Archive for the ‘Communities’ Category

Joining Social Media Ecosystems, Learning the Ropes

Happy Social Media Day!  It’s a great day to share learning about on-line communities. Pam covers the opportunities and challenges you may encounter in finding a good fit and taking right action in find the right relationships on-line, as well as the a social media culture & style that works for you. Twitter is also […]


It’s a Productivity Path: Mayo Clinic’s Enterprise Social Media & Innovation

On LinkedIn, I  was intrigued to read a local, social media strategist’s question about whether a private social network is an oxymoron. Oxymoron?! More like sweet music to a process/change consultant that has sweated over years about how to best help leaders engage the passion and full potential of their organization’s talent. Note: This post […]


Towards Authentic Change Community, Help via a Social Media Audit

How does social media build real community? After being at the Future Midwest 2011 conference in Michigan, back-to-back with the consulting conference, the Association for Change Management Professionals, it seemed that putting change management and social media together, could create some pretty cool, change communities. …However…


The Difference between Management & Leading Change, Seth Godin

Leadership, what is it? Does it really exist, or is it really just another form of management, one that refrains from using implied power, as Peter Drucker has described it? This interview of Seth Godin features managing vs. leading, specifically leading change. Seth is a well-known speaker and social media author who writes about building community, […]


Gender Peer Group Power: The Chicken & Egg in Women Modeling Math & Science Careers

Slate Magazine has taken on the often quoted gender bias in math and science and has offered more nuanced, evidence based perspective. It’s the chicken and egg dilemma. It is why many programs out there about girls and women in science are needed. It is why drug addicts learn best from other, fully recovered, successfully clean ex-drug addicts. The power of the peer group is huge.


Company Priorities Reveal People Values and Forecast Long Term Profitability

People are usually a lower order value in many organizations, number seven (7) according to consultant Peter Block in his earlier writings.  In some rarified companies, the people rank is quite a bit higher, such as with SouthWest airlines, owing to its success in fractious airline industry. via flickr.com . Note:  This post was updated […]


Simplifying Leadership, Releasing Creativity in Communities

Conversations are key to releasing potential in developing communities, both in business and socially. When conversation is controlled or squelched, the community loses traction to individual agendas and fragmentation. Excerpted material features Oshry’s classic work on Tops – ‘Elites’, Middles and Bottoms and Peter Block’s message of simplifying leadership and seeing it as a quality that exists in all human beings.


Control Issues in Teams: How Do You Take Charge?

People don’t resist changes, they resist being controlled… The second of of the MCG series in helping leaders and teams develop skill in order to meet changing goals. Also includes “change AND die,” the Leadership Control model, and “resistance is a resource” references.


Growing Team Performance in Membership, Control to Reach Goal, MCG

“A good leader inspires people to have confidence in their leader. A great leader inspires people to have confidence in themselves.” ~ Anonymous   As teams change, status and role questions arise.  Roles shift, people leave for various reasons, e.g. the group churns.  This post is about how groups and teams FORM and SHIFT, today […]


Revelation, Leadership Integrity at All Levels

Power, pride, status. How about integrity? Status can be a distraction, an illusion. This post features a list of the signs of organization leadership that form spine and integrity, as I’ve observed over the years, with live links to the top leadership blogs up for