Category Archives: Undiscussables

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 […]

At the Water-Line

Hear me read this post. Many years ago I came across a remark­able mod­el, known as the cul­tur­al ice­berg. Devel­oped by Stan­ley Her­man of TRW Sys­tems in 1970, it describes some of the most impor­tant work­place dynam­ics that any of us could ever know about. The top part of the ice­berg rep­re­sents the vis­i­ble, formal […]

Fifth Practice: Discussing Undiscussables

Hear Dan read this post. For more con­text on this post­ing, please see: The Prac­tice of Lead­er­ship Eight Lead­er­ship Prac­tices First Prac­tice: Know­ing Your Lead­er­ship Edge Sec­ond Prac­tice: Devel­op­ing Your Com­fort Lev­el with Feed­back Third Prac­tice: Car­ing for Self Fourth Prac­tice: Lead­er­ship and Influ­ence Sixth Prac­tice: On Col­lab­o­rat­ing Sev­enth Prac­tice: Per­son­al Integri­ty Eighth Prac­tice: Spir­i­tu­al Per­spec­tive So […]