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Building REAL Trust

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Decision Making

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Operationalizing Equity & Inclusion

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For successful organizational change, we need to be Transformation Athletes.

When I first decided to become a runner,...

The Four Cornerstones for Building REAL Trust

When people think of building organizati...

Operationalizing Equity and Inclusion at NYC Public Schools

New York City is home to the nation’s la...

AI Has Ethical Issues. Here's What Leaders Can Do.

AI has been raising moral concerns in ou...

Scaling Agile Ways of Working at PepsiCo

PepsiCo came to August seeking support f...

How Human-AI Collaboration Will Shape the Future of Work

Adapted from Karina’s featured talk at t...

4 Strategies for Leading Mission-Driven Change

Leading change can be lonely work. Somet...

Pivot Energy Uses Decision Making to Scale Execution & Impact

The August Team was incredibly lucky to ...

How to Pick the Right Decision Making Model

Decisions are foundational to an organiz...

Demystifying OKRs: A Training Framework for Leaders & Managers

OKRs (Objectives and Key Results) are cr...

5 Team Building Activities to Create Psychological Safety

A great team builder can define the tone...

3 Keys to Succeeding as an Agile Project Sponsor

The fundamental ways that companies work...

Top 3 Team Decision Blockers - And How to Unblock Them

When it comes to collaborative decision-...

5 Innovative Tactics to Scale Transformation

Changing an organization’s established w...

4 Cultural Takeaways From Our Summer Fridays Experiment

In Summer 2022, August embarked on its f...

How the 4-Day Work Week Helps Us Redefine Our Worth as Employees

In Summer 2022, August embarked on its f...

Equity+ Roundtable: DEI Problems Need Focused Solutions.

This month we held our second Equity+ Ro...

3 Ways to Measure Your Equity & Inclusion Impact

At August, one of our four levers of org...

For a successful 4-day work week, set boundaries up front.

In Summer 2022, August embarked on its f...

The Subtle Art of Checking In

7 ways to open meetings with intention, ...

The Most Common 8 Do Differently's

The dynamics of hybrid teams can be tric...

4 Tips for Better Decision-Making

With workplaces in a state of near-const...

From Great Workshops to Greater Impact

Here are 6 ways to build momentum on you...

5 Secrets of Leading Successful Change

A common question I often hear when I st...

3 tips for making equitable decisions in crisis mode

A conversation with social justice leade...

We’re reevaluating the 40-hour work week.

At August, we intentionally grant oursel...

ERGs aren’t as inclusive as you might think.

Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), also kn...

What’s wrong with the RACI model?

Why RACI doesn’t work, and the decision-...

For equitable hybrid work, instead of either-or, try even-over.

I’m not a fan of the “either-or” binary....

Want to get work done? Start with emotional connection

As March, Q2, and winter come to a close...

How to Choose Your Hybrid Work Model

Hybrid work has been a tough transition ...

The Future of Operations: August recertifies as a B Corporation

This month August was recertified as a B...

Four Reasons to Consider In-Person Gatherings

The pandemic has taught us that we don't...

A Simple Way to Live Your Org Values

Equity is one of our core values at Augu...

3 ways to make decision making your competitive advantage

I have to be honest. I've been strugglin...

How to address 4 core challenges of the hybrid workplace

We hosted our company board meeting last...

What do we mean by self management?

This document was written for new hires ...

Playbook: From Diversity to Racial Equity

In June 2020, millions of people across ...

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

2020 showed us that our normal ways of m...

Playbook: From Lead by Telling to Lead by Listening

In 2020, leaders were reminded that aski...

Playbook: From Tools to Enablers

According to a McKinsey study* from Octo...

Playbook: From Plan to Predict to Plan to Change

Resilient organizations learned to let g...

New Ways of working for 2021 and Beyond

What did 2020 reveal about what is possi...

Giving for racial justice in 2020 and beyond

For many, the last few years have been a...

Is Your Decision-Making Style Working for You?

We’ve been talking about decision-making...

Building a Culture of Empowered Decision Making at Autodesk

Decision making is a pain point for many...

Good Decision Making Drives Inclusion and Belonging

This blog post is co-authored by Alexis ...

Good Decisions Start with Clear Advice

Decision making can be better and faster...

How to Make Better Decisions in Two Simple Steps

Decision-making has become a priority fo...

Decision Making Matters, Maybe More Than You Think

As the COVID-19 crisis unfolded this spr...

Black Lives Matter

White supremacy, and the system that uph...

Get started at busting organizational silos

Have you found yourself stuck in a silo?...

13 Reasons To Run A Check-in Round

A Check-In Round is a ritualized moment ...

8 strategies for successful agile transformation in  CPG firms

Global CPG companies are being challenge...

Do your heuristics spark joy?

The phrase “does it spark joy?” has been...

Three Types of Agile Teams

I've lost count of the times a senior le...

The real reason you have too many meetings

For every inefficient, unproductive meet...

Three Flaws in Microsoft O365 that undermine true Agility

Software has opinions. It has opinions a...

Organization Design for a AI world

How should leaders approach organization...

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

At our January 2019 Summit (our tenth on...

The 4 Modes of Teamwork

When it comes to good teamwork, you hear...

Your Business Advice is Dripping with Privilege

First, you need to know that I was reall...

Unlearning our Way into Agility

The word innovation has become common. C...

3 Enablers of Responsive Systems Change

How every employee can play a role in up...

Designing organizations for Generation Z

I was born in 1986, and thus am one of t...

Belonging: A Conversation about Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Happy new(ish) year everyone! As we kick...

The Future of Work is Political

I’m standing in line today to exercise m...

OKRs and KPIs—Defining Metrics for Innovative Teams

Photo by Charles Deluvio on Unsplash Inn...

Prototypes vs. MVPs — What’s the difference?

“Yellow box of crayons sit on a wooden t...

Quick and Simple User Tests

Validate your assumptions in little time...

Pitching Creative Ideas to Stakeholders

A fun poster in August HQ An easy how-to...

The Insane Push to be Disruptive

How to make innovation inside your organ...

How to Travel for Work and Stay Sane

A bike ride through Bavaria using the ho...

How to Be Human at Work

On a hot summer day in Brooklyn, I sat a...

Using Consent to make decisions faster

We’re living in an era of unprecedented ...

Small Experiments With Radical Intent

Several months back, Erica and I were do...

Cooperation & Discord

Cooperation requires active adjustment o...

90 Day Letter to My Former Self: Tips and Tricks

90 day letter to former self: Tips and t...

Undoing Patriarchy

Reflections on the first convening of th...

Lessons Learned on the Role of Data in Driving Change and Inclusion

I’ve always had a fraught relationship w...

August Tech Stack

When we started August, at the top of th...

Diagnosing Opportunities for Change

This article is the first of an ongoing ...

9 Month Letter to Self — Lessons from Life at August

Hello Justine of August 9 Months Past — ...

Workshop: Creating the Conditions

This is what I delivered yesterday at a ...

August State of the Union: March 2017

A lot has happened since we last shared ...

August State of the Union : March 2017

A lot has happened since we last shared ...

From Tag to Tennis: Lessons in Feedback

I remember it like it was yesterday. At ...

Tackling Team Diversity: Tactics, Lessons, and Data

How August is making diversity part of t...

How To Get A Job Doing What We Do(-ish)…

Creating a career in responsive organiza...

August: State of the Union, March 2016

To: August team members, our clients and...

The Future of Organizations is Responsive

How to Unlock Your Organization’s Potent...

Why I Joined August

Taking the next leap in your career is n...

The Most Interesting Questions in Business

These are the big and thorny problems at...

Inception: Responsive Growth

How emerging markets can transform the w...

What McKinsey Misses About IT in a Responsive Org

3 ways that technology leaders can reinv...