Tomorrow’s Tide

When I received the following Guest post by Ilya Bodner, it immediately resonated with me.    In days that find us surrounded by smart phones, social media, and extreme consumerism, we are more aware than at any time in history of what everyone else is doing and what everyone else has, therefore surmounting pressure and influence on […]

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Name Dropping is Cheating

Subject: Authority & Merit From: Jack Dorsey X-Mailer: iPhone Mail (9B206) Date: Wed, 5 Sep 2012 15:08:02 -0700 To: Square Squares, I’ve noticed a funny thing in the company. There’s been a high occurrence of folks using names, mine for instance, to push through an idea. “Jack really wants this to happen, Jack thinks this […]

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Why Most Organizations are Still Feudal at their Core

Inertial. Incremental. Insipid.   This is how Professor Gary Hamel describes large organizations in his HBR post titled The Core Incompetencies of the Corporation. Hamel lays out his rationale in a simple and concise manner: First, organizations are fundamentally intertial.   They see change coming, but go through various stages of denial before they would actually admit […]

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Silence is a Killer

Recently, I had the pleasure hearing of Former Vice Chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff, Bill Owens speak to a small group of executives.   Coming up the ranks from a nuclear submariner, Owens recalled a conversation he had with one of his most trusted advisors when he first made the upper echelons of the […]

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