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  • BELIEFS

    Chaos

    November 15, 2016

    In this week of the election, I think I am coming to understand what Dave Snowden means when he talks about chaos. Chaos, in his model, is when we cannot see any patterns, when we cannot...

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    By Jennifer Garvey Berger

  • CHANGE

    Getting busy sitting still

    November 12, 2016

    Nearly a year ago, when my partners and I first started talking about Donald Trump, I said--not really jokingly, “If we elect this man, I’m moving to New Zealand.”  It’s not a...

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    By Wendy Bittner

  • BELIEFS

    Simple habits for bewildering times

    November 10, 2016

    I flew over the US today—from San Francisco to Dallas—and the land looked the same as it always has. Spiky cities with handfuls of suburbs along the coast; crinkled olive hills giving...

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    By Jennifer Garvey Berger

  • BELIEFS

    Leading in complexity: Four lessons from the field

    October 23, 2016

    Mark Striebeck is a participant in one of our leadership programs, and he is teaching me a lot about complexity. A tall, handsome, and thoughtful engineer, he has approached learning...

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    By Jennifer Garvey Berger

  • CHANGE

    Give him enough rope

    October 17, 2016

      I took this picture in a rope shop in Hamburg a few weeks ago.  Hamburg’s long history as a trading port seems bound up in these sacks of hawsers, sheets, lanyards, painters,...

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    By Keith Johnston

  • BELIEFS

    Kneeling in contradiction

    October 8, 2016

    Paradoxically, in kneeling Colin Kaepernick was heightening matters.  On his knees he was taking a stand.  And in the midst of a number of such paradoxes I have been wondering about...

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    By Keith Johnston

  • CHANGE

    Cultivating Time

    October 3, 2016

    Every leader I work with--and every colleague too--is time poor. We talk about losing time, wasting time, prioritizing how we spend our time. I have been thinking about time quite a lot...

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    By Jennifer Garvey Berger

  • BELIEFS

    Hot and cold running myths in every room? (2)

    September 4, 2016

    In any Maori ceremonial greeting or powhiri in New Zealand respect is paid to those who have died.  They are farewelled on their spirit journey back to Hawaiki Nui, the Polynesian island...

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    By Keith Johnston

  • BELIEFS

    Hot and cold running myths in every room? (1)

    September 1, 2016

    It has been a long wait for a cool June. In June of 1976, at the end of the US Republican primaries, the contest was virtually tied between the sitting President Gerald Ford and his...

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    By Keith Johnston

  • ADULT DEVELOPMENT

    The power to be deliberately developmental (2)

    August 11, 2016

    A deliberately developmental organization (DDO) “through its community and its practices, slips its hand under its people, wherever they may be on their developmental journey, and...

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    By Keith Johnston

  • CHANGE

    The power to be deliberately developmental (1)

    August 8, 2016

    About 20 years ago I was leading the restructuring of an operational government department of 1700 people where I worked as a senior manager.   The change process was happening in...

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    By Keith Johnston

  • CHANGE

    Power struggles for all

    May 26, 2016

    Why is it that climate change is such a hard issue on which to make substantial progress?  The evidence of human-induced change is now formidable.  For some of us the evidence is...

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    By Keith Johnston

  • ADULT DEVELOPMENT

    Robert Kegan at Harvard: The end--and beginning--of an era

    April 24, 2016

    Last week I taught Bob Kegan’s Introduction to Adult Development class at Harvard for the last time. Bob is retiring from Harvard this year, and it’s the end of an era—not just for...

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    By Jennifer Garvey Berger

  • CHANGE

    Creating the conditions for emergence

    February 2, 2016

    “So here’s the problem,” the leader said. “We have been in a stable and growing market for the last few years and now the context is really changing fast. Everyone agrees that the...

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    By Jennifer Garvey Berger

  • CHANGE

    Trump and emergence

    December 19, 2015

    Readers might notice I’m in sort of a frenzy about Trump and what he’s doing to ramp up the feedbacks of fear and hatred that live in all of us in one way or another. And I have been...

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    By Jennifer Garvey Berger