Tag: structure

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Shifting the Burden: The “Helen Keller” Loops

Most of us know the story of Helen Keller and have probably sympathized with her and her parents, whose actions to protect their handicapped daughter …

Evolutionary Leadership: A Dynamic Approach to Managing Complexity

Why do some companies grow while others shrink? Why are some firms extraordinarily successful over the years while others even those in the same …

Working in an Unhappy Place: Reengaging Disaffected Employees Through Conflict Resolution

Why can’t we all just get along?” asked Rodney King famously, echoing the sentiments of many of us who have at some point or …

Changing Organizational Culture from a Liability to an Asset

In a commentary on the OP-Ed page of the New York Times entitled “Failure Is Always an Option” (August 2003), Henry Petroski, a civil …

Pea Beans in Ethiopia: Challenges of Creating New Business Models for Sustainable Livelihoods

Ethiopia is a wonderfully unusual place in Africa. It has never been colonized, only occupied by the Italians during World War II for about …

Helping Groups to Function on Their Own: A New Form of Consulting

Everyone knows that we are going through a time of significant social change affecting all areas of our lives. The workplace is no exception.

Americans’ Struggle with Weighty Issues

It’s all over the headlines— Americans are getting heavier. The statistics are sobering: As documented by the Department of Health and Human Services, in …

How Does Malcolm Gladwell Spell Success?

Acclaimed author Malcolm Gladwell’s new book, Outliers, The Story of Success (Little, Brown and Company, 2008), is all about patterns and how they can …

Resolving to Stop Re-Solving

Have you resolved to make any changes in 2010? According to RichardWiseman, a psychologist at the University of Hertfordshire, most of us won’t achieve …

Structural Thinking: The World According to Accumulators and Flows

Avice president of a major U. S. manufacturer once questioned whether today’s rapid pace of change means that all our old tools and ways …