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  • CHANGE

    Getting busy sitting still

    November 12, 2016

    Nearly a year ago, when my partners and I first started talking about Donald Trump, I said--not really jokingly, “If we elect this man, I’m moving to New Zealand.”  It’s not a...

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    By Wendy Bittner

  • BELIEFS

    Don't knows

    November 10, 2016

    I have a tendency to be over-responsible such that my colleagues often joke that is always Keith’s fault. What about Trump as US President-elect then? Wow. Maybe that’s my fault too?...

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    By Keith Johnston

  • BELIEFS

    Simple habits for bewildering times

    November 10, 2016

    I flew over the US today—from San Francisco to Dallas—and the land looked the same as it always has. Spiky cities with handfuls of suburbs along the coast; crinkled olive hills giving...

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    By Jennifer Garvey Berger

  • BELIEFS

    Leading in complexity: Four lessons from the field

    October 23, 2016

    Mark Striebeck is a participant in one of our leadership programs, and he is teaching me a lot about complexity. A tall, handsome, and thoughtful engineer, he has approached learning...

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    By Jennifer Garvey Berger

  • CHANGE

    Give him enough rope

    October 17, 2016

      I took this picture in a rope shop in Hamburg a few weeks ago.  Hamburg’s long history as a trading port seems bound up in these sacks of hawsers, sheets, lanyards, painters,...

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    By Keith Johnston

  • COMPLEXITY

    Yes to the Mess

    October 13, 2016

    Almost thirty years ago, when the heat and dust of Managua, Nicaragua became a bit overwhelming, and especially on evenings when the power would fail and the water might be off, Trish and...

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    By Keith Johnston

  • BELIEFS

    Kneeling in contradiction

    October 8, 2016

    Paradoxically, in kneeling Colin Kaepernick was heightening matters.  On his knees he was taking a stand.  And in the midst of a number of such paradoxes I have been wondering about...

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    By Keith Johnston

  • CHANGE

    Cultivating Time

    October 3, 2016

    Every leader I work with--and every colleague too--is time poor. We talk about losing time, wasting time, prioritizing how we spend our time. I have been thinking about time quite a lot...

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    By Jennifer Garvey Berger

  • ADULT DEVELOPMENT

    Blessings and privileges of connection

    September 18, 2016

    Jimmy, my brother-in-law, died last week and today Trish, my wife, and I took the urn with his ashes to a cemetery in Los Angeles and interred it in the grave of his mother, where she was...

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    By Keith Johnston

  • BELIEFS

    Hot and cold running myths in every room? (2)

    September 4, 2016

    In any Maori ceremonial greeting or powhiri in New Zealand respect is paid to those who have died.  They are farewelled on their spirit journey back to Hawaiki Nui, the Polynesian island...

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    By Keith Johnston

  • BELIEFS

    Hot and cold running myths in every room? (1)

    September 1, 2016

    It has been a long wait for a cool June. In June of 1976, at the end of the US Republican primaries, the contest was virtually tied between the sitting President Gerald Ford and his...

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    By Keith Johnston

  • COMPLEXITY

    Three things I (re)learned about Complexity on my summer holiday

    August 15, 2016

    I am in London after what has been the longest holiday of my adult life—4 full weeks! I didn’t even know I knew how to do that. And I learned some key lessons about complexity as I...

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    By Jennifer Garvey Berger

  • ADULT DEVELOPMENT

    The power to be deliberately developmental (2)

    August 11, 2016

    A deliberately developmental organization (DDO) “through its community and its practices, slips its hand under its people, wherever they may be on their developmental journey, and...

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    By Keith Johnston

  • CHANGE

    The power to be deliberately developmental (1)

    August 8, 2016

    About 20 years ago I was leading the restructuring of an operational government department of 1700 people where I worked as a senior manager.   The change process was happening in...

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    By Keith Johnston

  • COMPLEXITY

    Simple Habits to Trump irrationality

    August 1, 2016

    I was flying across the US a few weeks ago, and I engaged in the somewhat dangerous behavior of chatting with my seatmate as the plane filled up. He was in sales, in a global role in a...

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    By Jennifer Garvey Berger

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