“Learning how to walk through hell effectively”

I’ve started a new book for my career: Building a Bridge While You Walk On It, by Robert E. Quinn. My coach recommended it to me after I devoted several sessions to discussing my job as an internal communications manager for an organization that, like many, could always improve its ability to promote a positive and motivating workplace. I’m a middle manager and have only been with the organization for 1.5 years, so I’m still learning a lot about how to instigate genuine change for the better.

The first chapter poses the following questions. Regardless what position you serve in your own job (or in your own life), I think these are great questions* to ponder, and I will soon answer them from my own experience in a separate post.

  1. What are the positive and negative functions of the ego and the organizational culture? How do we normally deal with the negative functions?
  2. Why is it natural for people and organizations to deny the signals for deep change?
  3. Why are individuals and organizations eventually driven to deep change?
  4. Do you agree that fear and hypocrisy are normal in organizations? Why might this be true? If it is true, what are the implications for change leaders?
  5. What meaning do the following have for you: “building the bridge as we walk on it,” “walking naked into the land of uncertainty,” and “learning how to walk through hell effectively”

Here is the book if you’d like to read it yourself. 

I welcome your thoughts!

*This is not the full list of questions in the book. The other questions are contextual based on the stories the author uses in the first chapter.


  1. “building the bridge as we walk on it,” absolutely . . . in the west we travel to a certain goal . . . in the east traveling IS the goal . . . and building as you go is caused by the observation/experience, experience. plus it’s more fun and exciting. . . . “walking naked into the land of uncertainty,” One should have at least one grenade and a k-bar knife . . . learning how to walk through hell effectively” . . . Be outwardly quiet while inwardly repeating : yeah tho I walk through the valley of death I will fear no evil for I am the meanest mfer in the valley! . . . . …………………………… Hi Jamie, long time no see . . .

    • Helloooo JJ! That’s so true about the east vs. the west. You might find this article interesting: http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170504-the-japanese-skill-copied-by-the-world. Hahaha yeah naked walking should be approached with much wisdom and a fair amount of caution. And walking in the valley of death…I’d never actually thought of that original bible phrase much, but you draw me to it. I prefer your more spirited version, though! 😛

      • actually Jamie they are one and the same . . . everything concerning God relies on perception and I see God as a state of being rather than some guy hanging out on a cloud . . . 🙂 anyways I’ve thought about you from time to time while going through my follower list and wondered where you went . . .

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