Habit or Innate – Does it Matter?

Tom GibbonsOrganization Development, Preference Assessments, Social ConstructionLeave a Comment

I just finished reading the book The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg.  During this time I’ve also been paying attention to discussions and exchanges on the topic of innateness.  And being in the work preference assessment business this topic often comes up. Our position on preference assessments has been made clear in a variety of posts; we lean toward … 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

Content Addiction

Tom GibbonsLearning, Organization Development1 Comment

This post is about what seems to be a very common addiction in organizational learning.  That addiction is to content.  The scenario can be described like this:  There is a set period of time put aside where some kind of developmental learning is supposed to happen.  It might be about leadership, maybe change, perhaps communication; something deemed important.  Then whoever … 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