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

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Do your heuristics spark joy?

The phrase “does it spark joy?” has been sufficiently meme-ified since Mari Kondo went mainstream in January 2019. It’s easy to deride using such...

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Three Types of Agile Teams

I've lost count of the times a senior leader at one of my client organizations said to me “agile won’t work here.”

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The real reason you have too many meetings

For every inefficient, unproductive meeting on your calendar, there’s a blog post on Medium offering some tactical ways to fix it (“schedule it to...

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Three Flaws in Microsoft O365 that undermine true Agility

Software has opinions. It has opinions about how humans think, how they currently interact, and how they should interact. In that sense, code is...

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Sorry to tell you. Some organizational problems can’t be solved.

A few years ago, a coaching client of mine leaned in and said quietly, “Listen, I’d be happy if I could just hide in the corner and focus on my...

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Organization Design for a AI world

How should leaders approach organization design as they navigate the shift to a more automated work environment?

Org design is hard. The scale of...

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Purpose doesn't matter. Leadership does. Here are the numbers.

At our January 2019 Summit (our tenth one!) we worked as a team to come up with a few different concepts for assessing the design quality of...

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The 4 Modes of Teamwork

When it comes to good teamwork, you hear a lot of advice about the importance of mission, role clarity and skill set, and engagement. This is all...

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