The Multiplier Effect

By David Forrest | collaboration and collective impact

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 …

Google

Why pausing before you speak can help you better communicate at work

At almost any workplace, there will likely be moments when a colleague tries to share an idea and gets cut off by a fellow employee. Maybe you're …

Leadership

The Remarkable Benefits of Digital Brainstorming

<b>The False Promise of Traditional Brainstorming</b><p>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 last week that it’s planning to buy Whole Foods for $13.7 billion, lots of people have been wondering whether robots will …

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 …

Leadership

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.” …

Millennials: The Rise of the Everyday Changemaker

Jade Floyd @JadeFloydDC<p>Headed to SXSW 2017? Check out these can't miss sessions and activations onsite designed to turn interest in to action.<p>Jade …

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 …

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> …

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: …

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 …

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 …