Hope Isn’t a Strategy But Don’t Be Hopeless

“Hope is not a strategy.” I linger on those words. I’m moved by their truth and ruffled by the underlying message that hope is for the weak, unfocused and unprepared. Maybe it’s the word “strategy”. A word that brings to mind tactics, plans, and execution. Perhaps in the narrow context of getting stuff done, hope Continue reading Hope Isn’t a Strategy But Don’t Be Hopeless

Breaking the Illusion of Progress

Congratulations! You just finished an epic blog post titled “10 Ways to Supercharge Your Leadership and Build the Organization You’ve Always Dreamed Of!”. Oh yeah, that was good stuff. Inspiring! Exciting! Every, bold, capitalized, exclamatory bullet point calling you to act like the 10,000 bullet points you’ve read before, (and mostly saying the same thing). Continue reading Breaking the Illusion of Progress

Fighting Fire: 8 Tips to Prevent Organizational Arson

“The lure of the job of a volunteer firefighter certainly isn’t the pay — there is none. They train for hundreds of hours, then often go back to their small communities and do nothing. “There’s a boredom element to it,” Hinds-Aldrich said. Many offenders see their actions as helping the community. They believe they are providing chances Continue reading Fighting Fire: 8 Tips to Prevent Organizational Arson

Your Org Chart is Not Your Organization

But you know that. At least I think you know that. Yet the org chart just won’t die. It’s still the most popular, simplistic, and common way of depicting our organizations. It provides a snapshot of people in little squares that represent function and span of control or at least that’s the intention. Org charts are motionless, time-bound and Continue reading Your Org Chart is Not Your Organization