David is the author of three books: Leadersights: Creating Great Leaders Who Create Great Workplaces, The C4 Process: Four Vital Steps to Better Work, and FirstLine: A Team Leader’s Guide to Lean Thinking. He is a senior lecturer in the Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University, teaching in the Master of Business Operational Excellence program. His research focuses on people in organizations and how Lean, leadership, and learning systems contribute to overall employee satisfaction and well-being. He joined the University in 2013 after serving as Executive Director of the Institute for Lean Systems for seven years, coaching and consulting with clients in a wide range of industries. David was lecturer in the College of Engineering at the University of Kentucky from 2001 to 2006. He is a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Army.
The Idea Farm
Change is sweeping through organizations at an exciting and challenging pace. Those who can’t embrace this or build resilient systems will suffer in many ways. Building resiliency skills in the workplace is the best preparation for any kind change. To build these skills, you’ll need a system of structures that allow ideas to surface and then flourish through collaborative refinement that leads to more ideas. In short, what you’ll need is an idea farm.