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  • 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

  • CHANGE

    Only Connect

    February 13, 2017

    In the tumult of the last few months, I have turned more and more often to old and orderly fiction to soothe myself (a pursuit in which I apparently have company). After meandering...

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    By Jennifer Garvey Berger

  • CHANGE

    Clinically fake

    February 11, 2017

    Is it time to get clinical about fake news? I started a blog in early December about fake news.  Since then the meaning of the phrase has been so transformed that a different story...

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    By Keith Johnston

  • CHANGE

    Small mover or shaker?

    January 29, 2017

    Donald Trump’s first seven days as US President has something to teach us about small moves. Trump spent lots of time making lots of noise about the numbers of people who loved...

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    By Keith Johnston

  • CHANGE

    Ringing in the uncertainties of 2017

    December 29, 2016

    This is the time for looking forward and back, for farewelling the old year and welcoming the new, for learning from the past and noticing our longing for the future. The second half...

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    By Jennifer Garvey Berger

  • COMPLEXITY

    Whippings, beatings, and tight couplings for the festive season

    December 22, 2016

    Here is a complexity story for the festive season.  It is about whippings, beatings and tightly coupled systems. Shock! Horror! Major US manufacturers of whipped cream have said they...

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    By Keith Johnston

  • 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

  • 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

    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

  • 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

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