Organizational Development Consultant

Predictable Surprises

March 24, 2020

My colleague Bill Welter, owner of MindPrep Resource Center recently shared the six characteristics of predictable surprises, from the book Predictable Surprises: The Disasters You Should Have Seen Coming and How to Prevent ThemBazerman and Watkins, 2008.

They are:

1. That leaders knew a problem existed and that the problem would not solve itself.

2. Organizational members recognize that a problem is getting worse over time.

3. Fixing the problem would incur significant costs in the present, while the benefit of action would be delayed.

4. (related to 3) Addressing predictable surprises typically require incurring a certain Continue reading

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The Elements of Good Judgement: How to Improve your Decision Making

February 4, 2020

Making sound decisions is core to every leader’s (every human’s) ability to succeed.   This excellent HBR article by Sir Andrew Likierman is a must read.

I love his practical advice and final thoughts: Leaders need many qualities, but underlying them all is good judgement. Those with ambition but no judgement run out of money.  Those with charisma but no judgement lead their followers in the wrong direction. Those with passion but no judgement hurl themselves down the wrong paths. Those with drive but no judgment get up very early to do the wrong things. Sheer luck and factors Continue reading

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Sometimes the best advice comes from children

April 28, 2019

Before I left on my last business trip, I gave my favorite 8 year old a hug and asked her what superpowers she would like to give to me for my travels.  Nevaeh is very clear that she has superpowers and is happy to share them.

She thought for a moment, opened her arms and said “Keep safe, stay warm, and fly through your greatest dreams.”

Fly through your greatest dreams.  Does superpower advice get any better than that?

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Parkinson’s: A Love Story with Dementia for Dessert

November 17, 2018

Many of you know that my dear husband, Richard had Parkinson’s and Lewy body dementia and passed away in March 2017.

I recently wrote a memoir as part of my own healing process. My goal is to help others on their journey with Parkinson’s and Lewy body dementia and to share the idea that love stories come in many forms.

This is not the forum for personal matters, so I will only share information on my new book this one time.

You will find Parkinson’s: A Love Story with Dementia for Dessert on Amazon.  https://www.amazon.com/Parkinsons-Love-Story-Dementia-Dessert-ebook/dp/B07K4RLC2D/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1542135434&sr=8-1&keywords=Parkinson%27s+A+Love+Story+with+Dementia+for+Dessert&dpID=41xS3edPH0L&preST=_SY445_QL70_&dpSrc=srch  Your Continue reading

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The power and importance of questions

August 1, 2018

The Harvard Business Review highlights the importance and power of questions in two recent articles.  I highly recommend them both.

Better Brainstorming suggests we focus on questions, not answers, for breakthrough insights. Better questions can lead to answers that challenge deeply held assumptions, and make it easier to push past biases and venture into unchartered territory.

https://hbr.org/2018/03/better-brainstorming

The Surprising Power of Questions talks about the importance of questioning as a skill to be honed, and as a tool for unlocking value in companies.  It spurs learning and the exchange of ideas, fuels innovation and performance improvement and builds Continue reading

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An atypical story of transformational change

July 28, 2018

Many have noticed the beautiful full moon on Friday, July 27th, but most won’t know its part in this unusual story of transformational change.

I don’t pay much attention to astrology, but I love this article and its story.  Why not take this opportunity to think beyond the way things have been, and be open to new insights and realizations?  Now could be just the right time.  Its worthy of consideration.

http://seattleastrology.org/the-eclipse-that-changed-the-course-of-history-full-moon-eclipse-astrology-july-2018/

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