When the Model T Ford was introduced in 1908, consumers were thrilled. They didn’t care that it didn’t have a roof or windshield wipers. It was better than a horse and buggy, and reinvented personal transportation. The Model T turned a page from an era of scarcity into an era of mass consumption. When Henry […]Read more "The One Word That Is Holding Us Back"
An organization’s greatest asset is it’s people. We’ve heard that line before. When it comes to assets, over the years organizations have refined the craft of optimizing for efficiency and effectiveness. We’ve learned to optimize production lines, supply chains, finance, and other functions so that every bit of productivity and scale can be squeezed out. […]Read more "To Improve Employee Engagement, Let’s Fix this One Thing"
On February 23rd, an email popped into my inbox and caught my attention. The title must’ve been taken straight out of Apple’s product launch playbook: “Pebble’s got something special tomorrow. Be the first to see”. Pebble, who had a meteoric rise to fame by raising more than $10 million from 69,000 people on the crowdfunding […]Read more "From a Simple Email to Making One Million in 49 Minutes"
The annual report is a state-of-the-company document used by most public companies to disclose corporate information to their shareholders. Many publically traded companies invest a lot of thought and effort into this publication, which essentially summarizes key financial data, results of operations, market segment information, new product plans, key activities, and research and development activities. […]Read more "There’s One Important Metric Missing in The Annual Report"
Leave it to Weird Al Yankovic to show us just how much we miss the mark when engaging with our employees and colleagues. In a song called “Mission Statement in his latest album, Yankovic puts corporate buzzwords into a parody of Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young, highlighting just how meaningless and purposeless corporate communications have […]Read more "Goodbye Corporate Buzzwords. Hello Inspiration."
I recently dialed into a conference call in which we were trying to solve a business problem. It was supposed to be a 30-minute call with four other people. After I entered my conference access code, the system announced me as the 14th caller to join the conference. At first, I thought I misdialed and […]Read more "Want results? Think Small"
With only 13% of employees around the world being actively engaged at work and two-thirds of today’s employees feeling “overwhelmed”, leadership, as we know it is entering a bit of a crisis. With the rapid pace of change and increasing pressures, leaders are facing trying times in order to balance priorities, do more with less, […]Read more "The New Paradigm Leader"