Leading and managing transitional change

By Janet Sernack / September 23, 2020 /

In our last blog “Leading and managing human transitions through disruption and adversity,” we described the importance of leaders and managers becoming more generous, tolerant, caring, empathic not only with themselves, and also with others they interact with. Describing how many leaders and managers have been emotionally hijacked by the often-dire consequences of their own particular series…

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Innovation Culture – The Ultimate Guide

By Jesse Nieminen / June 15, 2020 /

Innovation culture has long been one of the most challenging, and oft-discussed, topics in our conversations with business and innovation leaders. Given the extraordinary importance of innovation for businesses, and society in general, and the fact that culture has been shown to be one of the biggest barriers for innovation performance, it’s not much of a surprise. Because most…

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Where David Meets Goliath

By Federica DArmento fedarmento / May 26, 2020 /

By Federica D’Armento and Francesco Pagano This is a tale of two cities. Or, maybe just one: anti-fragile and people-centered. Here is an independent company based in Geneva (Switzerland), which is an award-winning watch manufacturer. Every masterpiece comes from the creative hand of the founder and the dedication of 25 people. No middle management, just…

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The Incredible Brightness of Leading

By Dimis Michaelides / May 13, 2020 /

Covid-19, a microscopic piece of genetic material, is testing our leadership. Competence matters. In the midst of our crisis today we turn to the leadership of experts – epidemiologists, researchers, pharmacologists, doctors, health professionals, food producers, food distributors, refuse collectors, public utilities. We turn to political leaders, company leaders, community leaders, volunteers, family and so…

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Changing the world … for good

By Peter Cook / May 4, 2020 /

I attended a very special meeting of minds in a remote part of Yorkshire, England at The Centre of Management Creativity, hosted by John Varney, a great mentor who was instrumental in my decision to start my business some 25 years ago. I chose to take the train and bicycle to reach this very special place.  This…

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The Fallacy of the Aha Moment & Overnight Success in Innovation

By Jesse Nieminen / May 4, 2020 /

We’ve all heard the story of Newton and the apple. According to the legend, he came up with the theory of gravity when he was sitting under a tree and an apple fell on his head, at which point it all suddenly dawned on him. We love to hear stories of these great aha moments.…

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When tough times are ahead, double down on innovation

When tough times are ahead, you should double down on innovation

By Jesse Nieminen / March 18, 2020 /

As I’m writing this, the last couple of weeks have been quite eventful around the world. There’s a lot of uncertainty and even panic regarding the coronavirus, its current and potential impact on our economy, and of course, its effects on people all around the world. As a result, we’re seeing more and more action…

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Evoke Deep Change by Shifting Consciousness

By Janet Sernack / March 9, 2020 /

Australia is experiencing a range of catastrophic Black Swan environmental events, including mega bushfires, floods, hail and dust storms which have now catalyzed as serious wicked problems. Simultaneously, we are living in disruptive VUCA conditions, yet we are generously and courageously helping out others, to save homes, native animals, and flora and fauna. In a…

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A Sad Fact: Leaders Who Lie Can Still Be Trusted by Their Followers

By Soren Kaplan / February 18, 2020 /

Being truthful and being trustworthy aren’t the same, which poses a problem for both society and the practice of leadership itself In today’s world, it’s hard to know who to listen to and what to believe. Who’s the best Presidential candidate? Is Brexit good or bad? Which college is best for my child? Usually there’s…

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Four Strategies to Being Fully Present in any given Moment

By Mukesh Gupta / January 19, 2020 /

Premise: Earlier today, I came across a blog post on The School of Life blog about the difficulty of being in the present. You can read the entire post here. It so happens that I’ve been having a conversation with my wife and son recently about the same topic (which is a slightly better way…

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