The science of human and organizational change

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal caught my eye. The article, “Why Digital Transformations Are Hard,” is based on an interview with Bernard Tyson, Chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente, and Jeanne Ross from MIT. The article describes Kaiser’s efforts to digitize the company. The first question – “What was your biggest challenge?” […]


Changing Commitment to People Development

Recently, I read two articles in the Wall Street Journal that presented an interesting picture of labor markets and organizations’ commitment to developing their people. The first article, “The End of Employees,” describes how many companies are shifting their work to “temporaries, contractors and vendors (TVC).” As the article states, this trend is “radically altering […]

Human development technologies aren’t as exciting as gadgets … but they are effective

I had an interesting discussion with my three kids over the holidays. All three of them are in important positions with high technology companies – two work in digital advertising and one is a senior manager of cybersecurity for a large technology company. All three are what I would call early adopters of technology – […]

Raising performance through mentally and physically challenging activities

I read a fascinating article called How to Become a “Superager” in the Sunday Review section of the New York Times. The article defines the term superager, which is a term coined by the neurologist Marsel Mesulam, as those whose memory and attention isn’t merely above average for their age, but is actually on par […]


In today’s fast-paced, Twitterized world, can meaningful learning experiences be had?

We live in a world of 140 characters. Let’s face it, that type of fast-paced, “live in the now” environment makes it hard for workers to be productive. One of the ways companies can help improve their team’s performance is to provide learning programs that produce tangible increases in productivity and effectiveness. However, most companies […]

Transformation done right

I spend a lot of time whining and writing in our blog about poor leadership and how organizations usually screw up transformation and learning programs. I’m writing this time about how transformations are being done correctly in a series of blog posts about an organization that is transforming and is mostly doing it right. Of […]

Neuroscience-based program builds knowledge assets

The top-performing people are some of the most valuable assets in your company, due (in part) to a vast “database” of wisdom and knowledge living in their heads. But what happens when that person eventually leaves your company? Naturally, that knowledge and wisdom will go with them, unless you can somehow capture and organize that […]

Embrace innovative transformational leadership programs

We are pleased to have an article published in Training Magazine titled, Embrace New Leadership Programs to Survive in Disruptive Markets. Many markets today are experiencing rapid and highly disruptive changes, which demand different and improved leadership development models. In this article, we discuss the transformational leadership development programs needed to not only survive, but […]