Ideas and Insights


Vale, Steve Zuieback

Steve Zuieback our dearest friend, highly valued colleague, and member of Dalmau Consulting, died in Ukiah, California, on August 11, 2021, 4 days before his 70th birthday.

To say he will be much missed is a huge understatement.  Right up until he died, he was giving of himself, and his wisdom to us as colleagues, and to countless others – family, friends and colleagues around the world. That was Steve!  A humble, caring, compassionate listener, wise counselor, mentor, group facilitator, teacher and leader who lived his values every breath he took.

Steve began working with Tim in 1996. He was introduced to us through our colleague, Michael Grinder, and there was an instant connection – it was his skills, his mindset, but most of all it was who he was as a person that attracted us. He worked with us and our clients in the USA, South Africa, Australia and Indonesia. On occasion, we worked with some of his American clients as part of his business, Synectics.  Our clients were indeed the beneficiaries of his prowess in group facilitation and dialogue where his knowledge and experience was second to none. As part of our team, he listened, supported and shared his experience and wisdom with each of us and as a team member.  He authored 2 books, one with Tim, and has left a wealth of free training resources in the form of documents, blogs, videos and e-publications.

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Sustainable Change: a whole of systems view

Towards the end of 2018, Tim Dalmau and Jill Tideman had a paper published, “The Practice and Art of Complex Change”. The paper draws together work over the last 15 years and is fairly long and extensive. We have prepared a short excerpt from this so that our ideas on leading change are more accessible to more people.

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Jill Tideman

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Life Cycles of Organizations: Implications for Leaders

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Click here to view an article written as a companion piece to the paper entitled Cycles and Levels of Organizational Life. In that paper we established that organizations go through cycles of both growth and decline, as originally suggested by the late John Sherwood. In this paper I examine the implications for leadership. This paper suggests that an effective leader is one who is managing not only the known and tacit but also the visible and invisible, the conscious and unconscious – layers of an organization. They are also attentive to small weak signals that are forerunners of new forms and innovations that keep the organization alive, vital and relevant.

 

Tim Dalmau

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From clinician to leader

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Recently we had the privilege of spending a day with clinicians working in emergency departments from across Australia and other countries.

They identified one of their greatest challenges, as in many other professions, is the transition from working as a technical specialist to a leader of technical specialists.

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If we dare! The possibilities of sustainable leadership

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Sustainable leadership occurs whenever any one does anything that satisfies the five criteria initially outlined in our October paper, A Stake in the Ground.

Action or leadership that is sustainable

  1. Acts from a whole-of-system view point
  2. Takes into account issues, dynamics and consequences in the wider “world” of which their system is but a part
  3. Preserves or enhances options or choices for the system
  4. Makes choices and acts in a manner that does not limit, but even enhances, the choices that future players might be able to make
  5. Ensures that what is undertaken has within it the capability to endure and adapt through time.
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A stake in the ground

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This month in a short paper, Jill Tideman explores what is required to equip people to lead for sustainability in its broadest sense. Click here to download A Stake in the Ground: building leadership capacity for sustainability.

 

 

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Embracing sustainability

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David Hood, in a short paper, attempts to  draw attention to the underlying imperative facing senior executives and Board members of today’s corporations – the imperative of embracing sustainability.

Click here to read or download his thought-provoking paper.

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Safety: Lessons from the field

A client asked me recently to reflect on what I had learned from helping other clients create incident free and care filled workplaces. This paper spells out those learnings. Click here to read or download.  

Tim Dalmau

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AIESEC Presentation on Leadership Ethics and Sustainabiity

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On Sunday July 7, 2013 I had the great opportunity to spend a few hours with the future leaders of tomorrow at the Youth to Business conference of AIESEC: an international non-profit organization that provides students with leadership training and internship opportunities at for-profit and non-profit organizations. “AIESEC” was originally the French acronym for Association internationale des étudiants en sciences économiques et commerciales (English: International Association of Students in Economic and Commercial Sciences); however, the full name is no longer in use. Its international office is in Rotterdam, Netherlands. AIESEC includes over 86,000 members in 113 countries and territories.

It was a great experience and the slides I used are can be found here. You can also read more in the paper I recently wrote with Viv Oates from EY and published in a number of places, including Performance.

Tim Dalmau

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