Author Archive for: ‘William Bergquist’

Studio Four: Mind Walk

Studio Four: Mind Walk

Our fourth studio session focused on insights and diverse perspectives to be gained from watching and entering into dialogue regarding …

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Tending the Fires of 21st Century Organizations

Tending the Fires of 21st Century Organizations

In this essay I am drawing a comparison between the fire that I tend in my living room hearth and the “tending” that is done by those leading dynamic and complex 21st Century organizations.

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Organizational Consultation XIV  Generating Information from Outside the Organization: Appreciative Benchmarking

Organizational Consultation XIV Generating Information from Outside the Organization: Appreciative Benchmarking

An appreciative organization is one that sets goals that are inspiring, yet realistic. This process of setting goals that are …

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The Assumptive Worlds of Psychopathy IX: The World of Aspirations

The Assumptive Worlds of Psychopathy IX: The World of Aspirations

We have been living for many years in what has been termed the “age of anxiety”. This phrase has been …

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Revisiting COVID-19 Policy: A Psychological Perspective on Consideration and Compassion

Revisiting COVID-19 Policy: A Psychological Perspective on Consideration and Compassion

Early in 2020, I published an essay concerning policies that were being or could be enacted in response to the emerging COVID-19 health care crisis. Now, one year later, I wish to review the ways in which policies in this arena were and were not engaged.

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Organizational Consultation XIII: The Human Resource Bank—Source of Information and Use

Organizational Consultation XIII: The Human Resource Bank—Source of Information and Use

We continue our description of the human resource bank and its use as a consultative strategy for more fully releasing human capital. Specifically, we identify the primary sources of information for the human resource bank and the way this information and the bank can be used for the release of human capital.

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The New Johari Window #15. Quadrant One and Internal Locus of Control

The New Johari Window #15. Quadrant One and Internal Locus of Control

In Quad One, the fundamental issue regarding locus of control resides in the dynamics of individualism versus conformity.  In American and Northern European societies, strong emphasis is often placed on individualism and the right—even obligation— of individuals to stake out their own distinctive identity. This individualistic imperative, in turn, requires the assumption of internal locus of control.  We can’t stake out a distinctive public self, without believing that we can ignore or overcome our personal history, our present environment, and the expectations that other people place on us because of our social-economic class, gender, race, ethnic background and so forth. This individualism and internal locus of control is reinforced by the media (“self-made man”) and reward systems (“find the responsible party”)..

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Organizational Consulting XII: The Human Resource Bank—Nature and Content

Organizational Consulting XII: The Human Resource Bank—Nature and Content

We return to the challenge offered by Hernando De Soto: How do we transform the invisible in a society to …

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The Word for World is Work. The Task Force Sessions

The Word for World is Work. The Task Force Sessions

The Global Psychology Task Force is hosting a series of discussions that focus on the work being done by Dr. …

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Organizational Consulting XI:  Acts of Appreciation

Organizational Consulting XI:  Acts of Appreciation

Human capital must be channeled and transformed. There are three domains through which acts of appreciation can channel and transform potential human capital into organizational energy.  These three domains are information, intentions and ideas.

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