Decisions, Decisions

How are decisions made in your organization? Many organizations simply assume a hierarchical chain of command that is reflected in position power: Staff report to supervisors, who report to Directors, who report to VPs, up to the CEO. Decisions are made by those “up the food chain,” and the jobs of those below are toContinue reading “Decisions, Decisions”


This excerpt from What Matters at Work seems to add nicely to previous discussions about conflict, collaborative negotiation, and decision-making. I hope you find it useful to read — then give it a try! A key challenge occurs when we are invited to engage in longer planning, policy-making, or conflict negotiation processes without being adequatelyContinue reading “USING THE “OUTCOMES IDENTIFICATION EXERCISE””

“Jammin”: Fast-Paced Idea-Generation in a Playful Space

I love “Jammin.” To me, it’s far more than a facilitation tool or a cool group activity. It’s an example of what can emerge from truly playful collaboration in a Community of Practice (or in any work environment that promotes flexible, creative thinking). Here’s the back story:  I have previously written about UW-MANIAC, the MadisonContinue reading ““Jammin”: Fast-Paced Idea-Generation in a Playful Space”

Staying True to What Matters During a Pandemic

“The world’s turned upside down.” These famous words, invoked in a 17th century English ballad and most recently in the musical, Hamilton, describe our current time quite well. This was largely true it seemed, just a few months ago as the world political order was disintegrating. But that was before COVID-19 truly turned the worldContinue reading “Staying True to What Matters During a Pandemic”