Archive for the ‘Innovation & Trends’ Category

5 Strategies to Lead Change Using Liberating Structures

Featured: Five key concepts and supporting research and tools will help you lead through adaptive change in a VUCA world, one that is Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous, as presented in Mexico City for CPA firm leaders at the Russell Bedford International conference, yet applicable for any leader.   It’s been a year full of volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous, or […]


Leaders and Best: 5 Keys to Sustaining Engagement in #SocialMedia Integrated #Healthcare

Yes, you CAN make a difference in the lives of your current and prospective employees and patients using#SocialMedia Integrated #HealthCare.  As mentioned in the presentation below, a Latin motto, Suus non ut Difficile, is translated to English as “It’s not that hard.” It is the motto of Social Media University, Global (SMUG) at the Mayo […]


6 Steps Beyond Industrial Age Performance Appraisals

It takes courage, tenacity and teamwork to let go of performance appraisal practices and industrial age thinking.  In our  post 9-11, post financial meltdown, “New Normal,”  business will never be again as it was.  It’s tough, though, to leave our rootedness in twentieth century business practices.  For example, note this recent entry in Wikipedia:      “As of 2013 electric power […]


6 Curation Basics: Meeting the Needs of Your Scan Savvy Clients in Social Media

  The cream of the curators are those who can sort through the digital avalanche of noise  and find the buried gems.    Just like a great DJ on a radio station who DOES have control over what gets airplay, mining gems creates positive buzz.  It’s also a position of choice, someone worthy of following and worthy of your business. My […]


Think like an Entrepreneur: Be AntiFragile No Matter Where You Work

How do you  FRAME an approach to entrepreneurial change that helps you adapt to a business climate that continues to evolve? I asked those attending the session, how many of you are still in your same profession, for more than ten years or so?  Two raised their hands.  Their professions were cosmetology and nursing.  Though there […]


Curing ONE of the Seven Deadly Diseases of Management, Performance Appraisals

Entrenched habits tend to persist, mostly invisible, until poets, reformers and provocateurs start writing, talking and asking questions. They challenge us to reexamine long-standing practices that no longer fit our current world and what’s on the horizon. This includes the persistent business artifact, performance appraisal, reviled by many, dropped entirely by a few, stuck on […]


Top 5 Apple BlockBusters and Reasons the iPad Ruled the Tablets in 2013

If there’s one thing that Apple has been getting right, it is their ability to create beautiful, easy-to-use blockbusters. To build a great business, it’s all about creating a great product that people love for the positive impact on their lives.   ______________ The 2013 statistics on the iPad, and my own …blew me away. […]


Creator, Challenger, Coach through Change: Getting out of the Drama

Being creative can be tough when bad news abounds.  Yet taking the creative, challenging coach role through turbulence is a hero’s journey that matters greatly as we recover and build anew. What does it mean to be a Trusted Change Advisor in today’s turbulent times? My colleague, Liz Guthridge, wrote a helpful post about the […]


Union / Management collaboration: What Creates Healthy, Fit Organizations Today?

What makes for a healthy, “anti-fragile” (adaptable, responsive) organization today?   These slides from my recent presentation to the Michigan Management Labor Association’s (MMLA) presentation on Wellness –A Healthy Engagement: Organizational and Personal Fitness provide insights on tools to help.  Wellness –A Healthy Engagement: Organizational and Personal Fitness from Deb Nystrom “The best way to predict […]


Beyond Resilience: Black Swans, Anti-Fragility and Change

Random, extreme events:  What to do in a world we don’t understand.  Is it possible to develop characteristics to emulate strengths in nature in becoming anti-fragile as described by former wall street trader, now academic, Nassim Nicholas Taleb?  Since I wrote this post, I also followed it up with a SlideShare and presentation on Anti-Fragile […]