The desire to know the future has been with us since the dawn of humanity – consider the popularity of Nostradamus, the apocalypse described in the Bible, or – closer to our own time – the Y2K frenzy. The ability to predict the future in late 2019 – before the pandemic – could have made…

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What’s the magic ingredient in ecosystem development? That’s the topic of our newest podcast episode. We’ve been through a lot in the past eleven months – and in many parts of the US and beyond, our communities are devastated. It’s not just the health crisis. More than 100,0000 businesses, and millions of jobs, have disappeared.…

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For some time, we’ve had discussions with people that made us think, “Wow, that would make a good podcast.” We’ve just dropped the first episode, and invite you to give a listen. At least to start, we’re not focusing on long, interview-style discussions. If those can be likened to a relaxed meal with friends, think…

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Next Tuesday we launch the “next edition” of our online course, Building an Agile Economy. Every leader in every community and region needs to be thinking now about how to build a resilient, agile economy that can survive, even thrive, in the next big challenge – even as we’re still in the midst of the…

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Today we’re launching a free one-week course: Conversations that Matter – An Introduction to Agile Leadership. If you’ve been thinking about taking one of other online courses, this will give you a taste of our approach – while helping you develop an important skill: evaluating the conversations you have and identifying opportunities for improving them.…

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In Strategic Doing: Ten Skills for Agile Leadership, we describe a set of specific practices that anyone can use to foster collaborative conversations – especially when facing challenging times, when the road ahead seems anything but straight. Now, we’re unveiling a companion to the book: an online course to help you explore the skills in…

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Who would have imagined a few months ago that (for many of us) all of our work would happen from in front of screens in our homes? That’s where we find ourselves. The need for us to collaborate has never been greater – whether in our organizations or globally. And yet, our set of tools…

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We’re finding more and more value in the concept of “strategic diversity” – that is, the way in which team members’ cognitive preferences shape their roles on the team. Learning how to optimize that diversity can take your team from average to a true “innovating network” that can solve the toughest challenges. The AEM-Cube(TM) –…

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Many of us work not only work with complex ideas, we need to explain them to others in clear, compelling ways. We’re rolling out a new offering to help. The best ideas and solutions paint a picture of a future that others can see, others can feel. They allow us to envision that future state…

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We’re rolling out a new tool: Strategic Diversity. Strategic Diversity builds on the idea of the S-Curve. As we discuss in our workshops, an S-Curve is a useful model for thinking about change. One example we frequently use is “your grandparents’ economy” (eg, the heydey of heavy industry) vs. “our grandchildren’s economy” (eg, digital and…

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