Issue 178 | Published July 17, 2019

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Issue 177

5 Things We Think We Know about Strategy—and Why We’re Wrong
Published June 12, 2019 - By Edward Morrison, Scott Hutcheson, Elizabeth Nilsen, Janyce Fadden, Nancy Franklin

“Strategic planning has always been an ineffective tool to lead an organization. … The venerable institution of strategic planning is long overdue for at least a major overhaul, if not outright replacement.”

Want to Be a Great Leader? Hit the Pause Button
Published June 12, 2019 - By Sara Canaday

“Today’s leaders are being asked to both do more AND think more. Is that even possible? I’m a fan of multi-tasking but this seems unreasonable. Expecting leaders to succeed in the context of a constant act-more, think-more, produce-more world is self-defeating, at best. At worst, it could be disastrous for our projects, for our teams, and for our health.”

Become the Leader You Would Follow
Published June 12, 2019 - By Scott Jeffrey Miller

“Leadership isn’t always rewarding. It can feel like a bottomless pit of problem solving and adult-sitting. … It’s okay if you admit that leadership can be hard and unenjoyable, because the benefits of being successful at it can be life-changing.”

The New Era of Innovation
Published June 12, 2019 - By Chris Duffey

“What we can be certain of is because of new emerging technology like AI, the rate of change will only increase. And the need for human intelligence, creativity, and ingenuity will be even more valuable and in demand in the future. However, here in lies the paradox—that AI technology is not only fueling the pace of change but will also make us more intelligent.”

Rethinking Execution: The ‘Salsa Scale’ of Embedment
Published June 12, 2019 - By Todd M. Warner

“Execution is a challenge in every organization, and “embedment” means different things for different technical outputs. Not every initiative and priority needs to be localized in teams across an organization. Unfortunately, organizational approaches to embedment are so shallow and flawed that they are perpetually vexed by the challenges of getting local people to adopt any new ways of working.”

Issue 176

Future Proof: Reinventing Work in an Age of Acceleration
Published May 15, 2019 - By Diana Wu David

“The future of work looks bewildering. … Jobs tenures are shorter than ever, while our work life seems to go on to infinity and beyond. Exponential change means that everyone is perpetually considering how to re-invent themselves to keep up with shifting careers and mores.”

The Resurrection of the American Dream
Published May 15, 2019 - By Craig Hall, with Linden Gross

“The statistics and research are clear—over the course of the last several decades, the number of new startups in the U.S. has been on a steady decline … 75 percent of venture capital in the U.S. goes to only three areas—Silicon Valley, New York, and Boston. This has left much of the United States a wasteland in terms of entrepreneurial activity. And the punches keep on coming.”

How to Green Your Company
Published May 15, 2019 - By Gay Browne

“Traditionally, responsibility means looking out for the bottom line, and reporting financial performance to your shareholders if you are a publicly traded company. In today’s world, responsibility is taking on a whole new meaning, including looking out for your employees and the natural environment.”

How to Turn Complexity Into Advantage
Published May 15, 2019 - By David Komlos & David Benjamin

“With all the fuss about unprecedented and accelerating complexity, you’ll probably be surprised to hear that today’s standout leaders are solving their organization’s defining challenges … They have upended conventional wisdom and replaced it with a new underlying logic, from which when understood, there’s no turning back.”

The Future of Sales is Radically Transparent—Are you Ready?
Published May 15, 2019 - By Todd Caponi

“How can sellers understand technology advancements, adjust, and actually have buyers looking forward to their interactions with sales professionals? How can sellers become no longer a necessary evil, but the key element in an easy, successful, confident decision making process? Transparency.”

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