Management Innovation ($) - Apr 30, 2021

How Leaders Get in the Way of Organizational Change

Despite the vast body of knowledge available to leaders on how to effect lasting, positive organizational change, too many executives continue reaching for the same comfortable levers that consistently miss the mark. Thus, the oft-cited failure rate of organization transformations continues hovering around 70%. If you’ve got a major change on the horizon, here’s how to avoid three of the most common saboteurs of company transformation.

Read Article By Ron Carucci
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Break Down Change Management into Small Steps

New research from leaders at Infosys indicates that across a variety of industries, lasting, long-term change is most effective when it occurs over a series of smaller microchanges. The authors identify three strategies for successful microchange management: Deconstruct big change into small steps, change behavior through small modifications to habits and routines, and continuously measure, learn, and evolve.

Read Article By Jeff Kavanaugh and Rafee Tarafdar
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George Veth

Interesting article that starts by highlighting how the NBA champion Toronto Raptors used bench players to rest and preserve Kawhi Leonard throughout the 2020-2021 season. The authors use this analogy to talk about how corporations should leverage variable talent to preserve their best people. They suggest building a “virtual talent bench” of strong utility players/partners that can relieve the pressure at any given moment.

Fast Company ($) - Apr 28, 2021

Try this NBA strategy to help manage hybrid work

The author notes that at its core, load management is really about building a hybrid workforce, which is different from a hybrid workplace, where some people work in the office and others remotely. This distinction is key. 

Read Article By Tim Sanders
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McKinsey & Company - Apr 22, 2021

How to launch a new business: Three approaches that work

Analysis of more than 200 corporate business builds shows what success looks like.

Read Article By Ralf Dreischmeier, Philipp Hillenbrand, Jerome Königsfeld, Ari Libarikian, and Lukas Salomon

George Veth

This podcast, and accompanying transcript, is a discussion of how to create a “learning culture” in your company. It begins with the simple challenge to “learn how to learn”, and then goes on to discuss topics of how to engage leaders, to align learning with strategy and future organizational capabilities, and to incorporate learning goals into performance reviews. As one might note from this curated feed, I’m a huge fan of maintaining a growth mindset (as an individual and as a company culture), and this podcast was a rich discussion on the topic. The episode ends by suggesting that resilience and adaptability be developed in employees, if not hired. I’d like to see that training!

McKinsey & Company - Apr 16, 2021

Building a learning culture that drives business forward

Too often, training programs fail. Here’s how businesses can create a learning culture and invest in the capabilities that will help individuals and organizations thrive.

Read Article By Matthew Smith and Elizabeth Young McNally

McKinsey & Company - Apr 20, 2021

Majid Al Futtaim’s new growth formula: Innovate fast, stay ahead, work the ecosystem

This Dubai-based conglomerate outpaces competition by adhering to its long-term vision and seizing opportunities quickly—with the help of an ecosystem of external partners.

Read Article By Gemma D’Auria, Nitasha Walia, Hamza Khan, and Joe Abi Akl

strategy+business ($) - Apr 20, 2021

The Four Fs of employee experience

These simple principles, based on the empathetic, iterative practice of design thinking, can help you help your people perform to their fullest potential.

Read Article By Angela Lester and Claudia Montgomery
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Forbes ($) - Apr 20, 2021

Effective Time Management Starts With Leader’s Holding Themselves Accountable

Time management is a zero-sum game. Either you’ve used the time well or you’ve wasted it.

Read Article By Tim Eyre
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George Veth

BCG just posted a three section report on the Most Innovative Companies 2021 with an accompanying interactive 15-year chart. I want to point you to the second section on The CEO Innovation Agenda. In this section, the authors point out five core capabilities to make innovation part of the corporate DNA. Though fairly intuitive, this list was so pertinent and so clear that I think its worth reading and posting as your desktop wallpaper!

BCG - Apr 15, 2021

The CEO Innovation Agenda

Although the particular emphasis varies by industry and by individual company readiness, we found five recurring topics that CEOs wrestle with as they work to embed innovation in their companies’ DNA and to scale up this critical capability

Read Article By Ramón Baeza, David Allred, Michael Brigl, Sandra Deutschländer, Charles Gildehaus, Deborah Lovich, Matthias Schmidt, Christopher Stutzman, and Lauren Taylor

Medium ($) - Apr 12, 2021

Seven key elements for building a corporate innovation system — reflections on the first two years of De Beers Group IGNITE™

As all sectors grapple with the new reality brought by the Covid-19 pandemic, the natural tendency for businesses in times of crisis can often be to double-down, focus on core operational and profitability priorities while preserving cash, and ride the wave to a more ‘normal’ operating environment.

Read Article By Neil Ventura

George Veth

Do you ever wonder about the nature of the future of work? This article posits that people will be like free agents with skills and talents that can leveraged or lent out across the organization regardless of their department or reporting relationships. Leaders will be more like orchestrators of cross-boundary collaborations, and (I loved this part) they will constantly be evaluated with a Net Promoter Score asking “How likely are you to recommend us [the leader] to a colleague?” Interesting to think about such a future.

MIT Sloan Management Review ($) - Apr 8, 2021

Are You Ready to Lead Work Without Jobs?

We’re moving toward a system of work design that will profoundly change the roles of organizational leaders.

Read Article By John Boudreau and Jonathan Donner

Medium ($) - Apr 3, 2021

Leverage The “C-Suite For A Day” Agile Retrospective

What if you were in a position to become a change-maker within your organization? The C-Suite Retro reveals you already are.

Read Article By Lisa Bradburn
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Harvard Business Review ($) - Mar 31, 2021

Don’t Let Financial Metrics Prematurely Stifle Innovation


In the early days of developing a new idea, the metrics that may be most germane are things like number of prototypes created and tested; number of customers interviewed; repeat users of a new software platform; number of parties that have been persuaded to participate in a new business ecosystem; or how efficiently you are shelving low-potential ideas in favor of those that resonate with customers or are feasible for your company to pursue (sometimes called “concept kill rate”.) But to build a durable engine of innovation inside your organization, you need a way of making the transition from those early activity metrics to a more defensible set of metrics demonstrating the impact and value you’re creating. That transition is a mix of engineering and gut feel — not unlike building an on-ramp and then using it to merge into zippy traffic.

Read Article By Scott Kirsner
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McKinsey & Company - Mar 30, 2021

How capability building can power transformation

A well-designed program to promote productive behavior and skills can not only energize an organization’s workforce but also become an essential element of any successful transformation.

Read Article By Hugh Bachmann, Dominic Skerritt, and Elizabeth Young McNally

E&Y - Mar 26, 2021

The CEO Imperative: How can today’s leaders realize tomorrow’s opportunities?

The pandemic demands a new DNA for business success. By embracing three interconnected value drivers, CEOs can reorient for transformation.

Read Article By EYQ, John de Yonge, and Prianka Srinivasan

George Krasadakis ($) - Mar 7, 2021

Managing ideas at scale

Idea management is an essential innovation process — especially in large, complex organizations. This post presents the key principles that enable companies to ideate and innovate at scale.

Read Article By George Krasadakis
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MIT Sloan Management Review ($) - Mar 4, 2021

Competition From the Inside Out

These six guiding principles for fostering healthy intracompany rivalry can enhance an organization’s competitiveness.

Read Article By Jonathan Hughes, Gabriella Salvatore, and Sam Stewart

McKinsey & Company - Mar 15, 2021

The future of G&A: Revitalizing the heart of the organization

General and administrative functions are under pressure to become more digital, more agile, and better aligned to the needs of the wider business. A more strategic model could hold the key.

Read Article By Heiko Heimes, Matt Jochim, Abhishek Shirali, and Edward Woodcock

MIT Sloan Management Review ($) - Mar 15, 2021

Executing the CEO’s Agenda Through Targeted Learning

To execute on strategic goals and create competitive advantage, companies must embrace a learning function that looks different from what we know today.

Read Article By James Fulton and Todd M. Warner

Medium ($) - Mar 9, 2021

The Problem With Agile

There’s probably no word in software engineering that will get you into a fight faster than the word “Agile”. People love it. People hate it. And these days everyone’s supposed to be using it.

Read Article By Bjorn Rudolfsson
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