Best-Practices Leadership

Shouldn’t we place more value on our values?

June 10, 2020
Q: We have our company’s core values plastered all over the place, but little by little you can sense that they’re being pushed aside in the name of profit and expediency. This has happened in more than one place I’ve worked. How do I call attention to this without seeming like a complainer or a troublemaker? I can just hear it now: “That’s what you’re bothering us with?”

Working from home is the new normal: Projected trends for the future

May 7, 2020

By now, organizations and teams have adjusted to working remotely amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Some came to this point more grudgingly than others. Astute organizations will come out stronger and with a different view on how to approach the work experience. Here are some other trends likely to emerge.

Lead with and through enthusiasm

February 13, 2020
Are you enthusiastic about your organization, its products or services, and your role as a manager and leader? Just as you set an example in your work, try setting one with your attitude.

Imagineering made easy

February 13, 2020
“What could have been” and “what might be” are not the usual stuff of business discussions. Yet giving your employees the opportunity to pursue these topics can lead to new insights and ideas. Try these scenarios and see what emerges.

Think stream, not income

January 9, 2020
Is your business working too hard for too little money? This anecdote may point you to a new line of thinking.

Could you be a polymath?

December 13, 2019
If you consider yourself to be regularly employing a variety of thinking styles, then you may be a polymath.

5 work ideals that are disappearing

November 20, 2019
The workplace is constantly changing—or should be changing—to adapt to new trends, technology and shifts in business. Jacob Morgan, a keynote speaker, author and futurist who focuses on the workplace, believes that the following old-school workplace ideals are on their way out.

The wisdom of improv training

November 7, 2019
What do comedy and business have in common? Plenty, as it turns out. Here are just a few shared principles useful in improv and work.

Where transformative ideas come from

November 7, 2019
Science author Steven Johnson writes books about the search for where ideas come from, how we make decisions and what the two pursuits have in common. Some takeaways from his recent conversation on the podcast “Clear + Vivid” with Alan Alda.

6 innovations that changed everything

October 10, 2019
In his book How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World, Steven Johnson tells the story of history’s most intertwined, complex and crucial enterprises.