Archive | October, 2014

Archimedes” Lever OD#1

28 Oct

 

Over the past several years I have written very little about organization development, preferring to focus on personal, managerial and leadership development. this blog begins a sometime series on OD.
We start with a very big picture of OD by thinking about Archimedes’ Lever. “”If I have a lover long enough I can move the Earth.” We begin by going to a recent article on organizational change: Archimedes Lever and Organizational Change.

 

 

 

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Just For Fun

22 Oct

From time-to-time someone sends me a video that is pure fun.

Behold four minutes of delight:

 

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Parenting and Managing

15 Oct

In meetings, people occasionally ask “What’s the difference between managing and parenting?” I pause for a long second and say: Children are shorter. A recent Corner Office article in the New York Times has an excellent conversation about this topic.

For a more explicit  perspective, but one very much in agreement with the former here is 700 words on How parenting and managing inform each other.

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Decisions and Happiness

8 Oct

What a Teen Taught an Executive

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Great article in the WSJ on Maximizers and Satisficers. It’s a chuckle about the feeling content of making decisions. There’s a fun little self-test in there – which are you?

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The Marshmallow Experiment #2

1 Oct

 

 

Several weeks ago I posted a blog about the marshmallow experiment.

Recently the New York Times had a similar article entitled Learning How To Exert Self-Control. At age 84, Mr. Mischel, the original researcher, is about to publish his first nonacademic book, “The Marshmallow Test: Mastering Self-Control.

It seems that the original children and now turning 50 so this is getting to be a serious longitudinal study. I just ordered the book on my iPad. If it’s worth while, I will mention it in a future blog.

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