Organizational Development Consultant

Holiday traditions must change as your loved one’s cognition changes

November 29, 2022

You all know me as an organizational development consultant and leadership coach.

Some of you also know that because of my dear husband’s Parkinson’s and Lewy body Dementia, I am an advocate for those causes and provide advice and support to care partners who are less far in their journey than I am.

The holidays can be difficult in the best of circumstances, and they are especially difficult when you have someone you love who is facing cognitive issues.

I posted this blog on my Dementia for Dessert website, and I hope you find it helpful.

https://www.dementiafordessert.com/holiday-traditions-must-change-as-your-loved-ones-cognition-changes/

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12 ways my dear husband’s dementia has taught me to be a better consultant

May 25, 2022

It was this day in 2010 that my husband, Richard was diagnosed with Parkinson.  We thought everything would be ok,  just a little tremor.  Ha!  It was an adventure full of love, drama, joy, gratitude, pain and grief. Richard passed away in March of 2017.   In honor of the milestones and memories,  I repost 12 ways my dear husband’s dementia has taught me to be a better consultant which was first published in June, 2015.

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9 Trends That Will Shape Work in 2021 and Beyond

January 24, 2021

As an organizational development consultant, I think in systems and look for trends that will impact short and long term organizational success.  This Harvard Business Review article provides excellent observations that I find helpful in working with my clients on their most pressing strategic issues. 

Executive Summary:

While 2020 was the most volatile year in modern history, it would be a mistake to think that we’re in for smoother sailing this year. In fact, as we move into 2021 and beyond, the rate of disruption will potentially accelerate as the implications from 2020 play out across the next Continue reading

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Grieving and Post-Traumatic Growth

August 9, 2020

The long term consequences of this tumultuous time on individuals, organizations, and communities are not yet known.  Negative experiences can spur positive change, but not always.  The pandemic, systemic injustice and other traumas can give way to post-traumatic growth but not without attention and effort.

Harvard Business Review’s July-August magazine had two excellent articles on grieving and post-traumatic growth.

David Kessler’s article, Helping Your Team Heal, encourages leaders to recognize people’s grief and assist them in finding meaning.  He suggests we think about three groups of people during the pandemic – the worried well, the affected, Continue reading

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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.

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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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The role of empathy and experimentation in collaboration

September 8, 2019

Heather Hiscox, co-founder of Pause for Change, has written an excellent article on the role of empathy and experimentation in collaboration.  Her insights are essential for all organizations considering collaborating in new ways, and will significantly increase their levels of success.

https://www.nonprofitcenters.org/roleofempathy

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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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The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters

April 15, 2019

I highly recommend The Art of Gathering:  How We Meet and Why It Matters by Priya Parker.  I know a lot about planning and facilitating meetings, but learned so much more by reading this book. Whether you run business meetings, are involved in non-profit events, or hold parties at your home, this book will give you insights to up your game.

https://www.amazon.com/Art-Gathering-How-Meet-Matters/dp/1594634920/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=gathering+book+of+meetings&qid=1555237488&s=books&sr=1-1

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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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