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Each month, the Organization Development Network shares with its members articles from a number of journals to support the advancement of our members' OD practice.

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The Latest in OD

OldWineOld Wine, Giants, & Heretics

Steven H. Cady


"Sip of this succulent wine, it's new, likenothing you've ever experienced,"says the Wine Maker."Not so, I was there when the firstbatch was made eons ago,"says the Giant."Who cares, let's savor it,and make something grand,"says the Heretic.They pause . . .

"If not you, who? If not now, when?"says the World.

In the Sudan, a baby girl, big bellied,skinny legs, lays down and curls up herhead. It's so heavy. A vulture sits in the
distance waiting. Kevin takes the picture,stays out of it like any good reporter, getson a plane, and leaves. The baby whimpers.Kevin publishes the picture, gains international
acclaim, suffers indignation, andthen kills himself (MacLeod, 1994).

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ArticleOneThe Rhetoric of Innovation

Henry Doss, Forbes


The biggest challenge organizations face in building and nurturing and leading innovative cultures is language. Not plans. Not ideas. Not action items. Not even creativity. It is language.

When it comes to organizational languages, we have plenty of words for commands, for directions, for setting expectations. Declaring that something needs to be done and then describing how to do it comes naturally. This is the language of strategic plans, of goals, of reports, of evaluations. The rhetoric of command is something that most leaders and most organizations understand and can respond to, and it is the language that we default to in order to run railroads and to get stuff done. After all, command works. Things get done when we speak in the language of command.

ArticleTwo20 Leadership Experts Share Their Best Leadership Tip

John Brandon, Inc.


Good leaders all have one thing in common: They know how to seek advice. It's a bit like parenting. No one who raises a child for the first time understands the job perfectly. You have to keep learning and growing. These experts know the drill. They've written about their experiences in leadership, spoken in front of mass audiences and honed their skills over many years. Here are their single best tips, exclusive just to this list.


ArticleThreeWhen Not to Celebrate Failure

Ron Ashkenas, Harvard Business Review


Most of us would accept that failure is just an inevitable part of success. For instance, when you learn how to ski, you have to fall a number of times before you're able to make it down the mountain skillfully. There are times, however, when failure is not a good thing, such as when you need to meet a customer deadline or achieve a competitive level of quality.


Unfortunately, many managers don't distinguish between when failure can be a valuable catalyst for learning and when it can be truly harmful, leaving employees unsure about when to take risks and experiment, and when to play it safe. For managers and employees, the key to getting this right is understanding whether the organization is in execution mode or innovation mode.

ArticleFourCorporate Culture Key to Workplace Gender Equality, Diversity: Speakers

Matt Dunning, Business Insurance

As companies formulate strategies for promoting gender equality and diversity in the workplace, it is critical that the programs they put in place to achieve that end match their overall corporate culture, a panel of experts said on Tuesday.

At the Cleveland, Ohio-based brokerage Oswald Cos., CEO Robert Klonk has taken a top-down, hands-on approach to providing female professionals at his firm with a clearer path to advancement within the company.

ArticleFiveThe Google Way of Attacking Problems

Greg Satell, Harvard Business Review


One Friday afternoon in 2002, long before his company became a household verb, Larry Page walked into the office kitchen and posted some printouts of results from Google's AdWords engine. On top, in big bold letters, he wrote, "THESE ADS SUCK."

In most companies, this would be seen as cruel - an arrogant executive publicly humiliating his hapless employees for shoddy work - but not at Google. In fact, his unusual act was a show of confidence, defining a tough problem that he knew his talented engineers would want to solve.

ArticleSixNew Social Network Is a Lot Like LinkedIn, Only Actually Useful

Issie Lapowsky, Wired


WeWork is red hot. Offering co-working spaces where startups and freelancers can feel like they're part of something larger, it's valued at $1.5 billion, and it's on track to triple membership within the next 12 months.

But it wants more. On Monday, the four-year-old company expanded its large and growing footprint even further with a new social network. It's called WeWork Commons, and it could rival LinkedIn - except it might actually be useful.

ArticleSevenWomen at Work: A Guide for Men

Joanne Lipman, The Wall Street Journal


We are flooded with career-advice books for women. There are women's networking groups and leadership conferences galore. But they're all geared toward women, consumed primarily by women and discussed among women. ...

In short, men could use a career guide-about women. So I set out to discover what frustrates and perplexes professional men about the women they work with. My goal was to get to the bottom of issues that men face every day: why women often don't speak up at meetings, why they can seem tentative when they do speak up, why there are so few qualified women in the management pipeline despite good-faith efforts to recruit them.


ArticleEightThere's a Reason Millennials Want a Culture of Collaboration at Work

David Borrelli, Huffington Post

All too often, businesses will throw a bunch of intelligent and creative people together in a room, cross their fingers, and hope for some spark of creativity and innovation.

Well, those days are numbered.

Although the concept of collaboration has been around for as long as we have, it exists in a constant state of evolution. We have gone from Post-It notes, flip-charts and whiteboards to SMART boards and Skype brainstorms. From email to internal social media.


ArticleNineWhy Chief Human Resources Officers Make Great CEOs

Harvard Business Review


For decades the corporate HR department was seen as a back-office function, a cost center focused on mundane administrative tasks such as managing compensation and benefits plans. But over the past 15 years, Ellie Filler has noticed a dramatic change. Filler, a senior client partner in the Swiss office of the executive recruiting firm Korn Ferry, specializes in placing chief human resources officers (CHROs) with global companies.


For years, many of the HR chiefs she recruited reported to the COO or the CFO and complained that they lacked real influence in the C-suite. Today, she says, they often report directly to the CEO, serve as the CEO's key adviser and make frequent presentations to the board. And when companies search for new CHROs, many now focus on higher-level leadership abilities and strategy implementation skills. "This role is gaining importance like never before," Filler says. "It's moved away from a support or administrative function to become much more of a game changer and the person who enables the business strategy."

ArticleTenFacebook Testing Collaboration Tools for Businesses

Mike Isaac, The New York Times


Facebook has long been a place to go online to get a brief respite from your digital work for a look at baby photos, friends' status updates or anything other than a computer screen filled with Excel spreadsheets.

Soon, Facebook will want you to take your work there, too.

The company is testing a new product designed specifically for use in the workplace, according to three people familiar with the matter, who spoke under condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk about the project. The product, which is called Facebook@Work, will allow users to collaborate on projects through group chats and document collaboration with co-workers, these people said.

Running Your Business
ArticleEleven10 Approaches to Handle the Burden of Leadership

Martin Zwilling, Entrepreneur


Most new entrepreneurs don't anticipate the burdens of being the leader, including the sense of loneliness and isolation at the top. People outside the team can't relate to the pressures of "the buck stops here," and everyone on the team assumes that they are the primary ones under pressure to deliver. Even in a single entrepreneur startup, the leader carries a heavy weight.

This unexpected burden often results in a dysfunctional startup, as the entrepreneur reverts to micro-management, burnout or even grandstanding to get some attention or sense of direction and feedback. Those who have big egos often fall into the use of intimidation, edicts and even deception. Of course, that only leads to antagonism and further isolation.

ArticleTwelve8 Ways to Energize Your Next Meeting

Jenny Evans, Fast Company


Tired of boring, soul sucking meetings? The truth is, they're not only monotonous and tiring - they're sapping your resiliency.

We are all under pressure at work - and these stresses ignite our prehistoric "fight or flight" response. This means a rush of cortisol, adrenaline and other stress hormones are coursing through our bodies. Unfortunately, we're not doing anything to burn those hormones off and release the "bliss molecules" that intense fighting or fleeing would generate.

But there's a solution. By including more physical activity in our lives, we can condition how our bodies respond to stress. In other words, we can build our resiliency - enabling us to recover from stress faster and create a higher threshold before the stress response kicks in.

ArticleThirteen7 Steps to Becoming an Excellent Presenter

James Rosebush, Business Insider


Not all leaders are great communicators. And not all great communicators are leaders.

But if you truly want to be a leader, why take chances? Pull out all the stops. Learn to conquer your fear of public speaking and make pitches and presentations that bring results.It's not impossible. Here is a guide to getting there.