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Jack Welch on Candor in the Workplace

  • April 30, 2018
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Expounding on the idea that what often drags talented teams down is simply a lack of straightforward conversation, Jack Welch, former chairman and CEO of General Electric from 1981 to 2001, describes how “candor in the workplace” keeps great teams great, and why growing organizations should seek to keep the honesty that is often present […]

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The surprising ingredient that makes businesses work better

  • April 23, 2018
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  What is it about unfairness? Whether it’s not being invited to a friend’s wedding or getting penalized for bad luck or an honest mistake, unfairness often makes us so upset that we can’t think straight. And it’s not just a personal issue — it’s also bad for business, says Marco Alverà. He explains how […]

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Ed Catmull on Feedback within Teams

  • April 16, 2018
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In a beautifully written piece on TheAtlantic, James Hamblin posits, “Creativity is contingent on willingness to be judged.” Ed Catmull, CEO of Pixar, describes in his talk below why he believes a culture that focuses on being “necessarily honest” is integral to creating the best work possible. At that time [while working on Toy Story], we […]

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Greg McKeown on What Stops Successful People from Going the Distance

  • April 2, 2018
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In his book Essentialism, McKeown discusses what he believes stops entrepreneurs with initial traction from reaching the next level: the opportunities afforded by their initial success. My personal take on this is “George Lucas Syndrome,” in that restrictions often force or guide early creations, organizations, and business ventures to be successful through strict focus. However, […]

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Brigadier General Stanley McChrystal on Leadership

  • March 26, 2018
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McChrystal has an early quip in his speech that points out although the world may not be flat, it has gotten flatter as we’ve become more connected. Connectedness, he believes, is a key part of leading a successful team. Individuals have individual goals to pursue, but everybody in the organization needs to know and embrace […]

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Carlos Brito on a Performance Culture

  • March 19, 2018
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Carlos Brito, CEO of InBev embraces a common metaphor among those leading professional teams: that they would be wise to embrace lessons learned in leading athletic teams. Athletic teams promote a performance culture, and Brito argues that in some corporate environments, this culture can help to spur on the highest performers, who are often the people […]

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Neil Gaiman: The one unique thing you have is you.

  • March 12, 2018
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The creator of the Sandman series offers valuable advice about creativity: You’re not going to know what you’re doing, and that’s a good thing. You’re going to make mistakes, and that’s a good thing, too. You may even start out copying others, but you should eventually find your own voice, he says. “The one thing that […]

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Carmine Gallo on Selling Your Ideas like Steve Jobs

  • March 5, 2018
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Marketing is enthusiasm transferred to the customer. Putting aside industries, the features vs. benefits debate, and everything else, it’s hard (if not impossible) for entrepreneurs to succeed if they don’t hone their ability to transfer their excitement and passion to the customer. Jobs himself once said, “To me, marketing is about values. This is a […]

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