The New Realities

Leaders of the Future

There come periods when a single truth seems to cry out for focused proclamation. As I continue talking about the ramifications of digital technologies, I’ve come to understand more clearly that distilling into urgent language the needed changes is a

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It’s Time for A New Social Contract

Social Contract blog

It’s time for a new social contract based on the new realities. Imagine an agreement, which every manager would sign and give to every person in the company, that would read something like this. Our company faces competitive world markets

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More Women, Smarter Teams

More Women, Smarter Teams

  Does just putting the 10 smartest people in a room make the smartest team? Research says, Not! The findings will surprise you — and delight some of you. Are brainy people overrated? In theory, yes, the 10 smartest people could make

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Realize Potential Through Creative Tension

Creative tension

  Leaders elevate the human energy to realize potential through creative tension. When this energy exists, we’re more fulfilled and productive. We’re more alive. Imagine if Instagram existed when Picasso was alive. It would be very interesting to record his work

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4 Questions for Meaningful Work + Life Balance

meaning

You just got out of a meeting. You’ve been disconnected from your smartphone for, like, 54 minutes! Did you get an email from the boss? Were you retweeted? You gotta know. We reach for our devices whenever there’s an in-between

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Does This Make Sense?

workforce engagement

When I give talks about new ways of organizing work, I often take a poll to see how well the audience thinks today’s companies take advantage of people’s abilities. This is how it goes. “I’m going to have you do

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The Power of Listening

Power of Listening

The person who has had the greatest impact upon my life, my career, my work is my sister Sara. People typically expect me to say some big-name motivator or author. Yet from my relations with all kinds of people my

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Intersections of inspiration

Leadership inspires

Much is being made about an apparent turn in the national temperament. Disturbing, cynical and turbulent are common descriptions. But inclusive, open, and promising are part of the picture as well. Turbulent times give unusual moments to make choices as creatively and as wisely

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The Scarcest Resource Today

scarcest resource

The scarcest resource today is the person who knows how their work affects the larger system. It’s important that you take a look to make sure all things go well. Successful cultures require inspired individuals. “Catalyst leaders” I call them.

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Rouse Creativity from Dormancy

Creative Conversations

I’m not alone in wondering why innovation isn’t working well. Could it be that corporate management is too small for us now? Every organization serious about its relevance in the surrounding changeability is asking desperately for more adaptability, vitality, and imagination from

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Everybody Will Be Changed

Reinvent Yourself

  We’ve reached a moment in history when self awareness — which has always been a supremely important psychological need — has become an urgent economic need. If this premise is correct, it’s the most important development for the context

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Guard the Tongue

Leading with questions

What would your work look like if it generated more energy than it consumed? It would look like people in highly engaged conversations, drawing out one another’s ideas, building relationships based on curiosity and interest in the other person. This is the image of healthy, inclusive,

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