The term “fail fast” is in fashion now thanks to design thinking. Unfortunately, most leaders aren’t clear on what types of failures they’re looking for and what types should be avoided at all costs. This article outlines the difference.
I recently debuted a new speech about building high performance teams. My ideas about how to build a high performance team (and whether teams even have the courage that high performance requires) are getting crisper…and edgier. I’ll share some of those ideas on the blog in the near future. One audience member was undeterred by […]
I had six different conversations about diversity this week. Of all the methods I use to come up with content for this blog, I take the synchronicity rule most seriously—if six different people want help to think through the topic of diversity in one week, it’s time to write a post. Here are some of […]
Many years ago now, when I took over managing our team of consultants, I made the high profile and much-discussed decision to move to an open office layout. No walls, no cubicles, just desks with one-foot high dividers. Eight years and a new building later and our team is still in our open space—and so […]
Many team leaders are inadvertently intimidating their team members. This is the conclusion of fascinating new research into the effects of power in teams. The research, conducted by Tost, Gino, and Larrick, (Academy of Management Journal) shows your expressions of your own power and the reactions of your team members to your dominance can affect […]
I’m really excited to bring you a guest post from my friend Andrew Webster. Andrew is the Director of Change and Innovation Simulations at ExperiencePoint, a really innovative learning company that condenses real-world experience into one-day simulations. They work with most of the world’s top executive education providers (including Knightsbridge), and a good chunk of […]
This week, I attended the International Leadership Association conference. I was tired from too much travel and sick with a bad cold. I didn’t know another soul at the conference and my first thought was that I would just do my talk and then go back to my room to get work done. Am I […]
This is the second of a two part blog on getting conflict right. This one is for you if you’ve been accused of being aggressive or a bully. If you wouldn’t hurt a fly, read the first in the series on how to overcome your conflict avoidant tendencies–it’s here. Most people struggle to find that […]