Tag Archives: Systems Thinking

Leadership and Human Systems – How Authority Relationships Influence Behavior

Edwin Friedman This is an expansion of an earlier post: A colleague in the nuclear industry recently asked my opinion of the role “boss stress” plays in nuclear safety culture. Research (study after study indicates that the boss-subordinate relationship is … Continue reading

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A future of Organization Development (OD)

Despite the ancient wisdom, “there is nothing new under the sun,” many OD practitioners and their customers seem to be addicted to finding what is “new.” This habit has been manifested over the past few decades through a constant stream … Continue reading

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Sponsor, Agent, Target (SAT) – A Systems Approach to Everyday Work Life

This post, co-authored by Gil and Chris Crosby, is based on founder and father Robert P. Crosby’s adaptation of Daryl R. Conner’s change model. In today’s organization, most people work with and depend on individuals outside of their immediate work … Continue reading

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Self Differentiated Leadership

A self-differentiated leader is able to lead and connect simultaneously. They respect their own inner guidance system – what they want, think, and feel – and convey their sense of direction clearly, calmly, and consistently. They follow their own path, … Continue reading

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T-Groups – “…the most significant social invention of the (20th) century.”

T-Groups are a unique learning methodology invented in 1946 by Kurt Lewin, who many consider the founder of organizational development. Carl Rogers, a renowned psychotherapist, reportedly described the T-Group as “…the most significant social invention of the century.” We strongly agree. … Continue reading

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Leadership – the first chapter from my new yet to be published book

Excerpted from “Leadership can be Learned” Chapter One: Leadership Take clear stands and stay connected – the essence of leadership. The task of being an effective authority figure remains the same, whether your role impacts many (President, VP, CEO, etc.) or … Continue reading

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Boss Stress – Or the 5 Characteristics of Chronically Anxious Systems

My posting from a nuclear power discusion group on Linked In: Kate brought up another critical point – “boss stress.” That’s actually one of the biggest variables in any human system. Edwin Friedman pointed out 5 behavioral characteristics of systems … Continue reading

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The Nuclear Industries Blind Spot (and they’re not the only ones)

I wrote this as part of a Linkedin Nulcear Safety Culture Group. In sum, the nuclear industry, and many outside that industry, while understanding some of the behaviors and processes necessary for healthy culture, don’t have a clear grasp of … Continue reading

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Don’t Chase the Stray Cow – Lessons on Leadership and Human Systems (from my upcoming book “Leadership Can Be Learned”)

“That’s just like my cows.” I’ll never forget Norm, a down to earth engineer who had been dealing with and managing people for decades, speaking up during the retreat I was facilitating. I had just drawn a bell shaped curve … Continue reading

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Leading During Tough Times – An excerpt from my e-newsletter

Tough Times may lie ahead. If so, than fear, both legitimate and overblown, will guide many decisions. Hatchet men for hire will have a field day, and companies will crack down on everything from spare parts to paperclips. For most … Continue reading

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