Polarity Thinking: New Study Shows a Correlation Between Tightness & Looseness and If a State is Red or Blue

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I recently read the article How “tightness” vs “looseness” explains the U.S. political map by Chris Cillizza. It’s a very interesting article that parallels concepts that mirror polarity thinking. Polarity thinkers have a maxim about “finding the genius of Both/And and moving … Continue reading

E-book Coming Soon!: Journey(s) of Discovery

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I’m excited to introduce a PlayGuide for those that want to explore their community with new, appreciative eyes…but through games and creative play. Jounrey(s) of Discovery is a PlayGuide for: making Connections fostering Creativity experiencing Community This is the first … Continue reading

Gifts-mining at Starfire

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People have probably heard of the concept of data-mining–the practice of inventorying particular defined indicators for an intended purpose. Well, identifying Gifts is not just a feel-good thing to do. Gifts-mining is the intentional and structured way of discovering what people are … Continue reading

Asset-Based approach to building organizations

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Asset-Based approach to building organizations   Some new thoughts based off of my collaboration with communities and organizations…..   The few basic premises that form the foundational principles are: Communities/Organizations can do more by having an ASSETS-based approach rather than … Continue reading

6 Conversations that Matter (Peter Block)

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   6 Conversations that Matter™ (Peter Block’s leadership language in action)    Power of Narrative Empire Peter wove in the work of scripture scholar Dr. Walter Brueggman around the archetypal narrative of the Pharoah.  Modern day society resembles the form … Continue reading

Micro-Targeting, Meta-Narratives, & Framing…oh MY!

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   I think that this is a TIMELY piece–since we are all going to hear contested messages & weaved narratives in the next 90 days.  With the election being neck and neck, we’re going to see the election decided by … Continue reading

Empathy First…Influence Next

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How often have you heard this?  “Wow, that person just gets me. They’re good with people. They really know how to build rapport. They’re so responsive. We’re on the same wavelength!”  Who pops into your mind? Well, you’re describing someone … Continue reading

Organization Development Series Part 3 – The DOJO of Organizing


The DOJO of Organizing: Five Practices of the Empowered Shift The Place of TAO Traditionally, we think of a Dojo as a training hall for the practice of martial arts. I want to expand this notion, beyond the sense of … Continue reading

Organization Development Series Part 2 – The SHIH of Organizing


The SHIH of Organizing   “Shih, a position of potential force—the position of a boulder perched precariously on a hilltop, say, or of a bowstring stretched taut. A tap on the boulder, the release of the bowstring, and potential force … Continue reading

Organization Development Series Part 1 – The TAO Of Organizing

Change Theories Embedded in Union Organizing: Theoretical & Applied Organizing (the TAO) (Part 1 in a series on organization development and organizing)   Introduction “Organizing is both an art and a science” — George Hardy, (former President SEIU healthcare399) Understanding … Continue reading