Issue 117 - 01 | The Magic Triangle of Company and Career Health

By Rich Karlgaard
Published May 14, 2014 12:00 p.m.
“While giving speeches about the post-recession recovery, I began to wonder why some companies had blasted out of the recession in fine shape while others had not yet escaped, as if sick or dysfunctional. When a human being is sick or dysfunctional—or just not thriving—the root cause is always found in one of three areas. Picture a triangle. One side is physical health. Another side is emotional. A third side is social. If you are thriving on just two sides but not on a third, your entire health is at risk. Ask an otherwise physically and mentally healthy person who is struggling with social health, going through a traumatic divorce, say.

What does robust health look like in a company or career? Can we find a similar triangle that can help us locate the root cause when our companies and careers are underperforming? I believe so. But warning: I will spend most of the time discussing the least appreciated side of the triangle—the soft edge.”

About Rich Karlgaard | Rich Karlgaard is the publisher and a columnist at Forbes magazine. In addition to being an entrepreneur, angel investor, board director, bestselling author, and speaker, he is also co-founder of the Churchill Club, Silicon Valley’s premiere business and technology forum. His new book is The Soft Edge: Where Great Companies Find Lasting Success. You can follow him on Twitter .

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