organizational biology

The square peg and the round hole

The square peg and the round hole. I am so privileged! I am so lucky! I am so grateful! I have been working with both my sons for several years during the summer holiday. Well, THEIR summer vacations, not mine. As the president of a small consulting company, summer students represent a great opportunity to […]

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Homo contactus has arrived! 

Homo contactus has arrived! New era, new thinking. Harold Jarche opened a new box for me. A recent post on his blog ignited a series of thoughts in my mind. Thinking back on Rodin’s “The thinker” as the old way of thinking : solitary and deep. Are we so far down the rabbit hole in […]

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Meeting heroes : the power of networks

Meeting heroes : the power of networks Two heroes in 1 week. Best score ever! I met two of my heroes in the same week. Meeting heroes is not the same as meeting rock stars. Similar but more humbling. I am an overt groupie! I love to get autographs at concerts. I will buy a […]

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The ultimate performance improvement recipe

The ultimate performance improvement recipe exists. And it is cheap! Learn to cook. Stop buying new recipe books. Cease to imagine how it is going to taste and start cooking. Together with the other cooks of your organization. Easy? Probably not as most organizations do not cook : they order to go.   Seth Godin […]

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Are you an amateur or a real cook?

Are you an amateur or a real cook? As an amateur cook, I have purchased lots of recipe books… mainly for my spouse by the way. As an amateur cook, whenever I want to cook, I open one of the books. For ideas For expert advice To make sure I know what to expect To […]

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I’m a frog, you’re a frog… KISS me!

I’m a frog, you’re a frog… KISS me! « I’m a frog, you’re a frog… KISS me ». This is an actual quote from a very popular song from Robert Charlebois in the early 70’s in Quebec. As a Quebecer or Québécois, we were all aware that English speaking people in Canada called us so. I am […]

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Centralization frenzy

Centralization frenzy ? I cannot believe this. I was recently told of a new manager coming on board in a Health center, due to the massive re-engineering our good God/Minister has imposed. This manager spent a few days looking around and called a general meeting. “Well… I have been told you are a very professional and […]

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Sorry, No time to breathe.

Sorry, No time to breathe. I can just imagine somebody telling me this, all red in the face, dying but very convinced about it. This is such a funny scene that, were it not real, I would laugh my heart out. As it is, I am almost crying. This is so absurd that it would […]

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Learning from the past, planning for the future

Learning from the past, planning for the future It happened once again. With tears in my eyes I had to stop reading. Not because of ocular fatigue, although this seems to occur more frequently these days, but because the tears got in the way. Real tears. Once again, insights from a book overpowered me. I […]

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Collective intelligence : the neglected side of organizations

Collective intelligence : the neglected side of organizations Why would anyone build an organizational structure so rigid that no innovation is possible ? Why would anybody create procedures that suffocate initiative while simultaneously promoting a job position requiring creativity and vision ? Why would anyone WANT to work in such an organization and then complain […]

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The fallacy of information

The fallacy of information I have seen it. You have seen it. Great advertisement. Superb promise of content about changing you, your practice, your organization …whatever ! And boy, did you see how many speakers there will be !!!! And here lies that deceit. Content for contents, sake never works out. Have you ever purchased a […]

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Is your organization sick enough?

Is your organization sick enough for you to act on it ? Probably, but you do not see it … yet. However, if you look carefully, do you see any of these telltale signs ? Your employees are not a motivated as they used to be ? You hire the best… and they leave soon […]

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Artificial intelligence : friend or foe?

Artificial intelligence : friend or foe? I recently read an article about this topic. I read a lot and I see more and more articles on this topic. Whether we want it or not, technology is advancing, fast, and no one can do anything about it. Technology has always been perceived as a threat first. […]

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From EXCESS to EXCISE

From excess to excise Continued from last week. I am up to head in new music. I am rapidly being overwhelmed ! Soooooo much new sounds ! Sooo much creativity !   I have always been an avid listener to new music. I still buy lots of music (in CD format mind you!) But I […]

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From POSSESS to ACCESS

Ray Kurtzweil thinks humans will be able to build a computer more powerful than a brain around 2025-2030. What is a brain ? Billions of neutrons all connected to create billions more connections between them. Current estimations number neurons in a typical brain at 86 billions. And as many non-neuronal cells. Overall, less than in a typical […]

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An intelligent organization is a living organization.

The intelligent organization is a living organization. I cannot bring myself not to draw a parallel between a healthy cell and a smart and dynamic organization. First, what is an intelligent organization? The dictionary helps us again : intelligent: Ability to understand, to know, to grasp by thought. The ability of a living being to adapt to […]

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Empty your cup, unlearn before you learn

There is a great story about a zen master (or a buddhist master….or … well a master!) welcoming a new recruit among his rank. The new guy is shy and timidly sits in front of the old master (the latter could not get up anyway). When offered some tea, it took some time for the […]

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Missing something ?

  Dear readers : Something happened to this blog a few months ago. Or rather, something did not happen. The automatic response system I was using was not aware of the the modification we performed on the site in order to make it bilingual and make sure Google or other search engines could « see » it […]

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The dual nature of the intelligent organization

The dual nature of the intelligent organization becomes apparent when we discuss early XXth century physicists observing phenomena that appear to contradict each others. Light behaving as a particle in one experiment. Light behaving as a wave in another. Quantum physic is a weird science. But then, nature is weird. Until you start to understand […]

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Quality fractals

Quality fractals Fractals are amazing. Infinitely complex and present in nature in various form they are a reminder of eternity. From Wikipedia A fractal is a natural phenomenon or a mathematical set that exhibits a repeating pattern that displays at every scale. If the replication is exactly the same at every scale, it is called […]

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