The Moon Is Always Full

The Moon Is Always Full

I recently was introduced to the phrase “the moon is always full.” It comes from a story that is included in Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind by Shunryu Suzuki.Master Baso said, … Every day the moon becomes larger and larger and on the fifteenth day, it becomes full. This is...
The unseen adaptive capacity of people

The unseen adaptive capacity of people

I recently received an email from a colleague that I have known for over 40 years. He was responding to my blog on Tensions are Promising and mentioned he is still learning how to live into the tensions that exist in the web of relationships he has at work. That...
The danger of unexamined habits

The danger of unexamined habits

A friend recently sent me this reminder: When a flower doesn’t bloom you fix the environment in which it grows, not the flower. This triggered a juxtaposition between this strategy and the usual strategy we employ when an employee isn’t performing at work. Our usual...
Designing Organizations that Last

Designing Organizations that Last

How many organizations and organizational leaders want their organizations to still be thriving 100 years from now? On one hand, we might think a lot of leaders and stockholders would like to see this kind of longevity in the organizations they lead or invest in. ...
Tensions Can Be Promising

Tensions Can Be Promising

I used to think that tensions were problematic in a team or organization. Over time, I realized that good decision-making and innovation depend on tensions. That is when I started to reframe my thinking about the relationship between tensions and possibilities. Any...

Podcast with James Miller and Kathleen Allen

We all have been guilty of getting lost in our head. Our electronics can often consume us when we are walking down the street and we are not aware of our surroundings. We’ve all heard it said that we should “live in the moment.” What that essentially means is to be...

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