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- In an achievement framework, we speak of defining results and designing programs to achieve them. In these times, it is just as hard, however, to stick to results as to anything else.
Gloria Mark points out the challenge in her new book Attention Span: A groundbreaking Way to Restore Balance, Happiness, and Productivity. She has found that people spend an average of 47...
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.
Much of our life is spent living in the land of expectations met. What happened yesterday happens tomorrow. I drink the same coffee, use the same toothpaste, greet people with the same expressions. We assume the expected and value it. More people rate McDonalds high because they offer the same things everywhere than because it serves great hamburgers. Where it gets interesting is in the ways...
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!
Hal’s Blog- I can ‘t help myself. I am drawn to lists of the best and the worst. The best colleges and universities, The most livable cities. The worst cars. The question this blog entry pushes me to think about are the factors that determine the ranking.
Hal’s blog- “…products stay at rest because they are internally defined by what they are, not the motion to put them to use. People stay at rest not because they don’t want to do better but that they lack clear steps forward…”
Hal’s blog-I once worked with a Connecticut foundation whose grantee ran an afterschool program for struggling middle school students. We had been provided a list of students who did significantly better in school during the year they attended this program.