Category Archives: Undiscussables

Transactional Work and Adopted Passivity

The notion that work relationships can be either transactional or transformational has been around for a long time. Transactional work relationships are relationships where the focus is on the trade of time, effort, or results for money. Work is a contract and the terms are primarily about the tasks and the rewards. Transformational work relationships, […]

Meta-Time

It’s often the thing needed most but, given how busy we are, it’s the last thing we give time to: evaluating how our time and energies are being used. Are we working on the right stuff? In the right way? Do we have the right people in the room? What is our real status? Our […]

How to Have a Strategy for Change

Think of “strategy” as having a perspective, an agenda if you will, about how things could be better. When I’m helping a manager think about what those things are for a department in a more or less traditional hierarchy, I like to employ a kind of systems map that illuminates different aspects of the work […]

Lessons in Snow

Lately, I’ve begun to think about the culture of organizations a little differently than I used to. I once believed a medium or large size organization striving to induce a major shift in the way things are done would have to do a great deal of analytical work, then set up and administer rather large, […]