At the recent Family Firm Institute Global Conference, James D Grady, CEO PivotPoint Business Solutions and W. Michael Grady, Consultant to PivotPoint and Managing Director at Sequence Financial Specialist presented Prometheus’ Gift, a program about the unconscious contributions to our consciousness. We reviewed the psychological dimensions as well as… read more →
Human Nature: The Social Aspects, Part 3
Our human nature developed in a hostile and competitive world that ultimately depended on heritable forces to instill in us a dependence on the group for our survival. When pitted against the dangers from large and dangerous creatures as well as competition from… read more →
Understanding Human Nature—Part 2, Collaboration
The road to human survival was enhanced by the ability to control fire and organize into hunting parties. As we moved away from a vegetarian diet and toward more meat consumption, successful outcomes depended on the ability to plan and implement complex hunting strategies. The… read more →
Understanding Human Nature—Part 1, Campsites
If we look far enough back into our history, we will find some critical incidents that shaped our history. Gathering into groups by our earliest ancestors at campsites is one example. We were vulnerable to a host of dangers when exploring the new world as… read more →
In preparation for a recent talk I came across some interesting material. It suggested the remnants of traits that supported our most distant ancestors still linger within us, and may provide an explanation for some the difficulties we are having with organizations today. In the couple hundred years or so… read more →
Congratulations to Dr. Victoria M. Grady
Dr. Grady has recently taken a new faculty position as Assistant Professor of Management in the School of Business at George Mason University. In addition to her teaching responsibilities she will continue to develop her original research focus relating Attachment Theory to the instability… read more →
How Do You Fill A Credibility Gap? Part II
The failure of many large-scale initiatives lies in the perception that the people behind them are unable to efficiently and effectively resolve challenges that come up along the way. What can leaders do to build credibility?
1. Build Trust Build trust… read more →
How Do You Fill A Credibility Gap? Part I
Nine months after the challenging launch of HealthCare.gov we have a great example of the need for a more defined and rigorous change management process in federal agencies and beyond.
The website was designed to assist citizens with enrollment in the… read more →
The premise of Dr. Harvey’s chapter is based on a story that played itself out in a small Texas town about 2 hours drive from Abilene. The event occurred one oppressive summer afternoon while the author and his wife were visiting her parents.
A lazy game of dominos was slowly… read more →
The Abilene Paradox People, often cited as a reason for change failure, frequently rock the organizational boat, but they also lie to avoid rocking the boat. What is this inconsistency about?
Over the course at least the last 10+ years, the PEOPLE aspect of change is consistently cited as one… read more →