DJ/CO

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The Anthropology of Work

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What Would You Say You Do Here?

      Over the past decade, Roger Martin has written prolifically about how the principles and methods of design thinking(DT) are transforming the way some companies are being managed.  Key among the insights from DT is the simple yet challenging observation that in today’s high-performance firms, top talent is[…]

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It Starts with Strategy

In conversations with fellow organizational consultants, I often hear that their engagements with their clients are, primarily, supportive in nature.  That is, they are there to help that company achieve its strategic goals, whatever those might be.  Sounds straightforward enough, right? Well, perhaps not.  First, many firms (the clients) can[…]

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I Can’t Prove It

Several years ago, at the Transform Innovation Summit at the Mayo Clinic, Roger Martin gave a moving talk about what kills and what drives innovation.  In the talk, which he called a rant, he suggested that the two words- prove and it- when used together, are innovation killers.  He provided[…]

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So Much for Science and Rationality

On the opening day (11/7/13) of its IPO, Twitter shares (TWTR) traded up from its offer price of $26/share to $45/share.  By contrast, Facebook (FB) opened (5/12/13) at $42/share and promptly began to train downward for many months.  Facebook has since then been trading up for several months ($47 today),[…]

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The Lonely Frontier

It is cliche to say, but change is never easy.  The kinds of organizational changes I am advocating in my new book- The Fifth Age of Work– are far from easy.  The comfort of familiarity and tradition should never be underestimated.  Established tradition and known routines make the world easier[…]

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What is Leadership Today?

Today my new book- The Fifth Age of Work– has finally arrived.  In the book I outline the various points of convergence between the growing world of freelancers and small businesses, on the one hand, and a rapidly transforming corporate world, on the other.  For firms interested in thriving in[…]

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My Awesome Workspace

One of the things that I hope to learn more about, while traveling and speaking about the book, are the many inspiring corporate workspaces that already ‘get it.’  My calls in the book for radical workspace redesign do not preclude the fact that there are already many beautiful, smart, and[…]

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After Corporate Culture

Since the early 1980s the business world has enthusiastically embraced the concept of culture as a way to understand and manage the “soft stuff” of organizations.  Initiated in the popular press by Tom Peters and Robert Wasserman in their book, In Search of Excellence, and in the academic press by[…]

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Just Don’t Say “Out of the Box Thinking”

In most of the classes I teach, at some point each semester I introduce my students to the tenets of design thinking.   Design thinking (DT) is actually a misnomer because it is more about ‘doing’ than thinking.  DT is simply an approach to problem solving that follows a designer’s methodology:[…]

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