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Six Core Values of Organization Development

Over the years that I have been writing The Leader Letter, culture and organization development emerged as a core theme. One of the early OD works was a 640 page text book written by Newton Margulies and Anthony P. Raia entitled Organizational Development: Values, Process, and Technology. On page three they outline these core values […]

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Culture Transformation for Thriving in Permanent White Water

I was just talking with a CEO Client about the development work we’ve been doing with his team. This led to a discussion about the state of our businesses. His company is doing fairly well during these uncertain times. He asked about our business. I told him that we saw many organizations cut back sharply […]

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Links for Digging Deeper Into Leading a Peak Performance Culture

My last blog post announced that you can now view last Friday’s (November 4) full Leading a Peak Performance Culture webcast with all slides and audio track. You might want to view (or review) the session on your own or share it with your management team and/or improvement professionals concerned with leadership and culture development. […]

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Book Review of “The Culture Cycle: How to Shape the Unseen Force that Transforms Performance”

John Kotter and James Heskett’s classic book, Corporate Culture and Performance, is an organization development classic. The book provided solid evidence of the payoffs that come from adaptive cultures and the negative power of unadaptive cultures. Adaptability is absolutely critical today. As change tsunamis relentlessly sweep the globe, adaptive organizations are getting stronger and unadaptive […]

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Thoughts That Make You Go Hmmm on… “Beyond Performance”

As reviewed in my last post, Beyond Performance is an excellent new book chockfull of solid research on the key elements to successful leadership and organization development. Here are a few of highlights of Keller and Price’s findings: “What we might think of as the usual suspects — inadequate resources, poor planning, bad ideas, unpredictable […]

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The Service/Quality Journey and Organization Development Crossroads

Summer here in the Northern Hemisphere means vacation travel for many of us. Heather and I just returned from a very enjoyable two week road trip through New York State, New England, and Pennsylvania. With record breaking heat and humidity during the “dog days” of July, we often put up the roof in our little […]

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Review of “Still Surprised: A Memoir of a Life in Leadership” by Warren Bennis

Peter Drucker was often called the father of modern management thinking. Warren Bennis has been described as the father of leadership. I’ve long been a reader of Warren‘s books on leadership, change, and team/organization dynamics. I’ve often quoted his study findings and leadership wisdom in my books, blog, and presentations. When he said my book, […]

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Survey Shows Inadequate Leadership Skills Main Reason Executives Derail

I just read about the results of an OI Partners (a global talent management firm) survey with these sobering statistics; “Inadequate management skills such as leadership, motivating people, and building team work are the top reasons why executives and managers today are not working out. 65% of surveyed companies cited deficient management skills as the […]

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Spring Forward and Avoid the Speed Traps

Much of North America enjoyed unseasonably warm Easter weekend weather that was more like summer than spring. It was perfect timing for me to get my soft top roadster out of winter hibernation and let the wind blow through my few remaining hairs while welcoming back the warm sunshine on the open road. This is […]

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Practical Leadership Development for Peak Performance Webcast (No Charge to Join In)

Given the popularity of my Thriving in Turbulent Times webcast on December 3rd (over 550 sites tuned in), I am partnering with the Canadian Society for Training and Development (CSTD) to bring you another fast-paced hour of ideas, inspiration, and how-to applications on developing leadership skills on February 12th. In this unique and rare webcast, […]

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Making a Case for Leadership and Culture Development

A member of a group I belong to on LinkedIn sent me this request: “I have a presentation to an executive team for a company that provides medical garments to outpatient facilities throughout the US. I will be helping the Organization Development manager make a business case for leadership and culture development. I’m going to […]

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Leadership Lessons from Santa

It’s that exciting week before Christmas when kids cram for their big performance review. Where will the big guy watching from the North Pole mark them on the naughty-nice scale? Will it be enough to get them into the next gift bracket? In the hustle and bustle of your own cramming, busyness, traveling, and shopping […]

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The Learning Paradox: Slow Down to Grow Faster

A recent report on crowd control techniques provides a powerful learning reminder for us. A major – and sometimes deadly problem – at many large venues with huge crowds such as stadiums or concerts is everyone jamming the exits when it’s over and time to leave. Engineers in Japan have found a counterintuitive solution; obstacles […]

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