Khay Oblego

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How Being a Good Manager Can Make You a Bad Innovator

What does good management look like? We teach what we think are good management principles in literally thousands of business schools around the world. Yet Scott Cook, founder and leader of Intuit told us, “When MBAs come to us we have to fundamentally retrain them—nothing they learned will help …

What People Are Really Doing When They’re on a Conference Call

If you’re reading this while on a conference call — perhaps even in the loo — you’re not alone. It turns out many U.S. employees would rather do just about anything rather than listen intently to their coworkers from a remote location.<p>According to InterCall, the world’s largest conference call …

Just Thinking You Slept Poorly Can Hurt Your Performance

<b>The study:</b> Colorado College professor Kristi Erdal and psychology student Christina Draganich tricked subjects into believing that the quality of their previous night’s sleep could be determined by measuring their brain waves. Those randomly selected to be told that they’d had a below-average …

Work + Home + Community + Self

<i>Take an assessment—produced in partnership with Qualtrics—of your Total Leadership skills, and learn how to strengthen them and about people who exemplify them.</i><p>Overcommitted. Distracted. Stressed out. Stretched too thin. This is how many of us describe ourselves today. I hear it from men and women; …

How to Present to a Small Audience

It’s easy to associate delivering presentations with standing in front of an audience and gesturing toward projected slides. However, many meetings or pitches involve fewer than ten participants in a room, where everyone remains seated and walks through the same slide deck together. This is quite a …

Why Going All-In on Your Start-Up Might Not Be the Best Idea

Entrepreneurs who give up their day jobs in stages are <b>33% less likely</b> to fail in their start-ups than those who leave their jobs precipitously to run their new businesses full-time, according to a study of thousands of Americans by Joseph Raffiee and Jie Feng of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. …

Help Employees Think on Their Feet

When employees don’t have enough information about projects or goals, the fog of indecision can settle in – people make the wrong decisions, or no decisions at all. In the corporate landscape, many employees aren’t given enough business context to be able to spot or distinguish threats and …

4 Ways to Fix the Q&A Session

As a professional public speaker on innovation, I’ve often wondered why people seem so attached to the idea of ending keynotes with a Q&A session. Most Q&A sessions are mediocre experiences at best: an instantly forgettable interlude before the coffee break. The very format, I’d argue, is a …