Author Archives: Dan Oestreich

I am a leadership consultant, coach, and trainer. My mission is to be a portal to a better world through the healing, growth, and development of leaders. I believe the biggest challenges we face are self-knowledge and communicating to others with truth and care. My Oestreich Associates website is here.

Relationships — Reciprocity and Conflict

Let’s say there is a scale of effective relating — it goes from high trust and collaboration at one pole to destructive hostility at the other. In between there are some intermediary points, so that we get something like the following. Please click on the graph to make it larger. What the graph displays is […]

On the Discrediting of People

The central means by which informal power is maintained in an organization is all too often through the discrediting and exclusion of people. This creates a tight circle of control and a culture based on generalized performance anxiety, competitions, fixed mindsets, and fears of scarcity. Because it’s “culture,” these factors tend to be felt — […]

The Horse

I stopped along a country road to take a photograph. I had been down by the river under the mountain, but the shadows had grown longer and now on my way home the mountain was immersed in late afternoon light. At first, two horses galloped to see me, but they soon wandered off, distracted by […]

The Work With No Name

The work with no name is from one angle just the humble work of humanizing our workplaces, our working civilization. It cannot have a name lest it go the way of all programs, destined to be judged by whether or not it makes money for some corporation. (This came up for me last week via […]