The Normalcy of Uniqueness

Tom GibbonsChange, Leadership, Presence, Social ConstructionLeave a Comment

If you listen to pretty much any discussion on organizational challenges or read virtually any book on organizational change, leadership, management or whatever, somewhere it is bound to mention the ‘unprecedented’ pace of change, or the presence of challenges ‘never before encountered’ or some other term to describe how our specific time is unique in the experience of being in … Read More

Every Interaction Matters

Tom GibbonsChange, Leadership, Organization Development, Social ConstructionLeave a Comment

Perhaps one of the most important things that the complexity sciences have taught us is that very small disturbances can, at times, create dramatic, significant and unforeseen changes.  Perhaps an even more significant lesson that unfortunately doesn’t get nearly as much air time is that it is not predictable which small disturbances might create what kind of changes.  The impact … Read More

Busyness, Feeling and Value

Tom GibbonsChange, Leadership, PresenceLeave a Comment

I was recently talking to a person who works in Organization Development in a large multinational organization who was considering becoming accredited to use our products.  He was looking at our schedule of public workshops and indicated he likely would be able to attend the June 2011 session since he was booked up until May. I am a member of … Read More

The Tyranny of Certainty

Tom GibbonsLeadership, Organization Development, Strategy1 Comment

Certainty is a brutal tyrant.  We strive with great effort to meet its demands and most often fail.  We have learned to live our lives under its oppression and because it is an idea rather than a thing we hardly even recognize its presence, let alone the havoc it creates. It is time to rebel. Most of what managers do … Read More

The Hero With A Thousand Deaths

Tom GibbonsLeadership, Organization DevelopmentLeave a Comment

Earlier this September, Network Member Steve Boehlke was in Johannesburg, South Africa working with a group of young African entrepreneurs in conjunction with the African Leadership Academy .  On one of the days there he tweeted that the group was testing the hero’s journey and linked us to an article by Candace Allen that talked about the hero’s … Read More


Tom GibbonsLeadershipLeave a Comment

Yes it’s an e-newsletter from TMS Americas! Here’s why. Did you know there are Network Members that coach Presidents and Vice Presidents of leading organizations around the world? Or that there are Network Members doing experiential leadership learning in kayaks, out in the wilderness or on mountains? That the Team Management Profile has been used on expeditions to the North and South Poles? Or that … Read More