Attached is a paper titled “H.I.G.H. O.C.T.A.N.E. – Ten Additives that Power High Performance in Organizations” that I originally conceptualized in the fall of 2006 during my first of two semesters in the Pepperdine University Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership program.

I subsequently co-wrote the paper with classmates Fa’auliulito H. Meni, Jill A. Peck, and Wayne J. Stickney-Smith — all of whom are still enrolled at Pepperdine.

I later presented the paper in March 2007 at the annual conference of the International Academy of Business Disciplines in Orlando, Florida. I am considering making this the focus of my doctoral dissertation or perhaps an area of significant academic inquiry.

The abstract from the paper is as follows:

Organizations are similar to cars: both require fuel to power them and a driver to direct them. In an organization, the fuel is its culture and the driver is initially its founder and in later years its current chief executive.

Just as cars require fuel to function, organizations share key cultural factors in order to exist.  Uniquely, some organizations are able to elevate themselves beyond basic existence into a coveted realm of high performance.

Doing so is difficult, and requires ten additives that convert a group’s culture into a H.I.G.H. O.C.T.A.N.E. source of power that can transform it into a high performing entity.

I welcome your comments, questions and ideas to doctorious [at] generative [dot] com.

Welcome to Doctorious!


I launched this blog to document my doctoral journey as a Ph.D. student in human and organizational systems at Fielding Graduate University. By sharing my adventures in academia this blog serves three functions: a personal journal, an academic endeavor, and a professional platform.

But why is this blog called “Doctorious?” With a background in creative writing and marketing, the brand appeal of a name is important to me in any context (academic, professional, or personal).  More of a state of mind more than a name, it equals the sum of doctorate + victorious + generous + notorious; I explain it in detail on this blog’s “About” page.

Ironically, I wasn’t aware of Fielding until I learned about it from Martha “Marty” Mattare, an associate professor of management at Frostburg State University and my track chair at the 2007 conference of the International Academy of Business Disciplines where I presented a paper entitled, “H.I.G.H. O.C.T.A.N.E.  (Ten Additives that Power High Performance in Organizations).”

This is version 2.0 of my doctoral journey: I previously completed two semesters in an Ed.D. program in organizational leadership at Pepperdine University. The Pepperdine program helped me understand myself and my calling in life.  However, it would not have enabled me to fully realize my goal of becoming a university-level business professor and researcher as would a PhD in Business. Nevertheless, I am grateful for my experience there and remain in touch with many former classmates.

I also earned an MBA at Woodbury University in Burbank, CA and a BA in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara (where I graduated Phi Beta Kappa). Overall, I am thankful for my educational experiences and appreciate the people and past experiences that brought me to this point.

I look forward to making this blog interesting and entertaining, and welcome your comments, thoughts or even your own tales of being “Doctorious!”