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

The Cost of Incivility: The Value of Being Nice

“Workers have new tasks on their to-do list: Say hello to colleagues. Don’t forget to smile. Companies may be reluctant to admit their offices are anything less than pleasant, but incivility—think belittling barbs or gruff responses—can lead to lost productivity, creativity and talent. As employees who are forced to do more work with fewer resources become more stressed, the rudeness …

Howard Esbin, PhDThe Cost of Incivility: The Value of Being Nice

Why Visual Thinking Trumps Documents & Spreadsheets

By: Cynthia Owens, Senior Consultant From: XPLANE xBlog Date: May 22, 2014 “We need this.” “This” is visual thinking and the “we” are professors from the top MBA programs around the world at the annual meeting for the Production and Operations Management Society earlier this month. Tucked into the challenging post-lunch slot, after papers on supply chain and before presentations …

Howard Esbin, PhDWhy Visual Thinking Trumps Documents & Spreadsheets

Shared Roots: MBTI & iStar

  The iStar self-assessment tool is a new web app that summarizes an individual’s inner assets holistically. These are featured in an iStar Badge. This is easily understood by youth and adults alike cross culturally. Self-knowledge as well as understanding how others think and communicate is essential to effective teamwork. The iStar self-assessment tool is used in talent management, virtual …

Howard Esbin, PhDShared Roots: MBTI & iStar

New White Paper: Rules Of Engagement In A Virtual World

Greenlight Research Institute’s new white paper by Keith Ferrazzi – Rules of Engagement In A Virtual World – is particularly cogent and worthwhile reading. The following are several quotes representative of its overall tenor. OnPoint Consulting’s 2008 study found that more than 25 percent of teams were not performing up to par within many companies with significant investments in technology …

Howard Esbin, PhDNew White Paper: Rules Of Engagement In A Virtual World