Tag: systems thinking

Tension and Release

March 17, 2016 2 Comments
Tension and Release

I’ve loved the abstract concept of creative tension ever since I first encountered it in Peter Senge’s classic systems thinking book The Fifth Discipline. Creative tension is how people who strive for excellence deal with the gap between the way things are and the way they should be. This concept of tension surfaced again for me […]

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Problem Solving 101

May 19, 2011 13 Comments
Problem Solving 101

The first and most important step in the decision making process is identification of the problem. I’ve never known anyone to work on solving a problem without first admitting its existence.  If you can’t see the gaps between where you are and where you need to be, you will never really innovate and change. Deep […]

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The Fifth Discipline: Don’t Miss Your Big Picture

May 3, 2011 11 Comments
The Fifth Discipline: Don’t Miss Your Big Picture

A version of this post originally appeared on The Student Branding Blog, March 1, 2010. I’m reposting it here today because today is the last day of my first semester long course in personal branding for MBA students at UNR. There is no book that I have recommended more than Peter Senge’s “The Fifth Discipline: […]

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Leveraging Your Human Capital Investment

January 26, 2011 2 Comments
Leveraging Your Human Capital Investment

Decisions you make as a leader determine if your investment in human capital is leveraged or squandered. Provided the power to act effectively, your employees will make your operations excel. Even though I made Gary Latham’s book “Becoming the Evidence-Based Manager,” required reading for my MBA class this semester, I have to admit it did […]

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