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Resource: Organization Development resources on the web

Here are some of the sites where I find useful information and resources for working with organizations, learning, critical thinking, and life:

Marshall Goldsmith Library
Find articles on Peer Coaching and Leadership. There are also videos and podcasts.

Jim Collins
Find downloadable tools, articles, and audio video items dealing with organizations and personal development.

IDEO
Find resources on thinking, articles on design and critical thinking, decisions by design, and videos on everything from organizational transformation to customer service.

In addition to this summary, I would point to the Blogs of Interest and Articles of Interest linked on the left sidebar of our blog.

What are the web resources that you find useful for working with your organization? I encourage you to comment and share the links with all of our readers!

The courage of “First Who”

I’ve long had an appreciation for Jim Collin’s work, Good to Great.  Friesen Group has done research in the non-profit sector using Collin’s hypothesis about Level 5 Leaders.  Our thirteen year-old has been coming home from summer basketball preaching the Good to Great principles as set out by his coaches – the book is now in his summer reading pile.  And yet, outside of books and magazine articles, I have never personally known anyone who practiced the principle of “First Who, Then What“.

Then this past weekend, I had an opportunity to have a conversation with the leader of an organization I have been privileged to work with a couple of years ago. He told me the story of his latest personnel hire.  I was stopped short when he said, “I did it without having a job description for the position.”  His goal is to allow the person to use their knowledge and skills within the organization  to develop something new; to allow their work within the organization to emerge rather than trying to shoehorn them into a specific, existing job function. It’s a classic example of, “first who, then what.”

In a month when a friend encounters multiple organizations who are screening job applicants based on an exact, computer keyword match to a job description, and using interview check sheets that further reward the use of keywords and stories that represent specific behavioral norms, I am challenged by this conversation.  In a week when I’ve been asked how an organization can go about developing a standardized training system for getting people to conform to their definition of leader, I am challenged by this conversation.  In a day when I wonder how best to continue growing our own organization, I am challenged by this conversation.

First who … not a clone of someone already here, not someone who can conform, but …  first who. There is power in practicing what we preach.

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