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4 Steps to Future-Proof Your Business Model

Breakthrough Insights

Last Wednesday, in a suburban New Jersey warehouse converted into conference space and a cooking show set, I joined 80 managers assembled to discuss their company’s strategy. We had helped design the two-day experience and were at the point in the flow of the off-site when we hoped we would hear some new, breakthrough insights.

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​How the Management Mindset Kills Organizations

Your mindset is the lens through which you see the world.

Your mindset is created by combining your different beliefs about the world into one unified belief-system. The purpose of a mindset is to help you filter the information in the world to be more effective at understanding your reality and operating within it. Everyone has a mindset because everyone has beliefs about the world.The management mindset is the worldview that the organisation is a machine that must be optimised.

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When Your Company Decides Like a Teenager

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My friend and client Doug is one of those rare crossbreeds of seasoned entrepreneur and capable big-company operator. A mathematician by training, he spent 18 years with a small company moving from engineering to sales, then joined a start-up that grew 40% per year for seven years before selling to Raytheon. An acquisition or two later and he found himself in a senior role at one the largest engineering companies – and one of the largest companies period – in the world.

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What You Can Learn from Best Buy’s CEO

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Last Friday, jetlagged and wired from having just delivered a keynote, I sat in Paris at the back of a Consumer Electronics Association conference ballroom, sucking up all I could from Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly. I believe whenever you get the opportunity to learn from someone who has seen more, done more than you in any area, squeeze out all the learning you can.

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How Cynicism and Sarcasm Sap Creativity from Your Organization

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You know you’ve felt it. You want your team passionately engaged about your shared mission, business, project. You want to generate the energy of a start-up fueled on pizza and dreams in a garage. And yet your corporate incentive system falls flat. We got a chance to hear from someone who has dissected exactly why so many incentive programs fail to generate the motivation you need to forge a truly great team: Paul E. White, Ph. D., the coauthor of The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace, Rising Above a Toxic Workplace, and Sync or Swim. Learn from his advice below. 

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Everything You Need to Know About How the Workplace is Evolving

Everything You Need to Know About How the Workplace is Evolving

No one is sure what to call it. The term “The Future of Work” has caught on, found on the titles of a growing body of white papers, conferences, and research.  But this month I spoke to Gary Hamel, innovation guru; Jonathan Becher, CMO of SAP; Eric Pearson, CIO of InterContinental Hotels Group; and several other leading thinkers who have been thinking urgently about the “Future of Work,” and collectively they agree the term misses the point.