Social Construction

TMS Research – Perspectives: Job Demand and Preference

TMS Research – Perspectives: Job Demand and Preference

With this post we are going to take a look at some data from two different TMS assessments, the Types of Work Profile (TOWP) and the Team Management Profile (TMP). The TOWP looks at what is perceived as the most critical work functions for success from the Types of Work Model in a specific role. The TMP looks at individual work preference. The graphic below is from the TMS research from the TOWP a... »

TMS Research – Perspectives: Age and Analytic and Belief Preference – Part 2

TMS Research – Perspectives: Age and Analytic and Belief Preference – Part 2

In the last post we looked at the Analytical and Belief preferences through the lens of age and discovered that while in all age groups there was a definite slant toward the Analytic preference, the youngest and oldest age groups showed less of this slant.  I made the comment … The first thing that came to mind for me was that the work context drives the belief preference out of us and when we get... »

TMS Research – Perspectives: Age and Analytic and Belief Preferences

TMS Research – Perspectives: Age and Analytic and Belief Preferences

Over the next little while I will be writing some posts using the data which comes from the newest version of Team Management Systems research; RM5. A couple of things about these posts: I will be using data  directly from the TMS research material I will be adding my subjective perspective on why this data may be what it is I’ll be asking others for their perspectives The TMS research does ... »

The More or Less of 2016

The More or Less of 2016

Over Christmas we went to a few movies and while I liked all of them, two kind of jumped out from the screen and into this blog post; The Big Short and Room. You could say there is a lot about excess and scarcity in both films; a lot about more and less and what that might mean to people. In The Big Short there is a lot about more (and more) money.  And more money is something that we have a socia... »

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... »

The Gift of Accountability – Be Gentle When Opening

The Gift of Accountability – Be Gentle When Opening

Of all the gifts we could get at Christmas perhaps the best would be a whole new bunch of accountability, along with a big dose of self management to go along with it. At least that is what I likely would have said in previous years.  Today I’m not so sure.  Even earlier this year I posted Blame and Accountability which focused on taking accountability and trying to halt the dynamic of blame layin... »

Personality and Prediction – A Very, Very Slippery Slope

Personality and Prediction – A Very, Very Slippery Slope

If you look around the web sites of personality assessment companies you will see a number of suggestions or direct statements that indicate that use of their assessment enables the user to predict performance. At some level this claim of prediction simply enrages me because of the following: There is little if any concrete research about validity. It will almost certainly mean the context or situ... »

Boyhood, The Land of Painted Caves and Becoming a Grandfather…

Boyhood, The Land of Painted Caves and Becoming a Grandfather…

A movie, a book and a role; what do these things have in common? Well, in this case a good way to launch a series of posts and hopefully discussions about designing learning and change initiatives that are more process oriented and enhance the experience of self management. The movie, the book and my new role I think are good examples of the role interaction and a ‘social’ perspective ... »

Self Management or Diagnosis – What is Your Approach?

Self Management or Diagnosis – What is Your Approach?

I remember the first time I had a battery of tests and assessments done when I was with an organization. I can’t quite remember why I was doing these things (which is another story!) but I do remember getting my results. Looking back now I consider myself very fortunate to have been working with the person I was working with. At the time I simply considered it a typical way to work with pers... »

A Caution in the Search for Character

A Caution in the Search for Character

This post was originally published in the TMS Learning Exchange.  It’s a bit longer than our normal posts…. In the aftermath of the 2008 semi collapse of investment capitalism and the ensuing and continuing global recession there is a growing trend calling on the need for ‘more character’ from those who we see as leaders in our organizations.  Business schools around the globe have picked up on th... »