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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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People simply want to viscerally know that what they've done has meaning, and therefore has contributed materially to the everyone's collective success.
With employee engagement becoming the prime focus of today’s “Talent Management Business Partners” among many large corporations, the question of what truly drives engagement comes to the fore. It’s widely accepted that ackno...
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Bad Business Practice, or Why I Won't Give Another Penny of Business to Intuit
Call it a cautionary tale. According to their Customer Service people, I have had “ongoing issues” with QuickBooks. More precisely, my “issues” are with Intuit and its business practices. Here’s why businesses must be cognizant of the effects their business...
Call it a cautionary tale. According to their Customer Service people, I have had “ongoing issues” with QuickBooks. More precisely, my “issues” are with Intuit and its business practices. Here’s why businesses must be cogniza...
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Are You Leading Your Brand, and Branding Your Leadership?
“Mr Bond, they have a saying in Chicago: ‘Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. The third time, it’s enemy action.’” Ian Fleming’s Goldfinger may be more menacing in his notice of repeated occurrences. For me, once is a notice. Twice is an observation...
“Mr Bond, they have a saying in Chicago: ‘Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. The third time, it’s enemy action.’” Ian Fleming’s Goldfinger may be more menacing in his notice of repeated occurrences. For me, once is a...
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Storytelling for [Creating Common] Purpose
Last evening, I once again had the pleasure of attending one of Rick Wolfe’s “Kitchen Table Conversations” on Storytelling for a Purpose . The dozen or so people around the table – not in his kitchen, but at the Centre for Social Innovation—Annex in Toronto...
Last evening, I once again had the pleasure of attending one of Rick Wolfe’s “Kitchen Table Conversations” on Storytelling for a Purpose. The dozen or so people around the table – not in his kitchen, but at the Centre for Soc...
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Five Secrets of Effective and Enjoyable Leadership
“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, for any of us in almost any profession, the more fun we can have, the more enjoyable our daily enterprise, the better ...
“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, for any of us in almost any profession, the more fun we can have, the more enjoyable ou...
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Predicting Organizational Dynamics—Empirical Validity of Valence Theory
Good theory does three things: It explains observed phenomena and behaviours. It makes (testable) predictions of future behaviour. It enables one to derive new behaviours and phenomena in response to new circumstances. (You might ask, what’s the difference ...
Good theory does three things: It explains observed phenomena and behaviours. It makes (testable) predictions of future behaviour. It enables one to derive new behaviours and phenomena in response to new circumstances. (...
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Authentic Acknowledgement and the Roots of Engagement
With employee engagement becoming the prime focus of today’s “Talent Management Business Partners” among many large corporations, the question of what truly drives engagement comes to the fore. It’s widely accepted that acknowledgement is a key facilitator ...
With employee engagement becoming the prime focus of today’s “Talent Management Business Partners” among many large corporations, the question of what truly drives engagement comes to the fore. It’s widely accepted that ackno...
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Like other aspects of an organization’s existence, when it comes to branding, culture does indeed eat strategy for breakfast, and the leader is the chef in the kitchen!
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Change your organization's story; change the organization. If you're a leader, this is potentially powerful for "enabling an alternate future."
Last evening, I once again had the pleasure of attending one of Rick Wolfe’s “Kitchen Table Conversations” on Storytelling for a Purpose. The dozen or so people around the table – not in his kitchen, but at the Centre for Soc...
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Have fun. Do better. Be a great leader. Here are five secrets that can make it happen.
“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, for any of us in almost any profession, the more fun we can have, the more enjoyable ou...
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Valence Theory calls it! Empirical demonstration of VT predicting complex organizational dynamics.
Good theory does three things: It explains observed phenomena and behaviours. It makes (testable) predictions of future behaviour. It enables one to derive new behaviours and phenomena in response to new circumstances. (...
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A powerful alternative to the dreaded and counterproductive annual performance review. Promotes collaboration, innovation, motivation, and affirms self-esteem. What's not to like?
In a recent post I critique the traditional, so-called SMART-goal-oriented, performance review, an annual ritual that most people anticipate as eagerly as they do tax season, or a visit to the dentist (not that I have anythin...
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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?
whatisthemessage.blogspot.com

“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
whatisthemessage.blogspot.com

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
whatisthemessage.blogspot.com

“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
whatisthemessage.blogspot.com

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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"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

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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"I don't want them to believe me, I just want them to think." - Marshall McLuhan. "It requires a very unusual mind to und

Take Me to Your Leaders
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A few weeks ago, I led a colloquium at Adler based on my popular keynote, Take Me to Your Leaders. During the talk, I explore the notion tha

Take Me to Your Leaders
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"Take Me to Your Leaders" is Mark Federman's lecture from the March, 2012 Colloquium at Adler Graduate Professional School in Toronto. It ex

What is the (Next) Message?: A Master's Degree in Leadership and Organiz...
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I dont want them to believe me I just want them to think Marshall McLuhan. It requires a very unusual mind to undertake the analysis of the obvious Alfred ...

What is the (Next) Message?: Academic Stuff that Simply Make Me Smile
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I dont want them to believe me I just want them to think Marshall McLuhan. It requires a very unusual mind to undertake the analysis of the obvious Alfred ...

What is the (Next) Message?: Interested in Contributing to a New Masters...
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I dont want them to believe me I just want them to think Marshall McLuhan. It requires a very unusual mind to undertake the analysis of the obvious Alfred ...

Why it's okay to outsource your memory to the cloud
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New research seems to show that our memories are less accurate when we know the information is stored somewhere else. Some feel that this is