Organizational Development

Finding Real Reasons to Celebrate at Work

Tonight we’ll see a Supermoon, the likes of which we haven’t seen since 1982 and won’t see again until 2033. Tonight the moon is at its closest annual point to the Earth in its orbit, making this full moon appear brighter and bigger. Tonight there will also be a total lunar eclipse, so if you …

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CSR, Sustainability and the Illusion of “Work/Life Balance”

Are we practicing what we preach? This post was written for and originally posted on the PMGblog. It takes a look the trouble with work/life balance idea through a social responsibility and sustainability lens. It was based on an earlier post here on Slate. Many thanks to Nicole Ravlin and PMG – great People Making …

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Powerful Waves of Emotion in Vermont

Irene’s Contribution to Management Theory Last week Hurricane Irene clobbered Vermont. Though she was officially a tropical storm by the time she made her way up the coast and into western New England, Irene dumped enough wind and water on the Green Mountains to turn a dozen towns into islands, wash homes and base lodges …

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Alice in Wonderland is Raging Against the Machine.

Nope, this is not some weird mashup. This is what I realized I was doing while fighting a needless mental battle about the work tasks I resent. I, unlike Alice, strive to take the advice I give. Since my job is to help people become better communicators, it’s fairly vital that I do it well. …

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Asking Worker Bees to Wing It

In the US, we like people with independent spirits: people who want to blaze new trails, be masters their fate, and stake their claims. We like rugged individuals who are capable of rolling with the punches and figuring things out as they go, always ready with the self-confident knowledge that if there is a will …

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Good Conversations – Part 4

Follow Through Up to this point you have communicated clearly, set expectations and confirmed commitment. Now you’re ready for the last part: following through. This is the step that most people forget until something goes wrong. Everyone needs help on following through. How often have you meant to do something in a certain way or …

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Style & Substance – Communicating with Your Own Voice

Have you ever appreciated what someone had to say despite her unappealing tone? Ever listened to someone drone on for no real reason just because his voice was pleasant? Chances are you’ve tolerated either a bad presentation or dull content because you liked either the message or the messenger. I’m willing to bet that each …

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Cars, Art & the World of Work

Why do I work to improve workplace communication?  Why do I see intricate and immediate value in the infinite complexity of workplace communication?  Why doesn’t the sea of variability that is working with other humans deter me from trying to help them succeed in making their workplaces better? The answer to all of these is …

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