How To Stop Treating Your Employees Like Robots?

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“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?

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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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Are You Living Your Life According To Your Terms?

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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

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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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How Did Microsoft Change Its Culture So Quickly?

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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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What Important Factor Led To Microsoft’s Success?

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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 A Time Of Change?

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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How To Use Discovery-Driven Planning At Your Company?

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In her book, Seeing Around Corners: How to Spot Inflection Points in Business Before They Happen, Rita McGrath provides a specific approach for confronting inflection points once they have been identified. This approach is called discovery-driven planning. Jeff Bezos has observed that seeing inflections points coming is not the predominant challenge. Deciding which direction to…

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Powerful Leadership Differences Between Facebook And Microsoft

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Facebook and Microsoft. It will be hard to find a person in a civilized world who has not heard of these two companies. Both are in the tech industry. Both have changed the way their customers interact with computers or communicate with family and friends. Their respective founders are now the wealthiest people on the…

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What Are Inflection Points And How To Recognize Them?

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Maybe it is just me, but everywhere I turn, I hear someone talk about inflection points. That should not be surprising, given all the upheaval we are experiencing every day. Some of these changes could be inflection points, which brings up two questions. What are inflection points, and how can we recognize them? The best…

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