September 11 , 2012 / Gary Gruber / No Comments

An Opening in the Clouds Above the Mountain

This morning when I woke up, I looked out the window (at 3 AM) and there was a strange narrow band of light above the mountain, Sierra Negra, which is across the river from where I live.  I wondered what it was, why it was there, what conditions caused it to be and then, upon

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September 3 , 2012 / Gary Gruber / No Comments

LABORER THANKS, 9-3-2012

There are numerous workers who have made my life easier, better or more productive this past year and I want to list them by category and thank a number of them personally for their good work.  Here are my top ten: 1.  Medical personnel including doctors, nurses, technicians and administrators 2.  Police, fire, safety and

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August 29 , 2012 / Gary Gruber / No Comments

CONSCIOUS AND INTENTIONAL

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a short piece about shifting paradigms and changing a culture.  This week I had the opportunity to visit an organization that, three years ago, made a commitment to do exactly that.  They engaged with a major university that had a well-researched design component that, if implemented, would significantly

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August 20 , 2012 / Gary Gruber / No Comments

ECONOMIC IMPERATIVES

–> About 40 years ago I was riding on the 5th Avenue bus in NYC, which more appropriately should have been Madison Avenue, when I began to read the signs above the windows on both sides of the bus.  Each one conveyed a message and, either to pass the time or just out of plain

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August 20 , 2012 / Gary Gruber / No Comments

EARLY MORNING MUSINGS

We have a French Black Copper Maran rooster named Pierre.  He guards his small flock of girls with rapt attention, tries to lead them around by showing he is bigger and louder than they are but that seldom works.  He doesn’t understand that power alone isn’t sufficient for effective leadership.  Watching chicken behavior provides all

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August 19 , 2012 / Gary Gruber / 1 Comment

CUSTOMER “SERVICE” and the POWER OF ONE

Whatever system gives you pause for concern, a primary step is to understand how it works and why it is the way it is. It may then be more possible to deal with it in a way to optimize the chances for making it work on your behalf rather than being constantly frustrated because it

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August 11 , 2012 / Gary Gruber / No Comments

SHIFTING PARADIGMS and CHANGING A CULTURE

No one ever said it would be easy and trying to change mind sets and then help people change their behavior is a huge challenge.  Someone once said that there are too many people who mistake the edge of the rut for the horizon.  Entrenchment is a familiar condition in many institutions and organizations, partly

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August 2 , 2012 / Gary Gruber / No Comments

WHAT ARE YOU CURIOUS ABOUT?

I posed the question about what people were curious about and the following six people responded with these rather interesting questions and musings.  I commend them to you in the interest of your own curiosity.  What piques your curiosity? CS Why do I (and many others as we get older) wake up at 3 am?Will

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June 6 , 2012 / Gary Gruber / No Comments

PAYING ATTENTION TO THE INSIDE

With gratitude to Peter Senge, who talks often about decentralizing the role of leadership in order to enhance the capacity of all people to work toward healthier human systems, I offer these observations, insights and experiences. As leaders, we are acutely aware of trying to meet the needs of multiple constituencies – directors, associates, colleagues,

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