Organizational Lessons – Midnight in Paris and the Tree of Life

Tom GibbonsChange, Organization Development, Presence, Social Construction2 Comments

Sometimes you don’t need to pay a brilliant OD person a bunch of money to get some really good insights into organizational life.  Once in a while you can just go to the movies.  For me, watching Midnight in Paris and The Tree of Life in the last month were great lessons in organizational development. As Gil (Owen Wilson) slips … Read More

The Complexity of Good Interactions

Tom GibbonsChange, Complexity, Organization Development, Presence, Social ConstructionLeave a Comment

I had the opportunity and pleasure of spending last evening with a group of HR professionals in our city of London, Ontario.  I had been asked to come and talk a little about our approach to understanding organizations and what we call our infinity interaction process. Other things were happening at this get together.  There was celebration of the work … Read More

Endings and Beginnings – Being Present to Both

Tom GibbonsChange, Learning, Organization Development, Presence, Social Construction1 Comment

Back in August of 2010 I wrote the post Kids, Parents, Organizations, Models and Understanding It had to do with a conversation with my son, using our model of organizations, as he left for his last year as a hockey player in an elite amateur league here in Canada. While the message was mostly about ways of understanding organizations, let’s fast … Read More

A Dark Side to Systems Thinking

Tom GibbonsOrganization Development, Presence12 Comments

Over the past number of months I have been following (and in some cases contributing) to discussions on a number of LinkedIn groups that focus on systems thinking.  Many of these groups have hundreds or even thousands of members. Personally, after many years of working with systems thinking I no longer find the concept of ‘system’ to be of value … 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 Language of Value

Tom GibbonsChange, Organization Development, Presence3 Comments

All of us want to feel valued.  We have a need to understand that we have value to ourselves and to others as we move along in our very complex and uncertain lives.  In order to feel this value we tend to compare ourselves to some cultural standard of value that has emerged over time and that we personalize in … Read More

The Taste of Now

Tom GibbonsPresence, Social ConstructionLeave a Comment

Some years ago I was working with Dr. Ed Freedberg http://www.activationonline.com/index.html  whose concepts of Self Management I have worked with and lived with for years now.  At one point he was a practicing clinical psychologist and then moved into the world of organizational consulting and coaching.  I asked Ed if he ever had hypnotized people since I have always found … Read More