Category Archives: The Catalyst Newsletter

November 2, 2017

Making Organizational Transformation a Bridge to the Future instead of a Cliff

In the recently released annual Deloitte Global Human Capital Trends Report, 88% of respondents reported the need to redesign their organization to meet the needs of the future as Important or Very Important, making it the most important issue of the year for the 10,000 executives in 140 countries that were surveyed. No less striking: Only …

October 19, 2017

The Case for Unpredictive Analytics

Many of us in the United States learned the term “filter bubbles” by way of their effects on our civic lives and national politics.  When we search for news or current events information on media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, predictive algorithms are applied that assume that we will want to see the same …

September 8, 2017

Turning Memory of the Past into a Future Asset

As both an avid vegetable gardener and someone professionally consumed with organizational transformation, I have reasons to be interested in caterpillars. In my garden, they are an object of complex judgement calls. Left to their own devices, they devastate parsley, dill, tomatoes, cabbage, but they also transform into striking moths and gorgeous butterflies. Caterpillars are …

August 16, 2017

The Future of Workforce Diversity & Inclusion

Does your HR policy include genetic enhancement and body hacking guidelines? When (former) Google employee James Damore was fired earlier this month after distributing a memo charging the company with intolerance towards ideological conservatives, it was made clear — if it wasn’t already–that that diversity and inclusion policies are based on collective narratives. Narratives are our …

July 6, 2017

Happy InterDependence Day! The Fall of the Myth of the Independent Entrepreneur

The month of July starts in the United States with a commemoration of US Congress’ decision to declare independence from the British Empire and adopt the Declaration of Independence. On Independence Day, we Americans celebrate the right of all people to “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.” For nearly 250 years, this mantra of …

June 16, 2017

After Sovereignty-Six models of emerging forms of governance

Sensemaking theorists, who study how humans create meaning from experience, tell us that we often encounter a ‘cognitive gap’ between experience and our ability to understand it as having coherent meaning.  This may help explain why, perhaps, we are collectively so slow to observe the changes that are unfolding in the international system, that tacitly …

May 11, 2017

Reading Between the Lines of Automation Employment Forecasts

Potential job losses from automation aren’t a new concern, but the issue has appeared to spike in the last few months with a spate of new studies that forecast how automation will affect work in different global regions and sectors. If you take a quick glance at the headlines, the situation looks distressing, and headlines …

April 12, 2017

The Season of Organizational Renewal

Over a sandwich at a local shop the other day, a colleague asked why I care so much about the utility of the strategic narrative framework for ‘legacy’ institutions, which are historically successful, but have become overgrown, complex and challenged by changing circumstances. “I have always thought that the most powerful achievements come from having …