Archive for the ‘Commentaries’ Category

Technology, Jobs, and the Future of Work: A Special Report

It is my great privilege as well as pleasure to serve as a member of McKinsey & Company’s executive advisory panel. Of special interest to me is the subject of a recent briefing prepared by the McKinsey Global … READ MORE

A Plan for Handling Conflict at Work and Elsewhere

In the HBR Guide to Dealing with Conflict, Amy Gallo and 37 “Guest Experts” explain how to ensure that disagreements do not become lose-lose arguments in the workplace…or anywhere else.

Here is a plan to consider:

“First, you … READ MORE

The Three Distinguishing Features of a Third and (Perhaps) Better Way to Innovate

In The Power of Little Ideas, written with Kent Lineback, David Robertson introduces a low-risk, high-reward approach to innovation he characterizes as the “Third Way.” In essence, this approach is “neither incremental improvement in current products nor revolutionary [radical] disruption of those products…[an approach that … READ MORE

How to Cope with Passive-Aggressive People at Work and Elsewhere

In the HBR Guide to Dealing with Conflict, Amy Gallo and 37 “Guest Experts” explain how to ensure that disagreements do not become lose-lose arguments in the workplace…or anywhere else.

Here are a few of her observations … READ MORE

Radical Candid Criticism at Google and Apple

In Radical Candor, Kim Scott explains how almost any organization — whatever its size and nature may be — can “defy the gravitational pull of organizational mediocrity.” The ultimate goal of what she characterizes as Radical … READ MORE

Questions to ask when obtaining feedback from an underperforming direct report

In Radical Candor, Kim Scott explains how almost any organization — whatever its size and nature may be — can “defy the gravitational pull of organizational mediocrity.” The ultimate goal of what she characterizes as Radical … READ MORE

Setting New Leaders Up For Success


Here is a brief excerpt from an article by Nathaniel Plamondon for Halogen Software’s TalentSpace blog. To read the complete article, check out others, learn more about the firm, and sign up for email alerts, … READ MORE

How to Manage Habits

In The Leading Brain, Friederike Fabritius and Hans Hagemann explain several ”powerful science-based strategies for achieving peak performance.”

In Chapter 4, Fabritius and Hagemann offer these key points:

o Our brains prefer the path of least resistance. In order to trailblazer a new neural pathway, the brain … READ MORE

Jim Collins on “the extra dimension” of great leadership.

The last time I checked, Amazon US sells 9,369 volumes whose authors discuss great leadership. Four of the best were written or co-authored by Jim Collins.

As Collins explains in Good to Great, Level 5 leaders are those “who lead with a powerful mixture of … READ MORE

The Wisdom of Viktor Frankl

Photo Credit: Katharina Vesley

These are among my favorite Viktor Frankl observations:

To the European, it is a characteristic of the American culture that, again and again, one is commanded and ordered to “be happy.” But happiness cannot … READ MORE

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