Best-Practices Leadership

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.

Tap an outsider for advice

October 1, 2019
You want advice or coaching from an industry expert you’ve never met. But how do you ask a complete stranger to help you?

Which meetings are worthwhile? A test

September 26, 2019
Here’s a revolutionary way to determine which meetings are truly worthwhile: Cancel all formal meetings for a month.

Listen to pop culture and profit

September 12, 2019
Look around at popular culture. Watch for the little signs of transformation. Your next brilliant idea is in there somewhere.

When a leader falls ill

September 12, 2019
Realistically, this situation may create uncertainty, and it does present possible risk to employees and shareholders. The fear of loss is real.

The accidental genius of Monopoly

September 12, 2019
The game board itself had been used as a delivery system for moral or practical lessons to players. But creator Elizabeth Magie thought the board could be used for more revolutionary purposes.

It’s playtime! The benefits of desktop toys and gadgets

August 9, 2019
While your office needn’t resemble a 5-year-old’s playroom, a carefully chosen toy or two can prove beneficial. Here’s a look at some items people keep around and the purposes they serve.

The problem with org charts

August 8, 2019
Does your company use an org chart? If it does, have you ever considered the demotivational effect of being regularly exposed to a hierarchical visual?