The Multiplier Effect

By David Forrest | collaboration and collective impact

The Dawn of System 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 …

Innovation

Miles Davis and the Practice of Social Design | Artbound

<i>The role of designers in society is changing. More and more, designers are being tasked to make an impact on the world around them by applying their</i> …

Miles Davis

The Science Behind Team Intelligence

Groups have IQs all their own. Here’s how psychologists are learning to measure “collective intelligence.”<p>What makes teams effective? People have been trying to find out for centuries, but researchers looking into that question recently discovered something new. According to psychologists at MIT, …

Psychology

The Medici Effect’s Frans Johansson On The Intersection Of Innovation And Social Change

Johansson argues that all new ideas are just combinations of old ideas. In the realm of social innovation, this means that collaboration with people from different backgrounds is the key to success.<p>Frans Johansson knows a little something about how the power of creative thinking can create change. …

Innovation

Neuroscience Says Workplace Happiness Comes Down to Experiencing This Emotion Daily

When the brain releases this feel-good chemical, good things will happen for you and your company.<p>Over the last decade, compelling research from neuroscience continues to inform leaders and HR professionals on ways they can improve teamwork, productivity, and company performance.<p>But what's the …

Leadership

5 Ways to Create a Culture of Responsibility (With True Team Leadership)

When employees take responsibility for their actions, you will see higher quality and productivity.<p>Creating work environments that are conducive to producing good, high-quality work is trickier than it might appear at first sight. In workplaces where employees take responsibility for their actions, …

Leadership

How to Make Agile Work for the C-Suite

Many companies are attempting a radical — and often rapid — shift from hierarchical structures to more agile environments, in order to operate at the speed required by today’s competitive marketplace. Companies like ANZ, the Australian-based banking giant, have made explicit commitments to adopt …

Management

Google Spent 2 Years Studying 180 Teams. The Most Successful Ones Shared These 5 Traits

Google spent years studying successful teams and discovered insights that could forever change how teams are assembled.<p>Over the years, Google has embarked on countless quests, collected endless amounts of data and spent millions trying to better understand its people. One of their most interesting …

Leadership

This simple speaking trick can make you more influential at work

If you've ever been interrupted at work, you know how frustrating it can be.<p>And if you've been the culprit, it could hurt your reputation over time, …

Leadership

The Remarkable Benefits of Digital Brainstorming

<b>The False Promise of Traditional Brainstorming</b>In 1948, Alex Osborn, a partner in the famous advertising agency B.B.D.O., published a book called <i>“Your</i> …

Creativity

How to Inspire a Group of People to Do the Impossible

To achieve greatness, you need to be able to inspire excellence.<p>It was Andrew Carnegie who said, "Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision, the ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain …

Self-improvement

Why Some Businesses Run Better Without Managers, and How Yours Could, Too

Top down hierarchy never worked. Now the data proves it. The emerging work world is smashing the hierarchy and reorganizing around self-managed teams.<p><b>Everything is Broken</b><p>The way we traditionally organize business is completely broken. Gallup says only 32% of staff are engaged and nearly 70% are …

Management

Inspiring Employee Creativity

History, I argued in a prior article, suggests that technologies shape leadership. Today’s digital technologies, in addition to requiring companies …

Leadership

What Makes Work Meaningful — Or Meaningless

Meaningful work is something we all want. The psychiatrist Viktor Frankl famously described how the innate human quest for meaning is so strong that, …

Employee Engagement

Amazon and Whole Foods Are Headed for a Culture Clash

Ever since Amazon announced earlier this month that it’s planning to buy Whole Foods for $13.7 billion, lots of people have been wondering whether …

Whole Foods

Changing Company Culture Requires a Movement, Not a Mandate

Culture is like the wind. It is invisible, yet its effect can be seen and felt. When it is blowing in your direction, it makes for smooth sailing. When it is blowing against you, everything is more difficult.<p>For organizations seeking to become more adaptive and innovative, culture change is often …

Harvard Business Review

4 Things the Most Respected Leaders Do for Their Employees

These common human traits seem so logical in every day relationships. Why are they so rare to find in bosses?<p>Whenever I conduct workshops for leadership teams, I break them into groups of three and ask the question, "Think of a time when you worked for the best boss you ever had. What made him or …

Leadership

Happiness research suggests this is the biggest obstacle to your creativity

From Vincent Van Gogh on through Kanye West, the figure of the broody, tortured artist looms large in the popular imagination. But research suggests …

To Lead Across Cultures, Focus on Hierarchy and Decision Making

Cultural differences in leadership styles often create unexpected misunderstandings. Americans, for example, are used to thinking of the Japanese as hierarchical while considering themselves egalitarian. Yet the Japanese find Americans confusing to deal with. Although American bosses are outwardly …

Management

Note to Startups: Employees Are Happiest When Leaders Have a Moral Compass

A new study finds that people stick around when they trust bosses will do the right thing.<p>Company culture starts at the top, so faulty leadership can make or break an organization. The organizations and companies that have found themselves in troubled waters lately -- Uber, Thinx, the Fyre Festival …

GE has a version of self-management that is much like Zappos’ Holacracy–and it works

Last November, a team of technicians at GE’s aviation manufacturing facility in Bromont, Canada, realized they would miss production goals for the year if they continued working at the same pace. Without being told by a supervisor or enticed by a bonus, the team opted to skip breaks, stagger …

Management

Don't Hire Employees. Hire Peers

Here's how to creating a company of equals.<p>Warren Buffett has stated, "Somebody once said that in looking for people to hire you look for three qualities: integrity, intelligence, and energy. And if you don't have the first, the other two will kill you. You think about it; it's true. If you hire …

Why Do People Quit Their Jobs, Exactly? Here's the Entire Reason, Summed Up in 1 Sentence

This is the conclusion from decades of Gallup data and interviews with 25 million employees. But companies still keep getting it wrong.<p>In my line of work, I do a lot of listening to managers bickering about losing good employees. It's understandable--turnover is costly and disruptive.<p>So many of …

3 Principles To Guide Designing For Social Change

Solving the complicated and interconnected problems facing the world requires giving people agency, access, and the ability to take action.<p>“Wicked problems” are those messy issues that are “more complex than we fully grasp, and open to multiple interpretations based on one’s point of view.” …

Black Lives Matter

Millennials: The Rise of the Everyday Changemaker

Nearly a decade ago, the Case Foundation declared that the millennial generation (born 1980 to 1999) would fundamentally “change how change is made.” …

Millennials

What You Need To Know About Your Company's Strategic Alignment

Our Strategically Aligned Resources<p>I just finished reading survey responses about strategic priorities from a senior management team. The lack of consistency in their responses reminded of an experience I had on the island of Kerkennah off the coast of Tunisia.<p>Kerkennah is a flat sandy island in …

How Collective Intelligence Will Drive The World’s Greatest Innovations | Heleo

“Whether we’re talking about large companies, social systems, or science, a collective intelligence emerges. You can either embrace it or resist</b> …

Intelligence

The Humanity of Holacracy – About Holacracy

<b>4 Ways Holacracy Brings Out the Best in People</b><p>If there’s one criticism of Holacracy I hear again and again, it’s some variation on this theme: …

Leadership

Collaboration Overload Is a Symptom of a Deeper Organizational Problem

Many leaders are now aware of the dangers of collaboration overload and collaboration-tool overload in the workplace. The evidence continues to mount that, for many organizations, the costs associated with meetings, emails, IMs and other forms of workforce collaboration now exceed the benefits.<p>But …

Management