Guest post on Charlie Grantham’s blog

By | September 21, 2014

Today’s post is actually being posted elsewhere – on the blog of the Community Design Institute, managed by my old friend and colleague Charlie Grantham.  Find it here:

Workspace Politics

While you’re at it, check out Charlie’s other posts. This is actually part of his series on redesigning work spaces. He has a lot of other interesting thoughts there as well.

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The meaning of your communication is the response you get [Part 2]

By | August 13, 2014

[Part 1 of this post is available here]

When I wrote the first column on this topic, I had no idea that neurolinguistic programming (NLP) had become the target of so many skeptical and scientific attacks, aimed at undermining its basic assumptions and discrediting its practitioners. As examples, you can check here and here.

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The meaning of your communication is the response you get

By | August 9, 2014

I love to write. Well, to be precise, I actually love to talk. My blog posts, as well as the very long emails I’m noted for, tend to be conducted in my own voice. I can’t write anything that I can’t hear myself saying in my voice. I believe that somewhere earlier I confessed my lifelong love affair with the sound of my own voice.

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Policing and Societal Regulation (Part 2)

By | July 28, 2014

We ended last time with the observation that we seem to be living increasingly in a society under the rule of Catch-22.

For any of you who have been under a rock since before the 1960s, Catch-22 was the fabulously successful novel by Joseph Heller (IMHO, the only good one he ever wrote) first published in 1961.

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Policing and Societal Regulation (Part 1)

By | July 27, 2014

I doubt that the story a couple of weeks ago about the police shooting of Jason Conoscenti in Long Beach – another gunning down of an unarmed man – made the news in your areas. It barely did here. This one is different, however – I knew Jason, although I hadn’t seen him in person for some years.

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The virtue of compliance?

By | July 12, 2014

Yet another interesting exchange on a LinkedIn board inspires this column – in this case, a question posed by Jari Metsämuuronen, a Finnish researcher looking at how different measures of educational performance are related. Toward the end of the exchange, he made the interesting observation that:

“…the external test score [was] less predictable in comparison with teachers’

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Servant Leadership

By | June 29, 2014

On yet another of the seemingly endless LinkedIn discussion boards1, a question has been posed about the idea of “servant leadership” and its co-optation by Wal-Mart. As both its supporters and critics agree, the value of idea of “servant leadership” depends critically on how one defines “servant”, which in turn depends a great deal on how one defines the corresponding concept,

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The quality of doctoral programs [Part 2]

By | June 25, 2014

[Part 1 of this series is found here.]

The single most important factor in the quality of the student’s dissertation is the quality of the advising and mentoring that the student receives from his/her committee and most particularly, from the Chair. But the most highly visible part of doctoral programs is generally the course work.

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The quality of doctoral programs [Part 1]

By | June 21, 2014

Recently, there was a discussion on one of the LinkedIn boards about whether there was less value attached to a degree from a for-profit university rather than a more traditional non-profit one. This discussion inevitably becomes confounded with the value of online degrees vs. face-to-face ones, since most of the for-profit programs are online, entirely or primarily.

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Request for comments

By | June 4, 2014

Well, here’s something different. I’ve recently dug out some material that I originally put together as introductions to various organizational research modules while at Trident U. However, they have long since ceased to use any of it, so I thought it might be worth bringing out of storage.

Strictly speaking, it’s probably two separate essays, one on research quality and one on levels of analysis.

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