Category Archives: Organizational Development

Work Groups vs. Teams

The other day I was having lunch with my mentor when our discussion turned from our typical banter to an issue he was having with a group he was working with. Throughout the conversation he kept using the word group. … Continue reading

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Learn How to Learn

Today at work I began working on a new endeavor to bring in external executive coaches to our organization. As I was reviewing their PowerPoint presentation, I noticed they began talking about triple-loop learning, but said very little about what … Continue reading

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How to Effectively Coach Your Boss

Let’s be honest, we’ve all worked for a difficult boss; so we know what a pain in the ass they can be. But fear not friends! There is something you can do about it… coach your boss. You read that … Continue reading

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Next Time, Try Feedforward

Offering feedback has been an essential skill for leaders to possess for ages. As they strive to achieve the goals of the organization, employees need to know how they are doing; they need to learn what they have done well … Continue reading

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How to Implement Change, Even when you don’t have the Authority

Years ago,  I became infuriated by the amount of paper being wasted on a daily – no, hourly – basis at work. We printed out everything. That’s not even an exaggeration. Emails, pictures, draft memos, draft reports, basically anything you … Continue reading

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What is Leadership Anyway?

When Justice Potter Stewart was asked to define pornography he famously said he could not define it, but he certainly knows it when he sees it. So too can be said for leadership. We all know a great (or really … Continue reading

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How to Give Negative Feedback without Sounding like a Jackass

Yesterday I posted how to receive negative feedback without totally freaking out, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized how much I hate giving negative feedback, because, let’s face it, it isn’t easy. No one wants … Continue reading

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