This month PMC President, Paul Paese, will be installed as Vice President of the Rotary Club of Kirkwood, Missouri for the 2017-18 year. The Kirkwood Rotary Club has a strong membership of approximately 80 professionals and business owners, and is active in both local and international service. After serving as Vice President, Paul will serve as club President in 2018-19.
PMC is proud to contribute to executive education at Olin Business School at Washington University. In addition to teaching various “custom” courses for Olin clients, Paul Paese also teaches two full-day, open enrollment seminars each year. The first of these, Coaching Workshop, will be held on September 13. The second, Maximizing Team Effectiveness, is on October 4. Both will be held at the Charles F. Knight Center from 8:30am-4:30pm. For a description of the remaining open enrollment sessions offered at Olin this year, see the program finder.
This month we share a noteworthy quote from renowned writer and management theorist, Mary Parker Follett: “Instead of condemning conflict, we should set it to work for us. Why not? The friction between the driving wheel of the locomotive and the track is necessary to haul the train. All polishing is done by friction. The music of the violin we get by friction… So in business too we have to know when to try to eliminate friction and when to capitalize on it.” This quote appears in a book we highly recommend, Discussing the Undiscussable, by William Noonan. Follett’s words, originally published in 1924, stand the test of time and capture a basic premise of our work at PMC.
Brookings Executive Education (BEE) has retained Paul Paese, of PMC, to teach open enrollment and outreach courses on negotiation and conflict resolution. BEE is a partnership of the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC and the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis. The Brookings Institution and Washington University share a common benefactor and visionary in Robert S. Brookings. The mission of BEE is to deliver on Robert Brookings’ desire to “teach the art of handling problems rather than simply impart accumulated knowledge” to those in and engaged with government. Deeply committed to public service and practical education, BEE is an ideal outlet for Paul’s teaching, and he is honored to contribute to its mission.
Today’s United States is a place of deep division, both political and ideological. Few, if any, living Americans can remember a time when our country was more divided than it is now. And it’s clear this division may widen in the coming months and years. For this reason, we at PMC think this is a good time to remember the words contained in the Seal of the United States – E pluribus unum, or “Out of many, one.” Lively political discourse is essential for a healthy nation, but that discourse is now strained by polarization to the left and right. No matter how strongly our views may diverge, at the end of the day we are one. Many Americans seem to be forgetting this crucial fact right now. The more mindful we are of our national unity, the more peaceful we will be toward each other, despite our ideological differences. And who knows? If we can see beyond our political divisions, what’s to prevent us from defining our loyalties even more broadly? As Martin Luther King said so famously: “If we are to have peace on earth, our loyalties must become ecumenical rather than sectional. Our loyalties must transcend our race, our tribe, our class, and our nation; and this means we must develop a world perspective.” Here’s wishing us all some perspective in these tumultuous times.
The Encyclopedia of Industrial and Organizational Psychology (2nd edition) was published this month by SAGE and includes a chapter by PMC President, Paul Paese. The chapter summarizes the unprecedented integration of behavioral science and practice achieved by Chris Argyris & Donald Schon in their Theory of Action approach to organizational behavior. That approach has provided the foundation for our work at PMC from the very start, and continues to undergird our services to this day. The chapter can be accessed in the Articles section of this site.