wisdom discovery

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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Can HR help raise worker productivity? You bet.

We were pleased to have HR.com publish our article recently about capturing and sharing knowledge of employees to maximize productivity. Here is the full text of the article as it appeared in HR.com.   One of the biggest challenges that HR managers face is capturing and sharing knowledge that existing employees have that has been gathered […]

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, […]

Google’s Oxygen project took months to find out what makes a manager great; Cerebyte takes a day

Recently, a colleague forwarded me an article about Google’s Oxygen project from Inc. Magazine. This is a well-known effort by Google to use statistical analysis of performance reviews to determine what makes someone a good manager. The Google team’s findings are hardly revolutionary but, because they are Google, they are treated as some great revelation. […]

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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 – […]

Get the recipe for that “Secret Sauce”

By William Seidman Every company has its top performers who consistently sell more, produce more, and deliver more than their peers. These are a company’s stars, and we refer to their special knowledge, wisdom, and talent as their “secret sauce.” A lot of folks will brag that there’s no “secret sauce” to what they do. […]

The art of facilitating wisdom discovery

By William Seidman The process of helping your positive deviants articulate what drives them, which we call Wisdom Discovery, requires some specialized detective skills. Facilitating an effective Wisdom Discovery session is very different from facilitating other kinds of meetings and workshops. Guiding positive deviants to dig deep and articulate what makes them different is part […]

Engage your positive deviants

By William Seidman Once you’ve committed to a Wisdom Discovery session in order to uncover the knowledge and skills within your positive deviants, you’ll need to get your positive deviants onboard. Many people believe that positive deviants don’t want to give up their secrets—that it would somehow diminish them if others in the organization were […]