Hal’s Blog- We like to think that people create solutions and fresh paths to reach them. In organizations, who among us is not firmly convinced we are open to new ideas? Yet look at our expressions: stay within your lane, color within the lines, follow the instructions. My favorite: tell me what to do and I will do it.
Hal’s Blog- I saw a great exhibit on this subject at the James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art in St. Petersburg Florida recently. It told through contemporary quilts the stories of Black individuals and families who went west. I first learned that while these stories are seldom told they are plentiful. About 25% of cowboys, for example, were Black.
Hal’s blog- For many years I have considered this expression as a miserable excuse for male bad behavior. A new book gave me a very different take. Of Boys and Men by Richard Reeves speaks to just how males struggle and fall behind in education.
Hal’s Blog- My partner Robyn and I had a great discussion the other day about how nonprofits typically hire consultants to do one of two things. The first is to study an organization and provide observations and recommendations in an area the organization wishes to improve.
Hal’s Blog-I have written extensively about how groups can test assumptions through prototype projects. This assumes that assumptions are an important starting point and need to be made explicit. It is hard to test something you have not defined. But there is another view.
Hal’s Blog- Back when airlines published magazines for their seat backs, I read an inflight article nestled among the ads for cars and credit cards that I put in a file of stuff to think more about. This one finally rose to the top. I know it has been a while since it was printed in the last year of US Air!
In Results1st we often speak of trying things at a small scale and building on what works. Some ideas, however, need a significant critical mass even for the first application. My partner Robyn Faucy illustrated that while CEO of Neuro Challenge, a multicounty leader for persons with Parkinson’s disease and their caregivers.
This is the title of a provocative book by Todd Rose. He makes a compelling case for the variance among members of any category– whether animal, vegetable or mineral. From the introduction:
In this book, you will learn that just as there is no such thing as average body size, there is no such thing as average talent, average intelligence, or average character. Nor are there average...