Category Archives: Undiscussables


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, […]

Things I Might Have Said

We all do it. Those after-the-conversation fantasies about what we could have said or should have said during the exchange. For some reason, one of those times has come up for me lately, one that involved a presentation I did years ago for a CEO peer learning team, a small group of top executives who […]