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A Sad Time for TMS Americas – A Time for Reflection

A Sad Time for TMS Americas – A Time for Reflection

It has been a sad period of time for us at TMS Americas. Yet within this time is a chance (sometimes forced upon us) for reflection on what we do and what it means to us. As many of you know, our colleague and co managing director of TMS Americas, Bonnie Cooper retired at the end of June. Of course with any small organization someone leaving leaves a big gap. Then, a few weeks ago our colleague, K... »

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... »

Christmas Intentions

Christmas Intentions

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, often being considered before the interaction takes place. Intention... »

What would a 285 Year Old Tree Say to YOU?

I had the wonderful opportunity to work with a group of people a couple of weeks ago in a quaint retreat area about an hour outside of Paris, France. This is an extended development initiative with a version of an action learning design and this was one of the initial sessions. The retreat itself is surrounded by wonderful trees and some of the more majestic ones have small labels on them indicati... »

The Burden of Expectations on Experience

‘Don’t burden my experience with your expectations!’ I don’t really know where this phrase came from but I like it!  Often uttered with a bit of a smile or an air of lightness, it is intended to bring to attention that someone is expecting you to be, or do something different.  You happen to be quite fine currently being or doing whatever you are, and you are gently reminding the person to just ba... »

A Place of Wondrous Certainty

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. It is a place of wondrous certainty. The last home of the ... »

The Normalcy of Uniqueness

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 an organization. It... »

Preference Assessments – What Are They Measuring?

Preference Assessments – What Are They Measuring?

There often is quite heated debate about what preference assessments are actually measuring.  It tends to be a variation of the nature vs. nurture argument with passionate positions being taken on either side.  For us we don’t take so much a nature vs. nurture perspective as trying to balance a psychological and social constructionist perspective.  As an example, below is an excerpt from informati... »

Conversations in a Climate of Fear

What are the types of conversations that are the most valuable in organizations when a thread of fear seems to be wrapping itself around us and makes us feel like we don’t want to talk to anyone? It feels like many of us are in this position right now, a climate of fear permeates so many organizational settings, either hiding in the corners or screaming from the rooftops.  And often it causes us t... »

Bark, Skin and Cedar – The Land as Teacher

In just a few days now I will head off with my son to the mid Ontario wilderness.  We will spend a week paddling, portaging, sweating, swimming, being amazed and being bitten by bugs. But right now I’m writing this blog post and beside me is the book, Bark, Skin and Cedar – Exploring the Canoe in Canadian Experience by James Raffan.  It’s good to have a browse through this book before you head off... »

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