Probably not too surprising that when one follows the trend well-being in the United States there's a decrease Monday through Friday (going back years) and a spike upward Saturday and Sunday. Memorial day we were 90 degrees here and beautiful, but followed by 50 degrees and cold rain the past two days. It's a beautiful weekend in Southwest Michigan though with sunshine and 70 degrees in the forecast. So join Chicago in singing "Will you help him change the world?". Here's to any day in the park:
Of course Another Park Another Sunday from the Doobie Brothers works quite well for me as well.
May your weekend be one of restoration, hope, peace and joy.
I was asked this week to post some thoughts on transformational leadership relating to community development and innovation in a forum on Facebook. That format is a little more limiting and doesn't quite give the opportunity for graphics. Thus this morning's thoughts for your review and feedback here.
The graphic on the left is a model of my own making describing one path to individual and organizational change. Although they follow slightly different tracks for academics and consultants/practitioners, Transformational Leadership and Servant Leadershipare closely intertwined with similar meanings. One must certainly say that Servant Leadership is transformational in scope and outcomes. Both theories and practices are discussed in detail and endorsed (if you will) by such organizational and individual change experts as the late Stephen Covey, Peter Senge, Ken Blanchard and Margaret Wheatley.
Transformational Leadership as a term was originally used by J.V. D…
We may generally accept that human knowledge doubles at an unprecedented rate. In some fields that happens every six months. Some fields nearly every week. At times I despair for the knowledge that we've lost: The library at Alexandria; Mayan writings destroyed by the church; for that matter written history (even with symbols) destroyed by conquering armies across the planet.
I'm not an archaeologist or anthropologist, but I do love studying their work. Maybe that's another degree coming. So you'll have to forgive me if the dating of the graphics posted here disagree with one field expert or another. I'm just thinking with my fingers on the keyboard, and some of these symbols are probably more accurate if described in a range of years.
There is, at least to me, an amazing correlation and symmetry that crosses continents and cultures. Long before written language we humans communicated with symbols. In fact we best communicate with each other stil…
We tackle 20 year problems with five year plans staffed by two year personnel funded by one year appropriations. Harlan Cleveland
Over the past month I've watched with interest a discussion thread on LinkedIn titled What's Missing from Strategic Planning. Having been involved in strategic planning for over 20 years and teaching both theory and practice at the graduate level for Siena Heights University I of course have no opinion on the matter.
Here's some direct quotes I've heard in the past nine months from executives and organizational leaders (not necessarily the same thing).
"We had a strategic plan in 2004 and it's sat on the shelf ever since."
"I saw it once, but it's 60 pages long and who's got time with all of the daily work we have to accomplish." "We spend a week working on it every year, then change the dates on last year's plan."
Across the country I have seen a startling move to strategic plan…