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Mark Federman
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Insightful facilitation. Mindful leadership and executive guidance. Great environments of engagement. Organization transformation. Organization therapy and healing.
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Transformation, engagement, insight... and salsa dancing!
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Organizational therapist, philosopher & facilitator. I create great environments of engagement in leadership, workplaces, media & culture. I also teach salsa.
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  • University of Toronto OISE
    Ph.D. Adult Ed & Counselling Psych, 2005 - 2010
  • University of Toronto
    McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology, 2000 - 2005

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Workplace mental health in the GTHA (and elsewhere) is eminently solvable... and for very little money!
Okay, the headline applies to the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area in Southern Ontario, Canada, but I’ll bet the per capita numbers are probably about the same in your local area. A new report from CivicAction, “an independe...
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Specific goals can, do, and should change with changing circumstances. A well-understood and well-thought-through intention sustains over a much longer time. Intentions are realized through the effects the organization has on all whom it touches. In a complex environment, like that engulfing most contemporary organizations, navigating for effect is the way to manage the organization's trajectory, rather than striving to accomplish predetermined goals.
Spoiler alert: The 20th century business environment was complicated. I mean, really complicated. There was so much going on among customers and supply chains and plants and distribution centres and you-name-it that it was a...
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You cannot touch as a leader without being touched.
My partner is a renowned and recognized expert in consumer insight. She tells me that the key to successful marketing is to understand the often unspoken need, want, or desire among consumers, irrespective of whether it is ob...
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Deal with Humans? Deal with Resources? You need to understand the Connected Relationship Organization
What is Organization? A simple question—with a not-so-simple answer. Many answers boil down to this: a group of people who come together to accomplish a common purpose, often articulated as the organization’s “mission.” “Purpose,” it seems, is the organizat...
What is Organization? A simple question—with a not-so-simple answer. Many answers boil down to this: a group of people who come together to accomplish a common purpose, often articulated as the organization’s “mission.” “Purp...
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Transforming an Organization, Even When that Organization is a Country
As most of the world knows, Canada has a ( hot ) new Prime Minister,
Justin Trudeau, who was sworn in with his cabinet yesterday. Notable
among his appointees to Her Majesty's Privy Council (that is, ministers
of cabinet), is the fact that there is a 50:...
As most of the world knows, Canada has a (hot) new Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, who was sworn in with his cabinet yesterday. Notable among his appointees to Her Majesty's Privy Council (that is, ministers of cabinet), is t...
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How to Recover Up to $17 Billion in Productivity and Help 50% of Workers
Okay, the headline applies to the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area in Southern Ontario, Canada, but I’ll bet the per capita numbers are probably about the same in your local area. A new report from CivicAction , “ an independent and nimble developer of bro...
Okay, the headline applies to the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area in Southern Ontario, Canada, but I’ll bet the per capita numbers are probably about the same in your local area. A new report from CivicAction, “an independe...
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In Today’s Complex World, Navigate for Effects.
Spoiler alert: The 20th century business environment was complicated. I mean, really complicated. There was so much going on among customers and supply chains and plants and distribution centres and you-name-it that it was a challenge to keep track of it al...
Spoiler alert: The 20th century business environment was complicated. I mean, really complicated. There was so much going on among customers and supply chains and plants and distribution centres and you-name-it that it was a...
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A Touch of Leadership Success
My partner is a renowned and recognized expert in consumer insight. She tells me that the key to successful marketing is to understand the often unspoken need, want, or desire among consumers, irrespective of whether it is obviously related to the product o...
My partner is a renowned and recognized expert in consumer insight. She tells me that the key to successful marketing is to understand the often unspoken need, want, or desire among consumers, irrespective of whether it is ob...
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Thoughts on Trudeau's cabinet appointments and his leadership.
As most of the world knows, Canada has a (hot) new Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, who was sworn in with his cabinet yesterday. Notable among his appointees to Her Majesty's Privy Council (that is, ministers of cabinet), is t...
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How to Win Baseball Games, that is, Transform Your Organization with One, Simple Idea
The summary: The Blue Jays came back from 8 games behind in July to lead the American League East by 6 by the end of the regular season. How? The trigger seemed to coincide with acquiring two players – David Price (Pitcher) and Troy Tulowitski (Shortstop). ...
The summary: The Blue Jays came back from 8 games behind in July to lead the American League East by 6 by the end of the regular season. How? The trigger seemed to coincide with acquiring two players – David Price (Pitcher) a...
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How to Recover Up to $17 Billion in Productivity and Help 50% of Workers
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Okay, the headline applies to the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area in Southern Ontario, Canada, but I’ll bet the per capita numbers are pro

In Today’s Complex World, Navigate for Effects.
whatisthemessage.blogspot.com

Spoiler alert: The 20th century business environment was complicated. I mean, really complicated. There was so much going on among customers

A Touch of Leadership Success
whatisthemessage.blogspot.com

My partner is a renowned and recognized expert in consumer insight. She tells me that the key to successful marketing is to understand the o

Deal with Humans? Deal with Resources? You need to understand the Connec...
whatisthemessage.blogspot.com

What is Organization? A simple question—with a not-so-simple answer. Many answers boil down to this: a group of people who come together to

Transforming an Organization, Even When that Organization is a Country
whatisthemessage.blogspot.com

As most of the world knows, Canada has a (hot) new Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, who was sworn in with his cabinet yesterday. Notable amon

Understanding this One Key Distinction Virtually Guarantees Leadership S...
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Authentic Acknowledgement and the Roots of Engagement
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With employee engagement becoming the prime focus of today’s “Talent Management Business Partners” among many large corporations, the questi

Are You Leading Your Brand, and Branding Your Leadership?
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“Mr Bond, they have a saying in Chicago: ‘Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. The third time, it’s enemy action.’” Ian Fleming’s Gol

Storytelling for [Creating Common] Purpose
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Last evening, I once again had the pleasure of attending one of Rick Wolfe’s “Kitchen Table Conversations” on Storytelling for a Purpose. Th

Five Secrets of Effective and Enjoyable Leadership
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“I realized that the more fun I had, the better I did.” So says actor Bill Murray in an interview posted on Business Insider. To be sure, fo

Predicting Organizational Dynamics—Empirical Validity of Valence Theory
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Good theory does three things: It explains observed phenomena and behaviours. It makes (testable) predictions of future behaviour. It enable

Appreciative Performance Reflection: A powerful alternative for annual r...
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In a recent post I critique the traditional, so-called SMART-goal-oriented, performance review, an annual ritual that most people anticipate

[Review] "No Journey's End": A Wild Ride, and a Wild Read
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No Journey’s End, a new, “creative nonfiction” book by PeterChiaramonte, should best be enjoyed with a background soundtrack of Steppenwolf’

On Our Way - 2nd Try!
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We made it – we’re off! After a day of laundry, provisioning and (successful!) macerator repairs yesterday, we celebrated with a bar-b-que o

Tactility and the Inverse Performance Review
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’Tis the season for Oscar announcements, breaking New Year’s resolutions, and perhaps among the most dreaded of annual rituals, the Performa

Officially Announcing: Adler’s Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership &a...
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Video Trailer: Adler's Certificate in Leadership & Organization,...
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"I don't want them to believe me, I just want them to think." - Marshall McLuhan. "It requires a very unusual mind to undertake the analysis

And the Researcher Impact and Effectiveness Award Goes to: Marina Gutman!
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Regular readers will know that when I refer to “effectiveness,” I specifically mean, “are we enabling and creating the effects we intend amo

How - Not Who - Do You Hire?
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Like most people whose digiSelf has a presence on LinkedIn, I receive the periodic “Jobs You May Be Interested In” email. Not that I'm activ

More on The End of Vision
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