Ronald B. Pickett, Author Profile

Ronald B. Pickett Bio PictureRonald B. Pickett is an organizational effectiveness consultant based in Escondido, Calif. His areas of expertise include organizational politics, power, managing change, and communication.

Recent Articles

Manage Meetings Better

Manage Meetings Better

November 6, 2015

Managing meetings is not easy and is not taught in universities. However, it is a skill that can be acquired.
Political Science, Part II

Political Science, Part II

February 12, 2014

Part one of this article ended with a discussion of politics in your department. We hope you have considered the qu...
Political Science - Part 1

Political Science - Part 1

December 4, 2013

Organizational politics involves trades, exchanges of favors, relationships, reprisals, obstructionism and coalition-building...
Beyond Customer Service

Beyond Customer Service

October 7, 2013

We are all experts in customer service; after all, we are customers every day of our lives. Furthermore, as department manage...
Talk the Talk

Talk the Talk

September 5, 2012

Communication problems are all around us–two people talking about two completely different things and thinking they are...

What Would Steve Jobs Do?

March 1, 2012

“Steve Jobs, technologist and tastemaker of modern digital culture, described himself as a captain of product design in...
The Psychobarbarian Manager

The Psychobarbarian Manager

October 4, 2011

There are managers who have learned to use psychological techniques to confuse, contort, and control members of their staff. ...

The Five Keys to Systems Thinking

July 13, 2011

Structure drives behavior. The way your organization is structured—flat, crossfunctional, hierarchical or “siloed...

Systems Thinking

July 13, 2011

The only thing that changed was the title. The job, the responsibilities, even the pay were exactly the same, but when the ti...

Personal Accountability

April 6, 2011

You have a wonderful staff. You have given all the assignments and now it’s time to sit back and wait for the results t...

Performance Appraisals

October 7, 2010

Done well and consistently, performance appraisals can be one of your most important tools in becoming an excellent manager. ...