Compliance Or Commitment? Good Leaders Inspire Both

July 25, 2020

A really smart guy once said that the secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new. That was Socrates, the Greek philosopher who knew a thing or two about learning to adapt to emerging circumstances. In a world disrupted by a pandemic, an…

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How Will Social Distancing Affect Our Need To Belong?

July 18, 2020

The marketplace disruption caused by Covid-19 has implications beyond mere numbers. After spending many months in the work from home mode, millions of people are recalibrating their futures. So are many companies. Facebook, for example, will permanently shift tens of thousands of jobs to remote work. Hundreds of other organizations around the globe are considering…

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Struggling With Change? Try Leading From the Future

June 26, 2020

“I look to the future because that’s where I’m going to spend the rest of my life.” George Burns offered that insight as a comedy line. But it applies to strategic planning more than he likely ever imagined. Business people everywhere are struggling to recover from disruptions and tensions caused by a perfect storm of…

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Why ‘Outsourcing’ Your Decisions Can Be Risky

June 23, 2020

Decisions. Decisions. Decisions. We make hundreds of them every day. Most are relatively fleeting and inconsequential. What difference does it really make whether you poach some eggs or opt for a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast? Some people seem to struggle with even the most simple decisions. From the movie You’ve Got Mail you may…

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What Will the Post-COVID ‘New Normal’ Look Like?

June 15, 2020

Steve Jobs, the genius behind much of Apple’s ramp-up to become one of the world’s most profitable companies, said innovation is the ability to see change as an opportunity, not as a threat. Another really smart guy named Steve has plenty to say on the subject. He’s Steve Brown, the author of The Innovation Ultimatum:…

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7 Habits: A Classic Somehow Gets Even Better With Age

June 8, 2020

There’s a lot of talk nowadays about “uncertain times.” It’s a phrase often denoting the harsh and burdensome changes wrought by a global pandemic. But “uncertain times” seems to imply a lack of control. I prefer the term “unscripted times.” To me, that conjures up images of the people we see in business, science, medicine,…

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You Can’t Do It All, And That’s Perfectly Okay

May 26, 2020

“Put first things first” is one of those self-improvement prescriptions with a very high “Oh, duh!” factor. As in “Oh, duh! Everybody knows that.” Trouble is, almost everybody ignores the prescription. Sure, most people know that family is (or at least should be) more important than work. Sure, most people know that physical exercise, good…

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Want To Innovate? Get Comfortable With Discomfort

May 19, 2020

What do you do if you feel you’re getting ripped off by a service that’s crucial to your business? And what if you’re sure a lot of other people are equally disadvantaged and disgusted? If you’re Jim McKelvey, you start a new company that not only solves the problem but blossoms into an industry-changing phenomenon. …

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An Upside To Hard Times: Innovation Blooms

May 12, 2020

MacGyver, you probably thought, was a television show from 30 years ago. And it was. But MacGyver is also a verb, now officially recognized as such by the Oxford English Dictionary. The title character from the TV series was a secret agent who always managed to improvise his way out of critical situations. MacGyver’s extraordinary…

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