About Madelyn Blair, Ph.D.
Madelyn is known for her energy and clarity of message. She is an authority in management and leadership issues, in the use of story and narrative in organizational settings, knowledge management, organizational learning, and in the critical area of overcoming information overload. She draws from over 25 years in management and executive positions, and from her extensive work with clients such as the International Monetary Fund, and Brookings Institute... Learn More
Riding the Current Blog
Category Archives: Observation
Many times I have said that I have time for only an overview. It’s never enough for real understanding.
Looking is not the same as seeing. When you are prepared to see, even ancient things can spark new insights.
Jordan’s poised confidence on the basketball court emerged from years of effort and success at his chosen endeavor. He has reflected deeply and consistently about the challenges, both internal and external, of the art and science of his sport. He found the factors, whether internal or external, holding him back—and got rid of them.…
Temple Grandin sees the world differently and as a result, she has innovated things that have been taken for granted for many years.
In a world of white water, insight becomes increasingly important, because there simply isn’t time and opportunity for analysis. Too much is happening; too much is unpredictable. An excessive dependence upon analysis results in being capsized by problems or possibilities are missed while the organization floats along ineffectually trying to make a decision.…
What does the phrase ‘moving from knowledge to wisdom’ mean to you?
NASA’s use of graphical display can help us learn about enormous systems of information – in minutes. What a resource!
Venture capitalist uses his own experience as the source of insight for his decisions. What do you use?
Sean Deakins is an 8th Grader in the Aurora Waldorf School in Anchorage, Alaska. I wondered how a young man sees his own learning. At 13, his experience is filled with intense learning. McLuhan said, “We don’t know who discovered water, but we know it wasn’t the fish.” I was curious to see if, like a fish, Sean was unable to see the ‘water’ he was swimming in.…