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Why This Could Be One Of The Greatest Times In The History Of Innovation

Today we talk with Stephen Shapiro, innovation speaker, advisor, and author of six books, including his latest, Invisible Solutions: 25 Lenses that Reframe and Help Solve Difficult Business Problems. In 2015 he was inducted into the Speaker Hall of Fame.

Why Leading Through The Pandemic Requires Vulnerability, Brutal Honesty, And Hope

Today we talk with Sharon Callahan, Chief Client Officer at Omnicom Health Group, Chairperson of TBWA\WORLDHEALTH, and CEO of CDM Agencies. Her 30+ years of healthcare marketing and communications includes strategic skills developed in consumer and professional advertising, medical education, clinical programs, publishing and digital.

CEO Of Roche Pharmaceuticals On Serving Patients During The Pandemic And Driving Transformational Change

Today we talk with William (Bill) N. Anderson, CEO of Roche Pharmaceuticals. Anderson joined Roche in 2006, leading the Immunology Business Unit in Genentech. He was appointed Head of Global Product Strategy in 2013, became CEO of Genentech in 2017, and assumed his present role in 2019. He holds Master of Science degrees in Management and Chemical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Use The Lessons From This Crisis To Create A New Normal Where Work Doesn’t Suck

Today we talk with David Burkus, whose forward-thinking ideas and bestselling books are changing how companies approach innovation, collaboration, and productivity.

Roger L. Martin On The Pandemic And The Dark Side Of Economic Efficiency

Today we talk with Roger L. Martin, Thinkers50’s 2017 #1 management thinker. Roger is a trusted strategy advisor to the CEOs of companies worldwide including Procter & Gamble, Lego and Ford, and a Professor Emeritus at the Rotman School of Management at University of Toronto

During The Pandemic, Leaders Must Act, Or Be Acted Upon

Today we talk with David Musto, president, and CEO of Ascensus, the largest independent retirement and college savings services provider in the U.S. With more than 30 years of experience in financial services, Musto previously served as president of Great-West Investments, executive vice president of Empower Retirement, and CEO of J.P. Morgan Retirement Plan Services.

It May Seem Like This Is Over, But We’re In The Eye Of The Storm. What’s Your Plan?

In March, we were all sent into our storm shelters because Covid-19, a metaphorical hurricane, was coming straight at us. As we hunkered down to wait out the storm, socially distant from each other, we heard the winds howling, we watched the news, and we waited for the all-clear. Now it’s June, and for some, the all-clear has sounded - or at least the mostly-clear.

A Futurist On Uncertainty, Remote Work Burnout, And The Opportunity To Fix Healthcare

Today we talk with Thomas Koulopoulos, a futurist and the author of thirteen books, including Reimagining Healthcare: How the Smartsourcing Revolution Will Drive the Future of Healthcare and Refocus It on What Matters Most, the Patient.

The Cult Brand Whisperer On Post-Covid-19 Branding And Why Now Is An Incredible Time To Start A Business

Today, we talk with Emily Heyward, author of OBSESSED: Building a Brand People Love from Day One. Emily is the Co-founder and Chief Brand Officer at Red Antler, where she helps founders develop purposeful, strategic visions for their startups and has led branding efforts for top companies such as Casper, Allbirds, and Boxed.

A Hospital CEO On How The Pandemic Might Lead To Healthcare Innovation

Today we talk with Dr. Omar Lateef, CEO of the Rush University Medical Center in Chicago about the coronavirus and its effect on healthcare leadership. During his time at Rush, Lateef has served as chief medical officer, and is a former associate dean of medical sciences at Rush University.

“The Father Of Modern Networking” On How To Make Connections During The Pandemic

Today we talk with Dr. Ivan Misner, the Founder & Chief Visionary Officer of BNI (Business Network International), the world’s largest business networking organization. Called the “Father of Modern Networking” by CNN, Misner is a New York Times bestselling author, a columnist for Entrepreneur, and has been a university professor as well as a member of the Board of Trustees for the University of La Verne.

Airbnb Advisor Chip Conley On The Future Of Post-Pandemic Hospitality

Today we talk with Chip Conley, “rebel hospitality entrepreneur” and New York Times bestselling author. At age 26, Chip founded Joie de Vivre Hospitality (JdV), transforming an inner-city motel into the second largest boutique hotel brand in America.

Leadership During The Pandemic - An Interview With Dr. Mark Goulston

Today we talk with Dr. Mark Goulston, a sought-after conflict management coach, advisory board member at Tanto Capital Partners, and consultant to Fortune 500 leaders, entrepreneurs and educators across the nation. Goulston was a UCLA professor of psychiatry for over 25 years, and is a former FBI and police hostage negotiation trainer.

Square Co-Founder Jim McKelvey On Entrepreneurship And Innovation During The Pandemic - Part 2

Part 2 of our talk with Jim McKelvey about his new book, The Innovation Stack, and how the coronavirus is impacting business leaders and entrepreneurs.

Square Co-Founder Jim McKelvey On Entrepreneurship And Innovation During The Pandemic - Part 1

Today we talk with Jim McKelvey about his new book, The Innovation Stack, and how the coronavirus is impacting business leaders and entrepreneurs.

There Won’t Be A Clean Ending To The Pandemic. Use The Murky Period Ahead To Reimagine The Future

Don’t expect a nice clean ending to the pandemic. It will be gradual, it will be bumpy, it will feel over before it is, and then it will stop feeling over and we’ll be right back in it. It will end sooner for some than for others. The fear of COVID-19 will continue, social distancing will permanently change habits, work won’t ever be the same, and neither will travel.

Leadership During The Pandemic - An Interview With Bruce Daisley

Today we talk with Bruce Daisley, former VP at Twitter and author of EAT SLEEP WORK REPEAT: 30 Hacks For Bringing Joy To Your Job.

What Leaders Can Learn From A Flock Of Birds About The Balance Between Leading And Following

Human systems - like your organization - are always complex adaptive systems. And ironically, by forcing us apart, the pandemic is amplifying our ability to synchronize with each other, just like a flock of starlings.

It’s Too Early To Open Offices. But You Can Start Planning For Your Company’s Recovery Now

There will come a time when we turn our attention from “coronavirus” to “recovery.” While it’s too early to start sending non-essential workers back to offices, it would be wise to start thinking about how your company will recover from this crisis.

Leadership During The Pandemic - An Interview With Laurie Cooke

Today we talk with Laurie Cooke, President and CEO of the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA) about the coronavirus and its effect on her, on the HBA, and on the advancement and impact of women in the business of healthcare.

This Pandemic Is Teaching Leaders How To Fight Exponentiality With Exponentiality

This lesson in exponentiality doesn’t just apply to fighting a global pandemic. It is a critical takeaway for leaders to apply to other exponential challenges we face more frequently, like when we realize that a merger is going south or a digital transformation initiative is badly off-track.

Finding Opportunity On The Complicated Road Ahead

It’s hard for many of us to visualize the good that can come from a pandemic—and the economic and social chaos in which much of the world finds itself. But David Komlos is CEO of Syntegrity, which primarily works with Fortune 500 companies that have “become stuck” at some inflection point, are in trouble or otherwise need help either turning around or finding the path forward. Komlos shares advice on how to do this in the following interview with Chief Executive.

The Moment This Is Over Will Be A Moment People Remember Forever

But there will come a time, we hope soon, when this storm will pass and everyone will open their doors and step blinking into the bright sun that we haven’t seen in what seems like a lifetime. What then?

At Defining Moments, Good Judgement Is Good For Business

How to help your teams exercise great judgement so they’re not always relying on yours.

The Key To Decisive Action At Defining Moments Like This One

Your challenge, your solution.

Don’t Fight Forces During The Pandemic, Use Them

How to channel forces emerging from the crisis toward positive outcomes.

Stop Doing Unto Ideas What You Must Do Unto The Virus

To flatten the curve and quash COVID, the world has deliberately doubled down on social distancing, severely limiting both the variety of people and the number of people with whom we each interact. In our professional lives, we unintentionally flatten the curve of great ideas, powerful solutions, incredible creations, and unified organizations by intentionally limiting both the variety and number of people with whom we interact.

How To Achieve And Sustain Alignment, Even During A Pandemic

The critical importance of alignment, how to make sure you’ve got it, and how to make sure you keep it.

How To Prioritize When The Coronavirus Turns Everything Into Chaos - Part 1

A look at the genetic code of complexity and how it can be used to identify high-priority themes that need your attention first.

How To Prioritize When The Coronavirus Turns Everything Into Chaos - Part 2

How to bring together the right mix of people to work on your top priorities.

The Coronavirus Crisis Is Moving Fast - Here’s How To Speed Up Your Company’s Response Time

It’s taken considerable time because, in contrast to your own nervous system, the world’s nervous system, your country’s nervous system, your local community’s nervous system are all fragmented. This is a universal truth that not only hinders timely responses to challenges like a coronavirus, but also many others you regularly encounter in your work lives

How To Run Great Video Meetings During The Coronavirus Outbreak

As the coronavirus rages on, many companies are shifting their work from face-to-face to remote. This means video conferencing is becoming the new normal for meetings

How To Get Your People Engaged And Aligned During The Coronavirus Outbreak

As the coronavirus presents new challenges for organizations, most leaders are dealing with too many unknowns as they make rapid, high-quality decisions.

The Coronavirus Is A Defining Moment For Your Company. Here Are Questions You Should Be Asking

The rapid spread of the coronavirus has created chaotic conditions for many organizations over the last few days and weeks, leaving many leaders struggling to figure out what to do next.

What Can The Coronavirus Teach Us About Leadership At Defining Moments?

As we all know, world leaders and the global scientific community started the year reacting and responding to a novel coronavirus outbreak in China. Initially, we saw them pursue a ‘Plan A’ strategy of containment, and for a couple of months, we watched the slow and steady collapse of Plan A as SARS-CoV-2 spread from country to country. As that happened, we saw and heard leaders and scientists dealing in varying ways with their own creeping doubt that the plan would work.

Nurture Or Engineer? Leaders Must Master Both

When was the last time you heard a home builder say “Our homes are nurtured on time and on budget,” or a construction company CEO say “We’re delighted to have just fostered the longest suspension bridge in the world?” How about an aircraft manufacturer proudly announcing that they’ve “successfully encouraged and cultivated a new supersonic jet?”

How to fix these common bad habits in office meetings

As a rule, most of us believe that meetings suck. Indeed, it’s a well-earned belief. And while there are many well-documented reasons meetings generally do suck, there’s also a way to improve them, make them useful—and even enjoyable.

The 5 step method for making high-stakes, high-quality decisions fast

Long ago, business leaders accepted the notion that they must sometimes "go slow to go fast" when it comes to making big strategic decisions about their thorniest problems. That may have been true in the past — but "go slow to go fast" is a recipe for disaster in today's world, where the pace of change is exponential.

Big Law Firms Aren’t Prepared For The Next Recession. Here’s What They Should Be Thinking About.

In a series of interviews, we will talk to experts from a variety of fields to hear about how they are confronting these moments. In Part 2, we explore Brody Moments in Law with Friedrich Blase and Hersh Perlis. Blase is an entrepreneur, business builder, mentor and legal industry expert with more than 20 years experience consulting to and working for law firms, legal departments and alternative legal service providers. Perlis is co-founder and Director of the Legal Innovation Zone at Ryerson University.

Is Complexity Killing Your Sale?

If you’ve recently lost a sale to a large account you’d thought you had in the bag, you’re likely reviewing every aspect of the deal. What happened?

Are CMOs Ready For A World Where David Can Take Down Goliath?

Amidst the accelerating and intensifying maelstrom of complexity facing organizations in every sector, leaders frequently face “Brody Moments:”

Secret to Successful M&A: Engineering Chemical Reactions

70-90% of all mergers fail to achieve their anticipated strategic and financial objectives, and the failure-rate is often attributed to various “people issues,”

What To Do When Your Realize Your Current Course and Speed Will Lead to Failure

Remember in the movie Jaws when the chief of police gets a good look at the shark and says, "You're gonna need a bigger boat". Leaders have those moments too.

The Most Important Trend for 2020 and the Decade

There’s one underlying trend that holds the key to leading your organization in the months and years ahead - and you’re not going to find it on any of the usual lists.

Lessons From The Impeachment Inquiry: Why You Should Pay Attention To Your Organization’s Human Bedrock

People who make up the organizational bedrock – whether in government, business, or elsewhere – are the solid ground upon which everything else is constructed.

Before Making Decisions, Decide How to Decide

Leaders on the front lines must choose a decision-making model before engaging in problem-solving. Before making a decision, leaders must first decide how to decide.

How To Neutralize The Habits, Agendas, and Behaviors That Stifle Transformation

We all struggle to alter their behaviors, break their habits, change their perspectives, and move off their agendas. This can lead organizations to avoid change, resist innovation, and perpetuate the old ways.

In Defense of Long, Large and Agenda-Free Meetings

There is a certain kind of meeting that absolutely must be long, big, and agenda-free, and if you design it to be otherwise - if you aim for efficiency and damage control - you will sabotage your outcome.

It’s Time to Retire the Phrase: “Don’t Boil the Ocean”

"Don't boil the ocean" is terrible advice - built on the assumption that you cannot work efficiently if you attempt to address everything. That assumption is flawed.

Why You Should Ask Your Customers to Help You Solve Your Biggest Challenges

Is your company truly 'Customer First'?

Before You Try To Solve A Complex Challenge, Stop And Formulate The Right Question

How To Keep Up With The Blistering Pace Of Today’s Challenges

Collisions Have Replaced Big Brains as the Currency of Problem Solving

‘Diversity’ is more than a buzzword. It’s key to solving major workplace problems

How To Move From Problem to Solution With Lightning Speed

The Secret Weapon Against Complexity: Your Organization’s Abundant Talent

Complexity is the defining organizational condition of every enterprise, company, social system, and community operating today.

Importance of Face Time

Sure, email is fast and convenient, but in-person meetings can produce better results.

Cracking Complexity

There are complicated problems, and there are complex problems. Complicated problems are technical in nature.

Problem Solved!

Cracking Complexity is targeted at CEOs and high-level executives. The book, based on complexity research and the authors' work as consultants, focuses on the 10-step Complexity Formula and its ability to crack complexity every time—fast.

This Simple Method Will Change the Way Your Team Solves Tough Problems

Get everyone together in one place for a short time to co-create answers to your question.

Five Essential Skills for Pharma’s Future Leaders

Five Essential Skills for Pharma’s Future Leaders... and They May Not Be What You Think...

How to Turn Complexity Into Advantage

With all the fuss about unprecedented and accelerating complexity, you’ll probably be surprised to hear that today’s standout leaders are solving their organization’s defining challenges

You Have The Talent You Need To Solve Your Biggest Challenges

It’s true that organizations are confronting unprecedented and accelerating complexity.

Adopt a Talent Abundance Mindset

By now, it’s well-known that startups with new business models have used an abundance mindset to dislodge long-established incumbents...

The Lion on the Desk

You arrive at work one morning, take the elevator up to your appointed floor, amble down the carpeted hallway staring at your shoes and wondering what the day has in store for you, open your door…

How to tell if a problem is complex or merely complicated.

Have you ever thought about why humankind has successfully traveled to the moon, but companies still have a hard time figuring out how to grow faster than the competition?

Breaking Through Complexity

Today’s organizations are grappling with increasingly complex problems that lack simple or straightforward solutions.

How to Solve Complex Problems Fast

Simplicity in the Age of Complexity: “The answer is simple,” the professor said, then he waited a minute and added the important qualifier, “if you are a mathematical genius.”

Why Knowledge No Longer Equals Power

Why does knowledge not necessarily mean power? originally appeared on Quora: the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.

Wouldn't You Like To Solve Just About Anything Fast?

Henry David Thoreau, the 19th century poet and philosopher, offered a pithy observation that’s relevant to 21st century problem-solvers. He said, “for every thousand hacking at the leaves of evil, there is one striking at the root.”

First Look: Leadership Books for May 2019, Cracking Complexity

Cracking Complexity: The Breakthrough Formula for Solving Just About Anything Fast by David Komlos and David Benjamin

Could Systems Thinking Solve Pharma’s Problems?

Systems are often bamboozingly complex. Lets take a look at the nations health care industry...

The Biggest Obstacles to Innovation in Large Companies

Complicated vs Complex Challenges in Pharma

The pace, scope, and variety of challenges we face as executives in Pharma are both invigorating and overwhelming.

How a Scientific Formula Can Positively Impact Business Outcomes

n(n-1) // In 1905, Albert Einstein introduced the world to e=mc2.

How to Quickly Solve Complex Business Challenges

The last two hundred years saw economies and businesses grow from small and local into global and interconnected.

In Pharma...Without Digital, It’s not a Strategy, and the 5 Reasons You May be Avoiding It

New and often asymmetrical competition is reshaping the market. Disruption is the new normal, the pace of innovation is accelerating, and data more important than ever.

The Book that Reveals 10 Steps to Solving Any Complex Problem

In their book Cracking Complexity, David Komlos and David Benjamin share the steps to working through any complex business problem—both quickly and using existing talent, not consultants.

When In-House Problem-Solvers Trump Outside Experts

We live in a world that in many ways is growing more challenging by the day. Solving complex problems is no longer only about brainpower. It’s also about orchestrating high-speed, high-quality decisions between and among people so they can sense, absorb and think—in real time—as a group.

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