Organizational Psychology

Multiple Moments of Positivity in the Workplace: Organizational Culture and Strategy

Multiple Moments of Positivity in the Workplace: Organizational Culture and Strategy

Many companies struggle to implement new business strategies because they underestimate how their existing culture can undermine their efforts.

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Leading into the Future XIa: Can the Center Hold Given the Challenge of Size and Complexity?

Leading into the Future XIa: Can the Center Hold Given the Challenge of Size and Complexity?

The postmodern organizations to be found in most contemporary societies are subject to rapid change and rapid growth; furthermore, they have become complex as a result of attempts to accommodate this change and growth

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Carving Up Gracie: The Loss of Integration

Carving Up Gracie: The Loss of Integration

“You can’t carve up Gracie!” While this was initially brushed off as just a theatrical gesture that reinforces the important of integration, the “carving up Gracie” became a recurrent theme at the Gathering.

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Leading into the Future X: Are We Post Post-Modernism?

Leading into the Future X: Are We Post Post-Modernism?

Those who are leading (and learning) into the future, will find the order that underlies much of the chaos in contemporary organizations. If these leaders are to learn into the future, they will have to be intellectually honest—acknowledging the chaos that inevitably underlies much of the apparent order to be found in contemporary organizations.

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In Search of Truth II: The Dance of Collusion

In Search of Truth II: The Dance of Collusion

A powerful process called collusion is operating when the expert and advice-follower dance together in creating an illusion of knowledge and foresight. Collusion is a complex and often subtle process, typically involving all parties in a relationship or group. Even if a participant is not actively involved in the collusion, the mere acquiescence to the collusion will exacerbate the collusive process.

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In Search of Truth I: Hubris and Narcissism

In Search of Truth I: Hubris and Narcissism

Leaders who attempt to predict the future make mistakes. What tends to worsen these situations and make them more dangerous is that people with the most knowledge can tend to emerge as leaders, with lots of influence on the people around them.

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Leading into the Future IX: Fragmented and Inconsistent Images

Leading into the Future IX: Fragmented and Inconsistent Images

We had moved in our postmodern world into a form of global capitalism that requires high levels of consumption, which in turns requires ceaseless transformation in style, a connoisseurship of surface, an emphasis on packaging and reproducibility.

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The Perfect Storm: Virus, Violence and Dysfunction

The Perfect Storm: Virus, Violence and Dysfunction

We have discovered that there might be a “perfect storm” operating at the point when these three systems interact. Pandemic virus meets race riot/police abuse meets government ineffectiveness.

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Leading into the Future VIII: Language and Segmentalism

Leading into the Future VIII: Language and Segmentalism

We are moving from a world that uses metaphors of sight (“having a vision of a future world,” “imagining an alternative”) to metaphors of speech (“finding one’s voice,” “telling one’s own story”). We are in a world where language has itself become reality and where globalization competing with a pull toward segmentalism.

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