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When Brutal Honesty is a Brutal Mistake

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By Ben Baran, Ph.D, Agility Analytics Practice Leader Some people wear it like a badge of honor, something that’s part of their identity. “I’m brutally honest.” “I say it like it is.” I get the appeal. We generally appreciate honesty and candid communication. We sometimes equate “brutal honesty” with strength of character or integrity. But […]

Hurricane VUCA Tests and Inspires Our Agility

Tom O'Shea |

HARVEY, IRMA, JOSE, KATIA … they used to be just nice names but now are forever associated with widespread fear, disruption and potential devastation.  In this “6-degrees of separation” world, most all of us know at least one person or family experiencing or anticipating the VUCA forces of one of these hurricanes. These massive natural […]

Agility Anathema: A Culture of Optionalism

Tom O'Shea |

WE ARE WHAT WE TOLERATE … is a core truism that tends to shape the culture (or at least the climate) as well as define the de facto spectrum of accepted behavior for societies as well as our organizations!  There are many iterations and angles on this basic tenet including some strong quotes from the […]

The Speed of Chaos

Tom O'Shea |

Is it just me or do you also feel the strings of life getting wound tighter and tighter all around us?  Lots of tension winding things up from so many different directions confounded by the g-force speed of news and social media … especially in the form of tweets.  This maelstrom is creating a new […]

Human Resource Management and The Great Unlearning

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By Ben Baran, Ph.D., Agility Analytics Practice Leader Exciting changes in the world of human resources (HR) abound. As noted by Stephen Barley (University of California Santa Barbara), Beth Bechky, and Frances Milliken (both of New York University) in their recent article in Academy of Management Discoveries, “Few people would deny that the nature of […]

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