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Why would anyone stay in a job they don’t like? Usually because they must. They may not feel they're in a financial position to get up and walk out, but they owe it to themselves to make a plan to go someplace better. If they…

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Air Show

What matters to the success of a team is not the formal title of leader but the assertion of leadership—which is to say, authority derived not from hierarchy but from the way we behave.   Published in The Huffington Post, July 27,…

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Juicy Fruit

There was a time when Lehman Brothers, Woolworth, PanAm and Kodak were among the colossi of their industries. They were going to live forever. Then they died. So what went wrong? Why do some organizations continue to grow even as…

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Starry Night

When people are presented with disagreeable facts they tend to double down on their own truth. Regardless of who you voted for in the last election, for example, you were probably complicit in editing data that didn’t suit your preferences—and…

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Choice

Today we have more freedom to make our own choices than any civilization has ever known. We’re asked to make complex choices about a multitude of subjects we can’t possibly know all about. We don’t know what, can’t distinguish which, don’t know…

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End Of Diversity

Companies regularly measure diversity in terms of gender, race or age, implying that demographic mix translates into high performance. But at the same time, companies make deliberate efforts to iron out differences.  Hiring managers and recruiters explicitly look for “fit”.…

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Tesla Model 3

Tesla has moved test and learn into the R&D phase. Within the first month of unveiling the Model 3 concept, nearly 400,000 people have placed orders. The launch, if one may call it that, was a gigantic concept test for…

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Notice how many ads have an image, but no text? They're more clever than you might think.  Advertising increasingly depends more on images and less on words. How ironic that this is happening when it's harder than ever to control…

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It has become commonplace in the digital world to talk about the wisdom of the crowd--the aggregated opinions of everybody. The problem is that the crowd isn't everybody. The crowd is pockets of interest, loud voices, competing truths. Published in…

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The "gig" in gigonomics can be understood in two ways -- as a short-term project and as the foundational measure of storage in information technologies. The project gig is enabled by the digital gig. Because of both, the barriers to…

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