Christmas Intentions

Tom GibbonsChange, Learning, Presence, Social ConstructionLeave a Comment

First of all, we here at TMS Americas hope you have a wonderful time over Christmas. Each of us, in our own ways intends to have a wonderful time as well. It’s interesting what often gets thought about when we use the term intentions. In the model we use to illustrate the flow of interaction, intentions flow into the interaction, … Read More

Coaching – The Decline of Analysis

Tom GibbonsChange, Coaching, Social Construction1 Comment

In our previous post we talked about The Socialization of Coaching and why we think this is necessary to bring some balance to the world of coaching.  This balance is about bringing more of a social approach to coaching while still holding on to the best of what the psychological approach brings. One of the foundations of the psychological approach … Read More

Balancing the Psychological and the Social

Tom GibbonsChange, Complexity, Organization Development, Social Construction3 Comments

This post was originally published in the TMS Learning Exchange – December 2012. We seem to live in quite a ‘psychological’ world. A world where everyone understands the words ‘ego’, ‘personality’, ‘psyche’, ‘identity’, ‘self’ and so many other words and phrases that, in some way or other, have a sense of individual creation and then ownership attached to them. The … Read More

Uncertainty and Shrinking Conversations

Tom GibbonsChange, Leadership, Organization Development, UncertaintyLeave a Comment

In March 2012 we wrote the post Motivation in an Environment of Uncertainty .  We looked at the nature of organizational conversations during uncertain times and how those conversations could sustain the choices people make to be motivated.  Unfortunately quite often the opposite happens in organizations.  During uncertain times conversations begin to shrink, both in quantity and quality. We are … Read More

Motivation in an Environment of Uncertainty

Tom GibbonsChange, Leadership, Uncertainty1 Comment

Imagine you are considering a new job.  One of the key performance objectives of the job is to motivate the staff that will be working for you.  You are told that there is no money in the budget for bonuses and in fact some salary reduction will likely take place.  There is a chance of downsizing and it is unclear … Read More

More Interaction, More Change

Tom GibbonsChange, Complexity, Leadership, Organization DevelopmentLeave a Comment

Most current perspectives on the future of organizations will begin with comments on the accelerating pace of change.  The consequential generation of ideas for dealing with these phenomena focuses on leadership, management, technology, character, relationship and just about any other topic of interest. I think it is very important to make sure we scratch hard at the surface of these ideas and … Read More

A Place of Wondrous Certainty

Tom GibbonsChange, Presence, Social Construction3 Comments

This week my colleague shared with the rest of our small team part of a transcript from a radio program she had heard over the weekend.  The program talked about grade school Christmas concerts which at this time of year are in full force.  Part of this transcript hit a chord: Childhood is another country. They do things differently there. … Read More