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Organizational Development

Parallel Universes and Leadership

March 16, 2016 0 Comments
Parallel Universes and Leadership

Three Parallel Universes: I’m speaking of Organizations (including businesses), Personal Lives and the Public Square. There seem to be a lot of parallels in those three universes. Of course, this should not be surprising since each comprises individuals from the subspecies Homo sapiens sapiens. Now, I have no intention of turning this into a political […]

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Leadership, Epistemic Arrogance and Knowledge

February 24, 2016 0 Comments
Leadership, Epistemic Arrogance and Knowledge

I mentioned, in a previous post, that I liked the phrase coined by Nassim Nicholas Taleb (NNT), “epistemic arrogance.” I will avoid trying to expand on the meaning of the phrase, but instead will refer you to NNT’s book. Suffice it to say that many studies show that we humans are far too confident in […]

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The Black Box

December 9, 2015 0 Comments
The Black Box

Eons ago, when I was in engineering school, we had an exercise known as “The Black Box.” The idea is simple, the challenge wasn’t always so simple. Inside the box, hidden from our view, was an electronic circuit. There were two variations, a paper exercise where we were given the input and output wave forms […]

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Leadership and Conformity

September 16, 2015 0 Comments
Leadership and Conformity

I’ve been noticing quite a few articles on the Holacracy movement.  As always, some are well balanced and researched and others take sides with little research and lots of opinion. Right now, for me, I’m more interested in the results being achieved by those brave enough to experiment with this new organizational concept. Perhaps the […]

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Leadership and Craftsmanship

September 2, 2015 0 Comments
Leadership and Craftsmanship

Fresh out of engineering school and excited to begin my new job, I enthusiastically began work on test equipment design for a digital fuel control. One of the more memorable experiences was working with the technician assigned to our team. He was (is?) a true craftsman. The circuit breadboards he built to our designs were […]

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Conversation and Meaning

May 21, 2014
Conversation and Meaning

A circuitous route has brought me to this blog post topic. Here’s the short version. As often happens, my wife made a statement directed to me; she gave me information. I heard and acknowledged that I had heard her. Then what she desired and expected did not happen (interpret that as doghouse time for me.) […]

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Book Review: The Anxious Organization by Jeffrey Miller

December 29, 2005
Book Review: The Anxious Organization by Jeffrey Miller

This book was recommended by a colleague, CEO of a manufacturing company, with whom I do some exponential thinking from time to time. I can see why he enjoyed reading this straightforward look at internal corporate politics. Miller builds a new model for understanding what is sometimes a very perplexing problem – decoding why people […]

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