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Interesting People

One of the coolest parts about working at the American Management Association is all the interesting people you meet. In just the past few months, I have met quite a few, including:

~ Charles Handy, the social philosopher from across the pond.

~ Judith Bardwick whose latest book, One Foot Out the Door, tackles the "psychological recession" afflicting many workers today.

~ Erich Joachimsthaler of Vivaldi Partners whose book on innovation is hot!

~ Bob Nelson the guru of motivation.

~ Kenny Moore who I believe is at the forefront of a new movement in business organizations.

And it looks like I'll be meeting even more interesting folks in 2008.

Posted by Terrence Seamon, Nov 27, 2007

Management With Soul

I foresee a workplace movement (it's actually already underway) that I call "Management With Soul" where organizations will operate in full recognition of our duty to stewardship:

- stewardship of the planet (environmental stewardship)

- stewardship of community (using corporate profit to fight hunger, poverty, and disease)

- stewardship of people (where the sanctity of the person is so central that policies are revolutionized to put the Employee and the Customer center-stage)

There are heralds of this movement including Kenny Moore and John Scherer.

Where is this beginning to happen today? Take a look at Best Buy and Semco.

What other ones are you aware of?

Posted by Terrence Seamon, Nov 23, 2007

Thanksgiving Thoughts

Tomorrow, here in the U.S., we celebrate a holiday called Thanksgiving Day. It's a festive one, with turkey dinner, parades, and football games.

Unlike some other holidays, say Christmas or Mother's Day, there is no "to do" that you are supposed to fulfill, other than to eat some turkey at dinner time. That's actually too bad. Because I think Thanksgiving Day is a wonderful opportunity to do something very simple yet very powerful:

~ to give thanks

Sound good to you? If you want a couple of "to do" items, here are two that occur to me:

1. What are you thankful for? What gifts have you been given in your life? When is the last time you have said a prayer of thanks?

2. Who are you thankful for? Who has been a gift to you in your life? When is the last time you thanked them?

Doing these simple things could help change the world.

Added Note: I'd like to say a big "Thank You!" to Phil Gerbyshak for listing this blog in his Make It Great 125. Mu…

Charles Handy - Management Philosopher

I met management philosopher Charles Handy today, as he was in New York to record a webcast interview at AMA, as well as to visit Forbes and the Economist.

Now 75 years old, Handy (who travels with his wife Elizabeth, a professional photographer) is still going strong, appearing on radio and TV, giving interviews, and writing books (his latest is the autobiographical Myself and Other Important Matters). He was just in Boston at the Summit on the Future of the Corporation where he called for a change in the rules of the game, a change of mind, about the purpose of a business organization.

His interests range from business and management, to education and society . . . and the future. Some bits of Handy wisdom:

- On learning to manage: Don't expect to learn it by getting an MBA. Instead, get out there and start managing.

- On the function of schools: The school-day should end at noon, to be followed by a new faculty who engage the students in an afternoon of real projects, artisti…

The Disappointment Factor

In all the rhetoric about Talent Management, is anyone paying attention to what I call The Disappointment Factor?

In a nutshell, it's this: that new hires often find, after three to five months on the job, that the reality (of the job, of the boss, of the culture, etc.) is not the same as the promise they were sold in the interview process.

As a result, they feel disappointment, and may start to look for a way out and a new job.

What practices do you use to deal with The Disappointment Factor so that the investment you made in finding good people does not go down the drain through unwanted turnover?

Posted by Terrence Seamon, Nov 11, 2007

Meeting Bloggers

Bloggers "know" a lot of other bloggers, but seldom get to actually meet them. So I was very happy to meet Annette Clancy the other day when she stopped by my office at AMA in New York for a cup of coffee and a chat.

Based in Ireland (land of some of my ancestors and a beautiful country), Annette is a psychotherapist and organizational consultant who blogs about business, the mind, creativity and the arts at Interactions. She was at the New York Regional Meeting of ISPSO (the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations) to share some thoughts on the Cyber System in the Mind.

Thanks so much for stopping by, Annette. I hope our paths cross again . . . perhaps in Dublin?

Someday, I hope to meet some other bloggers I have enjoyed "meeting" in the blogosphere, including Astha Parmar, Regina Miller, Gautam Ghosh, Lisa Haneberg, Alexander Kjerulf, Dick Richards, Jim Murphy, Terry Starbucker, and Mario Gastaldi. If you guys are ever in New York, call…