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Business & IndustryLead in Complexity
Every organization I know has silo problems.  Even our small, committed, HSD-intelligent staff has problems with getting information across functional boundaries quickly and clearly. Over the past couple of months, I’ve been watching what we do to break through these troublesome silos, and I’d like to share with you what I’ve seen.
Teaching & LearningBuild Adaptive Capacity
As we engage learners in our certification training, two dimensions have emerged as indicators of the depth of new skill development – confidence and flexibility. We use these dimensions in pre- and post- self-assessments, asking the learners to indicate their perspectives about their own standing, relative to these dimensions.
Lead in Complexity
The statistics are shocking. Even good employees are dissatisfied and disengaged.  Organizations of all sizes and sectors recognize the problem.  The real problem, though, is that they don’t know what to do about it.  Surveys, rewards and recognition programs, gap analysis, and strategic plans uncover the deep discontent, but in most cases they do little to shift the pattern.  What will work?
Teaching & Learning
The other day I received an email about “exciting ways” for trainers to engage their learners. It was brightly colored with pictures of happy faces. As I glanced down the tips that were offered, I didn’t really see anything that was particularly new.
Build Adaptive Capacity
2013 was a productive and satisfying year for the staff and Network of the HSD Institute.  We hope the same is true for you, and we thank you for your Adaptive Actions that continue to drive energy and insight into the complex dynamics of learning, work, and play. 
Our thanks to Anne Lemaire, an HSD Associate living in Brussels, for this French description of Adaptive Action. Le Planning d’Action Adaptative est une methode de plannification itérative qui comprend trois questions: Action Adaptive Planning is an iterative method of planning which includes three questions: Le Planning d’Action Adaptative est une methode de plannifi cation itérative qui comprend trois questions:
Build Adaptive Capacity
We talk about being free in the US, but are we really free?  Do you feel free?  Do you see freedom exhibited among our most powerful and privileged?  Do you think our ultra-partisan legislators are free?  Do you think our addicted and self-indulgent sports heroes are free? When a Gallup poll tells us that almost 50% of people in the US are not engaged in their jobs, are we free?
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