Change & continuity in global development

A report published recently by the Brookings Institution entitled "Global development disrupted: Findings from a survey of 93 leaders" (by George Ingram and Kristin M. Lord, March 2019) "reveals a global development sector in transition and perhaps even turmoil." This post will look at how the report uses three specific terms - culture, language, and … Continue reading Change & continuity in global development


[LI] “Crap sandwich” ; “too collaborative”?

Two items posted to LinkedIn, relating to communication processes in work and jobs. "Beware of the 'Crap Sandwich,' a Sneaky Managerial Technique for Giving Negative Feedback," by Alison Green, Slate, 22 August 2018 (posted August 2018) Can't remember where I first heard of this technique - prefacing criticism with praise, and then following with praise … Continue reading [LI] “Crap sandwich” ; “too collaborative”?

[LI] Key-person risk (2 items)

"Key-person risk" is a concept that attracted my attention for its relationship to the larger issue I see with organizations investing so much power in one person. Two items: "Key Man Risk: The (corporate) danger of over-reliance on one or a few individuals," Schott's Vocab, New York Times, 14 April 2009 (posted September 2018) "Key-man risk" … Continue reading [LI] Key-person risk (2 items)

Symposium on multilingualism in international organizations & cooperation, 10-11 May 2018

Taking the opportunity again this year to publicize the latest in a series of annual symposia in New York on language issues in international contexts. The last two dealt with language(s) and the Sustainable Development Goals. This year's edition, to be held on 10-11 May 2018, has as its title, "Multilingualism in International Organizations and … Continue reading Symposium on multilingualism in international organizations & cooperation, 10-11 May 2018