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Performing Organizational Jazz

Have you ever felt like your professional duties required you to meet contradictory demands, pulling you in opposite directions, yet each one essential to the survival of the organization? These situations are paradoxes and how you respond to them may determine the sustainability of your organization. A paradox is a pair of obligations or expectations that are legitimate and coherent when considered individually but seem incompatible when considered together. You don’t have the option of…

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Harnessing the Power of Paradox

Remember the pushme-pullme in the story of Dr. DoLittle? It was like a llama, only it had two heads and no back end. Much of organizational life is like that animal with forces pulling us and pushing us in conflicting directions. Pressures from different constituent demands place inconsistent and confusing pressures on the decision making processes of the organization. Traditional problem-solving techniques and strategic planning have focused on analyzing contending demands and trying to make…

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How to Leverage that Phase between the Previous and the Next

Talk about change is becoming a stereotypic way to introduce an article on organizational issues—yet, here I am doing it again. The reality is that organizations are scrambling to survive a pace of change unparalleled in history. Yet some are leveraging these changes to better achieve their long-range goals. One thing that keeps organizations from navigating change successfully is their failure to appreciate the value of chaos for generating creative ideas. One of the most…

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How Dumb is Your Organization?

I once had the dumbest dog in the world–or so it seemed at the time. It happened to be a Dalmatian and it happened to be a she, though far be it from me to besmirch the honor of either the breed or the gender because of this cerebrally challenged beast. How dumb was my dog? It repeatedly tried to run itself through a screened window of our back patio, cutting its snout and destroying…

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How To Detect the Outside Forces that Could Help or Hurt Your Organization

“Did you see what’s happening in your country?” “Yeah, Microsoft just came to an agreement with the government about its antitrust suit.” “I mean, what’s happening right now.” I was in Buenos Aires where I lived at the time. I had walked to the corner store to buy some paper for my printer. Silvia, the cashier, stared at the TV in front of her, her jaw opened in suspended animation. I then realized I was…

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  • 1 Chronicles 16:8 November 28, 2021
    “Give praise to the LORD, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done.”
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