Management Tips

Say Yes to Employee Engagement With These Management Tips

While they report feeling more involved than their global counterparts, less than one-third of American professionals describe themselves as actively engaged by their work, according to a 2014 Gallup survey. How can companies encourage their employees to become more fully engaged in the workplace? Managers may hold the key. As the gatekeepers of corporate culture, […]

Why Look at Organizations from a Systems Perspective?

If you are suffering from insomnia some night, watch Mindwalk. This 1990 film, with Sam Waterston, will either cure you of sleeplessness or it will give you a nice look into systems perspective. One of my favorite lines is, “At the subatomic level, there is a continual exchange of matter and energy between my hand […]

6 Key Questions to Solve the Toughest Organizational Challenges

When working with an organization, whether helping them thrive in a period of transition, increase effectiveness and engagement, or undergo an organizational evolution, my focus is often first on helping leadership embrace a systems thinking perspective as opposed to a more traditional analytical way of thinking. In order to approach a challenge from a systems […]

4 Steps in Solving Organizational System Problems

There’s a reason we say, “It’s only the tip of the iceberg.” Only about one-ninth of an iceberg is visible above water, but it’s not the visible portion you have to worry about. It’s the other eight-ninths that are lurking below. Corporations are like that, and the symptoms you see are often only the tip […]

Evolution vs. Revolution: Do You Know the Difference?

Change is everywhere. And whether you’re talking about your hometown or your day-to-day activities, adjustment and fine tuning is inevitable. Within the context of the organization, the challenge is learning to handle change effectively – to manage change with evolution as an end goal. From this perspective, there are basically two ways to understand change: […]

The Pros & Cons of Organizational Transparency

Organizational transparency is here to stay. In fact, some may argue it’s the new competitive advantage. With the digital age in full bloom, it’s never been easier or more convenient for institutions to open doors to how they think and behave. The expectation for increased transparency is simply a consequence of employees and stakeholders demanding […]

“The Changing of the Tides”: Why Morality Matters Again

Not too many years ago, the organization was in a powerful position and could rely on its people to support and maintain any direction necessary- even if it meant compromising morals. In many cases, workers overlooked bad behavior- even participated in it- and did so agreeably because they had no other choice. Working is what […]

Valuing Values & Creating a ‘Living Company’

“A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower The Los Angeles School District serves almost 700,000 students and employs 84,000 people with a budget $7.3 billion. After working with the district, some people might wonder why I didn’t take a break, and work for a nice, mellow, […]