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Knowledge, Passion & 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 is […]


TRENDS: Imagination, Passion, Innovation and Change as the New Pillars of Business

It’s not surprising to me that creativity and imagination, with social media listening, could be a key gateway to the future. I’ve certainly experienced what a lack of it does to work environments. Brian Solis, a respected author, blogger, national speaker who hits it right on regarding traits that represent the future of business.


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:


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.


7 Facts about Baby Boomer Women & Over 40 Female Leaders

The statistics below about women in leadership were surprising.  Women, including many wealthy women who’ve earned their money themselves, are now entering politics, becoming university presidents and taking on roles as power brokers. Women born between 1945 and 1965… 1.  …hold nearly half of all executive, managerial, and administrative jobs in the United States (2010) […]


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Data-driven People Energy for Agile, Adaptable Change and High Performance: How can things be better?   Prepare for challenging or pivotal meetings or retreats, so you can fully participate Involve your organization’s members fully to revise  or drop business processes that are not delivering results Work through challenging team problems to build better productivity Examine work practices […]


Only Connect! Leaders and Tough Times

Only connect! That was the whole of her sermon. Only connect the prose and the passion, and both will be exalted, And human love will be seen at its height. Live in fragments no longer. Only connect… –E.M. Forster, Howards End Forster characters illustrate the tensions and challenge of making connections among different social classes […]


During Crises & Crunch, What Matters? The Power of the Story

Budget decisions define organizations, sometimes in new ways. Peter Drucker once stated, “Only three things happen naturally in organizations – friction, confusion and underperformance. Everything else requires leaderhip.” Questions that may arise during budget reductions are compared to the classic 7S structure model along with examples. Paul Harvey’s passing is also noted with a quote. –DN


Change, Ethics, Trust & Timing for your Talent Management Decisions

References a new study by Hewitt Associates and the Human Capital Institute. Very few of the companies studied are executing their talent management strategy successfully. In short, plans on paper don’t translate to reality in the workplace when it comes to recruiting, developing and retaining talent.