Category: Frameworks and Theories

  • Family Pride

    The Kott/Rands clan is busy these days! Yesterday, Paul left to go on tour with his band, High Tone Son of a Bitch. Amy opened her own private therapy practice Amy Rands Therapy. Justin got a promotion from his company, Oyster. Oyster is doing well with an important concept that makes it easier to hire […]

  • From Scarcity to Abundance: Libraries, Learning Spaces, and Collections

    Last week I had the good fortune to attend a workshop on creating learning spaces at the Fielding Graduate University Winter Session. The workshop created a learning space in its own right in a large hotel ballroom. We participated in exercises to expose us to the different experiences two Fielding graduates had as they taught […]

  • A Natural Systems Approach to Reducing Workplace Anxiety

    One of the fundamental principles I bring to my consulting practice is that people are better able to solve problems and think creatively when they are less anxious. In an article based on my dissertation research, I explain how this idea fits with neuroscience research–that cognitive impairment, which translates into poor problem solving and reduced […]

  • Project Management and Organizational Change

    The Project Management Institute has published Managing Change in Organizations: A Practice Guide. This guide, which a staff member at a client organization brought to my attention applies project, program, and portfolio management practices to change management in organizations. The goal of the guide is to increase the effectiveness of change management in organizations. Of […]

  • Why I am “pro” rather than “anti”

    About the same time that I proposed to use an Appreciative Inquiry approach for strategic planning with a new client, Chris Bourg wrote a piece about anti-harassment policies at conferences for her blog, Feral Librarian. Chris advised other libraries to join Stanford in encouraging staff members to look at whether a conference has an anti-harassment […]

  • Innovative Organizational Design in Academic Libraries

    Academic library leaders seek new organizational models to support the agility and experimentation needed to respond to an environment characterized by disruptive technological change. While some libraries have created new departments or units within their organizations to focus on digital library development or scholarly publishing, these new endeavors remain situated in traditional 19th century hierarchical […]

  • Application of Bowen Theory to Organization Development Practice

    At the end of May, I presented a summary of my dissertation findings to my dissertation committee and fellow Fielding Graduate University students. This event is called the Final Oral Review (FOR). My FOR was a webinar–but we had some technical difficulties, and the session was not recorded. I wanted to be able to share […]

  • Overcoming Irrational Forces in Work Systems

    Are you curious about why some work system engagements go so well and others are so difficult when by all appearances, the presenting issues seem similar? Have you thought about irrational forces at work in human systems and the power those forces have to hijack good thinking? What can a consultant do to help people […]

  • Thinking Systems: An Alternative to Blaming and Scapegoating

    Recently, I completed the data collection phase of my dissertation research. I am studying how organization development consultants use Bowen theory in their work. One theme that emerged is the tendency to look for an individual to blame for problems in a work system. This person could be the leader, or another person in the […]

  • Leadership Development: Connecting with the Classics

    Recently, I read several chapters from On Becoming a Person, a collection of lectures and essays Carl Rogers┬ácompiled in 1961 from previously written material. Rogers was a psychotherapist, but he suggested that much of what he had learned in work with clients could be applied in any relationship where one person is helping another to […]