Author Archives: John Thurlbeck

Breaking news here on my blog!

After a break away from writing, I have decided to resume my blogging from the first week in June 2018. I very much look forward to re-engaging with my readers, old and new alike, as we move through the year. … Continue reading

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My unreserved apology to Jeffrey Pfeffer and Robert I Sutton

Every month, usually on the 23rd of the month, I publish a post on https://leadchangegroup.com/ under the Leadership section. In February, I wrote a post on closing the ‘knowing and doing gap’ without adequately referencing the attributed authors of the … Continue reading

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Three Enemies on the Journey Down the Left Side of the U

The following is an excerpt from The Essentials of Theory U by Otto Scharmer. Why is the deeper territory of listening the road less traveled? Because it requires some intentional inner work to illuminate the blind spot, our interior condition. Connecting … Continue reading

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The Big Picture: Celebrate Impact

A guest post by Mark Miller Why don’t we celebrate more? Because many of our organizations are led by Type A leaders who see this as a waste of time? Because we are short-staffed? Could it be our short-sightedness? Maybe … Continue reading

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Four Causes of Unproductive Meetings+What to Do About Them

This is a guest post by Dick Axelrod.   Unclear Purpose   Meeting participants are unclear about the purpose of the meeting or what they want to accomplish. Before holding a meeting, ask yourself what you want to be different … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts on a Philosophy of Virtual Reality

This post is written by my guest, Jeremy Kirshbaum. At Institute for the Future we have been experimenting deeply in the frontiers of virtual reality journalism and immersive research environments. A lot of this happens by using small 3D scanners, … Continue reading

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Welcome to the world of Servant Leadership!

This is a guest post from Art Barter. The pigs are running the farm. So begins the story of Farmer Able. Everyone on his farm — people and animals alike — are downright downtrodden by him. He’s overbearing and compulsively obsessed … Continue reading

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What Makes a Great Public Sector Leader

In this guest post from my friend and colleague, Benjamin Taylor, Managing Partner of RedQuadrant and Chief Executive of the Public Service Transformation Academy, he discusses what are the challenges facing the public sector; what advice he would give to leaders … Continue reading

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40 Leadership Lessons from the Freedom Trail

On the 31st August 2013, Lesley, my wife and soulmate, retired after 35 years teaching in secondary schools. Two days later, as planned, we set off for a magical celebratory holiday, taking in New York, California and Oregon. Our trip … Continue reading

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Do you need simple help with change? Try this now!

I’m posting late tonight after a very strenuous day interviewing clients in a change process, so this one is short and sweet! Here’s a simple formula for helping you to reflect on and prepare for change! D + G + … Continue reading

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