company Had a Great Recruiting Process

Recruiting top talent for your company probably has never been more challenging. As difficult as finding the right talent is, the ability to get a reasonable Return On Investment for all the hard work is even more challenging. The cost of on-boarding new hires is...
Chasing Shadows & Long Term Consequences

Chasing Shadows & Long Term Consequences

Aesop once told a tale of a dog that found a wonderful piece of meat. He picked it up in his jaws and started to carry it back to his den. On the way back to the den, the dog walked on a log over a stream. This dog saw his shadow in the stream and, thinking it was...
Beating the Bush Causes Continuous Renewal

Beating the Bush Causes Continuous Renewal

Years ago I had a neighbor who had an apple tree that he loved. That apple tree had produced wonderful fruit for him for years. Then one year it didn’t even flower. He was very concerned. He spent a fortune on soil amenders, and hours checking his tree for any traces...
What Kind of Mentoring Really Works? and Can You Prove It?

What Kind of Mentoring Really Works? and Can You Prove It?

  “The management of the organization coaches organizational members to achieve better results in a High Performing Organization.” This is a nice statement, but what does that really look like? Most of the literature on the subject of mentoring or coaching is written by HR people for the HR community. One would thus surmise that […]
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Can Systems Thinking Make a Difference In A Turnaround?

Can Systems Thinking Make a Difference In A Turnaround?

We are all drawn to stories of successful turnarounds. A turnaround is basically an abrupt or unexpected change in direction. I know of many personal turnarounds.   Two of my friends have quit drinking alcohol. It has been hard, with relapses, suffering, and lost, but...
The Important Ability to Move From Theory to Practice

The Important Ability to Move From Theory to Practice

“There is nothing as practical as a good theory.” This statement by Kurt Lewin, a pioneer in the fields of social psychology, group dynamics, and organization development, presents both a challenge and an opportunity for those of us working to improve our...

The Opportunity For Choices

When I was very young my mother told me stories about her childhood and her experiences in Patton’s army during World War II.  She was a fantastic storyteller.  She was a nurse in a field hospital in the Battle of the Bulge and in the advance army when the allies...
Is Sustainability Just For The Environment?

Is Sustainability Just For The Environment?

Is sustainability an important issue just for the environment, Earth Day, the tech world, or accounting? I agree that carefully watching over the environment is important. I live in a high altitude desert where almost every drop of water is accounted for. Our snow...
Are Intangibles Necessary For Organizational Success?

Are Intangibles Necessary For Organizational Success?

“Tyfsak” said the cashier, as she handed the customer her receipt. “Next.” The next customer in line had his wares sacked then paid the cashier. Again the cashier said, “Tyfsak.” Next in line my husband was very curious as he approached the cashier, who had a very...
High Performance Organizations: Where Is The Proof?

High Performance Organizations: Where Is The Proof?

“Have you talked to [So and So], they are definitely into High Performance Organizations.” “Did you know [XYZ Company] is also doing HPO now? You should check them out.” “Well [C.D.] does High Performance – are you working with him?” Actually those were word-for-word...
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