At Ventivia, we focus on helping you grow healthy teams based on mindfulness, resilience, and emotional and social intelligence. Our emphasis on mindfulness allows leaders and team members to pay attention to what’s happening in the environment.

Agile Coaching and Education, Organizational Health and Agility, Organizational Development, Resilient Leadership, Agile from the Heart Coaching, and Agile Career Certifications.

How Being In A Group Affects Your IQ - PsyBlog

“You may joke about how committee meetings make you feel brain dead, but our findings suggest that they may make you act brain dead as well.” Being in a group can have a dramatic effect on cognitive functioning, especially in women.


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Release Stress - Find Balance - Build Resilience

Science has now shown us that the rhythm of our heart beat affects how we think and feel.
Learn to shift your heart rhythm to increase your emotional composure and clear thinking.

Education systems can stifle creative thought. Here’s how to do things differently Entrepreneurial thinking no longer just means straight business skills. Neuroscience shows how incorporating life skills can result in a ‘growth mindset’.

The eight essentials of innovation

"if companies assimilate and apply these essentials—in their own way, in accordance with their particular context, capabilities, organizational culture, and appetite for risk—they will improve the likelihood that they, too, can rekindle the lost spark of innovation." Strategic and organizational factors are what separate successful big-company innovators from the rest of the field.

re:Work - Guide: Practice innovation with design thinking

Google has been praised as a fantastic place to work and so much of that comes from establishing and maintaining a culture of excellence. I had the honor of attending an AMAZING design thinking workshop at the ISPI annual conference in Seattle, WA. Here are some of the amazing resources that are part of the Creative Skills for Innovation (CSI) workshop that I experienced in Seattle. The CSI workshop gives people the mindset, process and tools to accelerate innovation and to find out what it takes to get from ill-defined problems to well-designed solutions. Design thinking is an approach to think creatively and develop new solutions by understanding the user and testing ideas.


Researchers agree that #companyculture is vitally important. In a study from Columbia Business School, only 15 percent of respondents indicated their company paid sufficient attention to its culture; however, 90 percent indicated a strong belief that the quality of a company’s culture is linked with its financial success. So what does a strong, positive culture look like? In addition to the ideas offered by Forbes, consider using the Emergenetics® Profile to help you create a supportive environment where employees feel their perspectives are understood and valued.

Activate agility: the five avenues to success | Organization

Agility = "the ability of an organization to renew itself, adapt, change quickly, and succeed in a rapidly changing, ambiguous, turbulent environment." In a time of rapid change and unprecedented complexity, only the nimble survive! In 1935, the life expectancy of an S&P 500 company was 90 years.

ISPI Potomac Chapter - ISPI Potomac Design Thinking In Action Summit

Mental health is your business: The toxic job characteristics that risk our well-being • ScienceForWork

"Stressful events we experience in the workplace can increase our risk of developing common mental health disorders, such as depression and anxiety

In particular, two of the most toxic situations are likely to be:
1) Experiencing overwhelming demands alongside having little control over decisions (job strain)
2) Putting in high effort for very little reward

Monitoring and addressing these factors in our workplaces may have huge benefits for employees’ mental health." It is estimated that more than 3 in 10 employees will experience a mental health problem each year, with a staggering 80 million working days lost to anxiety and depression. These disorders are common yet devastating, and can make work a constant battle for employees. With such a widespread impact o...

Five questions about psychological safety, answered. • ScienceForWork

"Although trust and psychological safety have a lot in common, they are not completely interchangeable concepts. A key difference is that psychological safety is thought to be experienced at the group level — most people on a team tend to have the same perceptions of it. While trust usually relates to interactions between two individuals or parties " Teams have a collective (network) trait that is not the sum of the individual contributors. It's time to dust off our thinking about performance innovation among self-organizing teams of knowledge workers. Although the concept of psychological safety has been around since the 1960s, it recently came storming into the mainstream when research by Google on high-performing teams hit the news. While Google’s research, which focused on 180 of its teams, is illuminating, this evidence summary highlights s...

The five trademarks of agile organizations

"When pressure is applied, the agile organization reacts by being more than just robust; performance actually improves as more pressure is exerted. Research shows that agile organizations have a 70 percent chance of being in the top quartile of organizational health, the best indicator of long-term performance. Moreover, such companies simultaneously achieve greater customer centricity, faster time to market, higher revenue growth, lower costs, and a more engaged workforce:" At Ventivia we believe agility agility is born in the heart and mind igniting a more conscious and collaborative organization! Agile organizations--of any size and across industries--have five key elements in common.

Five Strategy Traps for 2018 - Engage//Innovate If December is the season “to be jolly”, then January is the month where most CEOs finally “Strategize”. We look at the top five strategy traps CEOs and management teams might stumble into during their upcoming strategy processes. By: Christian Rangen, Co-Founder Engage // Innovate, Strategy...

Organizing for the age of urgency

"The urgency imperative places a premium on agility: it enables the shift to emergent strategy, while unleashing your people so they can reshape your business in real time." To compete at the speed of digital, you need to unleash your strategy, your structure, and your people.

Education is the kindling of a flame: How to reinvent the 21st-century university

“Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.”
"Talk to experienced CEOs and CPOs (chief people officers) of major companies and ask them what they need. They commonly say: people, teams, and leaders that can make our organization thrive in a world of VUCA (volatility, uncertainty, complexity, ambiguity). By that, I believe they mean people and capacities that can take their organization into the 4.0 world in which they respond to disruption by co-sensing and co-shaping the future." “Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.” This quote from Plutarch is as true today as it was two thousand years ago. Still, t...

More than a feeling: Ten design practices to deliver business value

"Companies that implemented several design practices showed both improved financial performance and increased customer loyalty, in a time when many companies are suffering from falling customer satisfaction." As design thinking nears its 50th birthday, many companies still struggle to realize value from design. Those that succeed often follow ten best practices.

[11/23/17]   Management yesterday = Plan, Organize, Direct, and Control
Management today + Strategize + Lead + Transform + Coach = Resilient (Agile) Leadership

Learn more about management in our era of innovation and change:

U.Lab: Seven Principles for Revolutionizing Higher Ed

These principles apply to business, government, and communities. We have 28,000 registered participants from 190 countries. They are linked through 350 self-organizing Hubs across cultures, forming 700-1,000 coachi...

How to create an agile organization

"...organizational agility is not a one-size-fits-all undertaking. The specific practices a unit or organization should focus on to become agile depend on whether it is currently bureaucratic, start-up, or trapped."
At Ventivia we approach each agile transformation based on the unique circumstances of our clients. There is no silver bullet or miracle framework that delivers agility. Transforming companies to achieve organizational agility is in its early days but already yielding positive returns. While the paths can vary, survey findings suggest how to start.

2017 Summit

"Get to Yes" within the structure that exists, while moving with agility on innovation projects.

8 Signs an Employee Is Exceptional (Which Never Appear on Performance Evaluations) Many are good. Some are superior. And a few--just a few--are exceptional. Here's how to tell the difference.

Low-Value Traps

"The very resources one needs to experience high value, in what one gives to and receives from human interactions, do not seem to be available in the low-value trap. We need support, recognition, and the ability to make a unique contribution, yet these resources are usually not available in the low-value trap. Are we stuck, then, or is there a way out? " Recent reports on global disengagement and lack of wellness suggest that people across the globe have persistent “low-value” experiences–they spend all day gaining little value fr…

ISPI Potomac Chapter - Agile Government is not an Oxymoron: Helping Agencies Sense and Respond in Today's Environment

For my agile colleagues in Washington DC - new research from MITRE on Agile Government.

You Are The CEO: The Chooser of Experiences and Outcomes in Your Life

" are a chooser of experiences and outcomes in your life. You are the CEO, the Chooser of Experiences and Outcomes. As the CEO, of your life, you choose. " Who determines the experiences you have and the outcomes you achieve? Can we humans choose this? What does the “terrain” of human choice look like? Is it in our nature to be able to choose? For …

Vibrancy Is A Choice Checklists — Re-membering Abundance-based Agreements

Checklists serve as handy reminders and can help keep intentions on track. Simple tools can help build psychological safety on teams. ..."how the checklist helps highly trained experts in complex situations prevent the avoidable failures that still haunt the activities we humans organize." You invite some colleagues to work together with you on something you feel is really important. Knowing you, your passion, and what they can contribute, they enthusiastically say yes. You come toge…

Explaining Agile Agile is governed by three laws.

The Lynchpin of Organizational Health

Organizational Agility is becoming one of the latest trends in boardrooms, classrooms, and research. Having experienced leadership roles in agile (and I would interchange the term with resilient and healthy) organizations, I can attest to the rigor (discipline) needed to succeed. Much as a personal commitment to change requires discipline, aligning an organization (family, work team, company, community) requires a long term commitment. I've had the opportunity to experience what it takes to thrive. Here's a blog post from Patrick Lencioni, that describes the commitment! Someone once asked me how I know whether a Table Group client is really going to be successful in achieving organization...

The Future of Management Is Teal

When I described the attributes of "Teal" to a group of retired USMC leaders, they pointed me to the 14 leadership traits of Marines (JJDIDTIEBUCKLE representing justice, judgement, dependability, integrity, decisiveness, tact, initiative, endurance, bearing, unselfishness, courage, knowledge, loyalty, and enthusiasm). Organizations are ready for their next evolutionary step: a step toward self-management, wholeness, and a new sense of purpose.

Agreements of Transformation — Research with 22 Leaders Across 18 Countries

"A business/ social system designed to prevent human relations from happening, de- manding that its members avoid trustful relationships, collapses the very system, over the long run. The amount of energy used to resist human relations makes its members sick, as they burn their energy out. On the other hand, when entering and nourishing trustful relations, business/ social systems gain energy and become self sustaining and impact resilient.” ---- J. L. Throneburg [Founder THORLO Inc. |]" This blog highlights insights from research into the agreements of transformation.  This research with 22 people across 18 countries on 3 continents was supported by the Institute for Strategic Cla…

We Don’t Collaborate Because It Is A “Nice” Thing To Do, Rather Because We Have To–What Science Tells Us “The most important implication[s] of the complexity of social-environmental systems is that you can’t do just one thing (p 63) […and] fitting the pieces together..requires an abi…

REMINDER: WEBINAR TUES July 11 12pm ET: Liberating Human Potential achieve strategic clarity, galvanize commitment, and move teams from “forming” to “performing” around your greatest innovation challenges.

ISPI Potomac Chapter

Our June event is around the corner:
When: Tuesday, June 13th, 6:00 PM EDT
Where: World Learning, 1015 15th Street NW, 7th Floor
What: Deep Insight Visualization is a process that helps individuals and groups of all sizes create alignment by stimulating internal connection to the issue at hand.
Register here:

Deep Insight Visualization can be used as a performance intervention tool in two ways. The initial interaction leads to clear understanding and agreement on next steps. Long term, the visual image co-created by the team becomes a nonverbal touch point for reconnection to purpose, meaning, and agreement. Much like the “Eagle Globe and Anchor” has deep meaning for the US Marine Corps, the team visualizations create depth and meaning that help to galvanize commitment over time.

aipnov15-strengths-based-lean-hpaf AI Practitioner International Journal of Appreciative Inquiry November 2015 Volume 17 Number 4 ISBN 978-1-907549-25-0 www…

How to start building your next-generation operating model Each company’s path to a new operating model is unique. But successful transformations are all constructed with the same set of building blocks.

Dr. David Frawley

We live in a magical universe filled with great forces of life and death, creation and destruction. Divine powers can be found everywhere to lift us into a greater peace and understanding. But undivine forces are also ever present, working to lure us down further into confusion and attachment. Truth and falsehood, ignorance and enlightenment form the light and dark, the illumination and shadow of the world. In this basic duality of creation we struggle not merely to survive but to find meaning in our lives. We must learn to navigate through these contrary currents so that we can benefit by the ascending spiritual force and avoid the descending unspiritual inertia.

Nature herself is the Divine Mother in manifestation and the universe is her play of consciousness. She provides not only for material growth and expansion that moves outward, but supports our spiritual growth and development, which moves within. Nature possesses a qualitative energy through which we can either expand into wisdom or contract into ignorance. Nature functions through conscious forces, spirits if you will, which can be either enlightening or darkening, healing or harming. Most of these powers are unknown to us and we do not know to use them. Trained as we are in a rational and scientific manner to look to the outside we lack the ability to perceive the subtle forces hidden in the world around us. However for any real healing of the mind to be possible, we must understand these forces and learn how work with them as they exist not only in the world but in our own psyche.

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