What makes a gift meaningful and of great value? Is it the amount of money we spend on the gift? Is the amount of time and effort we spend fighting the shopping mobs to grab the gift? I think most people would quickly reply a resounding “No!” to both of…


Years ago, I found myself in a toxic organization with toxic leadership — and they didn’t have a clue.

I was a newly minted graduate, master’s degree in hand, in a prestigious management trainee position in a large corporation. I had the opportunity to spend time in each operational and…


As we approach the end of the year, many of us find ourselves contemplating possible New Year’s resolutions — lose some weight, exercise more, read X number of books, start a new hobby, etc. In creating a list of New Year’s resolutions, we may find ourselves seeking to craft S.M.A.R.T…


It was a typical winter afternoon atop the beautiful Cascade Mountains in Oregon. My scout troop and I were on the second day of our annual snow cave campout. It was my third snow camp, and things had gone like clockwork the day before.

We arrived at the parking lot…


What is a growth vs. a fixed mindset?

Years ago, as a young 19-year-old, I accepted a challenging service assignment that would interrupt my university studies, lead me to leave friends and family and spend two years in South Korea, learning the Korean language to the best of my ability…


We’ve all been there. Told one thing, while observing another. Sometimes this is unintentional, the natural result of imperfect people in an imperfect institution, doing the best they know how to do right by their people and help their organizations to succeed. However, other times, leaders and the organizations they…


Years ago, as a young college student trying to learn the ropes and figure out my path in life, I found myself in the office of an older, very sage professor, seeking advice. I was contemplating switching majors (again!), …


Tomorrow we celebrate Labor Day, which arose out of the labor movement and aims to focus our attention to the “social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.”

Thanks to…


In previous articles, I discussed the value of diversity in the workplace and the importance of creating a workplace culture of belonging, diversity and inclusivity. More inclusive organizations are better able to attract and retain talent, experience greater customer loyalty, have greater productivity and are more innovative. …


Servant Leadership

Being an effective organizational leader is a challenging, often underappreciated role. While some leadership positions come with a measure of prestige, power and higher pay, the vast majority of those who lead in organizations fall somewhere in the middle of the organizational hierarchy and often don’t have a…

Jonathan H. Westover, Ph.D.

OD & Change Management Consultant (Human Capital Innovations); Professor/Chair, Organizational Leadership (UVU), Social Impact & Innovation Guru

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