The Mac & Cheese Kid: How Privilege Plays Out

By: | Posted in: Be Expertise / Be Listening | Wednesday, Oct 7, 2015 - 3:05pm

(adult language warning if that sort of thing bothers you) This scene goes on for 9 minutes. What are the first words that come to mind about his behavior? Now indulge me for a short bit here: Watch all of it and imagine he’s an African-American or Arab 19-year old.  Now what words come to mind […]


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gospels aren’t proprietary

By: | Posted in: Be Expertise / Be Listening | Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 - 8:08am

The recent controversy surrounding Coke’s Superbowl ad, featuring a a multi-lingual rendition of America the Beautiful, reminded me of a conversation with clients about taking a stewardship – versus an ownership – relationship to the ‘gospel’ that informs our work.


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Labor Day

By: | Posted in: Be Expertise / Be Listening, Be Independence / Be Interdependence | Sunday, Sep 1, 2013 - 7:12pm

A friend posted this image on his Facebook page and it triggered the follow thoughts for me… ‘Long holiday weekend’…a beautiful and cynical shell game. “We must do away with the absolutely specious notion that everybody has to earn a living. It is a fact today that one in ten thousand of us can make […]


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To be Human is to have a Language

By: | Posted in: Be Expertise / Be Listening, Be Resource / Be Source | Thursday, Jan 10, 2013 - 10:24pm

Carly’s case is of course both unusual and extreme….but from what I see, her condition is not qualitatively different from yours or mine. No one knows what it’s like to be in our body, no one can see what we see or sense what we sense. Our reality is, by it’s nature, a private reality. (continued below […]


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God’s Heckler

By: | Posted in: Be Expertise / Be Listening, Be Resource / Be Source, Industrial Era / Social Era | Wednesday, Feb 8, 2012 - 5:13pm

As a follow-up to my last post, The Weed Economy, here’s a story from the Hindu tradition: Guha was a barbarian hunter. He hunted in the forest with great skill. He was one with the tangled underbrush, cousin to the monkey and the tiger. The priests in the city thought it was their duty to […]


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Do we really need Training & Development?…not in the way we think we do

By: | Posted in: Be Expertise / Be Listening, Industrial Era / Social Era | Wednesday, Feb 9, 2011 - 9:02pm

“Education is a self organizing system where learning is an emergent phenomena.” ~S. Mitra     If you’ve read my introductory posts on this site, you are familiar with the distinction between Training and Education. One of the things Sugata’s work is demonstrating is that Training – and the presence of a Trainer – can […]


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We are NOT Scientists!…at least not exclusively

By: | Posted in: Be Expertise / Be Listening, Industrial Era / Social Era | Saturday, Feb 5, 2011 - 11:12pm

The disciplines of Organizational Practice – Organizational Development, Human Resources and Management Consulting – that grew up during the Industrial Era share a fundamentally engineering-oriented view of their work. Engineers work on machines, and their relationship with the machine they are working on is irrelevant to their ability to control the efficiency of that machine. […]


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