For many of us, this may seem like a strange question. Do we have any friends at work? The reason the question may sound a bit ironic is that the two words; “friends” and “work” don’t always intermingle. The notion of work has traditionally encouraged people to show only their “professional” selves. In most work […]Read more "Do You Have Any Friends At Work?"
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"
Imagine you ran an airline, but your planes would only be able to fly 30% of the time. What if you ran a utility and only generated 30% of the energy that your plants are capable of? Doesn’t sound like good business, does it? You’d likely need to make some quick decisions and get those […]Read more "Building a Better Boss"
When the Model T Ford was introduced in 1908, consumers were thrilled. They didn’t care that it didn’t have a roof or windshield wipers. It was better than a horse and buggy, and reinvented personal transportation. The Model T turned a page from an era of scarcity into an era of mass consumption. When Henry […]Read more "The One Word That Is Holding Us Back"
An organization’s greatest asset is it’s people. We’ve heard that line before. When it comes to assets, over the years organizations have refined the craft of optimizing for efficiency and effectiveness. We’ve learned to optimize production lines, supply chains, finance, and other functions so that every bit of productivity and scale can be squeezed out. […]Read more "To Improve Employee Engagement, Let’s Fix this One Thing"
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"
The annual report is a state-of-the-company document used by most public companies to disclose corporate information to their shareholders. Many publically traded companies invest a lot of thought and effort into this publication, which essentially summarizes key financial data, results of operations, market segment information, new product plans, key activities, and research and development activities. […]Read more "There’s One Important Metric Missing in The Annual Report"
Leave it to Weird Al Yankovic to show us just how much we miss the mark when engaging with our employees and colleagues. In a song called “Mission Statement in his latest album, Yankovic puts corporate buzzwords into a parody of Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young, highlighting just how meaningless and purposeless corporate communications have […]Read more "Goodbye Corporate Buzzwords. Hello Inspiration."
I recently dialed into a conference call in which we were trying to solve a business problem. It was supposed to be a 30-minute call with four other people. After I entered my conference access code, the system announced me as the 14th caller to join the conference. At first, I thought I misdialed and […]Read more "Want results? Think Small"