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  • COMPLEXITY

    Competition and complexity

    August 30, 2013

    I had the delight today of speaking at the joint conference of the Bay of Plenty Principals’ Association and the Central North Island Principals’ association in a very rainy Taupo. We...

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    By Jennifer Garvey Berger

  • CHANGE

    Attracting the future

    August 10, 2013

    Complexity theory offers us the idea of attractors, which are things around which particular phenomena gather. Vague enough for you? When I first was reading about chaos and complexity...

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    By Jennifer Garvey Berger

  • ADULT DEVELOPMENT

    Some distinctions about our bodies of distinction

    July 30, 2013

    My colleague, Neil Stroul, recently wrote a blog about a thing called bodies of distinction. As I understand it, our bodies of distinction are those sets of things we know quite well,...

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    By Carolyn Coughlin

  • BELIEFS

    Shifting the big assumptions that keep you stuck

    July 19, 2013

    Some time ago I wrote a blog about Bob Kegan and Lisa Lahey’s Immunity to Change process (which is more fully described in their book of the same name, and in their first book How the...

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    By Jennifer Garvey Berger

  • ACTION LEARNING

    The curious leader

    July 9, 2013

    Yesterday I talked about the first of my qualities of leaders who can lead change most effectively. The agile leader is able to be flexible and also to move. This is key to supporting...

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    By Jennifer Garvey Berger

  • ADULT DEVELOPMENT

    Growing leadership agility

    July 1, 2013

    I’ve been working on a short paper about leading through times of complexity and change. I’ve decided there are five components I think are really important (though when you write...

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    By Jennifer Garvey Berger

  • ADULT DEVELOPMENT

    Leading through change

    June 18, 2013

    I’ve been asked by a client to help her think about the way potential organisational changes also pushes changes in what leadership looks like there. I thought I’d muse about it here,...

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    By Jennifer Garvey Berger

  • ADULT DEVELOPMENT

    New questions for an unpredictable future

    June 12, 2013

    I have been in California this week teaching a bunch of inspirational senior leaders about leading through a world that is increasingly complex. There’s a way all of these leaders know...

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    By Jennifer Garvey Berger

  • BELIEFS

    Lessons through music at the Sydney Opera House

    May 27, 2013

    Last weekend I had the great joy of singing the Brahms Requiem at the Sydney Opera House.  And while I learned lots about Brahms and singing, I was also impressed by how much I learned...

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    By Jennifer Garvey Berger

  • ADULT DEVELOPMENT

    Development and anti-fragility

    May 20, 2013

    One of life’s great delights is a long conversation with my friend the adult developmentalist Bill Torbert.I never finish a conversation with him without feeling stretched and enriched....

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    By Jennifer Garvey Berger

  • BELIEFS

    Just not saying

    May 12, 2013

    As I was packing for a busy trip to the west coast of the US, Amy Levin-Epstein wrote to me with a question: “What is it that real leaders would never say?” Amy blogs for CBS...

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    By Jennifer Garvey Berger

  • EMBODIED LEADERSHIP

    Leaders can toughen themselves against stress

    May 4, 2013

    Like some of my partners, I've been reading Nassim Nicholas Taleb's book, Antifragile.  So as I was writing this blog, which I had already been thinking about at length, I couldn't help...

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    By Carolyn Coughlin

  • ADULT DEVELOPMENT

    What if change is constant?

    April 26, 2013

    Four years ago at this time I was building a third module of a leadership program for the beautiful folks who run Wikipedia and their other associated sites (now we’re running our fifth...

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    By Jennifer Garvey Berger

  • ADULT DEVELOPMENT

    Go slow to go fast

    April 21, 2013

    On my way back home after the second module of a leadership program with a set of smart and interesting and passionate participants. What a delight. These folks are cursed, as so many of...

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    By Jennifer Garvey Berger

  • BELIEFS

    Antifragile

    April 9, 2013

    So the core idea in Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s book Antifragile is that there is something beyond resilience that we need to think more about. Fragility is when shocks or disorder hurts...

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    By Jennifer Garvey Berger

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