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The Young and The “Board”

Posted in Business, Human Resources, See What Isn't There, Think Like a Child

Let me begin by saying I don’t know anything about Chelsea Clinton’s qualifications to be appointed to the board of IAC/Interactive Corp. For all I know, it may be nothing more than blatant cronyism. Nevertheless, it is an interesting development. Here’s why. Since 2007, there have been only 50 people born since 1980 (or under…


Draw Your Answer, Please

Posted in Ask a New Question, Design, Human Resources, One minute unlearning, Perspective, Questions, The Way We See the Problem

“Answer a question you wish we’d asked.” This is a question Harvard University now regularly asks its MBA applicants. It’s an insightful question and, if you use it, it may help you unlearn because its open-ended nature embraces the very distinct possibility that you will be exposed to insights and ideas that might never have…


More is Not Always Best

Posted in Ask a New Question, Business, Business Models, Business School, General, Happiness, Human Resources, Innovation, Less is More, Management, Psychology, Questions, The Way We See the Problem

If you are a manager and want to position your company or organization to succeed in the future, I'd suggest changing the normal managerial question of "How do I get more out of my employees?" to "How do I get the best out of my employees?" Why? because passion, energy, creativity and innovation aren't easily…


Tell Me Something I Don’t Know!

Posted in Business, Human Resources, Questions

"When I come back, I want you to explain to me something complicated that I don't already know." This is the question that Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google, would routinely ask people he was interviewing in the early day's of Google's existence. It is an excellent question–and one I have recommended before–but, as this article…


What’s Your Managerial Default Setting?

Posted in Ask a New Question, Business, Consulting, Culture, Human Resources, Management, Problems into Opportunities

Seth Godin has a wonderful post today entitled "Headroom" in which he states, "The only thing worse than being able to say, "my boss won't let me," is having to acknowledge, "my boss will let me." It's a great point. Now what if, as a manager or leader in your organization, you told people your default managerial…


Next to Last

Posted in Behavior, Change, General, Human Resources

Seth Godin has a wonderful post today entitled Next. In it, he asks people to think of whatever work task they been assigned not as their "next" job but, instead, as their last. (In the sense that it will be the last time they ever do it.) If a person approaches a task from this…


Unlearning Requires Flip Flopping

Posted in Business, Creativity, Culture, Education, Human Resources, One minute unlearning

Dan Pink has a wonderful article on the power of "flip thinking." I have long been an advocate of turning problems into opportunities but Pink's article takes the idea a step further and provides some wonderful examples. For example, he cites a high school teacher who now makes his students watch his lectures on YouTube…


Show Your True Colors: Fear Commitment

Posted in Business, Communication, Human Resources, Leadership, Unlearn Strategy

“A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson  Question: What do chameleons do? They do many things but the one thing they don’t do is change color to match their background. Chameleons do, however, change color in response to changes in light and temperature. They also change appearance when frightened or…


Dead Men Don’t Unlearn

Posted in Behavior, General, Human Resources, Insurance, Listen, Psychology, See What Isn't There, Stories, Traffic, Transportation

I know a few people who don't wear seat belts. Normally, as someone with libertarian leanings, I wouldn't have a problem with this. (This would almost certainly be the case if society weren't also required to pay for their treatment after they have been in an accident) My problem stems from those individuals who cite, as…


The Essential Element of Creativity

Posted in Ambiguity, Creativity, Human Resources

IBM recently released a survey of 1500 CEO's across the globe and they said that creativity was the most important leadership quality for guaranteeing future success.  How does one become creative, though? Part of the answer, I 'd argue begins with the ability to unlearn.  It is now generally understood that today's more successful companies…


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