Great Ideas Go Nowhere In Dysfunctional Organizations

Executive Coach, Doug Sundheim, describes the problem that plagues many businesses, particulary organizations that rely on lots of meetings. What passes as “communication” in most organizations is nothing more than people talking AT each other. Firing different opinions around a room with little structure to productively move any action forward. The dialogue is dysfunctional – […]

Stoking AOL’s “Pipeline”

USA Today reporter, Jefferson Graham, wonders if Randy Falco, a seasoned TV exec who became CEO of AOL last November, is running the once-dominant online service as a TV network? “When we first came here, I thought this business wasn’t that different from the other businesses I’ve run,” he said in an interview with USA […]

Fostering Employee Loyalty 101

San Jose Mercury News looks at one company’s progressive work culture and how it produces results for them. When it comes to vacation, Netflix has a simple policy: take as much as you’d like. Just make sure your work is done. Employees at the online movie retailer often leave for three, four, even five weeks […]

Fluid Markets Demand Discipline

Hal R. Varian, professor of business, economics and information management at the University of California, Berkeley explains “Kaizen, the practice of continuous improvement,” in today’s NYT. Kaizen doesn’t just mean a business should keep trying new things. Rather, it refers to a disciplined process of systematic exploration, controlled experimentation and then painstaking adoption of the […]

Soft Minded CEOs Rule The Roost

“If I only had a little humility, I’d be perfect.” -Ted Turner USA Today is running a feature today on the thickness of CEO skin. PsyMax surveyed 13,000 employees, including 242 CEOs, to determine which ones were resilient, thick-skinned and good at taking criticism. PsyMax called it being tough-minded. Among non-management workers, 83% had those […]

Solo A No No

Paul Graham is an essayist, programmer, and programming language designer with a PhD in Computer Science from Harvard. He’s currently sharing some excellent advise for startups on his site. Have you ever noticed how few successful startups were founded by just one person? Even companies you think of as having one founder, like Oracle, usually […]

Think Fast. Think Aloud.

Business Week is providing eight rules for brainstorms. Here’s one that makes sense: BRAINSTORMING SESSIONS ARE WORTHLESS UNLESS IDEAS LEAD TO ACTION Brainstorming is just one of many techniques that make a company creative. It is of little value if it’s not combined with observing consumers, talking to experts, or building prototype products and experiences […]

Punks Do It Themselves

Darryl Ohrt of Brand Flakes for Breakfast wants to know if you’ve brought the punk rock ethos into your workplace. Here’s how he thinks about his own punk youth and its impact on his business life: Within the punk rock credo of my youth were the seeds of a larger business philosophy. Ten years in […]