Just Say No. What’s the most important tool available to every leader? It’s not experience or personality. It can be used effectively in any size company and in any competitive environment. It’s incredibly simple to learn yet almost no one uses it. It’s called focus. Did you know that, for … [Read more...] about Just Say No
WHY OVERCOMPLICATE DECISIONS? A nonprofit that provides important services to the local community has everything going for it: trust from the community, committed leadership, talented staff, a large pool of volunteers, and support from local business. It also delivers measurable, meaningful … [Read more...] about Why Overcomplicate Decisions?
WHO'S DOING YOUR JOB What's wrong with this picture? It's actually very common. We see it every week this time of year — a talented football coach with a creative offensive mind thinking deeply about the perfect play to call in a particular situation. However, while his head is down buried … [Read more...] about Who’s Doing Your Job
FILTERS KILL INNOVATION It’s incredible to think about all the stimuli your senses receive every day — the sights, sounds, smells, and touches that you encounter trigger synapses throughout your mind. However, the brain is wired to selectively filter stimuli to preserve its energy, since it … [Read more...] about Filters Kill Innovation
EVOLVE YOUR LEADERSHIP WITH STORIES When were you last moved by a story? And why were you moved? Think about the last movie you watched or book you read. The power of personal narrative and storytelling is an untapped skill in many organizations. In my career at Harvard Business Publishing, I … [Read more...] about Evolve Your Leadership With Stories
LEADERS GET PRACTICAL. PERIOD. Look, let’s be honest. Your learning strategies can be the most thoughtful, most theoretically watertight ideas ever created. But if they don’t lead to practical, meaningful business results, who cares? That’s why you often see CEOs getting their hands … [Read more...] about Program Practicality
GREAT LEADERS MASTER THEIR EMOTIONS Peter Salovey and John Mayer were the first to define the modern concept of emotional intelligence: Emotional Intelligence noun emo·tion·al in·tel·li·gence | \ i-‘mo-shnel in-‘te-le-jen(t)s \ The ability to monitor one’s feelings and emotions, to … [Read more...] about Great Leaders Master Their Emotions
BUILD GENERALISTS TO WIN. There’s incredible energy right now around the topic of data and data analytics. Schools are falling all over themselves to offer degrees and certificates in data science. No one wants to be left behind. Is this really the path to enduring success for businesses and … [Read more...] about Build Generalists to Win