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

Preference Assessments – Test Retest Reliability

Tom GibbonsLearning, Preference Assessments, Social Construction2 Comments

In follow up to our last post Preference Assessments – What Are They Measuring we’re going to take a quick look at one source of contention when you land on the side of seeing preference as primarily a nature phenomenon as compared to a nurture one.  That point of contention is test retest reliability. Test retest reliability for any assessment … Read More

Preference Assessments – What Are They Measuring?

Tom GibbonsLearning, Preference Assessments, Presence, Social Construction3 Comments

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 … Read More

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

Every Interaction Matters

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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

The Complexity of Good Interactions

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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

The We in I

Tom GibbonsOrganization Development, Social Construction1 Comment

Just this past week our small group got together for our annual face to face team meeting.  There are only 5 of us and we’ve been virtual for a number of years now.  Smaller face to face meetings happen throughout the year but this is the only time all of us are together each year.  We spent 3 days together … Read More

The Taste of Now

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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