Appreciative Inquiry & Prelude

Appreciative Inquiry [AI] is the theory and practice of organizational transformation developed by D. Cooperrider and S. Srivastva in 1992 at Case Western University. AI focuses on what works well for people as opposed to what doesn’t. During the process, members of an organization co-create a picture of the positive future organization they imagine using images and words. Research shows …

Howard Esbin, PhDAppreciative Inquiry & Prelude

Team Mental Models & Visual Thinking

Mental models are representations of the world around us that we hold cognitively, in other words in our minds. Such models help us to explain the relationships and situations we are in, condition how we act and react, as well as help us to predict what may happen next. Every individual has a unique mental model based on her or …

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The Heliotropic Effect

 Appreciative Inquiry [AI] is the theory and practice of organizational transformation developed by D. Cooperrider and S. Srivastva in 1992 at Case Western University. AI focuses on what works well for people as opposed to what doesn’t. During the process, members of an organization co-create a picture of the positive future organization they imagine using images and words. Research shows …

Howard Esbin, PhDThe Heliotropic Effect

Virtual Incubators for Enterprise Start-Ups

There are more than 7000 accelerators and incubators globally. Some 400 are linked to a university or college. Overall this represents a $56.2 billion market, which is projected to double in 2015. The National Business Incubation Association (NBIA) has 1900 members in 60 countries (http://www.nbia.org). “Many people conflate business incubators with accelerators…A business incubator in the purest sense refers to an office …

Howard Esbin, PhDVirtual Incubators for Enterprise Start-Ups

Start Ups: The Challenge of Team Composition

A business start up’s team composition is one of the most crucial factors in determining future success. Indeed this “matters as much or more than the product idea” (www.steveblank.com). Businesses are typically complex and require multiple skills to operate. “Most people are good at one or maybe two of these, but it’s extremely rare to find someone who can wear …

Howard Esbin, PhDStart Ups: The Challenge of Team Composition

Elemental Understanding

The idea that the world is made of four primal elements is shared by many ancient cultures and philosophies including Hindu, Taoist, Buddhist, and Greek. The 2010 film Airbender, based on a popular animated TV series, is worth examining in this new light. In the story, humanity “is divided into four nations: the Water Tribes, the Earth Kingdom, the Air Nomads, …

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Elemental Imagination

The poet Octavio Paz described the world as “A conspiration of elements all moved by universal sympathy.” Gaston Bachelard, the French philosopher, believed our archetypal affinity with the four elements is revealed as a form of poetic truth. T.S. Eliot’s classic the Four Quartets is one example. “This adoptation of the ‘elements’ is archetypal, a product of what Jung called ‘the …

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Elemental Philosophy

“Elemental Philosophy: Earth, Air, Fire, and Water as Environmental Ideas” is a profoundly insightful book by David Macauley, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Environmental Studies at Penn State University Brandywine. According to Dr. Macauley “the four elements – water, air, earth, and fire – have exercised an enormous, if often unnoticed, impact on the Occidental imagination.” His book is therefore a …

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Global Human Capital Trends 2015

OVERVIEW The following is a selective summary of notable statements from this year’s  Deloitte’s Global Human Capital Trends: Leading In the New World Of Work. INTRODUCTION In this new world of work, the barriers between work and life have been all but eliminated The balance of power in the employer-employee relationship has shifted—making today’s employees more like customers or partners …

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The Star: Enduring Symbol of Excellence

  “Excellence encourages one about life generally; it shows the spiritual wealth of the world.” ~ George Eliot ~ Excellence is defined as “being outstanding or extremely good, the highest quality.” Its ancient root is “Kel”, a Proto-Indo-European term for “hill” and “to be prominent.”The Latin “excellentia” meant “towering, distinguished, superior… to rise high.”  In classic military strategy, for example, “the importance of high …

Howard Esbin, PhDThe Star: Enduring Symbol of Excellence