What Are The Most Effective Ways To Create A Strategy?

By Alina Okun | September 14, 2020 |
unique strategy

“If your organization doesn’t have a unique point of view about the future, then it doesn’t have a strategy.” This comment from Gary Hamel and Michele Zanini’s new book Humanocracy: Creating Organizations as Amazing as the People Inside Them grabbed my attention. As a strategist, I could not agree more. In fact, it is something…

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How Can Organizations Be More Entrepreneurial?

By Alina Okun | September 12, 2020 |
become an entrepreneur

My MBA was in Entrepreneurial Studies. I have always been fascinated by entrepreneurship, which is why I thoroughly enjoyed a section in Humanocracy: Creating Organizations as Amazing as the People Inside Them by Gary Hamel and Michele Zanini, where the authors discuss how companies can become more entrepreneurial. “Entrepreneurship is equally essential to human flourishing.”…

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How To Overcome Bureaucracy To Spark Innovation?

By Alina Okun | September 10, 2020 |
spark innovation

Continuing the discussion of a new book Humanocracy: Creating Organizations as Amazing as the People Inside Them, written by Gary Hamel and Michele Zanini, this post is about overcoming bureaucracy to unleash innovation. Dozens, if not hundreds, of books have been written about unlocking innovation at organizations. A Boston Consulting Group poll showed that 79%…

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How To Stop Treating Your Employees Like Robots?

By Alina Okun | September 8, 2020 |
robots at work, humans and machines

“The threat that automation poses for employment depends mostly on whether or not we continue to treat employees like robots” is a quote from a new book Humanocracy: Creating Organizations as Amazing as the People Inside Them, written by Gary Hamel and Michele Zanini. Immanuel Kant, a nineteenth-century German philosopher, maintained that we should never…

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Why Bureaucracy Destroys Human Spirit And Hurts Societies?

By Alina Okun | September 6, 2020 |
human leadership

Humanocracy: Creating Organizations as Amazing as the People Inside Them, a recently published book by Gary Hamel and Michele Zanini, really “spoke” to me. I have been writing about what I call “human leadership” for several months. The term resonated with me, but I was not sure if others would understand it. After reading Humanocracy,…

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How To Decide Between A Career And A Vocation?

By Alina Okun | September 4, 2020 |
Choosing the right career

My favorite part of David Brooks’ book The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life was a discussion on the differences between a career and a vocation. I have previously written about Amy Wrzesniewski’s research, Jobs, Careers, and Callings: People’s Relations to Their Work. Her insights were eye-opening for me as I had only…

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Are You Living Your Life According To Your Terms?

By Alina Okun | September 2, 2020 |
life according to your terms

I keep coming back to Yuval Noah Harari’s quote “Humans believe in a particular order not because it is objectively true, but because believing in it enables us to cooperate effectively and forge a better society,” because it was the first time I became aware of the idea of imagined order. Similar to Harari, David…

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If You Have Not Found The Life You Want, This Could Be Why

By Alina Okun | August 30, 2020 |
david brooks second mountain

One of the reasons I enjoy reading books is because they help me discover new books to read in the future. In Satya Nadella’s Hit Refresh: The Quest to Rediscover Microsoft’s Soul and Imagine a Better Future for Everyone, I noticed Nadella’s reference to David Brook’s book The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral…

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What Is The Greatest Impact Technology Has Had On Finance?

By Alina Okun | August 28, 2020 |
technology in finance, robotic process automation

I spent close to twenty years in Finance. As I mentioned in this post, I made a career change because I believed that Corporate Finance was operationally outdated, mundane, and repetitive. Time and time again, I came across areas that I thought could be automated. One of my goals was to bridge Finance and Technology…

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3 Steps That Will Help To Reassess Your Innovation Strategy

By Alina Okun | August 26, 2020 |
innovation strategy

Innosight, a strategy consultancy firm founded in 2000 by the late Clayton Christensen, has recently released a report Reset Your Innovation Priorities to Reflect The New Reality. In the report, the authors discussed the steps businesses must take to reassess their innovation strategies in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Three questions to ask to…

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