How overcommitment derails change

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  High-achievers commit. Then they commit again. And they commit one more time. And then, another time. And each time they inch a little further along that commitment continuum until they get to the bright red flashing lights surrounding overcommitment.

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Innovation Relies on Everyone’s Creativity

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As innovation becomes increasingly important, relying on everyone’s creativity will become one of the most critical capabilities of successful businesses. Digital technology certainly unleashed an extraordinary wave of innovation. It also changed the process of innovation. It’s becoming more diffuse,

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Four Behaviors of Cohesive Teams

Four Behaviors of Cohesive Teams

Our challenge isn’t understanding the practice of teaming; it’s practicing our understanding of teaming. There’s the difference!  Over the years, I’ve prioritized down to four simple words the behaviors that support great teamwork: (1) openness, (2) clarity, (3) action, and

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Creating a Learning Culture

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My piano teacher told me that music not performed doesn’t really exist. If no one plays it, it’s just notes in a book. Learning is a lot like music—waiting to be discovered and acted on. Buffeted by profound advancements in

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Inspiring Hope To Cultivate Innovation

Innovation Means Moving Toward Potential

A tourist walks up to a New Yorker and asks how to get to Carnegie Hall. The New Yorker says, “Practice.” It’s a fitting analogy to the common question, “How can we build innovation into our culture?” I’d say three

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Characteristics of Collaborative Leaders

Characteristics of Collaborative Leaders

The songwriter Bob Dylan reminded us, The Times They Are A-Changin’. Part of our responsibility in times of change is to develop new meanings for old words. For instance, if you hear the word leader, what comes to mind? Maybe it’s

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10 Ways to Foster an Inclusive Environment

Creating an Inclusive Environment

I’m a little unhappy with all the talk lately about diversity and inclusion. Why is it so hard for us? If we fail on the key challenge of diversity and inclusion, our efforts in every other area may falter. It

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The New Realities

Leading the Organization 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

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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

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  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

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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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