Vanishing Point

Hans Davies

As Organizational Development Director, Hans leads the development of associates to ensure that skills and services match the ongoing needs of clients. Hans has an MA in International Relations and International Economics from John Hopkins University, and a BA in History from Williams College. He was a Robert Bosch Foundation fellow and received a meritorious honor award from the Department of State.

Recent Posts

This is the Only Reliable Means of Protecting Critical Infrastructure

Posted by Hans Davies

September 7, 2017 at 8:30 AM

More people and vulnerable infrastructure exposed to more frequent and intense hazards equals even greater risk for us in the future. The time to rethink the equation is now.[1]

 

When organizations consider the approach to protection, they naturally gravitate to questions, such as “what do I need to protect?” and “how can I protect those things?” The question of what to protect is difficult. It takes a degree of perspective, prioritization, and foresight that is difficult for most individuals and 

nearly impossible for groups seeking consensus. Once protection needs are clear, organizations need to address the question of how to protect those priorities. This consideration is even more complicated, especially for those tasked with protecting our critical infrastructure.

 

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The Three Secrets to Great Bartending and Successful Consulting

Posted by Hans Davies

April 12, 2017 at 1:00 PM

I recently took advantage of an opportunity to participate in a two-week bartending class. The course was a chance to learn a new skill I could use at parties and a way to meet some different people. While I expected to learn a few tricks and a few new drinks, I did not expect to learn three valuable lessons about the business of consulting. By the end of the course, however, the similarities between the two were apparent. Both are ‘people’ businesses that rely on a team of individual purveyors (bartender or consultant) to act with intellect, methodology, and care for the best interests of each customer.


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This is Why Your Organizational Transformation Demands Humanity

Posted by Hans Davies

November 2, 2016 at 12:03 PM

In March 2016, my wife and I welcomed our first child. Needless to say, it was a big change for us. As I enjoyed time off with my new family, I had ample time to reflect on transformation and the significance of change for individuals, organizations, and societies.

 

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These People Can Lead Your Innovation and Transformation

Posted by Hans Davies

August 10, 2016 at 9:30 AM

Most discussions of strong leaders read like a Who’s Who of our time – Franklin Delano Roosevelt (and his wife, Eleanor, for that matter), Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela. The impact of these brilliant and self-sacrificing individuals is not up for dispute. But in the Knowledge Age, when change is the norm and organizational transformations are common, it’s short-sighted to look only to those who have played a starring role in world affairs.

 

Leaders of all kinds continue to shape our future. In fact, our increasing state of hyperconnectedness and constant pursuit of innovation means that an individual focused on achieving an outcome has the necessary capacity to be the right leader for an organization undergoing a transformation.

 

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Innovation Never Happens in a Void – Valuing Collaboration

Posted by Hans Davies

February 24, 2016 at 9:43 AM

Collaboration fosters innovation. Innovation drives a Future Proof® organization that can generate continuous value. Leaders need to actively support an environment for collaboration.

 

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Change Fatigue is Inevitable. What To Do About It.

Posted by Hans Davies

January 13, 2016 at 9:30 AM

Vital businesses are in a state of continual reinvention and flux. In fact, remaining Future Proof®in this era of rapid, constant innovation requires keeping your organization agile enough to adapt almost constantly to a shifting business environment. And while change may be driven by the market or other outside factors, its execution – and its success or failure – ultimately depends on the abilities and commitment of the human beings within the organization. 

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This is the Organizational Structure of the Future

Posted by Hans Davies

December 9, 2015 at 10:00 AM

The words a company uses to describe itself are critical elements of its culture. Terms like “family” and “team” are loaded with significance related to organizational structure. They reflect priorities and values that are disseminated by leadership across the organization to shape the brand, drive performance, and create value. More importantly, they impact leaders’ ability to evolve and drive change from within.

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The Secret to Success: Empower Your Multi-Generational Workforce

Posted by Hans Davies

October 28, 2015 at 9:43 AM

Every day in the U.S., approximately 10,000 Baby Boomers leave the workforce. While there’s talk of a talent gap, the actual size of the labor force continues to grow year over year.[1] The employment market is hitting a tipping point in 2015, at which point, there will be more young professionals in the marketplace than tenured individuals. By 2025, it’s projected that Millennials will represent approximately 75% of American employees.

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From Princes to Frogs: New Leadership Models

Posted by Hans Davies

August 12, 2015 at 9:30 AM

If you’ve attended a seminar on leadership lately, it’s likely that you’ve run into quotes from Machiavelli’s The Prince, perhaps something on leadership or the difficulty of changing a system. Hate or love its message, the book has been influential for almost 500 years.

Although the book (and many others like it) still has a place in any leader’s library, we think its lessons are too easy and too proscriptive. Machiavelli’s message was relevant in a time of both aristocracy and bureaucracy, but today’s workforce wants more than imperatives. They want to believe. They want to have a cause.
 
Leadership today and in the future is not about fear; it’s about setting a vision, mentoring, coaching, and building a team. If you’re looking for a model for outstanding leadership, we suggest that you stop trying to model a prince, and consider looking to a frog: Kermit the Frog.
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