Archive | Culture & Leadership

Culture and leadership aren’t just two important aspects of the game – they are the game.

Marissa Mayer and Pattie Sellers at Fortune MPW 2013 event

What Fortune’s Most Power Women Have to Say On Culture

Last week, Fortune held a “Most Powerful Women” MPW summit with about 400 people in attendance. Going to a conference like this is such a privilege because you get a chance to hear leaders across industries and interests think aloud. 3 takes on how leaders create cultures of innovation that I found worthy of note:  More

Ted Schlein _ AOL

The One Thing VCs Could Do To Increase Returns

If the person who can cure diabetes came to you for money, if you were a VC you’d likely turn that person away. And, an inventor who could reduce global dependency on oil by designing better batteries? That VC might not even take the meeting. By venture capitalists’ individual actions, they are limiting growth and  More

Ella Fitzgerald & Marilyn Monroe

Is Bias Fixable?

“As a brown woman, your chances of being seen and heard in the world are next to nothing,” he said. “For your ideas to be seen, they need to be edgier.” He paused, as if to ruminate on this, before continuing. “But if you are edgy, you will be too scary to be heard.” This  More

BusinessWeek Cover_Mayer

Can Mayer Save Yahoo and How?

Today, BusinessWeek ran a front cover story on Marisa Mayer’s leadership of Yahoo, asking what seems like a 10-year old question, ‘can it be saved?’ Having grown up in Silicon Valley and worked in tech most of my career, I have followed every move, shake, disaster and firing that has happened there. Because the Yahoo  More

Future is Not Created

The missed opportunity is to deny new voices

Earlier today, I was on Twitter sharing some new news around corporate governance, and several people have been writing emails asking why it matters. They argue that Citi is just another firm that will fail in its own way. But I think in the specific individual story, is a larger significant story. So, let me  More

L Todd Rose

The Myth of Average Denies Onlyness

Many years ago, the AirForce was designing the cockpit for “the average” pilot. As they rolled out better and better technology, performance was not improving. First they blamed the technology, and then the leaders involved. And, then they thought to blame the users, the pilots. Blaming and shaming fixed nothing.  Finally, they got curious enough  More