Posts filed as “Effectiveness”

Lessons from Challenger, Build Hope and Be Accountable

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” — Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Richard Feynman, renowned physicist, was asked in 1986 to help understand what happened in the Challenger disaster. He not only gave a famous testimony to Congress describing the O-ring failure that led to the…

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Hit a Wall? Your Mindset Matters

[facebook] “Borders? I have never seen one. But I have heard they exist in the minds of some people.” – Thor Heyerdahl, innovator, adventurer, and border-smasher I have a friend who installed the same invisible dog fence I did, but he admitted he didn’t bother with the training and simply installed the underground wire and…

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Turn Anxiety into Positive Action

[facebook] In the always-on bottle rocket economy, in which creative contributors spend their extended waking hours in simultaneous and schizophrenic bouts of digital grazing, conference calls, work tasks, social media…it’s no surprise anxieties and hypertension have overtaken the workforce. I had an interview the other day with Chip Conley, Founder and CEO of Joie de…

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Bring back quiet time and your ideas will benefit

It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer. – Einstein Theresa Amabile, of Harvard, and her colleagues conducted a study in which they tried to capture creativity in the wilds of teams and companies by asking participants to reveal their activities in Daily Questionnaires. These surveys were aimed at…

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Seeing the Whole Picture

Richard Nisbett, University of Michigan, has a fascinating study in which he took a group of American college students and a group of native Chinese and Japanese students who had just arrived in the United States and asked both groups to take photograph portraits of each other. A typical portrait taken by an American student…

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Follow the Right Idea Threads

“I can’t recall a period of time that was as volatile, complex, ambiguous and tumultuous. As one successful executive puts it, ‘if you’re not confused, you don’t know what’s going on’.” – Warren Bennis Yesterday we had the honor or producing an event with Ram Charan, surely one of, if not the, most sought-after executive…

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Replace Fear with Curiosity

We recently had the cool opportunity to interview Professor Yves Doz from INSEAD University in Paris and he had three bits of advice for those looking to make a difference: expose yourself to new environments, get curious, and challenge yourself. He has a great story about a big company CEO who travels alone and incognito…

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Nothing is more precious than to be able to decide

“When I set out to take Vienna, I take Vienna. Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide.” – Napoleon I posted about an interview we did recently with Dan Glaser, CEO of Marsh, but it’s not enough.  I’ve been reviewing the tapes and it’s so rich with cool…

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Where do you spend your time?

Does this sound familiar? – “I’m incredibly busy right now juggling multiple projects and numerous deadlines.  Things are just really crazy.  Everyone I work with is flat-out and working under constant stress to accomplish our goals.  But our work is important and once we get through this current push, there will be time in maybe…

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Ever seen the bottom of your in-box?

Mid to senior-level executives have an astonishing amount of STUFF thrown at them every day and it can take as much as 90 minutes every day just to identify and categorize the work to be done. Let alone actually get it done. In the knowledge economy, new skills are needed to accurately process the constant…

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