Values and mindfulness

  I'm 2 months away from completing my MS in Organizational Change and Learning (MSLOC). It's been an amazing three years of learning, reflection and self-actualization. After a 25+ year career in the pharmaceutical industry, primarily in clinical drug development, I figured out why I so often felt misplaced.  I love to fix things.  I …

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My learning journey: Ask, don’t tell. Watch for self-orientation.

This entry is more of a reminder to myself.  When I get excited about a new change, I need to slow down, meet my clients/colleagues where they are, recognize my style and remove too much self-orientation. I decided to take Transformational Client Relationships  as my last elective class for my MS in Learning and Organizational …

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The role of organizational tenure diversity on innovation in the workplace

Overview In today’s complex environment, companies employ interdependent teams to address business opportunities (Ancona & Caldwell, 1992; Chi et al., 2009; Park et al., 2018). Interdependent team diversity allows different points of view to create robust solutions (Wiersema & Bantel 1992). Organizational tenure is the amount of time an individual has been within the current …

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Organizational blind spots and our unknown cognitive biases

As with most of my Northwestern University MS Learning and Organizational Change coursework, I have uncovered a new awareness about the role of organizational behavior in how we work.  This assignment was to choose our top 5 quotes that resonated with us during the quarter. I want to reflect upon these over and over again, …

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The Risk of System 1 Driven Thinking in Drug Development

How the Mind Works From the recent readings for MSLOC 452 Cognitive Design, I'm fairly certain that intuition guides my decisions. The realization of a dual process is new to me (Kahneman 2011). As I reflect upon my career, I understand how this process has guided me, for better or worse. I’m typically driven by …

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My Guiding Principles for Leading Others Through Change

To truly learn, I must be vulnerable.  Take risks. Defining my Guiding Principles was an assignment for my "Leading Strategic Change" course.  It felt really hard to define 10 guiding principles for myself.  I'm still learning. It still feels uncomfortable.   But, I decided to post these so they don't end up buried on my One …

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Could College Football Help Us Understand Organizational Culture?

Culture.   We hear about it in all aspects of our lives. As I reflect upon my Executing Strategic Change class readings this week, I wonder, how can I make this topic more digestible for my colleagues and members of our Culture Initiative.   Culture is difficult to put your hands around.  It’s intangible. It’s …

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Organizational Learning and Parenting

When I started my MSLOC program, my goal was to help my employees and others go through change.  I wanted to learn frameworks to improve efficiencies, but also co-create with those in the organization who often get overlooked during change.  I believe those with the best awareness to new opportunities are the middle managers and …

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My Approach: Creating Solutions that incorporate the unique context of the organization

While designing solutions, it’s important to understand each organization is unique.  For my case, my interview and discovery phase included multiple stakeholders throughout the organization.  Initially, this was my way of learning about my new organization, but as this DOEC program began, I quickly realized the value of this discovery phase. Discovery - Stakeholder Interviews …

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My Approach: Surfacing Assumptions

Similar to understanding the user experience, one of the biggest “aha” moments for me during this 12-month DOEC experience has been surfacing assumptions. It seems reasonable, but I realized I came  into this “opportunity” with my fairly strong biases. The experience map exercise has allowed me to see more points of view and motivations and pain points. All of these are critical …

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