William Seidman


Building change resilience in your organization

An article in the Sunday edition of The New York Times caught my attention recently. This article by Richard A Friedman titled, “How to be resilient”, interested me because we have been doing lots of work with resilience, though specifically focused on change resilience. Although the article is a little too academic for easy understanding, […]


Why is adopting new technology so challenging for organizations?

At Cerebyte, we have begun working with several companies to support them as they work to get large groups of people to adopt new technology. We’ve also been in pre-sales with several companies around the same situation. The technologies being adopted are diverse including a SalesForce.com program, human resource systems, production management systems, and supply […]


Creating an empowered and efficient team

A few months ago, I read an article in the Wall Street Journal titled “How Bosses Waste Their Employees’ Time.” The author, Robert I. Sutton, is a professor of organizational behavior at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and the article is largely based on the research that Sutton and his colleague, Hayagreeva Rao, […]


The good and bad of institutional memory

I recently listened to an excellent interview of the retiring Harvard President Drew Gilpin Faust on NPR. Faust is notable because she is the first woman president of Harvard, a designation that she resists. When asked about being the first woman president, her response was something like “I am the president of Harvard and I […]


New perspectives on transactional vs. transformational leadership

The conflict between the narrow focus on operational excellence often required to keep your current business running well versus broad demands for organizational transformation required for the future business has become severe. Leaders have to simultaneously minimize disruption to their current business while consciously disrupting it to make the changes required for rapidly evolving markets. […]


Turning learners into leaders

To some, disruption is a scary word. But to many, it’s a pathway to a better outcome. Did Amazon and Uber scare people when the companies started? Possibly. But the concept for these companies was based on forward-thinking ideas and both companies have changed the way their respective industries work. In my recent blog post […]

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Making Promotions Work — Fast

Promoting someone is almost always a positive event for an organization. A person’s past accomplishments are recognized and a new opportunity is created for the person and the organization. It’s very exciting and energizing when someone gets a promotion. But newly promoted people often struggle with significant changes to their role and work. Many of […]


Disruptive Technology for Leading, Learning and Organizational Transformation…Speed, Speed and More Speed

We live in a Twitterized world. Everything is in 140 characters…or now its 280 characters. The fast-paced, “what have you done for me lately” world has made it even more challenging for companies and their employees to be successful. Most leadership initiatives and change programs take days, weeks and sometimes years to complete and, honestly, […]

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Will investment in learning and development grow in 2018? It should.

As many of you know, investment in learning and development programs has, at best, stagnated since in the recession of 2008 and, at worst, experienced severe cutbacks. As we look ahead at 2018, the question is –- with what seems to be a more robust economy — is funding for investing in people in general […]