Why You Can’t Just Write In Your Culture

  • On 2nd February 2018
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  Herb Kelleher, the founder and CEO of Southwest Airlines which is one of the most successful airline in the history of commercial aviation when asked to identify what he believed was the reason for the company’s success said:” It’s our patina of spirituality.” This evocative articulation reinforces an eternal truth of business; Culture is […]
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Network Dispatch: Past the Pingpong Tables

  • On 4th February 2015
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What has your startup done lately? Did it disrupt the status quo? Did it change the game of the industry in which it competes? Did it crush a recent pitch for additional funding? Equipped with a Wharton degree, your leadership probably propelled all of these things to happen. The passion-rich approaches many entrepreneurs have pursued […]
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Blue Ocean Leadership

  • On 4th February 2015
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It’s a sad truth about the workplace: Just 30% of employees are actively committed to doing a good job. According to Gallup’s 2013 State of the American Workplace report, 50% of employees merely put their time in, while the remaining 20% act out their discontent in counterproductive ways, negatively influencing their coworkers, missing days on […]
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HR Should Own Organizational Effectiveness

  • On 4th February 2015
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What should the role of HR be in a corporation? It many respects, the answer is obvious and simple. It should take primary responsibility for providing input, advice, direction, and execution with respect to organization effectiveness. Increasingly, what makes organizations effectiveness is how they organize staff and manage their human capital. Modern organizations are dependent […]
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The Dawn of System Leadership

  • On 4th February 2015
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The deep changes necessary to accelerate progress against society’s most intractable problems require a unique type of leader—the system leader, a person who catalyzes collective leadership. With the passing of Nelson Mandela in late 2013, the world celebrated a remarkable life. But the spotlight on Mandela’s accomplishments relegated to the shadows much of the reason […]
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Developing Your Leadership Pipeline

  • On 4th February 2015
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What could be more vital to a company’s long-term health than the choice and cultivation of its future leaders? And yet, while companies maintain meticulous lists of candidates who could at a moment’s notice step into the shoes of a key executive, an alarming number of newly minted leaders fail spectacularly, ill prepared to do […]
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Intellectual Discussion of Accelerating Change

  • On 4th February 2015
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A Brief History of Intellectual Discussion of Accelerating Change Accelerating Universal Phases of Physical-Computational Change © 1999-2008, John Smart. Reproduction, review and quotation encouraged with attribution. Origins — The Idea of Progressive Change To consider the origins of the idea of accelerating change, we should briefly go back to a much earlier one, that of […]
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The Hard Side of Change Management

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When French novelist Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr wrote “Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose,” he could have been penning an epigram about change management. For over three decades, academics, managers, and consultants, realizing that transforming organizations is difficult, have dissected the subject. They’ve sung the praises of leaders who communicate vision and walk the […]
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