Coaching in the Shadows of Short-Termism
Fri, Aug 3 2018 11:24 | Coaching, Company Management, Developmental Coaching, Leadership, Risk Management, Shortermism, Vision
For the past 10 years, I’ve been immersed helping leaders and leadership teams develop more robust skills to help guide and shape their organizations, the markets they compete in, and the communities they operate in. I often see short-termism crippling boards, executive teams, and seasoned managers.
Short-termism is the infatuation with short-term projects, objectives and outcomes that produces a neglect of long-range initiatives. As a result, short-termism inherently brings with it far-reaching and often unexamined risks and many unintended detrimental consequences.
Are You Focused on Outcomes That Are Too Small?
Fri, Sep 1 2017 04:03 | Adult Development, Developmental Coaching, Goal Setting, Leadership, Shortermism, Strategy
As aspiring individuals and coaches alike, we are often inherently biased towards short term outcomes. Maybe as a coach, you’re looking ahead at six sessions where you are committed to quickly impacting your client’s life. Or, perhaps you’ve committed to six months to making some more substantive changes in your professional context and are eager to see the results. Or maybe the challenges you’re grappling with are changes that will inherently take you the next two years of concerted efforts to generate.
Where are you orienting from?
Thu, Jul 13 2017 02:30 | Adult Development, Developmental Coaching, Developmental Range, Dynamic Skill Theory, Personal Development, Professional Development
It’s 2001 and I’m standing on an elevated ridge in the White Mountains of Maine in the United States. My map is laid out in front of me on a flat rock, and with compass in hand I’m triangulating our group’s location. We are about to immerse our team into a thick deciduous forest for about 15 miles. The orienting calculations we make now have everything to do with our success of getting to our extraction point before we run out of food and fuel. It’s these fine measurements here on this ridge that will allow us to be successful later on. And with the right understanding of our location right now, we can calibrate each bearing, shoot from tree to tree, and plot an accurate course through the forest.
The Developmental Imperative For Coaches and Consultants
Wed, May 24 2017 03:55 | Adult Development, Age of Acceleration, Business Development, Deliberately Developmental Organizations, Developmental Coaching, Developmental Consulting, Exponential Growth, Thomas Friedman, Zachary Stein
Thinking Differently About Our Development Can Facilitate Better Outcomes
Wed, Mar 29 2017 03:20 | Adult Development, Developmental Range, Freud, Kurt Fischer, Micro-Development, Stages of Psychological Development, Variability, Vertical Development
Your Instabilities Are a Good Thing, and So Are Other People’s
Thu, Mar 23 2017 08:12 | Adult Development, Completion Projects, Developmental Variability, Dynamic Skill Theory, Harvard, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Kurt Fischer, Robert Kegan, The Elegant Self
Adult Development expert Dr. Robert Kegan refers to what has us as that which we are subject to. This is in contrast to what we hold as objects in our experience. Objects are what we have, or can manage as parts of our experience. On the other hand, what is subject is a pervading quality throughout all our experience.
Bridging the Gap Between Personal and Cultural Evolution
Mon, Feb 13 2017 03:13 | Adult Development, Cultural Development, Developmental Assessments, Diversity, Identity Development, Pluralism, Politics, Postmodern, Postmodernism, Robert Kegan, The Elegant Self, Trump
Different streams of evolution flow at their own pace. For example, the responsive movements of culture are more dynamic and exciting. By contrast, genetics develop at a rate that no human lifespan sees, with changes unfolding over the course of hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of years. While we may see advances in editing and augmenting genes for more healthy and adaptive human beings, until now this remains only a possibility.
Feeling Good About Yourself?
Fri, Apr 3 2015 11:59 | Adult Development, Conceptual Development, Embodiment, George Vaillant, Growth, Growth Narratives, Happiness, Harvard, Longitudinal Study, Postautonomous Development, The Harvard Grant Study, Well-Being
I remember doing my first graduate lecture on the further reaches of adult development close to fifteen years ago. I stood up in front of a classroom of people, all whom were older than me, and began my lecture. It was an intense ride. I couldn’t feel much of anything that was going on in the students I was presenting to.
Me, I was too busy attending to the conceptual distinctions in my own mind. I was busy sharpening my intellect. Soon after finishing I could dimly see the aftermath. It was as if an intellectual gatling gun had gone off for the better part of three hours. Metaphorically, you could say I pulled the trigger and didn’t let go until the very end of class. Sure, I opened it up for questions, but my ability to be present and make heartfelt contact with the students in front of me was many years off in my own maturity.
Grow Your People, Grow Your Organization
Thu, Feb 12 2015 08:51 | Adult Development, Business Development, Diversity, Executive Development, Leadership, Leadership Agility, Organizational Development, Performance, Self-Authoring Mind
It’s clear that today’s professional environments demand greater sophistication of knowledge work; broader global perspectives, infrastructures, and multi-national systems; as well as leaders who are able to self-initiate, self-direct and self-manage. Yet at the same time, high performing leaders continue to be in short supply.
The Lie of the New Year's Resolution
Fri, Jan 2 2015 11:38 | Adult Development, Change, Commitment, Habits, Intention, New Years Resolutions, Professional Development
It is that time of year.You know it—we are just around the corner from those good old New Year’s resolutions. Suddenly a new focus emerges. Ideals around getting “back into shape” emerge. Resolutions to cease bad habits strengthen. Maybe it’s to stop drinking or smoking. Maybe it is a firm resolution to spend more time with the family. Or a commitment to give yourself the time needed to nourish and replenish yourself captures your attention as January 1st brings in a new year.
Whatever it is, this year I urge us all to proceed with caution.