Archive for the ‘Organization Development’ Category

Strategic Change

Monday, January 7th, 2013

The most difficult challenges facing most firms involve strategy and change. In my experience as a senior executive and coach, these two areas, along with innovation, are among the most frequently cited developmental gaps for leaders. CEOs often decry the lack of strategic thinking and the ability to manage change as the biggest restrainers of success in their organizations. A closer examination provides a ready explanation. (more…)

The Essence of Executive Effectiveness

Saturday, June 9th, 2012

In the ongoing quest to gain understanding into the nuances of successful leadership and management as part of my executive coaching practice, I have developed distinctions between the behaviors that drive success in these respective areas. At the risk of oversimplifying things, I believe that engagement and alignment activities provide a useful lens through which to evaluate leading and managing. Not the only lens, but a helpful construct around which to develop capability in these important areas. (more…)

Leader Development Demystified

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

It is quite straightforward, but a mystery to most organizations. The answer lies directly in front of us, yet we refuse to see it. I am not talking about the secret of life, the essence of the universe or some other deep, existential question, but to the comparatively mundane topic of leader development.

I suppose I should be grateful that this topic is more elusive than Sasquatch, seeing as it provides me and many thousand executive coaching compatriots with a raison d’etre. Still it is frustrating to witness the ongoing thrashing about that most organizations needlessly put themselves through on what should otherwise be natural to most firms.

The root of this problem, paradoxically, lies in its intended remedy. (more…)

BP Is Not Unique

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

BP has become the latest mega-corporation to join the pantheon of most despised companies ever. By wreaking havoc on the Gulf of Mexico by dint of the worst man-made ecological disaster in theĀ  history of the world, it has easily supplanted Enron and Goldman Sachs as the poster child for avarice at any cost. Now come the revelations about the root cause of the disaster- bad cost cutting decisions. As Gomer Pyle would say, “surprise, surprise, surprise!” (more…)

The Employment Tide Is Turning

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

Statistics from the Labor Department for February and March showed an interesting twist, one that should serve as a siren call to employers. More workers quit their jobs than were laid off during these months. People quitting their jobs is not typically newsworthy. But people quitting their jobs in this employment market is worthy of closer scrutiny. (more…)