‘We Were Not Found Wanting’

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Reading Time: 3 minutesOriginally posted at Forbes.com On this date 53 years ago, an administrator did what managers everywhere did in the 1960’s: he issued an interoffice memo to the staff in his organization. The organization had just faced an unexpected test — a true “black swan” event. The stresses upon the team and its systems were enormous, and yet the organization absorbed the moment while …

Leading to the Test

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Reading Time: 4 minutesOriginally posted at Forbes.com Teaching to the test It is a four-word phrase that is as much a curse for teachers who mutter in frustration amongst themselves as it is for parents who complain about it in frustration on social media. The well-known cycle that has led to the well-documented antipathy for this is as follows: Institute a simple set of numerical …

Don’t Cut The Fat — Burn It

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Reading Time: 6 minutesOriginally posted at Forbes.com For decades now, the accepted wisdom has been the same for both nutrition and management: cut the fat. Just as emerging science has come to show the health benefits of nutritional fat, it is time to reexamine the managerial obsession with eliminating “fat” and organizational waste. Food For Thought In the late 1970’s, the federal government launched a task …

Why Lead?

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Reading Time: 5 minutesOriginally posted at Forbes.com There has never been a better time to ask the question of how to succeed as a leader, as the internet is awash in prescriptive answers. Google the simple query “how to be a successful leader,” and you will receive over 280 billion results, chock full of easily digestible lists: “The Most Successful Leaders Do 15 Things Automatically …