There’s a Dark Side to Heroic Leadership, and It’s Haunting Most Organizations

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 […]

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This Is The New Battleground In Business

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 […]

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CEOs and Employees Want Change. So Why Isn’t It Happening?

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 […]

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Disruptors Don’t Play By the Rules

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 […]

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