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April 18, 2007

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Amiel

Steve,
Another powerful distinction. I was immediately reminded of Karl Weick's insightful research on "firefighting as a microcosm of organizing." Weick is a distinguished professor of organizational behavior at the University of Michigan and one of my favorite thinkers in the organizational learning field. He analyzed two specific instances of firefighters responding to massive wildfires and contrasted the actions/stances of those who survived with the actions/stances of those who perished. He writes about the importance of sizing up a situation, coordinating action, and redefining what it means to be a hero. Here's a link to the talk he gave that I had the opportunity to hear back in my Ann Arbor days: http://www.si.umich.edu/ICOS/Presentations/110698/index.html

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