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    Building Critical Mass

    The Power of Fred

    One of the hardest questions organizations confront is when and how to assert control of its people. Talking with Eric Ryan, the co-founder of the cleaning product company Method, clarified some of my own thinking as it relates to this issue.
    Something you notice quickly in talking with Eric is that he takes delight in being [...]

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    The Rise of Workforce Marketing

    Because of its inherent transparency, social media is more than a new communication medium for connecting with customers, prospective employees, and stakeholders. It’s a powerful game changer that lays bare the frequent disconnects between what we project to the world and who we actually are. And, it’s a feedback mechanism that shows leaders exactly how corporate messaging is—or isn’t—tricking out through the organization, and which employees and managers are most likely taking things seriously.

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    On Language
    Jay Conger – Prolific Writer, Educator and Leadership Guru

    The limit on your words is the limit on your influence.

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    On Control
    Simon Mainwaring – Brand Strategist, Social Entrepreneur and Bestselling Author

    You cannot control the conversation. Employees and customers are the co-authors of your story.

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    On Irresistible Ideas
    Howard Schultz, Coffee Devotee, Founder & CEO of Starbucks

    Irresistibility lies in addressing a market need through an emotional connection.

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    On Leadership
    Howard Schultz, Coffee Devotee, Founder & CEO of Starbucks

    Letting go does not mean “abdicating responsibility.”

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    On Innovation
    Julio Ottino, Dean of the Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Northwestern University

    Innovation often lies at the intersection of domains—in not only solving problems, but solving the right problems.

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    On the 3 Domains
    Julio Ottino, Dean of the Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Northwestern University

    The future belongs to people who are able to traverse big domains effortlessly.

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    On Fostering Innovation
    Stephanie Pace Marshall – Educational Trailblazer, Founder and President Emerita of Illinois Math and Science Academy (IMSA)

    We get trapped by our stories. Unless we actually have opportunities to live into something fundamentally different, innovation is stifled.

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    The Three Constructs of Today’s Social Business Marketplace

     
    I was reminded of Simon Mainwaring’s compelling Let Go & Lead interview on the changing paradigm of companies interacting with stakeholders when I heard him speak on a panel this week on How Social Media Has Changed Our Relationships With Customers, Policymakers – And Everyone Else at the - Read more

    One Year and Many Insights Later

    Can you believe a full year has passed since we launched our community?  It’s been a wonderful time of insight, collaboration and learning as we collectively pioneer new ways to think about and practice leadership and employee engagement.
    By talking with people across many domains, we’ve explored new ways to think about Capturing Imagination, Co-creating Possibilities, [...]

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    Less Perfection More Humanity

    Simon Mainwaring in his interview with Maril, talks about today’s marketplace of increased transparency, accountability and authenticity and the implications for company leaders when control in a traditional sense is gone.  He says that authenticity isn’t about being ideal or perfect. “ It is about being true to who you are and [...]

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