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“Influence-ship”

In the Complexity Space, continuous, often unpredictable change is the “normal” state. Traditional top-down, “command and control” styles of leadership are not effective when the “right” answer is always changing! Yet it is critical to have catalysts; guides who can … Continue reading

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Innovation or Mutation?

In her McKinsey Quarterly article, “Creating Value in the Age of Distributed Capitalism,” Shoshana Zuboff writes, “What’s the difference (between innovations and mutations)? Innovations improve the framework in which enterprises produce and deliver goods and services. Mutations create new frameworks.” … Continue reading

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“Opensure”

Here is an essay I wrote in 1998. In these days of continuous change, it seems even more appropriate than it did then.  Ever notice how often people say,  “I’m really looking forward to getting closure on this topic.”  Closure … Continue reading

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“Experiments and Play”

During an unrelated directory search on my computer, I stumbled across some essays I had written in the early 1990s while commuting to my job at AlliedSignal Aerospace. One was titled, “Experiments and Play.” I was struck by the congruence … Continue reading

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“There is always a “next””

“There is always a “next”” was a comment made by my colleague and partner, Denise, during a recent conversation. She was referring to the emergent, iterative nature of our work together. After some months of acknowledging an element of our … Continue reading

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Elephants and Gorillas

A riddle: What do gorillas and elephants have in common? Answer: Both are alive and thriving in many business meetings. This realization occurred to me as I was facilitating a leadership team retreat. As a cross-functional group of managers evaluated … Continue reading

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Shifting the Patterns of Innovation

In a recent conversation with a client, the compelling business issue they were struggling with was how to become more innovative in their business. In a challenging industry, in an even more challenging economic environment, this was not an idle … Continue reading

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“The Power of Patterns”

Patterns are everywhere. Teams, both formal and informal, can be described by their patterns.  Thinking about groups of people in terms of the patterns they exhibit offers a new way to see them, assess them, and influence them. An elegant and … Continue reading

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“It could have turned out differently”

The title is a quote from one of Dr. Patrick Allit, Ph.D.’s lectures on the DVD, “Best Practices of a Master Teacher.” He used the term in describing his challenge to have his history students realize that the present should … Continue reading

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“It’s always all here”

In a recent conversation with a client, he spoke about the ONE thing they were going to focus their attention on in order to fix a significant problem. “It’s a matter of focus,” he said. “We have smart, motivated, dedicated … Continue reading

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