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.
As 2016 draws to close, we would like to thank the many clients, colleagues, and partners who played a part in the continued success of Paese Management Consulting over the past year. It’s been our best year ever at PMC, and we know our continued success will depend as much as ever on the relationships we’ve built and the creative possibilities that arise through partnership and collaboration. Wishing you the happiest of holidays and all the best in 2017!
PMC is pleased to join other Kirkwood, Missouri-area businesses in sponsoring The Kirkwood Call. The official newspaper of Kirkwood High School, The Call is arguably the most honored of all of KHS’s distinguished academic and extra-curricular entities. Last year, for example, The Call again received the First Amendment Press Freedom Award (winning the award 9 out of the past 10 years) and, in 2012, received the Charles Klotzer Media Literacy Award “In recognition of 93 years of award-winning journalism and hands-on experience for student journalists.”
This month the PotashCorp Executive i2i Pathway to Excellence program sponsored a weekend retreat and retained Paul Paese, of PMC, for an in-depth seminar on “Learning-Centered Leadership.” A joint initiative of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and Purdue University, the PotashCorp Executive i2i program develops future leaders in the food and agriculture industries through training in leadership, critical thinking, and problem solving.
Rotary International District 6060 (Eastern Missouri) held its annual conference this month in Kirkwood and Paul Paese, of PMC, was one of the invited speakers. The conference theme was “Peace and Conflict Resolution.” Paul gave a talk entitled “Reducing Everyday Conflict,” and also served as emcee for the black tie conference banquet. Feedback from the nearly 300 Rotarians and non-Rotarians who attended the 2-day conference has been extremely positive.