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"
“The problem of power is how to achieve its responsible use rather than its irresponsible and indulgent use – of how to get men of power to live for the public rather than off the public.” Robert F Kennedy “We have to change the direction of the project” says Phil, a middle manager in a […]Read more "I Say. You Do (and that’s just the way it is)"
Recently, I had the pleasure hearing of Former Vice Chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff, Bill Owens speak to a small group of executives. Coming up the ranks from a nuclear submariner, Owens recalled a conversation he had with one of his most trusted advisors when he first made the upper echelons of the […]Read more "Silence is a Killer"