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Our perspective on the future of org design, people development, leadership, and teamwork

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Playbook: From Diversity to Racial Equity

In June 2020, millions of people across the United States, joined by many more around the world, gathered to protest ongoing police violence and...

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Playbook: From Is it Right? to Is it Safe to Try?

2020 showed us that our normal ways of making decisions aren’t good enough. Traditional approaches to decision-making start with the assumption...

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Playbook: From Lead by Telling to Lead by Listening

In 2020, leaders were reminded that asking the right question can be more valuable than having the right answer. For many people 2020 was one of...

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Playbook: From Tools to Enablers

According to a McKinsey study* from October 2020, organizations implemented changes to increase remote working and collaboration 43x faster than...

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7 ways to change systems: Applying a systems lens to organizational transformation

When I’m stuck on a big, messy change problem, I find myself returning to Thinking in Systems by Donella H. Meadows over and over again. The way...

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Four Reasons to Consider In-Person Gatherings

The pandemic has taught us that we don't need to default to in person for every activity. Heeding quarantine orders, people set up shop at home...

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A Simple Way to Live Your Org Values

Equity is one of our core values at August. One way we are trying to live up to that value is to partner with organizations that can help us build...

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3 ways to make decision making your competitive advantage

I have to be honest. I've been struggling with decision-making fatigue. Many decisions that I had on autopilot, like taking my kids to daycare,...

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How to address 4 core challenges of the hybrid workplace

We hosted our company board meeting last week and unsurprisingly the focus of conversation was around hybrid work. Last year, organizations across...

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What do we mean by self management?

This document was written for new hires to read in their first few weeks at August. In line with our core value of working for the public benefit,...

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