Posts Tagged ‘ leadership ’

The Power to Impact a Life

I had the privilege of seeing Clayton Christensen speak for the first time a couple of days ago. A professor of Business Administration at Harvard University, he is perhaps best known for his groundbreaking work in the field of innovation. In particular, he advanced the concept of disruptive innovation, of new entrants at the bottom…
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Lies, Damn Lies and… Where are the Statistics?

A really interesting article caught my attention in the Globe & Mail on Monday, suggesting that your most engaged employees may also be your lowest performing employees. And your high performers may be feeling completely powerless. I can only imagine the legion of managers and supervisors that snorted their morning coffee or choked on their bagel as…
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Virtual Teams: A Futile Effort

Albert Einstein is attributed with defining insanity as, “Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose…



What Are You In It For?

Entrepreneurs and leaders face enormous challenges. They are not the same challenges, however, and it would be dangerous to genericize the concept of ’universal leader’ in the same way that ’homo economicus’ is a bit of a non-starter. The investment marketplace is an irrational place to play, but we are all unique in our irrationality.



Leading & Effective Decision Making

Decision making, at the best of times, is a difficult enterprise. You are faced with the challenge of making a choice, where the consequences of your decision cannot be fully understood until after it has been made. The challenge, then, is finding the insight, the wisdom and the process necessary to make good decisions in…
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Assholes in Business: A Contrary Perspective on Apple

Over the last week, the universe has been working a little serendipitously. My last post here explored whether Apple — and more specifically, Steve Jobs — was a case study in whether you had to be an asshole to succeed in business. Almost as if in reply, Walter Isaacson (the author of the renowned biography, Steve Jobs) published…
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Assholes in Business: Is Apple A Relevant Case Study?

One of the prompts for this series of posts was picking up a book at a newsstand in an airport on what it takes to be successful in running an organization. No, the irony of that is not lost on me.



Assholes in Business: A Necessary Evil?

A question that has been rattling around my consciousness for a few months now is related to the idea of success, and what is required in order to be successful in business. To phrase it succinctly, it is, “Do you have to be an asshole to succeed in business?” Certainly, the evidence would appear to…
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