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To See the Future

Thinking a lot lately about change. Change management. Change leadership.

It's incredibly hard to predict the future with any degree of certainty. But I am convinced that you can create the future you desire.

What we need in changing organizations is a vista on the future.

The word vista means a pleasing view or prospect, a vision of the future (from the Latin videre "to see")

V = Vision of the desired state

I = Improvement-based culture

S = Situation assessment of the current state

T = Targets identified for the improvements

A = Actions aligned to the aims

With a positive vista on the future you desire, you can create the energy to make it happen in your organization.

Posted by Terrence Seamon on MOnday September 30, 2013

Love Made Visible

So, continuing the line of thought in my last blog post called Breaking Bread, if the idea of a company is for people to be in a relationship where bread is broken and shared, then what?

My friend and OD colleague Lucille sent me this quote from the philosopher and poet Gibran:

"Work is love made visible. And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy."

Can you work with love so that your work is "love made visible?"

In her note to me, Lucille added this final line: "How fortunate we are to be in a field that brings such continual satisfaction."

It's true. She and I are in the field of Training and Organization Development where we help people in organizations to be more adaptable, more resilient, more productive, and more effective. We guide, we coach, we train, and we mentor.

This is the key, I think. To work with love re…

Breaking Bread

Some of you reading this may have been attracted by the similarity between the post title "Breaking Bread" and the amazing AMC TV show "Breaking Bad" which is about to end its five year run next Sunday night.

As great a TV show as Breaking Bad is, this blog post is NOT about the misguided attempts of a pathetic Chemistry teacher to provide for his struggling family by "cooking" and dealing crystal meth.

No, this post, called Breaking Bread, is about community. The kind of community that is so vital, yet sorely missing, in our organizations today.

First, some etymology. The word "company" means, when you break it down to its component word origins: com = with + pane = bread. Word origin experts have traced the word back to a meaning that should give us all pause: "One who eats bread with you."

So a Company should be a place where we share a meal. Where we feed and nourish one another.

If that is not too far-out for you, let's go a b…

The Goals Workout

Ever since her initial publication in the Harvard Business Review online, the findings of Dr. Heidi Grant Halvorson on success have been on my mind and in my work with clients.

In particular her finding that successful people get very specific when setting goals.

She wrote:

"When you set yourself a goal, try to be as specific as possible. “Lose 5 pounds” is a better goal than “lose some weight,” because it gives you a clear idea of what success looks like. Knowing exactly what you want to achieve keeps you motivated until you get there. Also, think about the specific actions that need to be taken to reach your goal. Just promising you’ll “eat less” or “sleep more” is too vague — be clear and precise. “I’ll be in bed by 10pm on weeknights” leaves no room for doubt about what you need to do, and whether or not you’ve actually done it."

Get specific. Anyone who is into goal setting has already known this. It is part of the old SMART formula where the S means Specific.

But in the…