Author Archive | Nilofer Merchant

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And the Mophies Go To…

The funny thing about onlyness is that, to get there, most of us need inspiration from and conversation with our communities. Whether it’s yoga classmates, a religious organization, a book club or a volunteer organization, communities like these are what shape us, awaken us and inspire us to explore and chase our big ideas. I  More

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What Color Is My Weird? (How to Find Your Onlyness, Part I)

The first in a three-part conversation from a Yes & Know reader. “Personally, I have no idea what my Onlyness is.” A new commenter appeared on my blog, sounding equal parts friendly, and plaintive. “Do you want to?” I wrote back. And that’s how Geoff Clements, whom I later learned had been reading Yes &  More

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Where do great ideas come from?

Are you the One with all the ideas? Some people think they need to be. That they’re job is to be the “Chief of Answers”. But it’s not true! Well, it is, and it’s not. This question deserves more than a yes/no, this/that response. (Which is it’s why we’ve explored it so many times at  More

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You Will Show Me Myself Anew (Part 3 of 3)

Part III of III of series on how networks can enable onlyness, featuring Fortune’s MPW community (links for full series, below) “Here’s the thing. And it’s a real thing.” Manal Elattir is talking in a dramatic rapid-fire whisper over Skype, trying not to wake her 9-month-old twins. It’s nearly midnight in Morocco, and she is  More

Running Towards Future Nilofer Merchant speaks at Drucker Forum

Running Towards the Future

If the cover stories of Business Week, Fast Company, and Inc are to be believed, every organization ought to be 100% Digital, Alwayson, ready for AI technologies, and so on. But of course, that’s not happening. And, that’s not all bad. The real question is how do we create a powerful vision for the future,  More

Gaelle Rimpel Pierre, Entrepreneur

Let Me Change What You See In the Mirror (Part 2 of 3)

 Gaelle Rimpel Pierre wants to change Haiti’s future by helping the very poor transform their lives through entrepreneurship. But to do that, she (and her husband) had to take a long look in mirror, and embrace Onlyness. This is part II of a III part series on how networks can enable onlyness, featuring Fortune’s MPW  More