TedX Video: Sebastian Seung: I am My Connectome

Over the years, working with a variety of organizations and teams, I have run into many myths in business. Some myths run deeper than others, other myths have led experts to design solutions that are less effective, and some completely block organizations from achieving desired results.

One myth that I have found interesting is that people [...]

The Test of Power- Harvard Business School on TedX

“We like to sort the world into good people who have stable and enduringly strong, positive characters, and bad people who have weak or frail characters. So why then do seemingly good people behave badly?”

In this fascinating presentation, Nitin Nohria, Dean of Harvard Business School, explores what happens [...]

The Birth of Something New

People are not perfect and probably the only perfection we should strive for should be a healthy balance anyway. But achieving balance often requires having a certain level of stability; a privilege most teams in our modern age do not have. Most teams cannot find healthy balances because hardly anyone gets to do the same [...]

“We Waste Most of the Human Resources We Hire”

CBS MoneyWatch, presents a review of an interesting research by Heike Bruch and Sumantra Ghoshal. The researchers studied what they called “decisive purposeful action,” i.e. the relationship between being busy and being productive and effective. The findings were most interesting and surprised the researches: “Only about 10 percent of the managers took purposeful action.” [...]

Are You Picking the Right Champions to Spearhead Your Change Effort?

One of the best strategies to get a change effort to catch on in organizations is to prove the applicability and success of the change in one team. Done well, the results are measured to then serve as a wonderful promotional tool for other teams.

In our experience, there is something you need to watch for [...]

The HR Challenge: Guiding Teams to Make Required Changes When Most People Don't Want to Change

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Reut Schwartz-Hebron, The Colorado HR Association, January 20th 2012

2012 Human Resources Conference…Smart HR

There are three types of people in your organization:

Those who are both willing and capable of making the adjustments needed in order to achieve [...]

Resilience: The Ultimate Toolkit for Your Team's New Year's Projections

Olafur Grimsson, the president of Iceland recently spoke about Iceland’s growth coming out of the crisis of 2008: a complete collapse of Iceland’s banking system, and the economic crisis that followed. What most people don’t know is that this crisis was followed by a dramatic volcanic eruption. In Grimsson’s words: “If you were given the [...]

Starting Change in the Middle

As a change agent you know the difficulty of Top-Down change. Senior executives, like the rest of us, see things from their own perspective. They  may define desired results and how to go about getting desired results very differently than you do, which typically blocks you from making needed progress.

Bottom-UP efforts are equally challenging. Even [...]

As a Leader Who is a Change Agent, Which Kind of People Do You Pick For Your Team?

Whether they know it or not, leaders in organizations are often change agents. Most experts will probably agree that a CEO’s role is to set strategy and vision as well as build a culture that will optimize the organization’s productivity. The CEO ultimately sets the direction,  responding to changes in the market and, as result, [...]

What's Your Team Brain IQ?

The first intelligence test was created in 1905 to determine which French school children were too “slow” to benefit from regular instruction. The idea was that children were increasingly able to learn difficult concepts and perform difficult tasks as they got older.

How quick is your team able to benefit from new opportunities and [...]