organizational development

An ethical dilemma is a situation that requires a choice between equally unfavorable outcomes.  This usually occurs when two parties have opposing or mutually exclusive goals. The catch, though, is that the situation would not be considered a dilemma by an individual or party that has no regard for the others involved.  That’s where the “ethical” part comes in.  Only when each party understands and appreciates that his actions have consequences for others (which may or may not be favorable), can he begin making ethical decisions.. When facing an ethical dilemma (as defined above), choosing cooperation over competition is about, Read More

FREE WEBINAR Hosted by HRDQ Presented by Lorraine Ukens Wednesday, February 13, 2013 2:00pm – 3:00pm eastern time Now more than ever, the pressure to achieve results is on the rise. And when the drive becomes more about getting to the finish line than how you actually got there, collaboration, trust, and ethical decision making can be compromised. Not to mention, watching others cheat or behave unethically can have a negative impact on groups, teams, and organizations. How do the people in your organization behave under pressure? Do they compete against others for their personal gain, or do they cooperate to, Read More

It’s not always apparent when one of your coaches is out of shape.  Glamour muscles might be hiding a bad habit, or a marshmallowy exterior might conceal a rock.  Sometimes you just need to take a closer look. Everyone benefits from the coaching process.  Employees improve their skills, learn new things, and feel better about their place in an organization.  Coaches improve their relationships with teammates and benefit from improved employee performance.  And organizations flourish with highly skilled employees that are working together towards a common goal. Make sure your team has all of these advantages by keeping your coaches, Read More

By Linda Galindo, author of The Accountability Experience, first posted on her blog 12/14/12 Imagine yourself sitting with your leadership group as an Executive Retreat on the topic of Accountaility is about to start. In your mind it’s going to be some type of training. Are you bored, excited, nervous, ready to engage? The speaker is introduced and begins with a question: “How many of you would experience a much better work life if the people that worked for you had a higher level of personal accountability?” Every hand in the meeting room goes up. Why? Why would everyone around you demonstrating a, Read More

“A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus, but a molder of consensus.” This past Monday, we celebrated one of our country’s greatest leaders, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. As one of many enduring gifts, Dr. King showed us the necessity for and effectiveness of direct recognition and action when faced with social conflict.  This type of conflict can shed light on overarching structural issues, and incite positive change.  Decisions may be coming from a perspective that seeks to retain power and control, regardless of the detriment that may be to an entire system (in the case of civil, Read More

FREE WEBINAR Hosted by HRDQ Presented by Kelly Hannum Wednesday, January 23, 2013 2:00pm – 3:00pm eastern time Despite the growing opportunities created by our interconnected world, the dynamics of diverse social identity groups present an interesting challenge for organizations. Now more than ever, today’s leaders must be able to lead people of different nationalities, religions, races, and gender to work together effectively. But how can leaders develop the skills they need to master these tough situations—especially when the conflicts and misunderstandings are complex and emotionally charged? Kelly Hannum, a senior faculty member at the Center for Creative Leadership, will lead, Read More

You can be a leader.  It doesn’t matter what your job is, what your title is, how old or young you are, or what your field and specialties are. But you may not feel that way.  You may feel that your rank or place within a hierarchy prevents you from stepping into a leadership role. You’re wrong.  No one needs to tell you to be a leader.  Leadership is a set of skills, not an inherent state.  When you develop leadership skills and display leadership behaviors, you are a leader.  No question. The Leadership Practices Inventory is a 360-degree assessment, Read More

In both personal and professional contexts, we exist in relation to our environment and the people we interact with.  Because our environment is constantly changing, the only way we can remain reliable, relevant, and competitive is to change with it. Sometimes changes can be unexpected or uncomfortable.  It’s not uncommon to reject the idea of change and cling to established routines and ways of thinking. But no amount of resistance will stop change from happening.  Even if we, as individuals, do not change our behaviors, we are still changing our relationship to our environment.  By acknowledging our own attitude towards, Read More

FREE WEBINAR Hosted by HRDQ Presented by Patti Phillips Wednesday, December 19th, 2012 11:00am – 12:00pm (eastern time) In today’s cost-conscious business world, executives are asking to see the relationship between training and results. Because without a return on investment (ROI), management buy-in and training budgets are in jeopardy. And that has training professionals everywhere scrambling to prove the value and impact their initiatives bring to the organization. If the thought of ROI measurement has your head spinning, this webinar will help you to make sense of it all. You’ll learn what ROI is—what it is not—and how you can move, Read More

Most of us need to collaborate or negotiate with at least someone every day.  In an ideal situation, everyone with whom we work will have the same goals that we do – but that is rarely the case. When we interact with others, we have to give up at least some control of the situation’s outcome.  We will not always get our way, and we can’t predict or prescribe the actions of others.  Knowing this, the best thing we can do is choose behaviors that are most likely to lead to a positive outcome for everyone involved – stepping outside, Read More

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