Category Archives: Talent Manangement

Reflections on: When We “Manage” Other People, We Take Away Their Choices

What makes for a great learning moment? For me, it is when I am reading, hearing, or observing something that creates the kind of following responses: Yes, yes, yes, yes, but! No, no, no, no, but! I recently had such a moment … Continue reading

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Part 1: A Parable about Uncertainty and Risk – Playing with a visual Metaphor

The next few posts are going to be a synthesis piece of work for me and hopefully of interest and use to the reader. It is about uncertainty and risk (U&r) through two lens: that of me and you from … Continue reading

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Talent Management: Remember, demographics affect us asymmetrically!

A recent report (Workforce shrinking as boomers retire: report – Canada.com) concerning Canada’s workforce participation rate decline due to continued retirement trends is an issue affecting both governments (in terms of taxation base revenues to support their programs) and organizations … Continue reading

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Performance Management: The Performance Cube and Managerial Performance

A recent article (http://business.financialpost.com/2014/05/01/confronting-a-bad-management-epidemic-with-incalculably-high-costs/) by Rick Spence in the National Post intrigued me because of its core thesis: “Why do so many capable business leaders manage things so badly?”. This post explores the article’s thoughts using the model called the … Continue reading

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Chaos and Uncertainty?

This post explores my perspectives on the distinctions and connections between chaos and uncertainty. In the OD field, uncertainty seems to be used much less that terms such as risk, complexity, instability, and chaos. Yet when I think about the … Continue reading

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OD and Business Strategy lessons to be learned from the Roman Army

A very interesting article (http://business.financialpost.com/2014/04/14/10-things-that-propelled-ancient-rome-to-greatness-that-can-help-your-business/) by Brad Cherniak of Capital Insight was recently posted in the National Post.  This article examined 10 principles that the Roman Army apparently made use of and their current relevance today. The focus of the … Continue reading

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Performance Management: It’s never about competencies or results!

A recent discussion through Linkedin (http://www.linkedin.com/groupItem?view=&srchtype=discussedNews&gid=98001&item=5849876921290104834&type=member&trk=eml-anet_dig-b_pd-ttl-cn&fromEmail=&ut=2V1CXspNJFOm81) puts the question on which to focus on: Competencies or Results. Actually the question posted asks: which form of balance between the two is best and what has worked for people? My take on … Continue reading

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