Showing posts from January, 2008

Golden Seeds

Who are the five persons who have had the most influence in your life?

Many years ago I read a book called Meetings With Remarkable Men by G. I. Gurdjieff. It has resonated with me ever since because I think that my life has been (and continues to be) a series of meetings with remarkable men and women.

Recently I had the good fortune of meeting Charles Handy, a most remarkable man. One of the many interesting notions that he has written and spoken about is that of "golden seeds" (an idea that I believe originated with Sigmund Freud).

Blogger Edicio dela Torre wrote about this at his blog last year:

“Often the seed was just a chance remark,” Charles explains, “but it could be the loan or gift of money at a crucial time, a critical introduction or recommendation, or the chance to take on unproven responsibilities - all hard evidence of someone’s belief in your abilities.”

Golden Seeds: The expression of someone's belief in your abilities. This is what parents do, and teache…

Dream Power

Today we recall the great American Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King who once proclaimed, "I have a dream."

Dr. King knew that there is a power in dreams, a power that we often forget.

Another American, the poet Carl Sandburg, once wrote:

"Nothing happens unless first a dream."

Ponder that line for a while. And reflect upon what has happened in our country because of Dr. King's dream.

Posted by Terrence Seamon, Jan 21, 2008

The Future Me

HR blogger Scott McArthur tagged me recently to blog about my "Opi," my future self.

Scott writes: "Opi comes from the Greek word opiso and it refers to the "future you". The OPI meme encourages us to think about the future and write in present tense as if the future's taking place in this moment."

OK I'll take a shot.

PRESS RELEASE - Thought leader and best-selling business author Terrence Seamon has been invited, along with his wife Joan, to speak at the 2010 World Peace and Stewardship Forum in Rome where their talk, "Transformational Facilitation: Using the Power of Creativity to Change Organizations One At a Time," will address the current worldwide movement to release and sustain the human spirit in business using music, art, poetry, and imagination.

Whoa...What the heck did I just write?

Hey Scott: Thanks for the tag!

Posted by Terrence Seamon, Jan 20, 2008

The Davos Question

In partnership with YouTube, the World Economic Forum has launched The Davos Question, aimed at creating a global video conversation:

"What key action do you think countries, companies or individuals should take to make the world a better place in 2008?"

Already, nearly a million people have joined in, with video contributions from CEOs, politicians and others answering the question.

How cool is that?

Added Note: Here is a mashup of answers.

Posted by Terrence Seamon, Jan 20, 2008

Are You An Effective Agent of Change?

At LinkedIn, Jim Markowsky asked: "What are the top 3 qualities of a successful Organizational Change Agent?"

I answered: Jim, I'll go with the 3 C's:

Consultative - Approaches change situations with a spirit of inquiry, observing, listening, asking questions, learning...striving to understand the client's needs before moving to solutions.

Communication skills - Can effectively use all channels of communication to achieve mutual understanding in highly complex, sometimes conflicted, situations.

Change - Deeply and personally understands what it means to change.

Posted by Terrence Seamon, Jan 20, 2008

STOP Training!

Successful trainers know how to STOP:

S - They can Size up a Situation. They are similar to a consultative Sales person in asking probing questions and looking at the client's needs Systematically (e.g. using ADDIE).

T - They Take Time to listen (more than they talk) and Take notes, establish Targets, and carefully develop Training objectives.

O - They Observe and look for Opportunities to leverage learning to improve Organizational performance.

P - They Plan not only learning events, but also the Pre-work that will Prepare people to learn, and the Post-work that will follow-up and reinforce learning afterwards, Promoting transfer of training gains to Performance, Productivity, and Profitability.

Posted by Terrence Seamon, Jan 19, 2008

Page Two Is Better

I was speaking with someone about resumes and she said, "It's a shame that hiring managers are so inundated by resumes that they hardly ever get beyond the first page. Because page two is usually better."

Isn't the stuff on page two older and therefore less relevant? Why is page two better?

As time goes by in your career, you reflect more upon your past, your successes and your failures. You distill, refine, and clarify your past accomplishments. As a result, what's on page two often reads different from what's on page one.

Page Two stuff is often more reflective of your true value: your capabilities and accomplishments, your talents and gifts.

Therefore, one of the secrets to effective resumes is to get some of that Page Two stuff into the Summary on the top of Page One.

Posted by Terrence Seamon, January 18, 2008

Projects and Change

Jim Murphy and the Mass Bay OD folks have another very intriguing question on their blog: How can the disciplines and practitioners of Organization Development and of Project Management cooperate and learn from one another?

I think there are many opportunities, but the big one is around Change.

Both OD and PM practitioners are focused on, and concerned about, change. For OD practitioners, change is our sine qua non: OD folk are brought in to facilitate some change that will improve the organization.

PM practitioners, who are endeavoring to successfully deliver a process or technical solution that will improve their client's operation, understand that change must be managed. Any change in scope, budget, or timeline will have a direct impact on the ability to deliver, as well as upon the deliverable.

But change is more that that. Change is emotional. The Number One reason that so many projects fail is people issues, including what I'd call The Titanic Effect: The iceberg you se…

Noticed on ODNet

Coach and blogger Ron Hurst suggested an interesting test of personal branding: put your name into Google with the one other term that you wish to be known for, as your brand. For example, try Ron Hurst leadership.

Well, I gave it a try, with Terrence Seamon change. Wow. Not only did my blog come up first, but I found that I have been noticed at ODNet.

How cool.

And while I'm posting about OD, Jim Murphy and the Mass Bay OD folks have another very intriguing question on their blog: How can the disciplines and practitioners of OD and of Project Management cooperate and learn from one another?

I've had some experience in this area, so I will address it in my next entry.

Happy New Year, dear readers.

Posted by Terrence Seamon, January 7, 2008