Change

The More or Less of 2016

The More or Less of 2016

Over Christmas we went to a few movies and while I liked all of them, two kind of jumped out from the screen and into this blog post; The Big Short and Room. You could say there is a lot about excess and scarcity in both films; a lot about more and less and what that might mean to people. In The Big Short there is a lot about more (and more) money.  And more money is something that we have a socia... »

Why We’re Changing the Assessment Business

Why We’re Changing the Assessment Business

Another post in the ‘rant’ category….. not too many of these but sometimes you’re just angry and need to express it! It seems like it should be easy in the books, the speeches and keynotes, the workshops and workbooks.  It should be easy if we could only be good enough to do what ‘they’ tell us to do.  The ‘8’ steps to successful change, the ‘5... »

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... »

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 ... »

Changing the Assessment Business – From Event to Process

Changing the Assessment Business – From Event to Process

This is the third post in our series on changing the assessment business.  The first post dealt with our intentions and the second was more specific to our new social web site.  This post looks a little more closely at what we think is a very important element of changing the assessment business; that being working with assessment/profile data more within a process design over and extended time fr... »

Changing the Assessment Business – Our New ‘Social’ Web Site

Changing the Assessment Business – Our New ‘Social’ Web Site

In our last post – Changing the Assessment Business – we discussed a number of areas we are focusing on and this post will focus on one specific and very important element in these changes; our new ‘social’ web site.  Our new site takes is designed to help in two areas: Extend the use of assessment data by moving to more of a process design of debrief and ongoing profile us... »

Changing the Assessment Business

Changing the Assessment Business

Our hope and intention when we say we want to change the assessment business is really about pulling together a number of things that already occur in terms of personal and team learning and making these things a consistent way to approach assessment use.  Our focus right now falls into the areas noted below: Extend the use of assessment data by moving to more of a process design of debrief and on... »

A Caution in the Search for Character

A Caution in the Search for Character

This post was originally published in the TMS Learning Exchange.  It’s a bit longer than our normal posts…. In the aftermath of the 2008 semi collapse of investment capitalism and the ensuing and continuing global recession there is a growing trend calling on the need for ‘more character’ from those who we see as leaders in our organizations.  Business schools around the globe have picked up on th... »

Blame and Accountability

About 3 years ago I posted The Language of Value as a comment on the subtle use of language to create a perspective of personal value for ourselves by making someone else’s perspective seem wrong.  It is a subtle, often unconscious use of language to prop ourselves up while tearing others down. This post takes a look at a similar dynamic that seems to be growing at an alarming rate; the consequenc... »