Posts on David Bohm

David Bohm is one of the most interesting thinkers that I’ve encountered during all years of reading. Here’s an overview of posts where I mention David Bohm in one way or another: 2018 Organizing retrospective 126 — A retrospective of 2018. Book Review: The Supreme Art of Dialogue by Anthony Blake Book Review: Mind and […]

Organizing reflection 25

This is a post in my series on organizing ”between and beyond.” Other posts are here. The purpose of this post is to reflect on subjects occupying my mind. I make no claim to fully believe what I write. Neither do I pretend that others have not already thought or written about the same subject. […]

Carol Black on the wildness of children

Carol Black writes the following in On the Wildness of Children (my emphasis in bold): When we first take children from the world and put them in an institution, they cry. … But gradually, over the many years of confinement, they adjust. … The same people who do not see themselves as “above” nature but […]

Life-nurturing vs. life-depleting behaviors

The environment within which people work is key to the organization’s success. Life-nurturing conditions contribute to high creativity and productivity, while life-depleting conditions contribute to apathy and low productivity. Life-nurturing behaviors 1 Life-depleting behaviors 2 Listening Controlling Understanding Punishing Trusting Regulating Sharing Telling Clarifying Shaming Judging Rationalizing Notes: 1 These are some of the behaviors […]

The fine art of shutting up

“If people do not wish to be helped, leave them alone.“ 1 “The most important thing is passion. … The passion that the person has for her own growth is the most important thing.“ 2 “Planning is the kiss of death of entrepreneurship.“ 3 “We have discovered that the miracle of the intelligence of local […]

The toxic handler

Peter J. Frost and Sandra Robinson presents their research on The Toxic Handler: Organizational Hero—and Casualty in the July–August 1999 issue of the Harvard Business Review. They write that: “Toxic handlers voluntarily shoulder the sadness and the anger that are endemic to organizational life.” Toxic handlers alleviate organizational pain in five ways: “They listen empathetically.“ […]