Running Late? Stop It!

Posted by Bruce Peters

"I'm running late."

This is the slogan of our times.

You don't walk or amble late. You run. And it's not a joyous run. It's a constant, frenetic pursuit of some notion of being "caught up." But caught up to what?  

The world is changing ... rather ... accelerating at a speed and pace that we have never experienced before. Our lives are defined by strains against the clock, technology, politics, and our sense of genuine health and well-being. The notion of predictability and a relaxed confidence in the larger forces of the world feel like quaint notions of a slower time romanticized in history books and our imaginations. 

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Topics: teal, Third Act

Teal Trifecta for all Teal Organizations

Posted by Bruce Peters

Finding the way to achieving a teal organization is a bit like trying to make your way over to a radiant, aqua-colored light beckoning from afar. You see where you want to be but there is no clearly demarcated way to get there. Most accomplished business leaders find that the path to Teal becomes a large part of their Third Act .

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Topics: teal

Connecting it to Teal

Posted by Bruce Peters

Has it already been a month? On Dec. 1st and 2nd, 2016 Beyond Teal’s inaugural workshop -- What Happens When You Get What You Want: Teal in Your Third Act – was presented to a diverse crowd of attendees.

There was diversity in leadership titles — CEOs, entrepreneurs, managers, directors, presidents, and self-employed — and the types of organizations they represented — non-profit, high-tech, financial, creative, and entrepreneurial. Attendees’ ages spanned at least five decades and the accompanying differences in work-life philosophies and perspectives. 

If you attended one or both days of that workshop, it’s been a month of holiday bustle and now is the perfect time to revisit the discussions and link it to Teal.

If this program is of interest to you, check out our 2017 Winter FLP Program. 

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Topics: teal

Quick Quiz: What Color are Your Choices?

Posted by Bruce Peters

Before getting started … are you thirsty? Have you had enough to drink today? Go get a drink then come back.

Where did you get your water? Or maybe you opted for something else … coffee, flavored water, or soda. Save your answer for later.

Regardless of your drink choice, you were free to choose it.

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Topics: teal

A Lonely Story and Its Riddle

Posted by Bruce Peters

The Story (adapted from In Pursuit of Loneliness by Philip Slater): Once upon a time (don’t all good stories begin this way?), a strong, capable man sought escape from the bustle and din surrounding him. He found refuge deep in a forest that was beautiful and rich with wood, game, water, and fertile soil. It was peaceful. Clean. The smell was fresh and pure. It was perfect. And it was all his to use as he wished.

Winter proved to be frigid and the trees surrounding the hut made excellent firewood. But without the trees to shade his shelter, the man was under relentless heat when summer arrived. He complained bitterly.

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Topics: teal, Holacracy

Legendary Thoughts: A Few Moments for Jerry Harvey

Posted by Bruce Peters


One year and nearly two months ago on August 1, 2015, one of the great thinkers and communicators in organizational leadership passed away. Jerry Harvey was a Professor Emeritus of Management at the George Washington University. He had served as a consultant to multiple industrial, governmental, religious, military, educational, and charitable organizations and authored approximately 50 professional articles and two books.

The most meaningful way to pay tribute to Harvey’s intellectual prowess, witty sense-of-humor, and inimitable perspective is to spend a few moments of quiet thought on his legendary contributions. Harvey was an extraordinary thinker and thought provoker. He had a sense of turning a dogmatic phrase or idea on its head.

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Topics: teal, Holacracy

The Responsibility of Followership

Posted by Bruce Peters

Common conventional wisdom says that there are leaders and there are followers. Or that leadership is a person, a high-ranking title, or comes from being in front of a room. Before you start nodding your head in agreement, here are two perspectives on the idea of followership to take into consideration.

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Topics: teal, Followership

Does Your Organization Have Teal Traits?

Posted by Bruce Peters

(A Prelude to an Organization Observation Tool)

“Can we create organizations that are free from the pathologies that show up all too often in the workplace?”

This is the opening question in Frederic Laloux’s game-changing book Reinventing Organizations, a 350-page volume dense with historical observation, deep business acumen, and real world answers for modern organizational structure and behavior.

It’s a rhetorical question that’s emphasized throughout the book. The answer, of course, is yes … an outlook that I share with Laloux. Applying this question to your own organization starts by looking at the profiles of two hypothetical companies:

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Topics: Beyond Teal, teal, Bruce Peters, reinventing organizations, Frederic Laloux

Infinite vs. Finite: Which are You?

Posted by Bruce Peters

You did it. The “it,” of course, is your personal definition of success. You started the company. Got the salary. Landed the job. Grew the organization. Expanded the territory. Built the dream house. Ran the marathon. Traveled the world.

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Topics: Beyond Teal, Third Act Guide, teal, The Third Act

Why a Guide - Not a Coach?

Posted by Bruce Peters

Many people have asked me, “Why do you call yourself a guide and not a coach?” Those who know me, aren’t surprised when I reply with a question.

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Topics: Beyond Teal, Third Act Guide, teal, The Third Act

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