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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...
Strategic Doing: Ten Skills for Agile Leadership

Strategic Doing: Ten Skills for Agile Leadership

A powerful online learning experience for organizational leaders Our companies, our communities, and our planet are facing unprecedented challenges - challenges that will not be solved by a small group...
Graduate Course: Collaborative Leadership & Agile Strategy

Graduate Course: Collaborative Leadership & Agile Strategy

SPRING 2020: ENGT 507 CRN 15817 | Mondays 6-8:50pm | KNOY B029 About the course Collaborative Leadership and Agile Strategy (ENGT 507) is offered both online and on the Purdue...
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Fostering Collaboration on a Local Level

Jacob Moses and I explore how city leaders can grow their economies by fostering collaboration on a local level, including how to find existing assets in your community, how to...
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Podcast for Economic and Community Developers

A few weeks ago, I spent some time with Dennis Fraise of Develop This!, a podcast for economic and community developers. In this first podcast, I start by providing some...
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Three Hurdles to Digital Transformation

To transform our organizations and economies to higher levels of productivity, prosperity and sustainability, we need to design new systems from the assets of the old. That requires collaboration, a...
Agile Strategy and Workforce Development: A Podcast

Agile Strategy and Workforce Development: A Podcast

How do you design and guide complex transformations for workforce development? This podcast explores how workforce development professionals can learn a new set of skills to design and manage complex...
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Insights: Why Strategic Doing Beats Strategic Planning

A few weeks ago, I had a great conversation with Aga Bajer, of Culture Lab. In this interview, Aga and I discuss: The value of practice and discipline versus skimming...

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