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 [...]

“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.” [...]

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Change Systems Are Less Effective Because They Don't Follow Brain Rules

Research shows that very high percentages of change efforts fail. 70% of mergers and acquisitions lose shareholder value (KPMG Global Survey, A New Dawn: Good Deals in Challenging Times, May 2011). 68% of IT projects fail (Standish Group report, CHAOS Summary, April 2009). Most training fades away within 6 weeks ( John T. Wixted [...]

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 [...]

Steve Jobs and Motivation

In his book titled Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson describes the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of Steve Jobs. The picture Isaacson draws is not of a man who builds motivated people.

Jobs is described as a man who cared most about perfectionism and control; a man driven by demons who could drive those around him [...]

Are You Man Enough to Report to a Woman?

Women in management positions have a unique set of challenges to deal with. As a woman who has managed and worked side by side with men for many years, I have certainly come to appreciate the development women need to make in order to work in senior positions in business. From what [...]

Synthesis vs. Analysis, and Other Prerequisite Strategies

The way Steven saw it, innovation was a cultural foundation for his organization, not just a creative effort that was related to a specific project or problem. “Our goals for the process we are building in the organization are to minimize the rejection of new ideas and increase focus on applicability…” (Executive VP of regional [...]

Effective Strategies as Internal Simulators

Liz felt held back for the past three years. In her role as Director of HR and Operations in a large agricultural company, she had been tracking productivity for a while and saw how the growth in sales had slowed down over the last few years. “Our CEO has been in the company for [...]