Beyond Resilience: Black Swans, Anti-Fragility and Change

Random, extreme events: What are our options when we confront events we don’t understand?  Is it possible to develop characteristics to emulate strengths in nature in becoming antifragile as described by former wall street trader, now academic, Nassim Nicholas Taleb?   “When you are fragile, you depend on things following the exact planned course, withContinue reading “Beyond Resilience: Black Swans, Anti-Fragility and Change”

3 Things That Cause Ethical Breakdowns in Workplace Culture: Timing a Reminder is Everything

  Tensions among senior staff in universities seem to be making the news on a regular basis. Examples include leader strife at Rutgers (blame), Penn State (cascade failure to deal with a crime) and University of Virginia (abrupt leadership goings and comings.)

There’s No Such Thing as Leadership? Pull, Influence and “Open Space” vs. Power

This post features the leadership vs. management thinking of Peter Drucker as well as the distributed power concepts of Open Space methodology, a way to give voice to everyone that is balanced by hidden and overt guidelines and principles inherent to any group or organization. There’s the often asked question, “What is management vs. whatContinue reading “There’s No Such Thing as Leadership? Pull, Influence and “Open Space” vs. Power”

Change and Endings: Letting Go and Acceptance before New Beginnings

Successful transition through endings is a necessary skill in the 21st century.  A William Bridges classic gives insights into helping endings succeed. <This post is part one of a two-part series on William Bridge’s Transitions change approach, with related change models and business examples.> Sometimes an ending is a major, transformative revelation for a business, suchContinue reading “Change and Endings: Letting Go and Acceptance before New Beginnings”

A Two Step, Two Video Dance towards Loose – Tight Change & Innovation Leadership

If there is one thing that is buzzing in leadership circles in social media, it is that building an innovative, agile culture is key to remaining viable, surviving disruptive change, and thriving. Consider Loose – Tight leadership by rightsizing your grip. Grip the steering wheel too tightly and the result can be crushed creativity, stifledContinue reading “A Two Step, Two Video Dance towards Loose – Tight Change & Innovation Leadership”

Knowledge, Passion and Power: 3 Simple Change Principles to Release It

Leverage is a reason that leaders use when choosing to work in collaboration as well as hire consultants, who have the skills of helping leaders see multiple perspectives.  This is especially an asset when dealing with difficult, complex, even wicked problems.  This quote rings true in our experience with change projects:   “If knowledge isContinue reading “Knowledge, Passion and Power: 3 Simple Change Principles to Release It”

Change Leaders: Why Should Anyone Trust Your Vision? John Kotter and Harvard Business Review

There are many trends about change management that I imagine Dr. Kotter has seen in his long career. As we prepare for the Association of Change Management Practitioners (ACMP) 2011 conference next week, including sharing new Skype videos with change authors on our updated site, ChangeManagementResources.com, I’m sharing nuggets of change leader material here including John Kotter’s highlights of some common assumptions about how leaders approach change.

Co-Creation in Theory U: Leading from the Future as it Emerges & the Road to Commitment

Theory U features concepts intended to help leaders and managers in the public and private sector break through unproductive patterns of behavior. This includes not listening to their staff and clients’ and producing ineffective patterns of decision making. Otto Sharmer’s diagrams and practices include accessible illustration on paths in listening, for example, reinforced through the book, as a key focus on the left side of the U:

Entrepreneurial Success in Business, Professor Saras Saravathy and Effectuation

To understand innovation and entrepreneurship, listen to Saras Saravathy, Associate Professor – Darden School of Business, University of Virginia.  She speaks on how to be successful in business, starting  with “entrepreneurship is teachable.”  She has also been featured on TEDxMidAtlantic.

Synchronicity! Meaning Making and Sense Making

What is the place of synchronicity in how we facilitate change and transition? This session explored how we help ourselves, and therefore help data from the field of existence emerge. We’ll present Theory U, a tool, method and way of seeing and facilitating change, which invites data to emerge through shared meaning making helping co-create and sustain the change process.