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Organizational change

David White published as Chapter 1 of “The Change Champion’s Field Guide”

Posted on July 24, 2013 by: Lisa Koss

ONTOS Principal, David White, was published as the first chapter of “The Change Champion’s Field Guide:  Strategies and Tools for Leading Change in Your Organization” by Wiley Publishers in cooperation with the Best Practices Institute (2nd edition). The Chapter is titled, “Driving Change Through Career Models:  An Operating System for Talent Management.” David’s chapter was honored … Read More.

The Impact of Recession on Culture: And What it Means for Organizations and Leaders

Posted on April 27, 2012 by: Lisa Koss

We do not know yet, if there are long-term consequences for our culture coming out of the recent recession. We can, however, compare these two major global events to extract important lessons for organizations and individuals who are driving change or being driven by changes in their business culture. Plus, personal strategies outlined may help those in a rapidly changing work environment adapt more easily. ... Read more

Culture & Profitability: Home at Last?

Posted on October 07, 2011 by: David White

Well the danger on the rocks is surely past Still I remain tied to the mast Could it be that I have found my home at last? – Steely Dan As a culture researcher and practitioner I was excited to read James Heskett’s interview HBS Working Knowledge, September 28) in support of his new book … Read More.

Navigating the Venetian Waterways to Explain Integrated Talent Management

Posted on July 04, 2011 by: Lisa Koss

Let’s use Venetian canal pilots as an example. Let’s pretend that it’s been determined that tourists have begun to avoid water transportation in Venice because captains/boat pilots are unfriendly to non-Italians. And let’s say the city determines that it is in the city’s best interest to change that. Implementing an integrated talent management system would begin by us, in this case, helping leaders to further articulate their new strategy, if necessary, and then determine clear definitions of what customer service looks like for captains and boat pilots given what the best canal captains do combined with what the best canal captains need to be able to do in order to enable the new strategy to be achieved. This would be followed with definitions of possible career paths and supporting processes and systems for people to achieve the change. ... Read more

A busman’s holiday: Balanced Scorecards at the neighborhood cook-out

Posted on May 16, 2011 by: Lisa Koss

"What’s the latest thinking on balanced scorecard?" my neighbor asked me in front of a group at a casual cook-out, having just found out I am a consultant on topics including leadership development and talent management. Oh boy, I thought, here’s a choice whether to defer the question or talk about scorecards in front of … Read More.

Peter Block’s Latest Musings – Part 2

Posted on November 05, 2009 by: Lisa Koss

Following the last post on Monday, here are a few more nuggets from Peter Block. “Analysis” is a defense mechanism against the future. Hospitality is central to community. We must do better at meeting strangers. The notion of “deficiencies” in others is simply a way of controlling each other. We must focus on each others’ … Read More.

Peter Block’s Latest Musings…

Posted on November 02, 2009 by: Lisa Koss

In October I went to the Organizational Development Network annual conference. This year it was held in Seattle, a gloriously frisky place with many great restaurants, including one I highly recommend introduced to me by colleague, David White, not far from Pike’s Place, called Le Pichet. The broiled burgundy escargots were divine. Thanks David! But … Read More.

The Limitations of Having Goals: A Story Set in Patzcuaro, Mexico

Posted on June 30, 2009 by: Lisa Koss

This month, I was with my husband in Salamanca, Mexico, not far from Celaya or Morelia, for the wedding of a dear friend. The ceremony and celebration were big fun, and the following day we went sightseeing in Patzcuaro, Mexico, in the state of Guanajuato. Perhaps you’ve heard of Patzcuaro — world famous for its … Read More.

Note to Self: “Do It Now”

Posted on March 28, 2009 by: Lisa Koss

Sipping coffee this morning, I went through a week’s worth of news: Wall Street Journal, Arizona Republic, Investor’s Business Daily and Business Week. (Yes, behind on my reading…ever happen to you?) Across all of them, there seemed to be theme emerging in the articles I was reading: Do it now. A few examples: In a … Read More.

When Good Relationships go Bad: The Case of a New Reporting Structure

Posted on March 02, 2009 by: Lisa Koss

It’s a situation of two people who are now peers. Not so long ago, one person was reporting to the other. That relationship was good, very good. But ever since they became peers reporting to the same person, the relationship is now full of resentment and unspoken assumptions. The question is: Now that the pair … Read More.

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