Entries by jimbohn

A most unlikely PhD. But it can be done.

So, why the moniker “Blue Collar Scholar”?  My father signed his name with an “X”. I was raised in a blue-collar family. We scraped to get by. My father worked three jobs to help us survive. He could barely write his name and often used an “X”. As the son of a factory worker I was convinced I […]

Technology Introductions – don’t try this at home.

“Never, never, never believe any war will be smooth and easy, or that anyone who embarks on the strange voyage can measure the tides and hurricanes he will encounter. The statesman who yields to war fever must realize that once the signal is given, he is no longer the master of policy but the slave […]

Forgotten Aspects of Change Management: Missing the “Middle”

Since much organizational change takes place ‘at the front line’, we make strenuous effort to ensure the success of people who must ‘do the work’ every day.   Procedures are written, barriers are analyzed, and exceptional efforts are taken to help front-line members of the organizations manage day-to-day actions when the change has been put in […]

A taxonomy of organizational distress

From multiple years of experience working with leaders across scores of organizations, I have devised this taxonomy of organizational distress. I. O.A.D.D. – Organizational Attention Deficit Disorder Symptoms: People have so many projects on their plate they can’t keep up. People are asked to take on more and more and more before they have finished […]