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  • ADULT DEVELOPMENT

    Women's Ways of Knowing

    March 14, 2017

    On February 26th, the Academy awarded the prestigious Best Actor prize to Casey Affleck, a man who has recently been publicly accused of sexual harassment. Mel Gibson, whose reputation in...

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    By Carolyn Coughlin

  • BELIEFS

    Three hopeful ideas about change for weary travelers

    February 19, 2017

    I have a client I’ve been working with for several years now. As we began our work together, I was just finishing the last chapters of Changing on the Job as they were embracing the...

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    By Jennifer Garvey Berger

  • BELIEFS

    A Resounding Tinkle

    December 21, 2016

    Well the Trump Cabinet discussions on redressing inequality should be pretty straightforward.  By one calculation the combined worth of his first 17 Cabinet-level picks is equal to the...

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    By Keith Johnston

  • BELIEFS

    Chaos

    November 15, 2016

    In this week of the election, I think I am coming to understand what Dave Snowden means when he talks about chaos. Chaos, in his model, is when we cannot see any patterns, when we cannot...

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    By Jennifer Garvey Berger

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    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

  • 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

  • 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

  • BELIEFS

    Shootings at coffin corner

    July 10, 2016

    The appalling shootings in the United States in the past week, first of young black men at the hands of police officers and then a sniper killing 5 white policemen at a peaceful protest...

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    By Keith Johnston

  • BELIEFS

    A tribe of humanitarians

    June 18, 2016

      I did not know Jo Cox personally but she was a part of my tribe and that makes a difference.  Jo Cox, pictured, a British Labour Member of Parliament, was shot and stabbed to...

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    By Keith Johnston

  • BELIEFS

    Every candidate a mirror?

    May 20, 2016

    The US presidential election process feels like a gruesome reality TV show (funny that) where we are appalled but cannot look away.  What level of new debasement is just around the...

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    By Keith Johnston

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    Trump and the feedbacks of fear

    December 13, 2015

    I have been wondering this week, listening to Donald Trump spin fear into a frenzy of hatred, whether we need a different name for the sort of “leadership” he offers. If...

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    By Jennifer Garvey Berger

  • BELIEFS

    Not a fluke

    October 1, 2015

    I have been wanting for some time to write a blog about how hard it is to learn from “flukes”—that is, something we think of as an unusual or one-off event. I have been too swamped...

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    By Jennifer Garvey Berger

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