Category Archives: Sustainability

Can You Forget Yourself?

Can you for­get your­self, even for a moment? As a leader, some­one respon­si­ble for accom­plish­ing some larg­er pur­pose, do you know how?  So many aspects of lead­er­ship seem to depend on it — true lis­ten­ing, for exam­ple, so that you can gen­uine­ly empathize, hear­ing with open­ness rather than closed expec­ta­tions of what anoth­er will say. Or […]

The Future of Generative Organizations

It’s often said that orga­ni­za­tions of the future will be flat­ter and less hier­ar­chi­cal, orga­nized as net­works and accord­ing to the prin­ci­ples of self-man­age­­ment. But that can’t hap­pen with­out a fun­da­men­tal shift in per­spec­tive even more basic — from com­pet­i­tive to gen­er­a­tive orga­ni­za­tions. Com­pet­i­tive orga­ni­za­tions are ones that define their edge strate­gi­cal­ly over oth­er organizations, […]

Why Talk About Leadership?

After read­ing Steven Den­ning’s arti­cle, “The Sur­pris­ing Rea­sons Why Amer­i­ca Lost Its Abil­i­ty To Com­pete,” based on his reac­tions to a Har­vard study, my first thought was about the need to dis­cuss lead­er­ship. Please take a look at the arti­cle and study for your­self if you are able. The gist of Den­ning’s piece is that […]

Blue Marble

Could there be any­thing more worth­while cel­e­brat­ing?  I grew up in the Pacif­ic North­west on twelve acres of land, half in pas­ture and orchard, half in woods. As a child, nature was my chief com­pan­ion, so to pick out only one day, Earth Day, to hon­or our remark­able island in space, this blue mar­ble, seems […]