The Multiplier Effect

By David Forrest | collaboration and collective impact

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

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 shallow Mediterranean waters. The …

Management

How Collective Intelligence Will Drive The World’s Greatest Innovations

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

Intelligence

Holacracy’s Human Side

<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: …

Mindfulness

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

Holacracy an equiped metamodel to reinvent your organization

History of Holacracy<p>To understand what we are talking about, I would like to go over Holacracy’s history. <br>Some twenty years ago, three Americans were …

Five Critiques of Holacracy®

<i>By Chris Cowan and originally published at holacracy.org.</i><p>Brian Robertson & Frédéric Laloux discuss common critiques of alternative governance models. …

The Fundamental Differences Between Leadership And Management

Shutterstock<p>Visionary leadership combined with great management achieves the best results. Seems obvious right? Then why do so many companies get it wrong, especially during times of needed change?<p>There are fundamental differences between leadership and management that apply to any team or …

Leadership

How to Retain Employees Through 'Servant' Leadership

No, "servant" leaders aren't slaves to their employers, or even pushovers. They just aren't authoritarians who boss employees around.<p>The term “servant leadership” was coined nearly 50 years ago in an essay written by Robert K. Greenleaf; and since then, the business world has slowly but surely …

Leadership

Google Test Of AI's Killer Instinct Shows We Should Be Very Careful

If climate change, nuclear weapons or Donald Trump don’t kill us first, there’s always artificial intelligence just waiting in the wings. It’s been a …

Artificial Intelligence

If You Want to Motivate Employees, Stop Trusting Your Instincts

Few topics have received more attention in talent management than motivation, defined as the deliberate attempt to influence employees’ behaviors with the goal of enhancing their performance, and in turn their organizational effectiveness. Indeed, other than talent, motivation is the key driver of …

Employee Engagement

1 in 7 Employees Are Stars. The Best Companies Cluster Them Together.

Talent is what separates the best from the rest. The best-performing companies simply have better people. Right?<p>That’s certainly what we thought before Bain & Company launched its in-depth investigation of workforce productivity. After assessing the practices of global companies and surveying …

Harvard Business Review

How to Make Your Employees Think Outside the Box Every Day

Your environment is everything.<p>It's not a coincidence that companies like Tesla and Apple are so innovative. They would be the first to tell you that it's not because they have access to hidden talent, it's because they've conscientiously designed cultures that inspire creativity and provoke …

Leadership

Leading People Too Smart to Be Led

An evolutionary geneticist, a professional gambler, and a business school professor walk into a bar. What might appear to be the start of a horribly nerdy joke is simply a scene that could happen any evening at the Santa Fe Institute (SFI) in Santa Fe, New Mexico. And it did recently when I visited …

Leadership

63% Of Employees Don't Trust Their Leader -- Here's What You Can Do To Change That

Shutterstock<p>Trust is toast, according to the 2017 Edelman Trust Barometer.<p>It’s worldwide, it’s pervasive across business and government, and trust of CEOs is at an all-time low.<p>CEO Credibility plunged by 12 points this year. Sixty-three percent of survey respondents said CEOs are somewhat or not at …

Leadership

Hive Mind: New Approach Could Improve on Crowd Wisdom

A wealth of data suggests that averaging the answers of many people often outperforms any individual, even expert, opinion. The wisdom of the crowd …

Behavior

Great Teams Are About Personalities, Not Just Skills

At the start of 2016 Google announced that it had discovered the secret ingredients for the perfect team. After years of analyzing interviews and data from more than 100 teams, it found that the drivers of effective team performance are the group’s average level of emotional intelligence and a high …

Management

Being a Strategic Leader Is About Asking the Right Questions

If you asked the world’s most successful business leaders what it means to “be strategic,” how many different answers do you think you’d get? Consider this number: 115,800,000. It’s the number of unique links returned when I searched online for “strategic leadership.”<p>There’s a good reason for all …

Leadership

The New Science Of Efficient Organizations

A recent survey reported that the consulting industry raked in $39.3 billion in 2012 renting out their advice to the world’s most powerful firms. Yet …

Why Universities Shouldn’t Teach Social Entrepreneurship (Blog)

By Alastair WilsonFor true social change to happen, we must welcome social entrepreneurs from all backgrounds, but universities simply can’t do that …

Education

Zappos is struggling with Holacracy because humans aren’t designed to operate like software

Las Vegas, Nevada<p>“We want to believe that we are thinking, rational people and on occasion tangle with emotion, flick it out of the way, and go back to thinking,” renowned vulnerability expert Brene Brown told a packed house at the Smith Center in downtown Las Vegas just before Labor Day Weekend. …

Leadership

A Navy SEAL's 10 Principles for Navigating Organizational Change

Use these ten principles and lead organizational change successfully.<p>There are plenty of resources on change management and oodles of "expert" consultants companies can hire. So why do so many organizations get it wrong? In a 2013 Strategy& and Katzenbach Center survey of global senior leaders on …

Leadership

An Inside View of Zappos (and the Mysterious Holacracy Experiment)

Right after our arrival in Las Vegas we visit the company that has inspired us over the last years: online shoe retailer Zappos. We learned about …

Management

Here’s What Happened When I Started Being Myself at Work

<i>The Fortune 500 Insiders Network is an online community where top executives from the Fortune 500 share ideas and offer leadership advice with</i> …

Leadership

Is this what it takes to be an innovative leader?

Why are some organizations able to innovate time and again, while others hardly innovate at all? Our research suggests that leadership is a critical …

Why ‘Modern’ Work Culture Makes People So Miserable

Dan Lyons’ account of his time at the software company HubSpot describes a workplace in which employees are disposable, “treated as if they are …

The Workplace

Shouldn't lectures be obsolete by now?

<b>Lectures remain by far the most common form of teaching in universities - right down to the way academics are called "lecturers".</b><p>But many predicted that digital technology would have killed off the lecture by now.<p>Why would you want to sit through someone telling you something, when so much more …

Learning

When Strategy Walks Out the Door

The most frequent question I get asked by executives is: “What should our strategy be?” I tell most questioners — to their surprise — that they …

John Lasseter

The Real Benefit of Design Thinking

Design thinking is a proven method for business growth. But, the benefits go as deep for your company as they do for customers.<p>Design Thinking is the name of a formal innovation process used by many leading organizations such as P&G, Mayo Clinic, Bayer, and others. While Design Thinking came out of …

Design Thinking

We Need To Switch Our Mental Models From Hierarchies To Networks

In a world connected by digital technology, power no longer lies at the top of hierarchies, but at the center of networks. Related posts: Leaders …

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