1. Listen to Emily Yellin’s thoughts on the recent viral Comcast cancellation call above. Read about the incident here.​

     
  2. Authenticity is one of the most important elements of my teaching toolkit I think.
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    Jeremy Utley

    Visit Jeremy’s speaker page here.

     
  3. Watch Karan Girotra interviewed on First Business News.

    Watch Karan Girotra interviewed on First Business News.

     
  4. Watch Carol Sanford speak at TEDx Berkeley.
     
  5. Watch Brigid Schulte interviewed on the WGN Morning News.

    Watch Brigid Schulte interviewed on the WGN Morning News.

     
  6. Nick Tasler featured at Inc.Tasler says that many leaders confuse productivity with strategy. “Productivity is about getting things done. Strategic thinking is about getting the right things done well. The corollary of that truth is that strategy requires leaving some things undone, which stirs up a potent cocktail of unpleasant emotions,” Tasler writes. When you have to set aside a seemingly important project, you will feel a loss of confidence and control. If you’re eliminating an employee’s department, you’ll have to deal with “social pain and rejection,” he writes. “The problem is that productivity is strategically agnostic. Producing volume is not the same as pursuing excellence. Without a strategy, productivity is meaningless.”

    Nick Tasler featured at Inc.

    Tasler says that many leaders confuse productivity with strategy. “Productivity is about getting things done. Strategic thinking is about getting the right things done well. The corollary of that truth is that strategy requires leaving some things undone, which stirs up a potent cocktail of unpleasant emotions,” Tasler writes. When you have to set aside a seemingly important project, you will feel a loss of confidence and control. If you’re eliminating an employee’s department, you’ll have to deal with “social pain and rejection,” he writes. “The problem is that productivity is strategically agnostic. Producing volume is not the same as pursuing excellence. Without a strategy, productivity is meaningless.”
     
  7. Liza Mundy with a recent NY Times op-ed on why The Media Has a Woman Problem.It’s been 20 years, but things haven’t changed as much as we might expect. A new report by the Women’s Media Center found that male reporters still accounted for 63 percent of bylines in the nation’s top 10 papers and about the same proportion of newsroom staff. All but one of the individual winners of Pulitzer Prizes in journalism this year were male.

    Liza Mundy with a recent NY Times op-ed on why The Media Has a Woman Problem.

    It’s been 20 years, but things haven’t changed as much as we might expect. A new report by the Women’s Media Center found that male reporters still accounted for 63 percent of bylines in the nation’s top 10 papers and about the same proportion of newsroom staff. All but one of the individual winners of Pulitzer Prizes in journalism this year were male.
     
  8. Read the latest piece from Nick Tasler at the Harvard Biz blog, 3 Myths That Kill Strategic Planning.In its simplest form, strategic thinking is about deciding on which opportunities to focus your time, people, and money, and which opportunities to starve.  One of history’s greatest strategic thinkers, Napoleon Bonaparte summed it up this way: “In order to concentrate superior strength in one place, economy of force must be exercised in other places.” If dead, despotic French emperors are not really your style, Michael Porter said it like this: “The essence of strategy is choosing what not to do.”

    Read the latest piece from Nick Tasler at the Harvard Biz blog, 3 Myths That Kill Strategic Planning.

    In its simplest form, strategic thinking is about deciding on which opportunities to focus your time, people, and money, and which opportunities to starve. One of history’s greatest strategic thinkers, Napoleon Bonaparte summed it up this way: “In order to concentrate superior strength in one place, economy of force must be exercised in other places.” If dead, despotic French emperors are not really your style, Michael Porter said it like this: “The essence of strategy is choosing what not to do.”
     
  9. Peter McGraw at the Washington Post on humor and leadership in the workplace.And any good HR manager can tell you that workplace satisfaction — not compensation — is the best predictor of employee retention. Humor can be a powerful tool in inter-office communications, as research has shown that it’s a useful way to cope with pain, stress and adversity (in other words, staff meetings). In one study, subjects watched a film depicting a series of industrial accidents. Subjects who were asked to create a humorous narrative of the events reported less stress and experienced lower physiological arousal than subjects who were asked to create a serious narrative.

    Peter McGraw at the Washington Post on humor and leadership in the workplace.

    And any good HR manager can tell you that workplace satisfaction — not compensation — is the best predictor of employee retention. Humor can be a powerful tool in inter-office communications, as research has shown that it’s a useful way to cope with pain, stress and adversity (in other words, staff meetings). In one study, subjects watched a film depicting a series of industrial accidents. Subjects who were asked to create a humorous narrative of the events reported less stress and experienced lower physiological arousal than subjects who were asked to create a serious narrative.
     
  10. Brigid Schulte at Fast Company on Why You Need to Stop Bragging about How Busy You Are.Do you rush through the morning paper, barely skimming the headlines while answering emails and making kids’ lunches? Do you compete with coworkers over how late you stay at the office each night?

    Brigid Schulte at Fast Company on Why You Need to Stop Bragging about How Busy You Are.

    Do you rush through the morning paper, barely skimming the headlines while answering emails and making kids’ lunches? Do you compete with coworkers over how late you stay at the office each night?
     
  11. Krik Dando on problem-solvers vs. problem-predictors at his blog.Here’s why: Problem-solvers make companies work, problem-predictors make companies grow!

I’m not saying problem-solving is always bad. But if you are going to solve problems, you are much better off working to innovate products that solve your customers’ problems – not the company’s problems…and there is a BIG difference!

    Krik Dando on problem-solvers vs. problem-predictors at his blog.

    Here’s why: Problem-solvers make companies work, problem-predictors make companies grow!

    I’m not saying problem-solving is always bad. But if you are going to solve problems, you are much better off working to innovate products that solve your customers’ problems – not the company’s problems…and there is a BIG difference!
     
  12. Read the latest from George Anders at Forbes on LinkedIn.LinkedIn reported a 46% jump in first quarter revenue, to $473 million, but higher expenses hurt earnings, while the company’s latest update of its overall 2014 outlook fell slightly short of analysts’ hopes. The professional-network company’s shares slipped about 4% in after-hours trading, after having climbed 5% earlier in the day, before the announcement.

    Read the latest from George Anders at Forbes on LinkedIn.

    LinkedIn reported a 46% jump in first quarter revenue, to $473 million, but higher expenses hurt earnings, while the company’s latest update of its overall 2014 outlook fell slightly short of analysts’ hopes. The professional-network company’s shares slipped about 4% in after-hours trading, after having climbed 5% earlier in the day, before the announcement.
     
  13. Introducing two new BrightSight Group Speakers, Karan Giroltra and Serguei Netessine, authors of the forthcoming book from Harvard Business Press, The Risk-Driven Business Model: Four Questions that Will Define Your Company.

The Risk-Driven Business Model will help you manage risk better by showing how the key choices you make in designing your business models either increase or reduce two characteristic types of risk—information risk, when you make decisions without enough information, and incentive-alignment risk, when decision makers’ incentives are at odds with the broader goals of the company. Leaders who understand how the structure of their business model affects risk have the power to create wealth, revolutionize industries, and shape a better world.
INSEAD’s Karan Girotra and Serguei Netessine, noted operations and innovation professors who have consulted with dozens of companies, walk you through a business model audit to determine what key decisions get made in a business, when they get made, who makes them, and why we make the decisions we do.

    Introducing two new BrightSight Group Speakers, Karan Giroltra and Serguei Netessine, authors of the forthcoming book from Harvard Business Press, The Risk-Driven Business Model: Four Questions that Will Define Your Company.

    The Risk-Driven Business Model will help you manage risk better by showing how the key choices you make in designing your business models either increase or reduce two characteristic types of risk—information risk, when you make decisions without enough information, and incentive-alignment risk, when decision makers’ incentives are at odds with the broader goals of the company. Leaders who understand how the structure of their business model affects risk have the power to create wealth, revolutionize industries, and shape a better world.

    INSEAD’s Karan Girotra and Serguei Netessine, noted operations and innovation professors who have consulted with dozens of companies, walk you through a business model audit to determine what key decisions get made in a business, when they get made, who makes them, and why we make the decisions we do.

     
  14. Watch the latest video of Jonathan Gottschall at TEDx on his speaker page.

    Watch the latest video of Jonathan Gottschall at TEDx on his speaker page.

     
  15. Watch Brian Keane in a roundtable discussion on The Power of Words in Politics.

    Watch Brian Keane in a roundtable discussion on The Power of Words in Politics.