Category Archives: Dialogue

Drama, Dysfunction, Leadership and Culture: Build the Way Forward, Together

My response to a post on a well-known blog about leadership, dealing with “drama” and the various forms of interpersonal dysfunction in an organization. The writer cites a CEO he knows, who claims he refuses to spend his time trying … Continue reading

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Complexity and Substance Abuse Prevention: Are you SPF-y Enough?

In my two preceding posts, I began to explore and explain the truly complex nature of behavioral health, and the implications of a complex systems perspective on the applicability of Evidence-Based Practices.  In this post, I want to take a … Continue reading

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Complexity and Community School Psych – Workshop Notes

  COMPLEXITY NOTES FOR WORKSHOP WITH DOCTORAL COMMUNITY SCHOOL PSYCH STUDENTS …WHAT KINDS OF PROCESSES DO WE WANT TO IMPROVE? …HOW DO WE IMPROVE PROCESSES AND RESULTS? …WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST CHALLENGE IN CHANGE OR IMPROVEMENT? —BRIEF STORY IF CHANGE … Continue reading

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The People Speak, the Leaders Listen

A few weeks ago I traveled to Washington, D.C. to serve as a facilitator at a unique event.  The Mayor had convened an event for citizens throughout the District to envision future policy and outcomes as part of his “One … Continue reading

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Leadership for Turbulent Times: the changing role of leaders

“. . . competition, we see now, is destructive. It would be better if everyone would work together as a system, with the aim for everybody to win. What we need is cooperation and transformation to a new style of … Continue reading

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Questions for students & all: Complexity and the History of Psychology

Most years over the past decade, I have delivered a three-hour interactive workshop to doctoral students in school psychology. At times, I have worked with students in a class on community school psychology. At other times, I come in with … Continue reading

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The Emergence of Social Responsibility

In 1993, I did a lecture tour of Brazil, for the US Information Agency (USIA). My lectures were about quality and process improvement, through union-management collaboration. At one of my lectures, I was presented with a copy of the book … Continue reading

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Walk Not Into Temptation: Demonizing Government Workers and Unions

The attacks on government workers that (in)famously began with Reagan’s oft-repeated crack that “government IS the problem…” were wrong then, and wrong now.  It is possible that government, with tougher procedures for discipline and dismissal, has a slightly higher percentage … Continue reading

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Her Simpler Way: Margaret Wheatley’s “Turning to One Another”

Her Simpler Way A review of “Turning to One Another: Simple Conversations to Restore Hope to the Future,” by Margaret J. Wheatley (Berrett-Kohler, 2002)  By Bruce A. Waltuck In 1993, Meg Wheatley’s inspired vision paved the way for countless change … Continue reading

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