When an Organization is at its Most Vulnerable Point, it is the Most Poised to Rebuild Itself

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When an organization is at its most vulnerable point, it is also most poised to rebuild itself. At these seemingly disastrous moments, the risks and rewards normally associated with innovation are reversed.

Here’s an article from the amazing Jeff Degraff, the “Dean of Innovation” at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. In it Jeff makes a powerful point, “Why Courage is More Important than Creativity” and gives a real and highly effective case study example.

via Why Courage Is More Important Than Creativity | Jeff DeGraff | LinkedIn.

Women Directors Change How Boards Work – HBR

Business People Walking by WindowWe know that getting more women on teams can boost performance. The examples are numerous: Citing private internal research of 20,000 client teams, EY’s vice chair Beth Brooke has said that the more diverse teams had higher profitability and great client satisfaction than non-diverse teams. And professors Anita Woolley and Thomas W. Malone have learned that increasing the number of women on a team also increases its collective intelligence.

Yet when it comes to one of the most important “teams” a company has — its board of directors — the United States seems to have hit a ceiling of about 16% women, with little by way of national efforts by government or business to increase that number.

via Women Directors Change How Boards Work – HBR.

The Secret to Beat the Big “Decision Trap”- Josh Linkner

In my house, we love food, and everybody cooks. We often try new recipes, which sometimes are fabulous, and sometimes not. The rule is, “Always appreciate the effort” and “Never complain to the cook.” When we make something that is “a keeper” there’s lots of applause, and when it’s not, we simply say, “Oh well, it was an experiment; we probably won’t make this one again.”

Here’s another great post about experiments from Josh Linkner, bestselling author, serial entrepreneur and ardent venture capitalist here in the Detroit area:


Hand Gestures Reveal Complex Thoughts – Business Insider

MH900431702What do our bodies and , in particular, our hands show us about our information processing?

The body knows more than we know……

A fascinating article about some really interesting research!

I’d love to learn more. How about you?

Hand Gestures Reveal Complex Thoughts – Business Insider.

Time, Energy and People – Your Three Biggest Assets | Finance Lights

Where is your focus?

Are you focusing your time, thoughts and energy in the right areas? In the right proportions?

This article addresses this so effectively, it could be a “must read” every morning for those of us who are striving for excellence. What are your thoughts?


Time, Energy and People – Your Three Biggest Assets | Finance Lights.

The most powerful person in the room

fishThis is an interesting post by BBC columnist Lucy P. Marcus! I believe it is a thoughtful, (and right on target), picture of what true power really is.

How would you answer this question, and why?

The most powerful person in the room | LinkedIn.

7 Daily Mantras To Boost Your Productivity | Fast Company | Business + Innovation

This is excellent!!!

As an entrepreneur I have to be totally self-motivating and I know every one of these is important in being productive, engaged and focused on the right things.

When I coach executive clients, I find it is the rare leader who does not feel that they always have more work to do than they can get done, and that they all welcome ways that they can do more of the high value work and maintain a sense of ongoing progress and accomplishment.

“Motivation” Road Sign with dramatic clouds and sky.Check it out here:

7 Daily Mantras To Boost Your Productivity | Fast Company | Business + Innovation.

An Easy Way to Make Your Employees Happier

Here’s an interesting post from Harvard Business Review. I think this information applies to life in general, not just at work. What are your thoughts?
j0398795An Easy Way to Make Your Employees Happier.

Why Leaders Don’t Brag About Successfully Managing Stress – James R. Bailey – Harvard Business Review

This is a provocative article. (It starts out saying, “Imagine you are Mary Barra.”)

Only 20% of senior leaders let those who work for them know about their efforts to manage stress. Why don’t more leaders share their stress management strategies?

Read on and let me know what you think.

Why Leaders Don’t Brag About Successfully Managing Stress – James R. Bailey – Harvard Business Review.

Play Through Problems for Better Outcomes- Josh Linkner

Let’s ALL play more today! Check out Josh Linkner’s blog. (I alreadyj0149018 feel lighter.)