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...

Designing for Downturns

As traumatic as economic downturns are, they also offer an invisible silver lining to organizations who have the vision to see it. A downturn can come from any number of different factors and have companies scrambling to keep their heads above the rising flood-waters....
Why Culture Makes The Difference In M&A Success (Or Failure)

Why Culture Makes The Difference In M&A Success (Or Failure)

Research and experience prove the point that failure to assess and successfully integrate organizational cultures positions M&As for failure. Originally published in Inside HR http://www.insidehr.com.au/why-culture-makes-the-difference-in-m&a-success-(or...
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...
What High Performers Can Learn From “Cats”

What High Performers Can Learn From “Cats”

The world of business is a new jungle with new rules. Survival of the fittest is more complex than ever. The stock market resembles a kangaroo-bouncing up and down, instead of a bear or a bull.   How do we survive and thrive with these uncertainties occurring...
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