Blog: Past, Present and Future Thoughts

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    Planning in a Wicked World

    May 26, 2020

    No, this is not a commentary on morality. It’s the beginning of a weekly series on structure and decision making in a world without precedent. If you want to receive the series via email please go to and signup for our newsletter. First, some simple explanations. “Kind” environments have repeating patterns and feedback is […]

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    A Facilitative Manager – Part 5: Demonstrate what you can’t have too much of: Integrity

    May 22, 2020

    By Oliver W. Cummings May 22, 2020 To recap, in addition to a set of fundamental characteristics, (decision-making ability, assertiveness and motivation to achieve, social sensitivity, emotional stability, and appropriate self-reliance and courage levels, for example) the facilitative manager will: Believe, but not too much (covered in Part 1) Care, but not too much (covered […]

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    A Dozen Realities – Updated

    May 8, 2020

    When Oliver Cummings and I created the Making Strategy Real workshop for MindPrep Resource Center ( we used a dozen “known truth” to guide our design. Now the question is whether these pre-pandemic truths will hold up in a post-pandemic world. Here are some initial thoughts: 2019 2021 The business environment is always evolving. Wow! […]