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To Tell Your Story, Take a Page from Kurt Vonnegut

In the 1989 movie <i>Dead Poet’s Society,</i> Robin Williams, playing the iconoclastic English teacher John Keating, dismisses the notion that you can judge the perfection of a poem mathematically by plotting how artfully it employs meter, rhyme, and metaphor against how important the subject is. Rather …

Stop Me Before I “Innovate” Again!

The <i>Wall Street Journal</i> is out with a funny (and brutally honest) takedown of a word that has achieved almost-mythical status among business thinkers like me. That word is innovation, and it’s quickly losing whatever meaning it once had.<p><i>Journal</i> writer Dennis Berman begins by citing Kellogg CEO John …

Culture’s Critical Role in Change Management

Culture’s reputation as being among the “softer” instruments of management might lead you to conclude that it’s a luxury—something that gets …

Improve Your Innovation ROI Tenfold

In an attempt to stop the flow of the oil after the Deepwater Horizon oilrig explosion, the Unified Command turned to crowdsourcing to find a workable solution. Concerned citizens were invited to submit ideas. And that they did. They reportedly received nearly 123,000 submissions, of which only a …

Executives Ignore Valuable Employee Actions that They Can’t Measure

Does better data mean better employee performance and organizational outcomes? That’s the implication of the current emphasis on big data and the use of metrics in HR, but the answer isn’t an easy “yes.”<p>To see what I mean, consider your local schools. When teachers are evaluated and paid on the …

New Research: Rituals Make Us Value Things More

Rituals in the workplace can reinforce the behaviors we want, create focus and a sense of belonging, and make change stick. I have gone on and on in the past about the benefits of established rituals and routines for personal productivity – how they capitalize on our brains’ ability to direct our …

Why You Should Treat Laughter as a Metric

I was following the same yoga video I had followed more than 30 times in the past. Because I know the routine well, I usually have little trouble breathing rhythmically through the postures, feeling the subtleties of each movement, and sliding gently into a mind-body meditation.<p>This time, though, …

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Compassion: The Bedrock Of Our Capacity To Serve

<i>Jan Birchfield,</i> <i>Ph.D. writes about the basis of a shared ethic in leadership—happiness—and why we should look inward before trying to solve the world’s problems.</i><p>Social entrepreneurship has given me, and many others, a great deal of hope. With the overwhelming number of social ills in virtually every …

How GE Uses Data Visualization to Tell Complex Stories

<i>GE, perhaps more than any other major company, is dedicated to the use of data visualization as a key part of its marketing and communications efforts. Stemming from our Insight Center on visualizing data, I spoke with Linda Boff, GE’s executive director of global brand marketing, about the</i> …