The Assumption of Interdependence

My view of organization effectiveness starts with two important assumptions: We are interdependent, and as a result We need to collaborate. Interdependence implies that people need to cooperate in order to accomplish what they want.  In the workplace, managers need employees to accomplish results that lead to department or organization success.  Likewise, employees need managers … More The Assumption of Interdependence

Everybody’s Changing

Every time I hear Tom Chaplin’s delicate and vulnerable delivery of Tim Rice-Oxley’s lyrics, I imagine an executive choosing this song as the script for their change announcement.   The balance between an urgent necessity and a confusing transition strikes a note of truth that if only spoken more frequently would show an incredible regard … More Everybody’s Changing

Pixar’s Foundations for Collaboration

asdf Randy Nelson knows something about how to build collaborative, innovative cultures.  Although currently the Head of Artistic Development and Training at DreamWorks Animation, two years ago when he did this piece, he was the Dean of Pixar University.  For twelve years, Randy was responsible designing curriculum and delivering classes and programs to continuously increase … More Pixar’s Foundations for Collaboration

Leadership Lessons From a Broken Boat

The pressure of adversity does not affect the mind of the brave man…It is more powerful than the external circumstance. Seneca Change is best led by those who have sailed in broken boats.  Because the lessons learned from adversity are more powerful teachers than the lessons of success.  Navigating change with the insight and preparation … More Leadership Lessons From a Broken Boat