As I was driving home the other day, I had the misfortune of getting stuck in standstill traffic for over 90 minutes. Despite trying every side street I can think of, I was just stuck – going nowhere fast! Turns out that there was a massive protest against Uber by taxi drivers who intentionally blocked […]Read more "Growth Mindset: The Only Way to Fight Disruption"
In her recent TED Talk, Margaret Heffernan, an entrepreneur, former CEO of five companies and author, discussed an experiment on productivity by evolutionary biologist William Muir at Purdue University. Muir was interested in productivity and leverages experiments with chickens for one simple reason — their productivity is easy to measure because you can just count […]Read more "There’s a Dark Side to Heroic Leadership, and It’s Haunting Most Organizations"
There’s a new battleground in business. It isn’t about money, resources, or scale. It’s not even about brand. In the past decade, Apple has been very successful at disrupting traditional industries by introducing products that offer incredible experiences to consumers and businesses. Apple fearlessly took on incumbents such as Sony, Nokia and Blackberry, who were […]Read more "This Is The New Battleground In Business"
One of the things I consistently notice when speaking to employees about culture change is the finger-pointing back at senior management. I hear “They need to change” or “Management needs to change their behaviors first!”. Non-coincidentally, this exact same sentiment is shared when speaking with management. They’re saying: “Our employees don’t want to change. We […]Read more "CEOs and Employees Want Change. So Why Isn’t It Happening?"
Almost every CEO these days asks a similar question: “How can we change faster?” In the face of unprecedented pace of change, CEOs are clearly feeling the pressure as they see execution struggling to keep up with their strategies. A study conducted by innovation consulting firm Innosight shows that the once 61-year tenure for the […]Read more "Don’t Change Your Culture – Hack It!"
Imagine you ran a business that virtually dominates the market. One day, you find out that a small start-up has somehow figured out a technology that lets your customers buy your product for 10% of your current price. Modern business strategy instantly focuses us on how to protect our businesses from competitors. Our instant urge […]Read more "Disruptors Don’t Play By the Rules"
Sarah is at the top of her game. She’s been climbing the ladder at one of the top legal firms in the country. If all goes according to plan, she will likely make partner in the next 5 years. She worked hard to get to where she is today. Working part-time jobs to put herself […]Read more "Still Think Robots Can’t Take Your High-Paying Job?"
As I sort through nearly 2 gigabytes worth of pictures of my kids, I can’t help it but feel overwhelmed. There are literally thousands upon thousands of pictures and short videos that we shot over the past eight years, yet the struggle is not only with the volume, but the notion that you can’t help […]Read more "How This Button Is a Start to Getting Meaning Back"
As I was sitting with a friend last week for lunch, enjoying an engaging conversation, I couldn’t help it but get distracted by the buzzing of notifications arriving to my phone. While I didn’t pick up the phone to take a look at what was behind all these pings, my mind kept wondering, thinking about […]Read more "How Meerkat and Periscope are Rewiring Our Brains"
On February 23rd, an email popped into my inbox and caught my attention. The title must’ve been taken straight out of Apple’s product launch playbook: “Pebble’s got something special tomorrow. Be the first to see”. Pebble, who had a meteoric rise to fame by raising more than $10 million from 69,000 people on the crowdfunding […]Read more "From a Simple Email to Making One Million in 49 Minutes"