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How Disconnected Conversations Can Hurt Your Consulting

Here’s an Example of a Disconnected Conversation A couple of weeks ago, a friend of mine and I were talking about a particular consulting project.  We just weren’t connecting in our conversation somehow — I kept repeating my points and he kept repeating his.  It felt like we were disagreeing somehow, but neither of us […]

Challenges in Consulting to Small Organizations (Part 3 of 3)

See Challenges in Consulting to Small Organizations (Part 1 of 3) and Challenges in Consulting to Small Organizations (Part 2 of 3). 8.  The focus of consultant projects can change frequently. Smaller organizations, like larger organizations, are dynamic and complex.  New and different problems can arise at any level in the organization.  However, in smaller […]

History of Organization Development (Part 6 of 6) – “Can People Really Change?  The Genius of Kurt Lewin”

History of Organization Development (Part 6 of 6) – “Can People Really Change? The Genius of Kurt Lewin”

(Guest post from John Scherer, Co-Director of Scherer Leadership International. This is the sixth blog post in a six-part series about the history of Organization Development, “On the Shoulders of Giants.”) NOTE: What I have learned about Kurt Lewin I received from four main sources. My mentor and NTL buddy, Ron Lippitt (one of Lewin’s first […]

History of Organization Development (Part 5 of 6) — Wilfred Bion and Eric Trist “The Birth of Self-Managed Work Groups”

History of Organization Development (Part 5 of 6) — Wilfred Bion and Eric Trist “The Birth of Self-Managed Work Groups”

(Guest post from John Scherer, Co-Director of Scherer Leadership International. This is the fifth blog post in a six-part series about the history of Organization Development, “On the Shoulders of Giants.” (In the last issue, we featured the work of Kurt Lewin, the ‘grandfather’ of the change movement, and the teacher of one of John’s […]

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