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‘Just One Thing’

Michael Bungay Stanier and I have been having fun with his new project, the Great Work MBA. In the process, I asked him about what allows any of us to do great work. You’ve now been thinking about “great work” for what, 5 years now? Time flies.  What’s the one thing you now know is  More

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Our Obsession with Scale is Failing Us

Bank of America just announced they will cut 16,000 jobs by year-end, an acceleration of a previously announced “efficiency effort.” After this, they’ll no longer be the largest banking employer. Now, it’s easy to think that Bank of America is failing, that it’s yet another bad situation related to a down economy. But there’s something  More

Traditional Strategy Is Dead. Welcome to the #SocialEra

When I say, “Social is and can be more than media,” people resist. It’s as if the two words (social and media) are now permanently fused together. But they shouldn’t be. The fact that they are joined at the hip in so many people’s minds means that marketing agencies are thriving — but that the  More

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Culture Trumps Strategy, Every Time

Trust, fights, and child care. When I’m advising start-up teams nowadays, I ask a lot of questions around those three areas. Which makes it sounds more like a marriage counselor’s office, rather than a boardroom, right? Quite often, the teams I’m talking with think culture is some woo-woo stuff that doesn’t make any difference in  More

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Solving Tough Problems

That big-ass problem that’s been keeping you up from 2-4:00 am? It hasn’t been solved for a while right?  Perhaps it’s been a month, a year, or seemingly forever … Have you really thought about it? (And no, those adult witching hours of 2:00 am to 4:00 don’t count; they just torment.) It is easy  More

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