J Koller

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Transforming a Company Is Daunting, But You Can Prepare for It

There’s no harder job for a corporate leader than transformation. One key to success is recognizing that transforming a business involves three activities:<p>Transforming the core business to maximize its resilience (“Transformation A”)<br>• Creating a disruptive growth engine (“Transformation B”)<br>• Building a …

What Losing My Job Taught Me About Leading

It was the spring of 1984. I remember the day as if it were yesterday. It was a beautiful morning on Boston’s North Shore and I could smell the sea air as I drove to my job as the Director of Marketing for The Parker Brothers Toy and Game Company. When I arrived, I was greeted by the Acting Vice …

Why Organizations Are So Afraid to Simplify

While most managers complain about being overloaded with responsibilities, very few are willing to give up any of them. It’s one of the great contradictions of organizational life: People are great at starting new things — projects, meetings, initiatives, task forces — but have a much harder time …

Great Leaders Use Honesty to Help Their Successors

Jack Ma, the founder and long-time CEO of Chinese web company, Alibaba, recently announced that he is stepping down as CEO, and now we have learned that Jonathan Lu Zhaoxi will become chief executive of the company in May. Alibaba is an incredible success story. The company began in 1999 and last …

When Presenting Your Data, Get to the Point Fast

Projecting your data on slides puts you at an immediate disadvantage: When you’re giving a presentation, people can’t pull the numbers in for a closer look or take as much time to examine them as they can with a report or a white paper. That’s why you need to direct their attention. What do you …

Seven Rules for Managing Creative-But-Difficult People

Moody, erratic, eccentric, and arrogant? Perhaps — but you can’t just get rid of them. In fact, unless you learn to get the best out of your creative employees, you will sooner or later end up filing for bankruptcy. Conversely, if you just hire and promote people who are friendly and easy to …

Visualization as Process, Not Output

“Please make me a visualization.”<p>I get a lot of emails that say this or some variation of it. They tend to make me think of other requests that could be made in the same form, like:<p>“Please make me a roast beef sandwich.”<p>Or:<p>“Please make me a scale model of the Eiffel Tower.”<p>Roast beef sandwiches and …

If You Were a Stock, Would You Bet On Yourself?

My husband, Eric, is an armchair entrepreneur. He has ideated, seeded, started, funded, built, grown, and sold dozens of companies — 10 times over — all in his head.<p>His best friend, Marc, is a finance guru. A whiz-kid investor who’s in it for the love of the game, not for the love of money. They …