Issue 171

One Room, One Team, Different Purposes
Published Dec. 27, 2018 - By Carlos Valdes-Dapena

“We preach collaboration, talk and train teamwork, but all the while organizations are optimized to manage, foster and reward individual effort. Collaboration is second- or third-nature for a large majority of us and this predisposes us to consistently revert to our more selfish ways, especially where we’re rewarded and recognized to do so.”

Issue 170

Erasing Institutional Bias: Structural Change, Starting with You
Published Nov. 14, 2018 - By Tiffany Jana & Ashley Diaz Mejias

“In our work with organizations, we have found that erasing institutional bias is a difficult task. When bias is operating at a systems level, it can seem impossible to change. But with humility, patience, and some tools, change is possible.”

The Key to Resilience? A Positive Outlook
Published Nov. 14, 2018 - By Laurie J. Cameron

“People who are resilient tend to be more positive and optimistic compared to those who are less-resilient. They are better able to regulate their emotions. And they are able to maintain their optimism through the most challenging situations. Resilience, a positive outlook, and optimism are connected.”

Playing Fair While Creating and Unfair Advantage
Published Nov. 14, 2018 - By Anthony Iannarino

“Taking a client away from your competition is no mean feat. You have to create greater value, capture hearts and minds, and provide your dream client with a compelling reason to change. It isn’t easy to do, but there is no other way to grow at 10% in a market that is growing at 2.7%. Play fair and create an unfair advantage by becoming the best to play the game.”

Defy Ordinary, Exploit Imperfection, and Captivate your Customers
Published Nov. 14, 2018 - By Stan Phelps & David Rendall

“As we look at what successful companies are doing, it’s natural to emulate them. This has even been institutionalized in the process of benchmarking. … The problem is that when everyone in an industry starts copying the leaders, then, over time, the entire industry starts to look the same, feel the same, and sound the same. There are no differences. Nothing distinguishes one brand from another.”

Why We Must Evolve, or Die
Published Nov. 14, 2018 - By Tom Triumph

“It really comes down to a decision. You either ride things out, fight for the status quo and hope the changes you’re sensing are going to slow (they won’t), or you think about where the world is headed and change to get yourself there. The journey is difficult, but the direction is clear. Evolve or die.”

How to Master the Business Presentation
Published Nov. 14, 2018 - By Tim Calkins

“The business world revolves around presentations. … While emails and text messages are now ubiquitous, they rarely replace the presentation. It is hard to debate and discuss in depth in a text message. As a result, if you are going to be a successful business lead, you have to know how to create and deliver presentations that are tight, logical and convincing.”

Issue 169

Leadership On Day One
Published Oct. 10, 2018 - By Drew Dudley

“I’ve studied leadership my entire adult life, and I firmly believe there is no shortage of leadership on this planet. However, we are systematically ignoring a huge percentage of the leadership that surrounds us each day because we have chosen to define it too narrowly.”

Don’t Stress: When Doing and Spending Less Can Help Your Business Get Ahead
Published Oct. 10, 2018 - By Stephen Wunker & Jennifer Luo Law

“Innovation doesn’t always have to be more—more flavors, more horsepower, more memory space, more bells and whistles. New solutions can excel in their simplicity, earning customer love and saving money along the way—and, yes, that is just as deserving of being called 'innovative' as a new blockchain game or genetic therapy.”

The Forgotten Diversity Group: Ambitious Women Who Want to Lean “In-Between”
Published Oct. 10, 2018 - By Kathryn Sollmann

“Diversity and inclusion is a hot topic on corporate agendas these days, but despite the best efforts of employers, a large group of women are feeling left out. When it comes to leadership training, employers are still pressuring women to conform to one profile of an ambitious and successful woman.”

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