Video Content & Publications

COMING SOON!  Check out the free “bite-sized” videos below – content regularly updated!  Publications are included below, including a helpful resource from our original founder, Cathy Perme!

Meaning-Making to Move You Forward

Meaning-Making to Move You Forward

Check out this "pop-up conversation" in which Amber describes what "meaning" is and how meaning violations play into our lives.  She suggests several questions, as well as "The 4-Room Apartment" by Claes Janssen, as ways to assess and make meaning of where you are...

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Even Distanced, We Still Have Purpose

Even Distanced, We Still Have Purpose

In this "pop-up conversation," Amber defines purpose and explains how vital it is to all of us, especially those who have lost jobs during COVID-19 or have been living in isolation.  Amber proposes using "The Decision Map" from Human Systems Dynamics Institute to...

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Navigating Grief During COVID-19

Navigating Grief During COVID-19

In this "pop-up conversation," Amber shares what she has learned about the grieving process, how it applies to many (if not all) of us right now, and options for processing our grief.  Featured are the Kübler-Ross grieving cycle, Sheryl Sandberg & Adam Grant...

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Taking a Lesson on Vulnerability

Taking a Lesson on Vulnerability

In this "pop-up conversation," Amber discusses Brené Brown's book Dare to Lead and her research on vulnerability.  Vulnerability is interpreted by many as "weakness;" however, it is an opportunity for unparalleled human connection and happiness.  Listen in to learn...

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Published Articles

Does Culture HAVE to Eat Strategy for Lunch?   Cathy wrote this article as a contributing author at www.ConstructiveCulture.com. Most everyone has heard some version of “Culture eats strategy for lunch.” Does it have to be that way? Read Cathy’s tips for including cultural assessment as a factor in strategic planning.

Protecting Those Who Protect Us: Building a Culture of Wellness for Law Enforcement   Amber’s thesis on Peterson & Perme’s Wellness Model was published by the International Society for Organizational Development and Change (ISODC).  To have a healthy and productive workforce, all employers must give attention to many aspects of wellness.  Law Enforcement Officers have specific wellness needs, which, when attended to, will assist them in better protecting their communities.

Organizational Culture: The Memory of an Elephant   Cathy wrote this article as a contributing author at www.ConstructiveCulture.com. If you criticized workers in the past for taking chances, it won’t be easy to convince them that you’ve changed.

Newsletters

Well before social media, Cathy was publishing her own newsletter. Feel free to scroll through some of our “oldies but goodies” below.

Action Calendaring: How to create a comprehensive, near-term action plan in less than two hours, even with complex projects. Also includes: Tips for Better Planning Sessions – Four tips for better planning sessions.

Agents of Change: Real Change agents are not simply hell raisers-here’s what it takes. Also includes: Anatomy of a Change Agent – The elements which make up an effective change agent are enumerated.

Future Search: A New Way of Planning Together: Future Search is an effective method for large group action planning. Also includes: When Should You Consider a Future Search? – The Future Search method is not for every situation. Here are indicators for whether your situation is right for the method.

Leading and Following: Dance is used to illustrate the responsibilities of leader and follower. Also includes: Teaching Leaders How to Lead – The five steps of expert leadership.

Open Space: Unleashing Passion and Responsibility: Open Space is a meeting method based on the principle that people who are passionate about something will naturally focus, manage, and hold themselves accountable for progress. Also includes: Open Space Ground Rules – The ground rules are simple, but may challenge our notions of how meetings “should be.”

Personal Empowerment: People who are empowered give themselves away in their speech. Also includes: What Does Empowerment Look Like? – The way we speak signals whether we feel empowered or not — what to look for.

Post-Recession Workplace Stress: Once bitten… once they’ve had personal experience with layoffs, people are hyper-aware of the possibility of job loss, even when things get better. Rebuilding trust is key to re-engaging employees and boosting productivity after a recession. Also includes: Can You Keep Your Most Talented People? – As the economy improves and jobs start opening up, employees will be asking themselves about working for you and your company.

Real Time Strategic Change: This is a method for very large group interaction, from 40 to 4000 participants. Also includes: When to Consider Real Time Strategic Change – Here is a list of good indicators for whether this approach will be effective for your organizational challenge.

Time to Think: At year end, I offer this short piece on how to regain your think time, as I have watched many a client and colleague struggle with getting enough of that this year. Have you found that to be true yourself? Also includes: Tips to Regain Your “Think Time” – It’s imperative to have some time in your schedule to assess your situation. How can you eliminate distractions?

Upside Down and All Around: Tossed on the Waves of Change: Sometimes we all feel caught up in events outside our control. Here is some advice for how to manage the unmanageable. Also includes: Tips for Surviving the Waves of Change – If you find yourself being tossed like a piece of flotsam on the waves of change, here is what I have learned.

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