As individuals, we all have some healing to do as we emerge from the pandemic. The same is true of organizations.

I’ve been reading Stuck?: Dealing With Organizational Trauma by Phillipe Bailleur, an organizational consultant who works with a living systems mindset. In Bailleur’s words, organizational trauma can’t be fixed…


In his book, Physics of the Future: How Science will Shape Human Destiny and our Daily Lives by the Year 2100 Michio Kaku writes “…the future is already here; it is just unequally distributed.” …


What changes if we trust our employees? Does that change how we supervise? What do we use as a criterion for good performance?

It seems like this question should be obvious, however, management and leadership literature is filled with language that suggests manager positions were created because we can’t trust…


Recently I had a chance to revisit decision-making when done in the context of thinking about your organization as a living system. Living systems behave differently and therefore, require us to reflect on the decision-making models we traditionally use. In nature, context is a constant companion and as such needs…


Whether we see our interdependence in the system we live in — or not — it is there, influencing the dynamics of all the other parts. Our ability to recognize our connectivity is important to the effectiveness of our leadership. When something in our organization is present but unnoticed, our…


This post is by my friend and colleague Matt Rezac of Blue Dot Consulting. Matt has spent 20 years working with mission-driven organizations and community change efforts before starting Blue Dot Consulting. A practitioner-learner, Matt’s study of world religions, meditation and creativity has made him a passionate believer that the…


I used to think being perfect was a desirable and achievable goal. It seemed to be the epitome of professional competence.

I never questioned the legitimacy of this goal and spent years as a professional trying to achieve perfection of different skills, subjects, and leadership. …


On October 8, 2020 Dr. Kathleen Allen participated in TEDx St. Cloud 2020. The theme of the event, which included several other speakers, posed the question…are you a metamorph? Each speaker discussed ways that we have all experienced significant transformations.

During her session, Dr. Allen suggested that by thinking like…


What we pay attention to matters. If we monitor finances, productivity and service, those become the things we focus on. We begin creating ways to receive feedback on how well we are doing in those areas, which is essential for managing profitability and effectiveness. Rarely, though, will you find relationships…


By David Erskine

Dr. Allen asked me to write a fifth blog once again from just ten minutes north of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. The good news is that California has flattened the curve (for a second time) as I write this mid — October. …

Dr. Kathleen Allen

Dr. Allen has written and presented widely on topics related to leadership, human development, and organizational development.

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