Issue 117

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.”


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.”


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.”


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.”


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.”




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