How To Transcend Your Leadership Style To Have More Humility?

By Alina Okun | November 24, 2020 |

In his book, Conscious Business: How to Build Value through Values, Fred Kofman identifies two types of people in business: controllers and learners. The leadership styles of each are dramatically different. One type will sound familiar as it will be the kind of person we are accustomed to seeing in the business world. The other…

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How Can Leaders Instill A Stronger Sense Of Integrity In Their Teams?

By Alina Okun | November 22, 2020 |

“Developing a conscious culture is a business imperative,” argues Fred Kofman in his book Conscious Business: How to Build Value through Values. A conscious culture consists of shared goals, beliefs, and values that are communicated to the employees to educate them on how they are expected to behave. Leaders’ behavior plays a critical role in…

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Do You Know How To Become A Conscious Leader?

By Alina Okun | November 20, 2020 |
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Most business books are full of advice on the steps leaders should take to make their teams more effective. These books discuss such topics as how to structure meetings, improve performance, and get more out of their employees. That is, the premise of most of those books is that it is all about the employees.…

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4 Examples Of Innovative Companies That Work And 1 Example That Doesn’t (Part V)

By Alina Okun | November 18, 2020 |
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Read Part I here, Part II here, Part III here, and Part IV here. Microsoft Apple’s culture seems to be stuck in the past. Microsoft was in a similar place under former CEO Steve Ballmer. Just like Apple, Microsoft prioritized the protection of profits from its legacy businesses over invention. It had a command-and-control culture…

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4 Examples Of Innovative Companies That Work And 1 Example That Doesn’t (Part IV)

By Alina Okun | November 16, 2020 |
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Read Part I here, Part II here, and Part III here. Apple Apple is an anomaly on this list. While Apple has made the Boston Consulting Group’s list of the most innovative companies for the past 14 years, it does not embody the elements of the Engineer’s Mindset, nor does it display human leadership. Even…

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4 Examples Of Innovative Companies That Work And 1 Example That Doesn’t (Part III)

By Alina Okun | November 14, 2020 |
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Read Part I here and Part II here. Facebook Actively listening to employees is one of the characteristics of human leadership. Delivering and receiving feedback is massively ingrained in Facebook DNA. Delivering feedback is not just encouraged; it is required. Facebook trains employees on how to share feedback effectively using its internal method, which consists…

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4 Examples Of Innovative Companies That Work And 1 Example That Doesn’t (Part II)

By Alina Okun | November 12, 2020 |
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Read Part I here. Amazon The phrase “Day One” in the title of Alex Kantrowitz’s book Always Day One: How the Tech Titans Plan to Stay on Top Forever comes from Amazon’s mantra of operating as if it is always a Day One of a new company. Bezos conceived the mantra to instill an atmosphere…

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4 Examples Of Innovative Companies That Work And 1 Example That Doesn’t (Part I)

By Alina Okun | November 10, 2020 |
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As I start to wrap up the research phase of my book writing process, I want to give practical examples of some theoretical concepts I have been sharing. I have mentioned many times the idea of a “human CEO.” In this type of leadership, CEOs and other organizational leaders cultivate open and transparent work environments…

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Ayn Rand: Capitalism, The Unknown Ideal (Part III)

By Alina Okun | November 8, 2020 |
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Read Part I here and Part II here Antitrust laws Rand views the Sherman Act of 1890 as the ultimate destruction of the American industry. According to Rand, the Sherman Act created the antitrust laws, which made an individual a criminal the moment he went into business. She feels so strongly about the antitrust laws…

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Ayn Rand: Capitalism, The Unknown Ideal (Part II)

By Alina Okun | November 6, 2020 |
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Read Part I here. The role of the government Rand’s most passionate views center around the role of the government in society. She contends that the primary purpose of government is to protect individuals’ rights from physical force. The police are supposed to protect individuals from criminals, the armed services protect against foreign invaders, and…

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