turn vision to strategy

Imagining the best possible future is one thing, but figuring out what to do to achieve that vision is another matter. In their book Lead from the Future: How to Turn Visionary Thinking Into Breakthrough Growth, Mark Johnson and Josh Suskewicz describe how future-back leaders use their capacity for learning, deep curiosity, and comfort with…

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Visionary leader

What do Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, and Steve Jobs have in common? All three are recognized as visionary leaders. They looked past the conventional wisdom and set out to create a different and better world, but they did not do it on their own. They inspired others to join them on their transformative journey. Mark…

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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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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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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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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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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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corporate culture at Microsoft

Microsoft has fully transformed as a company since 2014, when Satya Nadella became the CEO. The most noticeable change is its new culture. An essential concept to keep in mind is individuals shape the culture of an organization, how the company thinks, and how it acts. Nadella believed that changing old Microsoft’s culture was paramount…

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Empathy Satya Nadella Microsoft

Rita McGrath introduced me to Satya Nadella’s book Hit Refresh: The Quest to Rediscover Microsoft’s Soul and Imagine a Better Future for Everyone. In my previous post, I mentioned that Nadella had been widely praised for transforming Microsoft and making it relevant again in the world of the cloud and AI. While I enjoyed McGrath’s…

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How to lead during time of change

I have already written several blog posts based on Rita McGrath’s book Seeing Around Corners: How to Spot Inflection Points in Business Before They Happen. Because it covers a variety of topics pertaining to my research, I took notes one page after another as I kept reading. The final topic that I would like to…

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