Companies are more likely to fail today than at any point in history. If you want to survive, let your old stories die.
It was October 1843, and Charles Dickens needed money. While he was already a very famous for Oliver Twist, his most recent book was a total flop. With bills mounting and a fifth child on the way, his publisher decreased his pay. Read this one to see how Dickens wrote and self-published his most famous work in just six weeks, and what that means for us.
It's true. Story is the thing that enabled humans to rise from mid-level primates to the rulers of the world. Why? Because story fuels cooperation at scale. No other animal species can cooperate in groups larger than roughly 50 individuals, but with story millions, even billions, of humans can work together towards a common goal. Read this one learn more.
What do Bruce Springsteen, John Deere, and an inner-city elementary school have in common? They all leveraged the power of moments to transform the impact of the work they do. Read this one to learn how you can create a series of defining moments to drastically increase the impact of your next retreat, offsite, or staff meeting.
We are on the brink of a war for talent. With over 41 million Baby Boomers near retirement and unemployment going down, we face what might be the most competitive labor market this country has ever seen. And it’s not just that the number of unfilled jobs is growing, but that the compensation, benefits, and career opportunities provided by each are also increasing. Read this one to learn about the one thing that you can do to compete for top talent, even if you aren’t Google, Salesforce, or the next great startup.
This is a story about how interpersonal conflict killed the world’s largest communications company. Whether it’s the meeting after the meeting, endless passive-aggressive emails, or the occasional blowout, workplace conflict is all too common. Research suggests that many American workers spend as much two hours and 21 minutes per day in conflict or drama, which costs American organizations billions. Read this one to learn the four things that you can do to transform a team from conflict to cohesion.
Only 13 percent of American workers think that leadership communicates effectively. Just 13 percent. That means that most leaders in this country are not sending clear messages to their people. That might be fine when it comes to advertising the company picnic, but it’s a big problem when employees start missing strategic priorities. And that’s exactly what’s happening. Read this one to discover the top three reasons why.