Author: Editor

My February 2013 newsletter, "Succession Planning in Service Firms" (http://tinyurl.com/d6mnwzt), discusses why succession planning can be particularly difficult in organizations that are filled with highly autonomous individuals. This month's newsletter takes a step back and discusses why having a succession plan is important. Many people and...

I can't believe that I haven't already written a newsletter on energy management, as it is a topic with which I am somewhat obsessed. So many organizations emphasize time management, but managing your energy can actually be much more effective....

Back in 2001, I received a certificate in Organization Development from Georgetown University's School of Continuing Studies. It was a wonderful course - challenging, interesting, and even fun. It also had a ridiculously long reading list. I had naively assumed that we would just use...

This month I read Wait: The Art and Science of Delay, by Frank Partnoy, who is a professor of law and finance at San Diego University. Wait is a fascinating examination of the topic of delay through a variety of prisms including, but by no...

My experience helping to host a fundraising event this month made me think about the similarities between fundraising and business development. This month's newsletter discusses lessons learned during fundraising and how they apply to business development....

This month's newsletter examines whether it is worthwhile for a manager to invest the extra time and effort needed to take his or her managerial skills from okay to excellent. Managers, in particular, are pressed for time between their own substantive work, managing their team,...

Role-plays are a great way to develop new communication skills. You get to practice, without risking exacerbating situations by saying the wrong thing in a real-life situation. This newsletter describes a couple of different ways to use role-plays, and will hopefully encourage you to give...