Cancer and $5: Organizational Dynamics

Gene O’Kelly wrote a terrific book called Chasing Daylight: How My Forthcoming Death Transformed My Life. (The title says it all, doesn’t it?) It should be required reading for every executive and on-the-way-up-leader. Shortly before reading the book, someone I met recently was diagnosed with cancer. These two experiences bumped into each other and caused […]

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Talent and Passion: A Collision of Myths

Did you see Tony Schwartz’s recent post? He starts with a personal story about a game he loves, tennis, and how he believed he’d never be the player he longed to be.  He describes: “For most of my adult life, I’ve accepted the incredibly durable myth that some people are born with special talents and […]

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Are You the Emperor Running Nude?

On a weekly Twitter chat with some learning folks, the topic was “Book Talk”. It was all fun and games until someone called out the nude emperor (hat tip to @jonhusband): “Books, books, .. who’s actually doing deep org’n transformation, & how .. or do we all just keep yapping & cheering each other on” Screech. […]

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Wisdom and Echo Chambers Don’t Mix

This HBR post from Tom Davenport is worth a read. It starts with ruminations on an expressed desire for “adult supervision” of the Obama administration and ambles down a path of young versus old, then ends up in the juicy domain of cultivating breadth and diversity of opinion. This paragraph was my favourite: “Building good […]

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