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  • LEADERS GROW

    Paying Attention

    February 3, 2018

    People often ask me about my favorite leadership model, and my learnings over the years about what makes leaders successful. Many books have been written on this topic, and entering...

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    By Kathrin O'Sullivan

  • BELIEFS

    Mining for lost treasure

    January 18, 2018

    My first blog of the new year turns out to be the 100th blog I’ve written on this site. Somehow that suddenly struck me as a lot. So I began to read them from the beginning—2011. And...

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    By Jennifer Garvey Berger

  • EMBODIED LEADERSHIP

    When the key is not the key

    January 8, 2018

    15 years ago, on azure-blue Aitutaki in the Cook Islands, we asked the woman running our guest house where we might go to church.  She responded with pursed-lipped disdain.  It turned...

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    By Keith Johnston

  • ADULT DEVELOPMENT

    Weirdly practical

    January 6, 2018

    I wonder how often what I say or teach comes across sounding to others like Sanskrit, or some other foreign tongue? I happened to be chanting in Sanskrit, a language I do not...

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    By Keith Johnston

  • ADULT DEVELOPMENT

    The Gender Parity and Power Gap and the Socialized Messages that Shape It

    December 9, 2017

        This is a scan of a flip chart from a workshop I ran recently. What you see is the group’s answers to the questions: “What does it mean to be a successful...

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    By Carolyn Coughlin

  • CHANGE

    Safe to fail experimentation at home and away

    November 27, 2017

    I have been learning very much about experimentation these days from the very complex and volatile task of cleaning out my closet. As I have wondered, Will I really ever wear this polka...

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    By Jennifer Garvey Berger

  • COMPLEXITY

    Very well, alone

    November 22, 2017

    We own a treasured biscuit tin with the famous Karsh portrait of Winston Churchill.  I grew up with the image of Britain, gritty, isolated, battling on through the Blitz against the...

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    By Keith Johnston

  • DELIBERATE DEVELOPMENT

    Love and the DDO

    November 7, 2017

    My attention has been diverted from blogging lately by the new book I’m writing—a draft of which is now finished, and the proposal for which is now with my agent. I’ll be blogging...

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    By Jennifer Garvey Berger

  • ADULT DEVELOPMENT

    Taking our time

    November 6, 2017

    There are clients who ask if we can teach the main ideas of adult development or complexity theories in an hour.  There are sometimes participants in our leadership programs who complain...

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    By Keith Johnston

  • ACTION LEARNING

    Experimenting about experimenting

    November 1, 2017

    How might we experiment and learn about the processes and teaching of experimenting and learning? In the work we do with leaders dealing with complexity we put a lot of emphasis on...

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    By Keith Johnston

  • CHANGE

    Bringing together the art and science of teamwork

    October 26, 2017

    We have recently discovered a company—Accompany.io—trying to bring the best of technology-driven support to the very human work of creating and sustaining great teams. In my...

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    By Jennifer Garvey Berger

  • COMPLEXITY

    China syndrome

    October 15, 2017

    Meet Principal Zhou who runs a public elementary school in China.  He is proud and delighted at the start-of-the-art facilities he has created: multi-story extensions, a rubberized...

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    By Keith Johnston

  • COMPLEXITY

    Tough Guys Don’t Come Seventh

    August 13, 2017

    I was thinking about jingoism while enjoying a sparkling performance of Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony last night.  It rather muddied the delight. Before the concert began I had been...

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    By Keith Johnston

  • COMPLEXITY

    Moses parted the Red Sea; Trump might be drowning in a swamp

    August 6, 2017

    Once upon a time, in a city of sparkling towers by the sea, there lived a property developer prone to ambitious schemes, certainty about his own rightness, overweening arrogance and a...

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    By Keith Johnston

  • COMPLEXITY

    Both Jane and Tarzan

    August 2, 2017

    This is a tale of one city, one movie, and two books.  Between the two books we find a central polarity of governing and urban planning.  Let’s call it the polarity of Jane and...

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    By Keith Johnston

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