Having first introduced the idea of Onlyness in 2012, in the HBR-published book 11 Rules for Creating Value in the Social Era, I haven’t talked about it much in a management-specific context. But the champions of Thinkers50 recently asked that I do so for Smart Manager magazine, and I thought it might be a good More
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Why Onlyness is the Key to Overturning Power Structures This post originally appeared on Medium. Think back, and remember the first time you were valued for yourself. Someone saw your shining capacity and reflected it back to you to say, this is who you are. Or, this is what you can do. How did that feel? Now, More
An executive was recounting a recent work “failure” and asking for some advice. She had been brought in to a software product company to add her UX (user design) experience. And, despite all her best efforts to apply her distinct perspective and vision to the company’s goals, she felt frustrated that, really … nothing changed. She More
I have to admit that I see red whenever I see people pick on big firms for not being able to innovate, or celebrate startups alone as “getting it”. I teach and advise entrepreneurs (from Stanford, in Silicon Valley, et al) and I’ve advised and worked with some of the best global Fortune 500 firms More
When you write online, no one checks to see if you have a journalism degree before they start to read. If you experience an earthquake and want to report on its danger or safety, no one asks your credentials before you report to Ushahidi. And if you were interested a creating a new company, you More
When I was growing up, I looked for a savior in just about everyone. There were too many fruitless visits from child protective services. There were too many police cars that arrived to “quiet things down” only to let them flare up again the next day. There were too many visits to the hospital ….The More