Author Archive | Nilofer Merchant

John Calvin's Hand Written Notes

Why Love Letters Matter

Over a lunch meeting recently, my colleague lit up as she told me about a recent letter she got. It was written by hand, she said. And thanked her for mentorship and support during a year-long fellowship. It went onto spell out what had happened with the person’s career as a result. The hand-written letter  More

Stew Friedman, NYT article on Values and Corporate Life

Leading the Life You Want

When Stew Friedman and I first met, he shared his life’s work, to design places of work that work for us humans. We talked long into the night. Last week, Harvard Press released Stew’s latest’s ideas into the world, entitled Leading the Life You Want (link to buy). It holds some wisdom for how to  More

We may not realize it, but sometimes we accept the way things are because of how we've been conditioned to do so.

How to Invent the Future

A few weeks from now, at the Drucker Forum, a “management congress” is coming together shape the future. And they asked, in preparation for that, for each of the speakers to share some thoughts. I ended up with this piece. It is on monkeys and monkey-like behavior that keeps the same, just the same. It’s  More

onlyness-celebrate

Calling Fellow Explorers

This June, I signed a deal with Viking (Penguin) to publish my third book, on Onlyness. My son desperately wanted it shared with you, the Yes & Know community. Maybe he has picked up that everything become more real when you share them? When I said it seemed better to wait until the deal sheet  More

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

vigilante justice?

I wrote a new Time Inc Op-Ed (sharing below) on the NFL and Goodell because it’s so clear that if an organization’s leadership is found by the online community to be so totally f-d up, they are getting mobilized. That has its ups and its downside. As I say in the piece, this could end  More