Monthly Archives: May 2013

How to create an innovative workspace

No, coffee is not required. Not that it hurts.  Neither is beer, which can (or bottle). But I digress. People who know me know that I believe that “words mean something.”  So let’s define what “environment” is, since it’s usually … READ MORE

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Evaluating Downstream – 5 Ways to Measure Results

I’m sitting on the floor in a warm room in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and I’m listening to a conversation in Khmer, a language that I do not know. Around the room, also sitting on the floor, are farmers and village … READ MORE

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An Insider’s Perspective on Leadership in an Ultra-Diverse Office

I love my work. The kind of work I do is fascinating: research on leadership and diversity. I could write about this all day. Yet the most fascinating thing of all is that I can experience this diversity every day … READ MORE

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The top 6 blocks to innovation & how to overcome them

Innovation is a tricky business. Sexy as heck when it works (yes, I just said “sexy” in a CCL blog), but challenging to implement in an organization, no matter how big or small.  Why? Many reasons.  Following are six of … READ MORE

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The (inconvenient) realities of learning by doing: lessons from rural and urban India

Imagine a school in rural India with over 400 students sharing one inoperable and filthy toilet. These conditions have more effect on education than one might expect. In fact, lack of access to toilets and basic sanitation is one of … READ MORE

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Kill a Stupid Rule

Sometimes, to be more innovative, we have to stop doing things. Innovation isn’t always about starting something new. It can be about stopping something or getting rid of things that don’t work. We get so caught up in our day-to-day … READ MORE

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The currencies of leadership around the world

I have that wallet issue again. Different currencies from countries far away, leftovers of recent trips, are piling up inside it and I am looking for the best way to make use of them. I look at those foreign notes, … READ MORE

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Resiliency and a Broken Heart

A few weeks ago I experienced a revealing moment during a conversation I had with a colleague who is one of the kindest people I know, very experienced in our field, and has a very intriguing life story. In addition … READ MORE

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