The Critical Role of Play in the Workplace

I just finished writing my e-newsletter that explored the important role of laughter in the workplace. The newsletter was based on a special edition of TIME magazine titled, "The Science of Laughter: Our Bodies. Our Minds. Our Souls." To complement my e-newsletter, there's an excellent book by Dr. Stuart Brown called "Play - How it [...]

The Critical Role of Play in the Workplace2019-03-01T07:24:59-07:00

Finland, JPMorgan Chase, West Point and the Seattle Seahawks and Grit-Based Cultures

Angela Duckworth has written an absolute must-read book, GRIT - The Power of Passion and Perseverance.  The book describes the key ingredient that leads to success, high achievement and ultimate self-fulfillment. She makes a strong case that having grit might be the most important attribute that leaders have. Part of her book describes how to build [...]

Finland, JPMorgan Chase, West Point and the Seattle Seahawks and Grit-Based Cultures2019-02-01T09:00:33-07:00

Leadership and Creating an Aligned Organization

Chris Fussell, a former Navy SEAL who served under Lieutenant General Stanley McChrystal, has written an excellent book, One Mission - How Leaders Build a Team of Teams. Fussell describes how McChrystal's Task Force, composed of many separate teams with separate agendas, let go of their tribal, silo-ed thinking and united under one mission to fight [...]

Leadership and Creating an Aligned Organization2019-01-11T10:51:07-07:00

You Are Your Own Worst Enemy

Emma-Kate Swann and Bob Rosen have written a potentially life-altering book, CONSCIOUS: The Power of Awareness in Business and Life, with a major premise that we should go farther than mindfulness to become more conscious about ourselves and what might be holding us back from achieving personal and business success. This book will touch a raw [...]

You Are Your Own Worst Enemy2018-12-01T09:35:31-07:00

Problem Definition – Lessons from the Music Industry

Bernard Garrette, Corey Phelps and Olivier Sibony have written a must-read how-to guide on solving complex problems. The book, Cracked It! - How to Solve Big Problems and Sell Solutions Like Top Strategy Consultants, presents an easy-to-follow and powerful process called the 4S model (State-Structure-Solve-Sell) that managers can use to solve problems that are non routine and [...]

Problem Definition – Lessons from the Music Industry2018-11-04T08:41:54-07:00

Top 15 CEO Quotes Related to Finding a Higher Corporate Purpose

Dan Pontefract, author of "Open to Think", "The Purpose Effect" and "Flat Army" and an Adjunct Professor at Victoria University, has written a Forbes blog that quotes 15 CEOs who he believes "are operating (or have operated) their organizations with a higher sense of purpose".  Pontefract writes, "My work has led me to believe both [...]

Top 15 CEO Quotes Related to Finding a Higher Corporate Purpose2018-09-25T13:04:22-07:00

Emotional Agility in the Workplace

Dr. Susan David has written a book that everyone must read. The book, Emotional Agility, expertly describes how all of us get stuck in our own brains and become dragged down by our own internal false narratives. It is the rare person who takes time to examine his/her life and understand the impact that past events [...]

Emotional Agility in the Workplace2018-09-03T06:57:24-07:00

Timing, Life & Project Management

Bestselling author Dan Pink has written a compelling book, When - The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing. Pink's premise is that deciding when to do things is as important as how to do them. There are many 'how to' books on bookstore shelves but no 'when to' books. Pink has addressed this. With regards to managing [...]

Timing, Life & Project Management2018-07-04T11:53:05-07:00

Extreme Ownership – Lessons From the Navy SEALs About Accountability

Navy SEALS Jocko Willink and Leif Babin have written a gripping book, Extreme Ownership - How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win". The book's overall premise is that a true leader takes full responsibility for team results - even if the results point to failure. The authors are successful at translating leadership lessons from the battlefield [...]

Extreme Ownership – Lessons From the Navy SEALs About Accountability2018-06-07T09:22:33-07:00

Trust, Purpose & Company Value

Paul Zak, founding Director of the Center for Neuroeconomics, has written a must-read book, The Trust Factor - The Science of Creating High-Performance Companies. Zak uses his lab's brain research to delve into the foundation of the success of any organization - high trust and having a transcendent purpose. The author ties his research into company [...]

Trust, Purpose & Company Value2018-05-03T09:11:07-07:00