Category Archives: Organizational Learning

Have I got a solution for you!

Conferences. Every presenter and exhibitor have THE solution for whatever ails your organization. It might be a technology dashboard that presents all of the KPIs in graphic form, or a customer service training program that has “proven” to increase sales.

Those with products to sell have invested heavily in figuring out what problem you most likely have, and crafting a message that leaves you feeling hopeful that the problem can, indeed, be solved.
You probably do have the problem they are solving. But does that solution address the root cause? That’s the critical question you have to ask before you buy. Continue reading Have I got a solution for you!

And Don’t Forget to Breathe

dandelion-wallpaper-21991-22547-hd-wallpapersMy Yoga teacher has to remind me to breathe. I chuckle because breathing is pretty fundamental; how the heck do I keep forgetting to do something that has become an instinct? When I am contorted in a pose, trying to remember all of the “corrections” so that my body doesn’t recoil or get hurt, I obviously lose sight of the basics.  It’s all too much to remember.

I am new to Yoga. The teacher assures me that, as I practice, I will build “muscle memory,” and my body will begin to remember more and more of the basics, so that I can move on to more complicated poses. Continue reading And Don’t Forget to Breathe

In Defense of Lencioni

I really like the “Five Dysfunctions of a Team.” I like the story approach that provides context, I like the short explanation at the end, and the simple model just resonates with me.

book_searching_for_answers_400_clr_12525I was caught off guard when a colleague whom I respect said that she would not use Lencioni’s training materials because it was not based on solid research. She prefers to use Covey. So for the last week, I’ve been noodling that, and trying to figure out how I feel about it.

Let me preface all of this by saying (again) that I am skeptical about business books. Too often I have seen people take up a banner of “7 ways to this,” or “5 things that make you,” only to find that the simple answer they thought they found really wasn’t very simple. Continue reading In Defense of Lencioni