Author: Tom Gibbons

Using the TMP HUB Applications – My Team and Pacing in a One Day Offsite

Using the TMP HUB Applications – My Team and Pacing in a One Day Offsite

We will be writing a series of posts (and hopefully having some guest posters as well) about designs using the additional resources available in the TMP HUB.  This one focuses on using the My Team and Pacing apps found in each person’s Online Activity Center in their TMP HUB. It was a group of 36 people and I had worked with the senior management team who this group reported to a few months ... »

TMS Americas

Changing the Assessment Business – New Stories!

Last year we wrote a series of posts focused on changing the assessment business with the last one sharing some real examples of those changes.  You can see that post here.  This post takes one of those stories and adds another chapter, 9 months later. We designed an internal accreditation with US Cellular modeling a process design (extended use of the TMP material within real business contexts) l... »

VUCA – Process trumps Outputs

VUCA – Process trumps Outputs

This post is a little longer than our usual ones – we hope you will bear with us and take the time to read it in its entirety and perhaps make a comment. Two weeks ago I was talking to one of our Network Members and the topic of VUCA came up.  This acronym for environments that are Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous is getting considerable attention in the leadership development area... »

The Gift of Accountability – Be Gentle When Opening

The Gift of Accountability – Be Gentle When Opening

Of all the gifts we could get at Christmas perhaps the best would be a whole new bunch of accountability, along with a big dose of self management to go along with it. At least that is what I likely would have said in previous years.  Today I’m not so sure.  Even earlier this year I posted Blame and Accountability which focused on taking accountability and trying to halt the dynamic of blame layin... »

Personality and Prediction – A Very, Very Slippery Slope

Personality and Prediction – A Very, Very Slippery Slope

If you look around the web sites of personality assessment companies you will see a number of suggestions or direct statements that indicate that use of their assessment enables the user to predict performance. At some level this claim of prediction simply enrages me because of the following: There is little if any concrete research about validity. It will almost certainly mean the context or situ... »

Team Management Systems

Stories of Changing the Assessment Business

The key points of what we mean about changing the assessment business were outlined in this post some time ago, summarized as follows: Extend the use of assessment data by moving to more of a process design of debrief and ongoing profile usage. Creating more interaction between people to understand the assessment data. Encouraging higher levels of self management and utilization of assessment data... »

Boyhood, The Land of Painted Caves and Becoming a Grandfather…

Boyhood, The Land of Painted Caves and Becoming a Grandfather…

A movie, a book and a role; what do these things have in common? Well, in this case a good way to launch a series of posts and hopefully discussions about designing learning and change initiatives that are more process oriented and enhance the experience of self management. The movie, the book and my new role I think are good examples of the role interaction and a ‘social’ perspective ... »

The Sky Will Be Dark This Time

The Sky Will Be Dark This Time

I’ll be heading off next week for what has become a yearly camping trip with my eldest son to the wilderness on Algonquin Park in mid Ontario.  It seems I am drawn to write a post about this each year and this year seems to be no different…. When you are deep in the woods and perhaps the only people on a small lake only reachable by trail and canoe you look forward to an awesome view o... »

The Arrogance of Busyness

The Arrogance of Busyness

In a couple of previous posts; The Language of Value and Busyness, Feeling and Value I have talked about the need we have for personal value and some of the problematic ways we often unconsciously go about finding that value, some of those ways involving our busyness. Today I’m more or less just pissed about people being so busy they treat others in a way that with even a small amount of ref... »

Self Management or Diagnosis – What is Your Approach?

Self Management or Diagnosis – What is Your Approach?

I remember the first time I had a battery of tests and assessments done when I was with an organization. I can’t quite remember why I was doing these things (which is another story!) but I do remember getting my results. Looking back now I consider myself very fortunate to have been working with the person I was working with. At the time I simply considered it a typical way to work with pers... »