Issue 118 | Published June 11, 2014

The Accelerating Organization: In a Faster Moving World, We Need Speed and Agility to Keep Up The Accelerating Organization: In a Faster Moving World, We Need Speed and Agility to Keep Up
By John P. Kotter

Published June 11, 2014 9:00 a.m. - “Organizations everywhere are struggling to keep up with the accelerating pace of change—let alone get ahead of it. The stakes—the financial, social, environmental, and political consequences—are rising in a similar exponential way.”
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How to Unlock Employee Ideas to Power Your Organization How to Unlock Employee Ideas to Power Your Organization
By Alan G. Robinson & Dean M. Schroeder

Published June 11, 2014 9:00 a.m. - “It is time to change the way we run our organizations. Today, a growing number of organizations are becoming very good at promoting front-line ideas, and as a result are reaching extraordinary levels of performance.”
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Seven Steps to World Domination Seven Steps to World Domination
By Lori Ann LaRocco

Published June 11, 2014 9:00 a.m. - “You don't have to be a billionaire in order to be at the top of your game. In fact, you have more in common with the world’s most successful business leaders than you may think—you are probably already using some of the strategies they use without being aware of it.”
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Repairing the Hole in the Boat: How the Poor Can Save Capitalism Repairing the Hole in the Boat: How the Poor Can Save Capitalism
By John Hope Bryant

Published June 11, 2014 9:00 a.m. - “What if there was a way to use the power of free market enterprise to lift every American and indeed every human being on the planet to a level of dignity, inclusion, fulfillment, engagement, economic security and stability? Wouldn’t that be a truly noble cause?”
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Against the Odds: Startups that Make It Against the Odds: Startups that Make It
By Derek Lidow

Published June 11, 2014 9:00 a.m. - “It is one of our saddest economic statistics: More than half small businesses fail within a few years of startup. ... I think that the solution is deceptively simple: entrepreneurs should stop thinking so much about the idea behind the business and focus instead on how to lead it.”
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The Nature of Investing The Nature of Investing
By Katherine Collins

Published June 11, 2014 9:00 a.m. - “We are all investors. We invest our time, our energy, our money. We invest every single day, as citizens, as consumers, as businesspeople. […] We need to reengage with investing in its essential, connected form—to reintegrate our professions with the real world, instead of the world on the screen. But how?”
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Issue 117

How to Ignite Innovation with F.I.R.E.
May 14, 2014 - By: Dan Ward
117 “The pattern of rapid, thrifty innovation shows up across a large range of technical contexts and genres. Whether we are talking about submarines or software, medical or military technology, the most impactful and successful innovations tend to be produced by small teams with short schedules, tight budgets, and strong commitments to simplicity.”


The 3 Stoic Disciplines: How to Turn Your Trials Into Triumphs
May 14, 2014 - By: Ryan Holiday
117 “Great individuals, like great companies, find a way to transform weakness into strength. It’s a rather amazing and even touching feat. They took what should have held them back—what in fact might be holding you back right this very second—and used it to move forward.”


12 Myths that Lead to a Busy, Unfulfilling Life
May 14, 2014 - By: Greg McKeown
117 “15 years ago, I quit law school to pursue one overarching question: ‘Why do capable people fail to breakthrough to the next level?’ The answer to the question, to my great surprise, is success. ... In other words, I found that success can be a catalyst for failure.”


Make Your Company Smarter
May 14, 2014 - By: Geoffrey James
117 “Corporate culture is like the banks of a river and the behaviors in the corporation are like water that flows inside those banks. Over time, these behaviors dig the channel deeper, reinforcing the culture, which in turn reinforces the behaviors. The deeper the channel, the harder it is to change behaviors ... ”


Flowing to the River of Ultimate Performance: The Science of Productivity
May 14, 2014 - By: Steven Kotler
117 “In flow, we are so focused on the task at hand that everything else falls away. Action and awareness merge. Time flies. Self vanishes. All aspects of performance—mental and physical—go through the roof. ... It’s high-speed problem solving; it’s being swept away by the river of ultimate performance.”


The Magic Triangle of Company and Career Health
May 14, 2014 - By: Rich Karlgaard
117 “The soft edge of business is the side of deeper human longings and values. ... Not surprisingly, the soft edge is the most underestimated and oft-neglected side of the triangle. But do not dismiss the soft edge. It is the source of enduring strength.”



Issue 116

Strategic Thinking: A Framework for Individual Executives to Elevate Business
April 16, 2014 - By: Rich Horwath
116 “The inability to effectively navigate strategy challenges can have devastating long-term effects on an organization. ... While it’s convenient to blame an organization’s failings on external factors such as the economy, decisions about strategy account for failure a whopping 70 percent of the time.”


How to Cultivate Winning Relationships
April 16, 2014 - By: Morag Barrett
116 “Having fun and feeling satisfied with relationships at work are important! For many of us, the hours we spend at work far exceed the time we spend with our families or in social settings. So why not actually enjoy this massive part of our lives? When you cultivate winning relationships, everyone involved can benefit—especially you.”


Finding Excellence: How to Give and Be Our Best Every Day
April 16, 2014 - By: Harry Paul & John Britt
116 “What many call excellence is actually average incognito. So the first step is to come to know what this elusive term called excellence really is. Once you view excellence in its purest form, then you can set your course with a compass that clearly shows if you are on the right path.”


Your Product or Service Is Either Relevant or It’s Worthless: Three Things You Need to Do to Make Sure It’s Relevant
April 16, 2014 - By: Andrea Coville & Paul B. Brown
116 “In an environment where literally thousands of messages are competing for attention, how do you get people to pay attention to your business, message, or offering? Simply put: by being relevant.”



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