My Blog Posts

Innovation, a Messy World, and Purpose

In his book, A Passion for Excellence, Tom Peters offers a very insightful and valuable perspective of innovation and order. Chapter 3 is entitled "The Mythology of Innovation" and Peters writes: Innovation is "always messy, unpredictable, and very much affected by...

Great Questions

The longer I work with teams in organizations, the more I realize the power of asking the right questions. Here's a sampling from Bob Tiede's Great Leaders Ask Questions ebook. General questions for meeting with a client, customer, team member, or employee: 1) What is...

4 Things Leaders Do in Healthy Organizations

The longer I go, the more I become convinced that "leadership" -- whatever it actually is  -- is something that we only discover on the way to something else. The recovery of leadership may well begin when we stop trying to find it. Of course, the immediate objection...

Asking the Right Questions

"What builds a relationship, what solves problems, what moves things forward is asking the RIGHT questions." Ed Schein in Humble Inquiry. Machiavelli's The Prince, written centuries before organizational development was a thing, noted that a great prince must...

Why Don’t Students Like School?

I’ve started in on Daniel Willingham’s Why Don’t Students Like School. The sub-line is more informative: “A cognitive scientist answers questions about how the mind works and what it means for the classroom.” Here are some of the more fascinating insights I’ve gained thus far. I’m sharing them largely as tidbits for reflection rather than being particularly analytical.

The Death of the Good

Great video here from Prager on why modern art is so bad. But it applies to the question of truth in general. The loss of an objective aesthetic in art has led to a loss of the meaning of beauty, the celebration of the scatalogical, and the move, as he puts it in the...

Teaching Five Minds

Howard Gardner is the psychologist and educator who introduced the idea of multiple intelligences. More recently, Gardner has suggested five distinct mental abilities, or minds, that are important for educators to cultivate in order for students to be effective and...

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