An Everyone Culture. Becoming a Deliberately Developmental Organization.

Achieving superior business results by creating immersive cultures for continuous personal growth.

Ignore everybody, and 39 other keys to creativity

“Don’t try to stand out from the crowd. Avoid crowds all together.” – Hugh MacLeod

Community, The Structure of Belonging

If we want a change in culture, the work is to change the conversation.

What Norway can teach us about high performance

“Zero tolerance for jerks” and five other things we can learn from a winning team.

Four practices that facilitate conversation between ‘us’ and ‘them’.

We can’t present effective arguments if we don’t understand where the other side is actually coming from.

Learning to communicate to reduce stress, create connection and resolve conflict.

The language we use and how we use it provides a powerful means to not only resolve conflicts, but to go even further to create true connection.

A ridiculously simple way of learning how your brand is perceived

Your brand is not what you say it is, it’s what your audience says it is. How do you find out what they say it is? Ask them.

Learning to listen from

How to apply human-centered design process to the issues you care about.

Let the future show you the way

Rather than dreading our future, let’s embrace that our future is shaped by the choices we make today, now.

How to get someone to change their behavior? Rule 1: don’t preach

This is not your average wear-your-seatbelt spot. For that matter, it’s not your average spot. It works.

Can mindfulness promote ethics in business?

Given the current economic and political climate infused with scandals it is a good time to reassess how ethics is being taught and practiced.

Tools of oppression vs. tools of liberation

Last week Austin Kleon posted a chart on his Tumblr page that he drew after reading Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed.

Compassion can help us cross political boundaries

Tugging at heart-strings does have an effect. It can be used as a tool to motivate people to act.

What is the opposite of fear?

“We have no separate fates, but are bound together in one. And our fear is the only thing capable of our undoing.” – Sam Killermann

Power and Love. A Theory and Practice of Social Change

Power and love are the yin and yang of organizing. Neither one is effective without its “opposite.”

Mixing research methods for a fuller picture

Researchers are learning that they get more insight when they mix Qualitative and Quantitative research.

Simple conversations to restore hope to the future

Reality doesn’t change itself. We need to act.

Re-assesing assessment as a tool to improve performance

Measure what you value and people will value what you measure.

Art department rules that work for any department

Between 1951-1968 Sister Corita Kent ran the art department at the Immaculate Heart College. The rules that guided that innovative school are even more relevant today for any organization committed to innovation, growth and creativity.

Change your thinking. Change your life

When you make the right changes to your thinking other things begin to turn out right.

We’re social. We learn by imitating. Rational? Not so much

If we were rational beings, it would be much, much easier to organize things for the public good. But we’re not rational. We’re social. We learn from each other, as we discover.

Bacteria balance self and group. Why can’t we?

Individual bacterium know how to look out for themselves. But they’re always ready to rally for the common good if their colony is threatened. It’s behavior we could learn from.

Lesson: Don’t just tell your story, show it

A dyslexic designer/typographer realized that his teachers tried to help, but not to understand his experience. So he used type to create a beautiful lesson in showing your story.

Want to really learn and remember? Read on paper

What do you give up when you read on a screen instead of on paper? Very possibly some comprehension and retention. Researchers say that for the brain, the two experiences are quite different.