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Sigh-metrical:  challenges & opportunities in achieving better outcomes

I believe there is a fundamental piece missing in **** as with other benchmark and assessment frameworks. The challenge and opportunity are as I have described in my presentation “The Problem With Problems” which can be found on my Slideshare … Continue reading

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Integrated Improvement: adopting a “both…and…” mindset for org improvement

Tomorrow I am having the latest in a series of conversations with people who, like me, have had lengthy and successful careers in managing government agencies.  We will be talking about the challenges right now in crafting new narratives of … Continue reading

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It Costs to Cross the Bridge: the foundations of respectful dialogue

The following is published here, in response to a blog post from the well-known wroter/thinker on leadership and change, Jesse Lyn Stoner.  My great appreciation to Jesse for her daily insights, and for her asking me to put my FB … Continue reading

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Let It Go: A Frozen Federal workforce isn’t the answer

For years we have heard some politicians complaining about government being “too big” and wanting to make it smaller.  Have you ever once heard anyone say we need RIGHT-SIZED government? What does this mean? Private businesses decide what they are … Continue reading

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Status Unquo: presumptions, tribalism, and emergence

I have been writing for months that both Brexit and the deep divide in America reflect the end of one “status quo.” I believe that the emergence of a critical mass of citizens unwilling or unable to inquire, question their … Continue reading

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DonT and Lucifer: into the next circle of chaos

Bill Eggers is a well-known and very successful reasearcher and writer on government improvement.  I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and talking with Bill several times over the past few years.  This morning Bill commented on the content and style … Continue reading

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From “I AM” to “We ARE” – All Relating to Each

Last February I attended a wonderful concert near St. Augustine, Florida. The concert was with the legendary country-rock-bluegrass musician and singer Marty Stuart, and his band, the aptly-named Fabulous Superlatives. Each of these musical artists brought incredible skill to their … Continue reading

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Heading For The Br(oken)exit: FLUX And The Dissolution Of Dialogic Relating

The insight for us and FLUX is that FLUX in an organization or group is not just “experience with a degree of difference beyond our capacity to understand and respond.” At the social level FLUX is seen in that little … Continue reading

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It’s Always A Day Away: BREXIT, FLUX, and “tellers of the new story”

Remarkably, it is 14 years since an email I sent about lighting on her DVD, resulted in an invitation to meet Margaret Wheatley for breakfast. We’d met briefly a few times at presentations she had done in the D.C. area. … Continue reading

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The Single Biggest Mistake: a key cause of failed change initiatives

I’ve posted about this before, but here is a piece I wrote recently.  If there is one piece of advice I’d give to managers and leaders about what NOT TO DO, it would be this. So again, re-posted here: The … Continue reading

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