Creating an Innovation Organization

If I'm positing that L&D should be leading innovation, aka informal learning, we need to look at the necessary elements from an evidence-based perspective. That includes practices, but it also includes the beliefs and attitudes towards learning. So one of the important steps is having a good definition and way to assess status. That's what … Continue reading Creating an Innovation Organization

From g to c: The disputed science of collective (team) intelligence, Blair Kettle

The study of collective intelligence (team intelligence) arose from the study of individual intelligence, which is possibly the most researched of all the areas of psychology. The APA defines intelligence as “the ability to derive information, learn from experience, adapt to the environment, understand, and correctly utilize thought and reason.” Though it’s not a perfect … Continue reading From g to c: The disputed science of collective (team) intelligence, Blair Kettle

Do You Eat Your Own Dog Food?

“Dogfooding” is a concept from the product development community that refers to an organization using its own product to test it. This is a way of seeing how products work in real-world situations, developing empathy for the user experience, and working out bugs.

The Dark Side of Corporate Culture

“Cultural fit” is used as a filter for hiring and often an excuse for firing. Cultural fit is also a synonym for, “We like him.” I do need to clarify that I am not rejecting the notion that companies have a specific culture. They do. And I am not objecting to a company’s leaders asserting their vision of a set of values and attitudes that define how the firm operates. I am objecting to culture as a barrier to actual diversity—an excuse to reject difference as a means to maintain comfortable ways of looking at things. I am also objecting to the hypocrisy of espousing a value of diversity but then condemning those who don’t fit into the “company way” culture.

8 Tips for Leadership Development

I have written before that many leadership development programs are a waste of time and money. Not because they lack good and positive motives. To the contrary. It is usually because they lack definition, commitment at the top, supportive policies, effective and trained followers, or even opportunities for those developed to lead… There are a myriad of reasons leadership development fails. So, if you are going to do it, if you are going to invest time, sweat, money, and productivity toward this often perilous endeavor, then here are eight tips that will increase your likelihood of success.

The Context of Leadership

The old puzzler goes like this: “You go into the darkened room. The person’s hands reach over the guardrail, longing for some form of contact. Whimpers turn into racking sobs. Drool dripping down from the lips. You look down and see the shriveled, bare skin of the patient’s head. You smell the icky waft of … Continue reading The Context of Leadership