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Nov 19 2012

The Ultimate Paradox

I have been reading Margaret Wheatley’s latest book “So Far From Home” and have found no end to the learning available through it’s pages. In the introduction, she is clear about what this book can and cannot do: [This book can restore your clarity, energy, and enthusiasm for your work if you take time with […]

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Oct 02 2012

Rats in a Cage

What do rats in a cage have to do with career, team effectiveness or leadership? Lots! A fascinating study by Bruce K. Alexander at Simon Fraser University was done looking to better understand drug addiction and the results may surprise you. Alexander had two groups of rats in his study. One group of rats was […]

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Jul 11 2012

Lessons in Listening

Over the weekend I flew on an airline I had never experienced before. As many people seem to consider airline/air travel bashing a pass time, I am constantly watching for differences between the airlines and what may contribute to one airline being on the hit list while others may be the benchmark of how to […]

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Jun 18 2012

The Continuing Need for a Focus on Employee Engagement

Aon Hewitt released it’s 2012 Global Engagement report – a study on employee engagement and the numbers are up – slightly. http://aon.mediaroom.com/index.php?s=43&item=2621 Overall, employee engagement is up from 56% to 58%. Aon Hewitt gathers this information based on their employee engagement model of “say, stay, strive” – what do employees say about working in your […]

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May 10 2012

Detroit – A Case Study in Resilience?

“Detroit’s struggle matters, because there isn’t a tidy conclusion. Nothing is certain.” What happens when the main economic drivers in a city disappear? Does the city decay and die or does new growth take shape? The case of Detroit provides us with an opportunity to observe what can happen when decay results in fertile ground […]

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Mar 05 2012

This Risk of a Hyper-Focus

Having a clear focal point is a great benefit to an organization, a team, an individual. Can there be a risk though? Absolutely. A hyper-focus on any one objective or goal can lead to the organizational equivalent of a monoculture. In nature, a monoculture is highly susceptible to disease. In fact, in a monoculture, a […]

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