Strategic Doing and Positive Deviance

In a turbulent world, strategy becomes everyone’s business. Effective strategy requires us to link, leverage, and align resources to achieve shared outcomes. Collaboration can create new solutions to wicked problems.

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Celebrate the Small Wins

In our work, we emphasize the importance of small wins when generating solutions for big, complex problems. The reason: that’s how you develop and leverage the power of networks.

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Rebuilding Economies of Poor Neighborhoods

Spent time yesterday with Darryl Graves, and a team from Ohio’s Office of Re-entry in the Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections. We can do so much better to build positive community networks to help returning citizens: people who have paid their debt to society through incarceration.

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What’s So New about the New Economy?

When Netscape launched in the early 1990s, we started moving into the economy driven by open innovation, knowledge, and networks. The Internet is our first interactive mass medium, and it is completely changing the way in which our economy operates.

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Strategic Doing and the 5 Phases of the S-Curve

Some years ago, Deming told us, “if you can’t describe what you’re doing as a process, you don’t know what you’re doing.” This is where scholars run into trouble. They might have the conceptual insights to describe a process, but they don’t finish “the last mile”. They stumble on the HOW. They can’t tell you how to apply the theory they are describing. 

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A Practitioner’s Model of Ecosystems

Ecosystems fascinate scholars. New publications are skyrocketing. Yet, when it comes to understanding ecosystems and how they form, scholars can quickly get wrapped around the axle. A practitioner perspective is more helpful.

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Wicked Problems Require a Different Approach

Have you ever picked up the wrong tool to do a job? Perhaps a screwdriver too big or pliers too small? That’s happening every day in our organizations, as leaders reach for the wrong tools to address the challenges they face. Let me explain. 

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