Issue 118

How to Unlock Employee Ideas to Power Your Organization
June 11, 2014 - By: Alan G. Robinson & Dean M. Schroeder
118 “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.”


Against the Odds: Startups that Make It
June 11, 2014 - By: Derek Lidow
118 “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.”



Issue 117

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.”


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.”


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 ... ”


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.”


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.”


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.”



Issue 116

How Your Biases Make You Blind
April 16, 2014 - By: Faisal Hoque & Drake Baer
116 “If a company is homogenous in form, it leads to a lack of understanding of what value the customer wants. That misunderstanding is the seed of disruption, for the gap between the value you think your customers want and the value your customers actually want is precisely the space where a competitor can replace you.”


Heed Your Call
April 16, 2014 - By: David M. Howitt
116 “You have been invited to heed your call, and now it is up to you to decide where you go from here. You are the result of the choices you make every single day, and what you choose, you become. To choose wisely, be a witness to your thoughts and actions. How you choose to respond to this call is what will define and shape your future.”




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