What is “Change Management”?

The first perspective of “change management” is that different fields of endeavor use the same term with very different implications.

Within LimbicZen one area of attention is perspectives of behavioral change and adaptation within organizations.  Problems with effective adaptation to changing business circumstance are well-recognized and costly.  Failure of effective, efficient adaptation may even threaten the life of the business itself (as arguably seen recently in the history of Kodak).  So, businesses are looking for experts who may assist them in the complex processes of facilitating human behavioral adaptation to change.  They are looking for people to assist with what is now being called behavioral change management.

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Dress “Code”

This is from the “fun stuff with a point” files.

Last night I watched a very charming biography of Bill Cunningham – a famous New York Times journalist and “institution” whose specialty is a chronicle of women’s clothes as seen on the streets and venues of New York.  Some New York fashionistas measure their success by how often they have appeared in the Cunningham pages.  If you have the time, the program “Bill Cunningham – New York” is delightful.

But, the way we dress reveals much deeper stories than the latest designer.  For a link to the Cunningham story and some consideration of the deeper stories of fashion go to…(More)

Mind and Brain Perspectives

In the most recent previous post I looked at IBM’s computer, Watson, and how this may represent the first steps in a coming medical revolution.  We can also look at Watson from a different perspective: what it takes to create a computer which “thinks” in ways which may compete with how humans think (at least when playing Jeopardy, maybe when making a medical diagnosis).  Notice that I didn’t say “think in ways which are similar to how humans think”.  Watson has proven an ability to compete with humans; however, how it processes information may be significantly different from how humans process information, particularly in regard to how it generates abstractions.

Standing back, when we look at Watson’s performance how do we classify its “thinking”?  Does it have a mind?  Does its ability to abstract the subtle quirks of Jeopardy questions imply “insight”?  Does its ability to see through allusion mean that it “gets it”?  What do you think?

So, as we enter this fascinating era of opportunity, challenge, and perhaps epiphany, do we think science and concrete programming are telling us about the nature of the mind?  Opinions will vary.

For a different opinion and a fascinating discussion here is another place to look: the YouTube presentation by B. Alan Wallace, PhD to Google’s wunderkind at a Google Tech Talk titled: “Toward the First Revolution In the Mind Sciences”.  While I don’t agree with all of doctor Wallace’s positions, and think some of his “unanswered” questions do have answers, I believe his discussion dissects an area of academic and philosophical interest: is the mind completely explainable by the brain?  If the topic interests you have a look at his talk here.

Watson: Beats Jeopardy, Becomes Health Care Prophet

After IBM’s computer, Watson, beat Jeopardy, it was recently hired by Wellpoint to look into health care diagnosis and management.  At first blush the event signals an entry of computers into the health care diagnosis arena.  But it is more significant.  It is the beginning of a major reformation in the way health care is delivered, and even the definition of “doctor”.   For those of you who like to think about how things might operate in the future here are a few brief thoughts about problems in health care and how the future might unfold.  (MORE)

Resistance Driven by Old Habits

This is part of the resistance series.

As discussed in the post on Guiding Abstractions habits are basically well-learned solutions to recurrent behavioral situations.  They allow efficiency and free advanced thinking to consider new issues.  So, they are useful.  But, they get in the way of change.  Fortunately, they are not a major impediment to change.  For the most part it is simply necessary to give time for new habits to be formed…MORE

Resistance is Fertile!

Remember The Borg – the arch nemesis of Captain Picard on Star Trek?  The Borg (it’s a “they”) were fond of saying, “Resistance is Futile!”

Well, sometimes it’s actually fertile.  Sometimes resistance to change tells important stories about circumstances, values, or people.  Failing to understand resistance may be a sure way of ensuring that change doesn’t happen.

If the topic interests you have a look at some developing pages HERE

Guiding Abstractions: Your Brain’s Leader, Your “Self”

How we behave in our personal lives and in our business lives is dependent on who we “are”.  But, that is such a nebulous term.  How do we get at the science of “who we are”?  We’ll start here on the journey of examining how we develop our character and how we can change.

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Relevant Neuroanatomy

For our journey into the world of brains and success it is useful to have some basic ideas about how the brain is organized and how it works.  I’ll present this material by using a story regarding how evolution put the anatomy together.  We cannot really understand our brains and our behaviors without giving at least a little consideration to this.  So, with sweeping strokes of broad generalizations let’s have a look at how your brain is put together. I’ve provided links to some resources that have nice pictures and further information.  The goal here is to give you a brief overview. In two quick paragraphs here are the basic parts.

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