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Changing Our Perspective

Milton Friedman, a Nobel laureate, came up with one of the dumbest quotes of all time: “if the government were to take over the Sahara Desert, there would be a...
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Solutions for Wicked Problems in Flint

Yesterday our colleagues gave us an update on our Strategic Doing Flint Model. For seven years, a team has been transforming their neighborhoods with practical collaborations formed by following simple...
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Partnership with the Agile Business Consortium

Our work with the Agile Business Consortium continues to grow. The Consortium's Framework for Business Agility is designed to help organizations become more adaptive, creative and resilient. One dimension of...
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Try out an online course – for free

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...
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Learn the skills of agile leadership

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...
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Leadership in a crisis: Think coherence

Here’s an exceptionally good article on leadership in a crisis. We've seen this emerging trend for some time: in an era of growing complexity, coherence is more important than vision....
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New Times, New Skills, New Platforms – New Course!

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...
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Seeing Our Economy with New Eyes

The coronavirus can teach us a lot about the true nature of our economy. The most important lesson: for decades, we've fundamentally misunderstood how our economy works. Our economic policy...
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Universities Need a Redesign

Our universities need a redesign. The good news: the changes are not dramatic, and they can be managed. The bad news: those that do not change will be disrupted. Christensen...
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Understanding Agility in Business: Use the S Curve

We continue to define the term "strategic agility" more rigorously. Following an S-Curve framework, there are 5 critical strategic focus areas an enterprise must manage. (I corrected the image. You...
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Meanwhile, in Shanghai…

Who knew? Our book is in some fine company in Shanghai. We are listed as the Number 4 most popular business book by Shanghai Daily. Our favorite on the list:...
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Strategy is….

Strategy is like software. If you can't get your ideas off the whiteboard, they have little value. If you can't test your thinking with practical experiments, you will never learn....
2019 AURP Leadership Roundtable

2019 AURP Leadership Roundtable

If you've landed here after attending the 2019 AURP Leadership Roundtable in Atlanta on November 5, 2019, welcome! Here are a few ways to learn more about Strategic Diversity powered...
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Breaking the Grip of Silos

In a world in which networks create knowledge and value, leadership involves designing and guiding these networks. In most hierarchical organizations, the task involves breaking the grip of silos by...

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