Tag Archives: organizational development

IDEAS AS ART

James G. March, the eminent interdisciplinary scholar of organizations, was interviewed in The Harvard Review of Business in October. For me, March and Karl Wieck are, respectively, the Monk and Coltrane of organizational behavior research. Well, they’re much more than … Continue reading

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THE FOREVER PROBLEM

When is organizational problem solving in name only? Let me sketch a curious case I was apprised of recently. I’ll put it very generally and suggest this conundrum is very common. Basically there are two aspects. First, there is a … Continue reading

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NOVEL IMAGES

If an organization is narrow in the images that it directs toward its own actions, then when it examines what it has said, it will see only bland displays. This means in turn that the organization won’t be able to … Continue reading

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SEA WORLD

Several captures from the old web site. Subject: organizational oceanography! Weick and Mintzberg are two of my main guys. Specifically, I would suggest that the effective organization is garrulous, clumsy, superstitious, hypocritical, monstrous, octopoid, wandering, and grouchy. Karl Weick On … Continue reading

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Cynthia McSwain

One of my favorites unearthed from the old web site. The baseline goal that that the organization or any human system must pursue is the development of the person within it; other matters, other goals, must come after. — …the … Continue reading

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IRRESISTIBLE

I’m always on the lookout for stuff that makes the connection between fun, feeling good, and anything that goes better with feeling better. (Of course I do work for a maven (and innovator) of positive psychology in the organizational behavior … Continue reading

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UNINTENDED NEOCONSEQUENCES

Karl Weick is one of my main guys. The Social Psychology of Organizing and Sensemaking In Organizations are deservedly classics but each of his books are terrific. Anyway…in the aftermath of the earlier MAZE THE COURSE post, the following excerpts … Continue reading

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ADDENDA: KETS DE VRIES

In synch with yesterday’s post, I note today Dr. Kets De Vries’s article, Reaping the Whirlwind:Managing Creative People (pdf:2000; INSEAD) is available on the web.

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PLEASE WALK YOUR RIGHTEOUS TALK

Steve Hardy at Creative Generalist has done a valuable capture from Caterina, in turn captured from a presentation by Intuit’s Keoki Andrus. Moreover, comments to the post of origin elaborate a fuller itemization. Here’s two of the lists compiled by … Continue reading

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A FUNNY WORD

Patti Anklam, as is her marvelous way, weaves valuable threads leading to thought provoking places. “Virtual” is a funny word for me right now, as I’m deep into writing Net Work, and the distinction virtual works for online communities as … Continue reading

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500 PERSON TUBA CHORUS

Wow. Value Based Management.net is a goldmine. Almost every resource is linked internally to pithy descriptions of conceptual and methodological frameworks. The amount of material is overwhelming. The search engine allows me to note important omissions, such as no no … Continue reading

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KARL AND HENRY MAIN GUYS I.

In fleshing out the squareONE links page important thinkers on the periphery of experiential learning theory demand highlighting. Weick, who’s methodology of sensemaking is experiential remains a central influence to my own ‘galumphing,’ (a Weickian term for exploration). His book … Continue reading

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LEADERSHIP BETTER LATE THAN NEVER

Although I have no experience working in large or even middling small businesses, the question of leadership, what it is, and what it concerns, and how it is to be developed, arises through my interest in organizational development and professional … Continue reading

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