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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Rethinking Performance Reviews

Last week, my colleague Sameer Patel put out a blog on a topic that’s been lingering in my “there’s got to be a better way to do this” pile for quite a while.  The topic:  Rethinking Performance Reviews. Patel’s blog, titled “Why Performance Management needs to be disrupted. Pronto”, describes what both managers and employees […]

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Building a Better Boss

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 […]

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Your customers want it. Your employees want it. This is why you need it.

“Did you hear?” says Anna.   “Hear what?” I replied.   “The rumor is that John is on the way out.   I hear his numbers were not that great”. This type of water-cooler conversation happens every few seconds in most organizations.   Rumors spread like wildfire, consuming hours of productivity and stirring up many emotions. With research suggesting […]

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The Rise to Incompetence

Many newly promoted individuals often find themselves over-extended with their performance suffering as a result. When promoted for a position based on your performance in your current role rather your on abilities relevant to the intended role, is where eventually you can reach a job where you are unable to perform well, at which point you will no longer be promoted and will remain in that position indefinitely.

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Everyone Needs to be a Futurist

As the economic climate changes and competition grows, today’s organizations are being consistently challenged to focus on meeting short-term objectives, such as quarterly numbers, while fundamentally transforming the way they do business.   While most of us work on the day-to-day operational details and focus on hitting the metrics, we often assume that there must be […]

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