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Change Isn’t About Persuasion. It’s About Power

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In 2013, the political scientist Moisés Naím published The End of Power, in which he argued that because of the increase in mobility and technology and decrease in poverty, the power of institutions was diminishing.

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We Need To Get Back To Counting What Counts

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The statistician George Box famously said, ““All models are wrong, but some are useful” and that’s especially true of economic models. When Ronald Coase argued that the “nature of a firm” was to reduce transaction costs, he didn’t mean that was the only purpose of an enterprise.

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4 Ways Hucksters, Gurus And Consultants Fool Us (And Usually Themselves)

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In Richard Feynman’s 1974 commencement speech at Cal-Tech, he recounted going to a new-age resort where people were learning reflexology. A man was sitting in a hot tub rubbing a woman’s big toe and. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

Why The CHIPS Bill May Be A Turning Point For Innovation In America

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Vannevar Bush’s vision during World War II helped the United States become a leader in science and technology. The Cold War helped further that notion that government should invest in science as a public good for private benefit.

The Real Cost of an Effective Learning and Development Program

Speaker: Cara North - Learning & Development Consultant, Speaker, & Researcher | Maggie Quigley - Senior Account Executive for US Market Userlane

In this webinar, L&D professionals Cara North and Maggie Quigley will discuss the various factors affecting training, and how you can stretch your budget to create an effective L&D program.

Why We Need To Put Human Agency Back At The Center Of Decision-Making

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A joke began circulating in the late 1970s, often attributed to management consultant Warren Bennis, that the factory of the future will have only two employees, a man and a dog. The man will be there to feed the dog. The dog will be there to keep the man from touching the equipment.

Schwerpunkt: The Killer Strategic Concept You’ve Never Heard Of (But Really Need To Know!)

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The biggest strategic mistake you can make is to try and win everywhere at once. To win, you need to prevail in the decisive battles, not the irrelevant skirmishes. That, in essence, is the principle of Schwerpunkt—to identify a focal point where you can direct your resources and efforts.

Why Smart People Are So Easily Fooled

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One of the things that I’ve learned over the years is that it’s best to assume people are smart, hardworking and well intentioned. Of course, that’s not always true, but we don’t learn much from. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

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The Transformative Power Of Purpose

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Values are how an enterprise honors its purpose. Yet living up to them involves certain costs. You can’t say you value employees and then lay them off at the first sign of trouble, just like you. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

Designing Effective Change Tactics Starts With Viable Targets

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When we’re passionate about something, we want to take action. We want to launch an initiative, start a business, hit the streets, get stuff done. Yet our bias for action can be a trap that. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

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Summer Reading List: Books That Will Help You Understand The War In Ukraine

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No matter what’s going on during the year, I always look forward to summer. I love the heat and, despite spending 15 years in frigid Eastern European countries, I hate the cold. Every year I. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

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Product Market Fit: A Lesson from Sephora’s Head of Product

Speaker: Sneha Narahalli - VP, Head of Product at Sephora

In this webinar, Sneha Narahalli, Head of Product at Sephora (Digital, Data & MarTech), will give you an iterative method for identifying and developing Product Market Fit.

Why We’re Better Off Assuming People Are Competent And Hardworking

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We all like to imagine ourselves as heroes in our own story. Unlike others, we are witnesses to our internal process and get to observe our logic develop. So our thoughts makes perfect sense to us and it can be incredibly frustrating when others don’t see it as we do.

3 Reasons Why Business Thinking Is So Consistently Shoddy

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When I’m finishing up a book, I send out sections to be fact-checked by experts and those who have first-person knowledge of events. I’m always amazed at how much I get wrong. In some cases, I make truly egregious errors about facts I should have known (or did know, but failed to take into account).

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We All Need To Learn The Change Lifecycle

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When a transformational initiative fails, it's often said that it was because people don’t like change. That’s not really true. Everywhere I go in the world, no matter what type of group I’m speaking to, people are enthusiastic about some kind of change.

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Leading Through Uncertainty

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It is through managing complexity, not avoiding it, that we can most effectively impact the world. The truth is that uncertainty is only a problem if you try to control it. The framers of the US. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

Revolutions Don’t Begin With a Slogan, They Begin With A Cause

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Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelenski has been compared to great orators like Winston Churchill. In the English House of Commons, he vowed to fight “in the forests, in the fields, on the shores, in. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

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Supply Chain Strategy (And Why Yours Isn't Working)

Speaker: Michelle Meyer, Founder and CEO of MatterProviders

Michelle Meyer is here to walk you through the future of supply chain strategy, and why your current approach is probably not working. In this exclusive webinar, she will explore ways to develop and perfect your new supply chain strategy in this post-pandemic era of uncertainty.

Happy 13th Birthday Digital Tonto!

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When I started this blog back in 2009, the world was a very different place. First, and perhaps most obvious, we used to come up with brand names for our blogs instead of just using our real names.

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There Are Important Lessons We Should Learn From The War In Ukraine

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We tend to imagine people will act rationally and that, by taking their interests into account, we can come to some sort of reasonable strategy. Yet the events in Ukraine belie that basic assumption. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

Leveraging The Power Of Story

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Stories have the power to unite us because their themes are universal. We can all relate to a hero, identify with their struggle and then revel in their triumph or, as is sometimes the case, learn a. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

Adopting A Changemaker Mindset

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People who believe in change want to believe that if everyone understood it, they’d want it to happen. That’s why “change management” gurus focus on communication and persuasion. They think that if. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

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New Ways to Reach, Influence, and Close More Deals with Intent Data

Speaker: Ardath Albee, B2B Marketing Strategist and CEO of Marketing Interactions

Acting on intent data when applied to buyer context can be a game-changer for gaining attention by increasing relevance, which drives purposeful engagement toward purchase. But all intent data is not the same. In this webinar, learn the difference between interest and intent, and the best ways to use the right data.

Here’s How You Build Transformative Teams

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The truth is that there is no effective answer for the question, “how do we find innovative people?” Talent isn’t something you hire or win in a war, it’s something you empower. It depends less on. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

Don’t Hate Your Haters, Leverage Them To Your Advantage

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When we feel passionately about change, we want to take action. We want to take to the streets, argue against injustice. We want to make decisions, launch a business, get things done. Activity gives. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

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We Need To Stop Cheerleading Change

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My friend Srdja Popovi? once told me that the goal of a revolution should be to become mainstream, to be mundane and ordinary. If you are successful it should be difficult to explain what was won. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

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How The “Uber Economy” Is Killing Innovation, Prosperity And Entrepreneurship

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The truth is that we have a major problem and, while Uber didn’t cause it, the company is emblematic of it. Put simply, a market economy runs on innovation. It is only through consistent and. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

Gain a Competitive Edge: The Importance of a Supplier Diversity Program

Speaker: Rod Robinson, SVP of the Supplier Diversity Practice, Insight Sourcing Group

In this exclusive webinar, Rod Robinson, SVP of the Supplier Diversity Practice Lead & Center of Excellence at Insight Sourcing Group, dives into the key benefits corporations are seeing emerge from their supplier diversity programs, and how you can gain unique competitive advantages with a supplier diversity program of your own.

The Lifecycle of a Breakthrough

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The global activist Srdja Popovi? once told me that when a revolution is successful, it’s difficult to explain the previous order, because it comes to be seen as unbelievable. Just as it’s hard to. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

We Need To Shift Our Mindsets To Compete In An Ecosystem-Driven World

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Traditionally, strategy has been seen as a game of chess. Wise leaders survey the board of play, plan their moves carefully and execute flawlessly. That’s always been a fantasy, but it was close. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

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Why Purpose Matters

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If you believe in a rational universe, a business is little more than a set of transactions. The nature of the firm, in this view, is simply to minimize transaction costs and skilled managers should. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

4 Reasons Why People Resist Change

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Probably the greatest misconception about change is that it fails because people don’t understand it. The truth is that change usually fails because it is actively sabotaged. The status quo has. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

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Shaping the Future: Product Strategy in the Age of Uncertainty

Speaker: William Haas Evans - Principal Consultant, Product Strategy Practice Lead, Kuroshio Consulting

In this webinar, we'll explore product strategy obstacles and present practices to overcome them while driving clarity and alignment across your executive team.

Why We Need To Invest In An Innovation Economy

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The Cold War was fundamentally different from any conflict in history. It was, to be sure, less over land, blood and treasure than it was about ideas. Communist countries believed that their ideology. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

We Are Entering A New Era Of Innovation. Here’s What We Need To Do:

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There’s no doubt that digital technology has been highly disruptive. In industry after industry, from retail to media to travel and hospitality, nimble digital upstarts have set established. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

3 Management Myths That We Desperately Need To Unlearn

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Mark Twain is reported to have said, “It's not what you don't know that kills you, it's what you know for sure that ain't true.” Ignorance of facts is easily remedied. We can read books, watch. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

We Don’t Disrupt Industries Anymore, We Disrupt People

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Today, it’s become fashionable for business pundits to say we live in a VUCA era, one that is volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous, but the evidence says otherwise. Increasingly researchers are. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

Discover the Secrets to Creating More Meaningful Training Experiences

Speaker: David Kelly - CEO The Learning Guild & Luke Talbot - Chief Product Officer at Userlane

During this webinar, you will learn how to streamline your software training, boost ROI for your systems, and increase employee productivity.

Learning From Mistakes Is What Separates Truly Revolutionary Leaders From Everyone Else

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There’s nothing quite like the rapture of an epiphany, that initial flash of insight which is still pure and innocent, before the harsh realities of the world muck it up with a bunch of inconvenient. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

Good Management Is Not Good Strategy. Here’s What Is:

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One of the most annoying things I hear from leaders is that “we had a great strategy, but just couldn’t execute it.” That’s simply not possible. If you can’t execute it, it’s not a great strategy. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

Anyone Can Have A Vision. Building Competence Is Often More Important

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Plenty of people have visions. Elizabeth Holmes had one for Theranos, but its product was a fraud and the company failed. Many still believe in Uber’s vision of “gig economy” taxis, but even after. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

It’s Time To Admit We Were Wrong About What Was Supposed To Drive The 21st Century

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Technology is a process that involves both revealing and building. Yes, we revealed the power of market forces and the bankruptcy of the Soviet system, but failed to build a more prosperous and. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

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Secure Your Supply Chain: How to Build Resiliency for the Future

Speaker: Bart Huthwaite, Principal, RSM, Operations and Supply Chain

In this webinar, Bart Huthwaite will explore best practices in building and improving supply chain resilience for a successful and productive future.