Worst Practices in Management and Leadership

Author and Consultant David Noer Takes a Look at Worst Practices

David Noer, author of Healing the Wounds and an organizational change expert I worked with at the Center for Creative Leadership, is working on a new concept — WORST practices instead of BEST practices.  I love this idea.  Below is his request for information.  I have lots of ideas for him…BUT the catch is that you have to have examples that can be fact checked…hmm, that may take some thought.  In the mean time, here’s the message from David in case you have something to offer for his work.

I’m doing preliminary research for a paper or an article– which could become a book – on “Worst Practices” in management and leadership. There has been a lot written on best practices, but no so much on worst case examples. Specifically I’m looking for examples in areas such as succession planning, selection, strategy, handling downsizing, mergers, marketing, product development, and ethics. I’m looking for specific examples that can be fact checked as well as general trends. I’d be willing to give credit – if desired – when and if anything gets published, to those who gave me examples. You can reply publicly or, if you wish privately at www.davidnoer.com Thanks for your ideas and help.

And I can’t wait to see what David comes up with from his research!


Barbara Demarest
Executive Coaching, Seminars & Keynotes 
Idea Catalyst, Strategic Adviser, and Freelance Chief Operating Officer

Grief Workshop Offered Feb. 20, 2010

Grief Workshop – Feb. 20, 2010 Offered by Sarah Arnett

Sarah Arnett, an Organizational Development colleague I know, is offering a program called, Moving with Grief through Physical Storytelling.  It will be held at Wesley Long Hospital on Saturday, February 20, 2010 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Program Description:

This workshop helps people find new insights or new “endings” to stories that have played in their head for a while that have resulted in some mode of the grief cycle.  Stories are verbally shared and then I help guide the group to retell the stories IN MOVEMENT only.  The storyteller gets to witness the story instead of only replaying it in their head (again).  This creates empathy, new insights, and group wisdom….No movement experience required – abilities and disabilities welcome. Stories have come from recent events and from events that are decades old.

Who Should Attend?:

Caregivers, Hospice workers, chaplains, agency workers, healthcare workers, therapists, church leaders (lay or ordained) have come to these programs. I have had”regular people” come to these events!


Wesley Long Community Hospital Auditorium
501 N Elam Avenue
Greensboro, NC


Sarah Arnett MA, LMBT, NCC, ADTR; Organizational Development Specialist, Moses Cone Health System


You may register for this program through AHEC at 336-832-8025.

AHEC is the Area Health Education Center – a national initiative to support education in the healthcare arena.  The Greensboro AHEC enhances learning experiences by providing information resources to both students and practicing health care professionals in the area.  (source AHEC website)


Barbara Demarest
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Master of Applied Positive Psychology Now Available at University of Pennsylvania

I’ve mentioned the folks working on Authentic Happiness before on this blog; they are led by Dr. Marty Seligman and located within the University of Pennsylvania.  I first learned about Seligman via his book, Learned Optimism, which I read in the 1990s and still find reasons to think about (on a fairly regular basis) today.  The institute and Dr. Seligman are pursuing the study of “positive psychology,” which differs from seeing the world and patients as a series of issues and problems, to instead focusing on “positive emotions, strengths-based character, and healthy institutions.”

Because I am one of the 700,000 people signed up with Authentic Happiness, I received their announcement about a new Master program in Positive Psychology (MAPP).  I share the announcement in its entirety below.

For those of you considering school, this may be of interest.  It is an executive education model, so many of the students will also be full-time workers who travel in to Philadelphia for the program.  I think it sounds really fantastic and if someone would give me a scholarship, I’d be all over it!


Dear Authentic Happiness Member:

We are happy to announce that the Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania is now accepting applications for the 2010-2011 academic year.

We are looking for the next class to join the more than 190 students who have enrolled in this extraordinary program in the five years since its inception and who are now applying positive psychology in education, medicine, law, business, psychotherapy, counseling, coaching, consulting, and elsewhere.  Some of our younger students are now enrolled in Ph.D., J.D., or M.D. programs to further their training before engaging in the practice of positive psychology.

Because MAPP is offered on an executive education model, most of our students continue to work full time during the year and commute to Philadelphia – from across the United States and as far away as Mexico, the UK, Sudan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand! – for the on-site classes.  While many students have already earned other master’s degrees or even Ph.D.’s, only a Bachelor’s degree is required for admission.

If you hold at least a Bachelor’s degree (or will complete one this spring), have an excellent academic record, and are interested in learning about positive psychology and its applications from leading researchers and practitioners in the field, we invite you to find out more about our program.  If you think the program may be a good fit for you, we encourage you to submit an application before the deadline of March 1, 2010.

For more information about our program, please visit our website at

In addition to general program information, the website contains a link to a recorded Virtual Information Session that features input from administrators, professors, and students of the MAPP program.
Please feel free to pass this message along to anyone else you know who might be interested in this program.

Whatever you choose to do in this New Year, we hope it will be one of authentic happiness for you and yours.