• climate change,  Gary,  publications

    The complexity of climate change and the need for policies of resilience

    Forthcoming in the Journal on Policy and Complex Systems *** Abstract:  The challenges presented by climate change may be the most complex issues humans have faced.  It is critical to capture that complexity in ways that can be understood across disciplines.  Equally daunting is the task of developing policies which can translate into actions.  Scientifically, humans need to cease all use of fossil fuels as soon as possible.  Feasibly, that could wreak havoc on global economies.  This paper explores the design of policies which could move human societies towards resilient and biophysically sustainable systems.  The petrochemical industry is considered as an example for change. Introduction There is arguably no more…

  • Gary,  summary of services,  Teresa

    Summary of Services

    At InterConnections, LLC, the focus of our practice is to help organizations in their efforts to build a positive employee relations climate, eliminate counterproductive work behaviors, and create cultures of respect. In support of this focus, our consulting work centers around three key services: (1) Executive Coaching for Leaders and Managers; (2) HR Investigations, including employee misconduct, allegations of sexual harassment, and toxic workplace environments; and (3) HR Consulting, including executive and board-level performance evaluations, and the development of HR professionals and the HR function

  • climate change,  Gary,  publications

    Complex systems science whitepaper (excerpts)

    There are numerous, in-depth reports about climate change from scientific communities and governmental committees.  Some of the most prominent are listed at the end of this paper.  Many reports detail the causes and outcomes of greenhouse gasses (GHGs) and rising atmospheric temperatures.  Others, such as the 2018 special report by the IPCC, provide detailed scenarios for potential mitigation (slowing or ceasing CO2 emissions within given timeframes) and interventions (such as removing CO2 from the atmosphere.)  Due to the extent of existing climate science, this paper will focus on issues related to next steps, particularly with respect to human use of energy.  What would it mean to cease use of fossil…

  • books,  design thinking,  Gary,  interviews,  news,  podcast,  systems

    Social Systems and Design (Springer Verlag, 2014) by Gary Metcalf

    In the opening chapter of his edited volume, Social Systems and Design, out from Springer in 2014, Gary Metcalf asks if it is possible to establish ethical “first principles” for the design of social systems. Inspired by his mentor, Bela Banathy (a giant of the systems field), and pondering the potential levels of influence we might actually have over the evolutionary development of the social systems in which we are all embedded, Metcalf provocatively asks what sorts of goals should we set for ourselves and what sorts of means should we use to achieve them. Book homepage (Individual chapters can be purchased) Read the book review

  • executive coaching,  Gary,  publications,  Teresa,  toxic workplace

    Toxic Leadership in Context

    A sizeable body of research and other literature has been developing about toxic leadership and workplace bullying. Our earlier work found distinctions between tough bosses and true bullies in the workplace. A later study showed that military officers were able to clearly identify differences between tough but effective leaders, and toxic leaders. That work was extended into the organizational climates which seem to promote toxic leaders and bullies. Other colleagues have explored potentials for changes in bullying behavior through executive coaching interventions, noting that some executives simply lack awareness of their behaviors, or the effects on those around them. The focus of this paper is the synthesis of earlier findings,…

  • Gary,  presentations,  video

    International Symposium on Service Systems Science, 2015 Tokyo: Promises and Threats of Big Data, Presentation by Gary Metcalf

    Dr. Gary Metcalf, PhD, presents on the Promises and Threats of Big Data, at the International Symposium on Service Systems Science, February 2015 at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo. There is a followup of questions and answers after his talk. Watch it here: http://www.garymetcalf.com/extras/gary-metcalf-tokyo-2015.mp4

  • Gary,  organizational resilience,  publications,  systems

    Adaptive Capacity in Project Teams (Edson & Metcalf)

    Organizational resilience has become critical in today’s environment. According to Engelhardt and Simmons (2002): “The need for organizational flexibility to accommodate a changing world is well understood. Today’s high-velocity and competitive markets apply added pressure to adapt rapidly and perform at high levels. Technology is opening up new ways to compete while making old ways obsolete. These trends are recognized in strategic management theories that focus on constant change and speed” (p. 113). Some project teams were adept at overcoming adversity, while others were not. The project teams that adapted to environmental constraints were able to modify their behaviors to meet goals without losing their function, while others were not.…

  • executive coaching,  Gary,  HR consulting,  publications,  Teresa

    Taming the Beast

    Although their approach is widely criticized, it is fair to say that bullies represent a functional part of many organizations. They come in all shapes and sizes, all ages and both genders. Bullying is targeted and abusive behavior. It is personally destructive and should have nothing to do with advancing legitimate organizational goals. Despite its negative connotations, though, anyone who works in an American corporation can easily see that arrogant and abusive leaders are frequently rewarded with promotions, increased pay and bonuses, as well as more power and influence. In a nutshell—bullying pays off. This paper will examine the ways American corporations unwittingly conspire to make workplace bullying a rational…