Showing posts from March, 2005
My Book Is Out!

At last, the book that I contributed to, Practicing Organization Development, has come out. Hooray! And congratulations to my co-authors and to the book's editor Roland Sullivan.

It's All in Your Mind

At Lisa Haneberg's blog, she writes about how boredom drove her to read a new business book called A Whole New Mind by Daniel Pink.

I have long been a believer in the power of mind: purpose, attitude, and intention. These are the major determinants of what happens in our lives.

Haneberg quotes a wise friend: "It’s amazing what you can do when you don’t know you can’t do it."

This reminds me that there is a faculty in our minds that we can't name easily (though I think that the late Carl Sagan called it the Reptilian Brain in his book The Dragons of Eden), but it is there and it often runs the show.

Coming Out of Surgery

Coming Out of Surgery

A few years ago, I had surgery for a double hernia. It was not fun, believe me. When I came out of surgery, I was dazed and weakened. Though I could walk, stairs were not easy. It took a few weeks before I was fully back in action.

Today at work, someone described our organization as "coming out of surgery." He was referring to all the downsizing that has been going on here since December when we were acquired by the new owner.

How do you handle an organization that has just come through some significant surgery? Nurses know that, when patients come out of surgery, great care must be taken. Patients can be in pain, disoriented, confused. The nurse's goal is to help the patient to recover, go home, and return to full function in the outside world. In pursuing this goal, nurses serve the physical, social and emotional needs of their patients. Some days, there is hardly time to breath. Handling post-surgery patients can be a very stressful assi…
The Soul of OD

One of the cool things about the field of organization development (or OD for short) is that people are always asking, So what is OD? and What do you do? Funny thing is, the folks in OD ask these questions too!

OD folks seem to be in a perpetual state of self-analysis and self-criticism (maybe even self-doubt). To me, I think it's healthy, because it keeps us on-our-toes and ready to explain what it is we can bring to the party.

At the ODNET discussion board, someone recently asked, what is the soul of OD? I love it. This is a typical OD question.

What do OD folk do? One person answered, We provide processes for helping people to do better. For me, that means helping people in organizations to think better, plan better, learn better, perform better, improve better, figure-stuff-out better, interact better, and collaborate better.

That is the soul of OD.
The Book(s) Inside You

They say that we all have a book (or several) inside of us, just waiting for the opportunity to come out.

Here is a consultant who appears to have over 15 books inside of her! My goodness!
Cultural Creatives

I just learned about a concept called "cultural creatives." It's a phrase coined by sociologists Paul Ray and Sherry Ruth Anderson.

At one of the websites on this subject, there is a little quiz to see if you are a cultural creative. My wife and I each took the quiz and, sure enough, we qualify!

I guess this explains, to some extent, why we sometimes feel like weirdos to our friends who fall into either the Traditional or Modern camps.

In the business world where I work, I don't run into a lot of cc's, though maybe they are wearing "masks" in order to fit in better. Every once in a blue moon, I'll encounter someone who likes theater, who cooks, who writes poetry, who is into spirituality, who votes independently, or who cares passionately about social justice or the environment.

Where I run into a lot more cc's is at church. It's a Roman Catholic parish, but don't be fooled: we pray and focus on the spiritual in all that w…
Satisfaction Falling

The Conference Board has just published a report on job satisfaction, saying that “Americans are growing increasingly unhappy with their jobs. The decline in job satisfaction is widespread among workers of all ages and across all income brackets.”

Here’s a tidbit: “Half of all Americans today say they are satisfied with their jobs, down from nearly 60 percent in 1995. But among the 50 percent who say they are content, only 14 percent say they are “very satisfied.””

Very interesting. It has me thinking, Why is job satisfaction falling?

While I'm sure there are a lot of reasons, I suspect that a number of them cluster around the dimension of "caring." Employees have come to feel that their employers don't care much about them.

From where I sit, here are some signs & symptoms I have noticed:

- Employees are so much overhead cost, to be reduced as much as possible, even if that means that the folks who remain, after the downsizings, are overworked an…