In an organization explicitly shifting to a more appreciative and collaborative culture, a meeting participant positively interpreted challenging events. Let’s look at the upside and From an appreciative perspective were met with joshing incredulity from colleagues. Wait, you’re being positive? … Read More
I intend to share ideas about processes that support the effective functioning of justice seeking organizations. As an Organization Development consultant, I focus on how organizations function and how departments, programs, and/or people work together to best effect. I explore how people engage or only partially engage with each other and the resulting impact on social change. Because I’m also committed to the issues that my clients work on, I’ll discuss current events, justice, and implications of news stories or community events. And, as a colleague to other OD consultants, I hope to spark conversations among those of us working to advance racial justice and social change through coaching, organizational design, and leadership development. I share my musings in the hopes that they support learning and, therefore, change.
Ode to Doubt
Recently, while avoiding a writing project, I realized doubt was ruling me. You might relate. You have reasons why the daunting presentation, promotion, innovative project, or approach won’t work. The doubting mind seems so reasonable. So, I wrote this letter … Read More
How Do I Come Across?
A white colleague is enrolled in a racism awareness course. His program features conversation with other white people about their experience of race and racism. He is frustrated that he is not learning about his whiteness from people of color. … Read More
Sabbatical Lessons 2: From Rush to Reset
Spring 2021 is in full force. Redbud, dogwoods, and azaleas vie for attention. I return to a world that is the same and so different from when I began my sabbatical seven months ago. Then my FOMO (fear of missing … Read More
Sabbatical Lessons 1: Creating New Eyes
“We shall not cease from explorationAnd the end of all our exploringWill be to arrive where we startedAnd know the place for the first time.”T.S. Eliot After nearly 30 years in practice, I planned a break. The COVID-19 pandemic canceled … Read More