Can strategies succeed without aligned values?

Discouraged about developing strategies that achieve desired outcomes? I have found that when people tell me their last strategic plan failed, and the plan itself doesn’t look bad (so many do!), there were two main reasons: The plan was developed by a tiny group of leaders with little input from staff and often none (or … Read more

Curiosity and Innovation

I often hear people claim they want an innovative culture in their organizations. But in order to be innovative, we must have a tendency to ask and learn about things by asking questions, investigating, or exploring – the very definition of curiosity! I had the good fortune to hear Charles Fishman speak recently about his … Read more

My goals for 2015 and beyond

Here are my thoughts for me, based as always on Garthson Leadership Centre’s: Vision: An amazing, sustainable, healthy world with social justice, creativity and abundance. Mission: To create better futures for communities and organizations through values-based leadership. What can I do to further the Vision and Mission over the next 10 years? Move organizations and … Read more

Giving Voice to Values: A Better Way to Look at Ethical Decision-Making

Thanks to the EthicsCentre CA, I had the opportunity to recently hear Mary Gentile speak, and participate in a workshop she led in Toronto. Like many other ethics practitioners, a focus area for me has been helping people, especially people in groups, make good ethical decisions. Naturally, the processes I recommended included consideration of how … Read more