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After Graduating, Keep Community First

Community is the heart of university. Students mix with other similarly aged people in an environment ripe with social activity, friendship, ideation, and discussion. It’s the most powerful element of college or graduate school — and also the most jarring to leave behind.<p>Social isolation often …

Four Lean Advertising Campaigns That Went Viral

In my research, I use eye-tracking technology, facial-expression analysis, and lab experiments to better understand why people choose to view online videos, what narrative techniques keep them watching, and what features prompt them to share videos with friends. Since writing about this work in HBR …

Idea Entrepreneur: The New 21st Century Career

There is a new player emerging on the cultural and business scene today: the idea entrepreneur. Perhaps you are one yourself — or would like to be. The idea entrepreneur is an individual, usually a content expert and often a maverick, whose main goal is to influence how other people think and …

Should You Take That Innovation Job?

You’ve been working at a small start-up for a while now when a large, deep-pocketed corporation comes knocking, asking you to join its innovation team. Should you take the job? Will this be the chance to exercise your entrepreneurial imagination in a more secure environment with ample assets? Or …

How to Lead When You’re Not in Charge

For all of the books (thousands) written on leadership, individuals (millions) who have participated in leadership seminars and dollars (billions) invested in leadership development, too many leadership experts still fail to distinguish between the practice of leadership and the exercise of …

The Disney Recipe

In a recent interview, Jeffrey Katzenberg described his first day at Disney as the newly appointed head of The Walt Disney Studios. The equally new Disney CEO, Michael Eisner, gave him a simple, unambiguous mandate: fix animation at Disney.<p>Although a veteran in the film business, Katzenberg had no …

Companies Should Help Veterans Get Skills to Work

There are an estimated 600,000 open advanced manufacturing jobs across America, and the White House recently announced that 34,000 troops are returning from Afghanistan over the next year. While these two facts are seemingly unrelated, an innovative program connects them in a meaningful way.<p>Led by …

Seven Strategies for Simplifying Your Organization

<i>This post is co-authored with Lisa Bodell.</i><p>Over the past several years we have heard hundreds of managers talk about the negative impact of complexity on both productivity and workplace morale. This message has been reinforced by the findings of major CEO surveys conducted by IBM and KPMG [PDF], …

Becoming an Idea Entrepreneur

Being an Entrepreneur When You’re Not Extroverted

“You really hate people,” said an ex to me during intermission at the theater, as we discussed our weekend plans. He, as always, wanted to get groups of friends together. I wanted, in contrast, a night to ourselves. “I do not hate people,” I said, angry and sad that it was <i>this</i> conversation again. …

In Big Companies, Lean Is Only One Piece of the Puzzle

In 2010, one of us was sitting in a room at the Harvard Business School with Eric Ries and a number of budding entrepreneurs. They were pitching their ideas and plans to Eric and their peers; once the pitch was complete, the group would then brainstorm. One of these young entrepreneurs in …

Brick and Mortars (Still) Can’t Beat the Web on Price

Change is an arduous process. Whenever I have to make a big change in my life, I tend to go through three phases. First, I simply wish (“somehow it will happen”). When that doesn’t work, I’ll look for a quick Hail Mary fix. (Sadly, those specially formulated seaweed pills didn’t help me lose 1 to 2 …

The People You Need Working for Your Start-Up

Almost nowhere else in the world is the tech entrepreneur glamorized as much as in Silicon Valley.<p>The Valley is rife with smart, incredibly energetic, tremendously talented new entrepreneurs — instead of stars in their eyes, they have successful exits and Zuckerberg-like acclaim in their sights.<p>Yet …

Making Management as Simple as Frisbee

Complexity is not a new condition. While it’s true that many aspects of life have become more densely connected and unpredictable, the fact is that our world is inherently complex. Most of the environments we move in and tasks we perform require us to deal with interdependent and dynamic …

The Bedraggled Return of the Organization Man

In 1956, journalist William H. Whyte described the American worker — in particular the white-collar worker — as an “organization man” out to build his career and his life around a single corporation. These conformist sorts, living in tidy new suburbs like Park Forest, Illinois, which Whyte …

CMOs: Build Digital Relationships or Die

The term “digital disruption” sounds painful. The word disruption implies that things are going to get broken up. But for companies that take advantage of what digital can do, disruption will have the opposite effect. Even if business models, traditional processes, and long-standing industry …