Tag Archives: Harvard Business Review

What Feeds Profitable Innovation? Leadership Grounded in a Celebration Change and Diversity

According to a recent article in the Harvard Business Review, the golden age of American innovation was in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. But it wasn’t a lack of regulations, or a search for stability, or a need to keep people in their traditional places that motivated these changes. It was a visionary drive that grew out of thriving and diverse new communities.

Discerning Leaders Choose What’s Best for Them — Even if Their Mentors Disagree

It’s happened to all of us — we go to our mentor asking for help, and get advice that just feels wrong. It’s frustrating. We want them to know us and affirm our instincts — and sometimes, we want them to protect us from our instincts! But the most important thing we need to remember […]

How to Get Out and Stay Out of the Leadership Box

Hereʻs a radical idea; innovation isn’t about solving problems — it’s about staying in the “problem space” long enough to see what’s really going on, and then taking action. According to Bart Barthelemy and Candace Dalmagne-Rouge in HBR,“as you start thinking of a solution, you unconsciously begin shutting off possibilities for getting a deeper understanding […]

Ode to Joy: Peter Bregman on Rafael Nadal, and the Courage to Feel

Yesterday, Peter Bregman made an impassioned call for emotional freedom in his Harvard Business Review essay, “Nadal is Strong Enough to Cry: Are You?” And what a day to do it, the 12th anniversary of September 11 when our emotions and memories might well be as strong as Nadal’s sobbing joy at winning the US Open […]

Adaptive Leadership: Responding to the (Permanent) Crisis

Groundbreaking leadership theorist Ronald Heifetz has argued persuasively that sustainable leadership is adaptive leadership. In this Harvard Business Review article, he notes that crisis has become a permanent condition, making adaptive leadership even more important for survival, innovation and transformation. He writes: “The task of leading during a sustained crisis—whether you are the CEO of […]

The Most Overlooked Leadership Skill

Originally posted on A Maximus Exchange:
Guest post by Peter Bregman Even before I released the disc, I knew it was a long shot. And, unfortunately, it was a clumsy one too. We were playing Ultimate Frisbee, a game similar to U.S. football, and we were tied 14-14 with a time cap. The next point…

John Coleman: “Reading and writing poetry can be a valuable component of leadership development”

” For one, poetry teaches us to wrestle with and simplify complexity. Harman Industries founder Sidney Harman once told The New York Times, “I used to tell my senior staff to get me poets as managers. Poets are our original systems thinkers. They look at our most complex environments and they reduce the complexity to something […]