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What's the Reality of the Life Cycle of Teams in Family Businesses?
Family teams and groups of owners/partners with longstanding relationships have a lot of shared history, ...a source of cohesion and trust. Such trust, a by-product of safety, has been found to be a key ingredient that contributes to high performance in teams. This is an example of 3 from the article on Crouching Tigers: Sources of Competitive Advantage Regarding the  Hidden Dragons: Unseen Fault Lines One example, that you may intuitively know, ...
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Happy Easter! 1200 cranes have returned, as have many friends & families. #AnnArbor #Easter
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"Flow" author is coming to Ann Arbor, Michigan in mid-April. Check out the free, public lecture.    #umich   #AnnArbor   #Flow  
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi asks, "What makes a life worth living?"   He'll be in Ann Arbor offering a free, public evening lecture on Friday April 17th, 2015   (4448 East Hall, no registration required) 5:00-5:30 PM Welcome, Introductions: Stephanie Preston Topic: Curiosity and enjoyment as moderating factors in socio-cultural evolution 5:30-6:30 PM Plenary Lecture: Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Management at Clar...
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We have Uber.  We have FlexJobs. This infancy of new work has a ways to go.   Historically, "New Work and New Culture" ideas and ideals have been around by the likes of Frithjof Bergman, at the University of Michigan for several decades.  http://www.newworknewculture.com/  
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Change in the Nature of Work: The Case For "Antiwork" and the 20 hour Work Week here:  http://sco.lt/70veNt  
 for these reasons:     

"...we see the persistent belief that we can achieve 'full employment.' Rifkin showed empirically that this is nonsense, unless we create a lot of make-work, i.e., work for the sake of working. And that’s what, as a society, we seem to be doing. Everywhere you look there are stupid, pointless (and probably environmentally destructive) jobs."
Chopping up the total amount of work that needs to done in your firm into blocks that suit our human physiology has nothing to do with the actual work. If the total amount of work that needs to be done in a firm in one week equals 20,000 hours, it is just as arbitrary to chop that up into 500 40-hour work weeks as it is to chop it up into 800 blocks of 25 hours. ==============   Leaders ....realize[d] that for skilled people disillusioned with th...
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Good piece on innovation and client, customer connection and on building loyalty.   #responsiveness   #feedback  
Your users are smarter than you; ask them what they think of your product and how you can improve it. In a recent re-launch, our best ideas really weren't our ideas at all. They were our users' ideas. Here's to listening. And to not believing the Henry Ford hype [building a faster horse."   Excerpted: 1) Encourage feedback.     [Many] businesses don’t want anything to do with you after you’ve paid. …when you get a question, suggestion, or request...
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Why here for MIT and Theory U. Yes.  #Ulab  Reinventing the 21st Century University.  What's ending. What's being born. Learn by doing.  Three principles, prototype -

1) Taking the learning to the streets, linking head and hand.  #Innovation MIT impact is significant - Two trillion dollars, MIT graduations, the power of #entrepreneurship   #entrepreneur   Engage in the real world.  MIT just a few buildings, just a few people, big #impact  
   
2) Linking the power of entrepreneurship, with #passion  and #compassion  an evolutionary step, tied to #intelligence  of the #heart   
   
3) Self-knowledge - an inquiry into the two root questions of creativity, "Who is my self, and what is my work?"  What is the future that I want to be a part of in my journey forward.  #ULab #MOOC #global #actionlearning #organizationdevelopment   #learning   #mindfulness  
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Getting more complete view of the good, bad and the murky is useful to help plan realistically for what 2015 and 2016 may bring for hiring and business planning. ~  Deb
It now appears that soft numbers in 2015 on consumer spending, durable goods orders and industrial activity were telling us something meaningful.    The nation added only 126,000 jobs in March, while the unemployment rate was unchanged at 5.5 percent. Those terrific numbers from January and February now look a bit less terrific, as revisions subtracted 69,000 positions from the previously reported job gains. In a silver lining to the soft numbers...
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Very useful.  Thanks for the photos and the post on a fave spring flower - the pansy. #Michigan  #spring #garden
  When to plant pansies in Michigan?  Once winter earth's totally thawed and the soil's less saturated, pansies can be safely planted.  Mid April is normally safe for cold hardy planting in Michigan.  Before planting, harden ...
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Develop your #leadership   via professional coaching in SE #Michigan => Check out Int'l #Coaching Week: http://ow.ly/KWUvM #AnnArbor   #Detroit  
From our May 2014 Coach Café Ann Arbor monthly meeting:   Left to right, Dave Wood, Deb Nystrom,  Angela Pyle, Geri Markel,  Leon Wyszewianski, Debbie Merion, Dan D. 
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Successful organizations focus on people as well as profits, often built with talented staff that take action, acting as if they are co-owners of the business. In many ways, they are. Choosing twenty-first century talent retention practices increases that sense of staff ownership to the greater success of your organization. Here’s are 4 ways leaders can help this happen:1) Check your “hire smart” bench strength & compensation Nothing breeds succe...
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The 20-30 hour work week rises again, from the 90s to 2015.  Frithjof Bergman, at the University of Michigan,  suggested it for society decades ago.  Perhaps now with the pain of income disparity, the speed of technological advances including communication, it can be taken more seriously. ~ Deb #universityofmichigan   #umich #future #strategy #futurists   #workweek   
Does a 40+ hours a week actually work for today's and tomorrow's world?  Consider what would happen if we had a 20+ hour work week as the new standard? ________________     Society seems to be in denial over this...  ~ Brian Dean________________ Excerpted: U.K.-based writer Brian Dean argues that we need to reframe the idea of work itself—and maybe replace it with "antiwork" instead. He explains:  "Antiwork is a moral alternative to the obsession...
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More from original thought about this, 90's era, even more relevant today:  

From Frithjof: New Work represents the effort to redirect the use of technology so that it isn’t used simply to speed up the work and in the process ruin the world – turning rivers into sewers and rain into acid.

The purpose of technology should be to reduce the oppressive, spirit-breaking, dementing power of work – to use machines to do the work that is boring and repetitive. Then human beings can do the creative, imaginative, uplifting work.

So New Work is simply the attempt to allow people, for at least some of their time, to do something they passionately want to do, something they deeply believe in. ~ Deb

Reference: http://www.context.org/iclib/ic37/bergmann
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Empathy is more powerful than we might have thought.  Assumptions #blindspots   #empathy   #inspiration   #adventure   #startrek   #orwellian   #theparentscircle   #hellopeace   #slavery   #collectiveforce   #power   #values   #future   #generations   #humanlibraries   #sweatshop   #labor   #coffeebeans   #stepoutside   #outrospective  
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Change facilitator & strategist; exec/leader team, group coach; org. development consultant; social media coach
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  • Reveln Consulting
    Owner/Partner, 2004 - present
  • University of Michigan
    OD Project Lead, 2007 - 2009
  • University of Michigan
    OD Practice Lead, 2005 - 2008
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If you're in it, you can't see it. Systems thinking & agile adaptation wins.
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This is my business self, via Google apps:  DebNystrom@Reveln.com.

Mothership, main website:   REVELN Consulting.

I help people & organizations define edge, vision & high performance.  

I help people and groups work through leadership  blind spots.  

I challenge & encourage.   I follow the energy.  

I help groups, teams & leaders embrace the complexity of continuous change in a sustainable way.  

How I can assist you?  I help you develop your change leadership (probably called something different), group & team productivity, organization development and growth (not necessarily size.)  

News & tools for you:

Change Leadership Watch

Leadership News via Reveln Consults & Twylah 

We help organizations maximize the use of their leadership talent in the midst of continuous change.

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I also like: trends, futurists, tech, adventure, Argentina, home towns, big cities, college towns.

I'm an Organization Development consultant & executive / leadership coach with a Wolverine pedigree of a few decades as an internal.  


Also twitter:  @dnrevel (informal chat) @RevelnConsults.  

I occasionally use @ChangeTools & @RevelnCoaches on Twitter.

100+ consulting clients (leaders, faculty, physicians, union, research)  Internal OD Practice Lead @ Univ. of Michigan.  

Find out more via my LinkedIn profile here.  If I may be of help to your  organization, let's connect.

Email:   DebNystrom@Reveln.com

Social:  The Social Media Learning Lab includes an OPEN group on LinkedIn for consultants, coaches & business owners on LinkedIn.  

It's about: 20 minutes a day to have clients calling you.  

Feel free to join our conversations and post questions on LinkedIn.


I was interviewed recently regarding my branding skills, via Paragon Moon.  Here's the link to the interview.

Thanks for stopping by!   ~ Deb
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Super connector, helping leaders with complexity & connecting the dots in organizations
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  • University of Michigan
    English, History of Art, 1979
  • Eastern Michigan University
    Educational Leadership, 1981
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