Category Archives: Leadership

Ricardo Semler: How to run a company with (almost) no rules

“And if we’re looking for wisdom, we need to learn to do that as well. And so, what we’ve done all of these years is very simple, is use the little tool, which is ask three whys in a row. Because the first why you always have a good answer for. The second why, it starts getting difficult. By the third why, you don’t really know why you’re doing what you’re doing.”
-Richard Semler

I love this TED Talk.  Can these simple ideas work for business and education today?

A Counterpoint to the Trend of being “Authentic” at Work

This goes against conventional thinking; that’s the point! Here is another piece of the growth mindset puzzle:
“Just when you think you’ve got it figured out, here’s another piece of advice: forget what you think you know about who you are. This kind of thinking will professionally trap you, says Herminia Ibarra, an expert in leadership and professor at international business school INSEAD.”

The Positive Results of Being Negative

Much has been said and written about the power of positive thinking. I, too, subscribe to the idea, along  with a healthy balance of the negative (Barbara Fredrickson extolls a 2:1 balance.) Here is what Stephanie Vozza writes as 5 positive results of being negative:
1. Negative thinking helps you avoid failure.
2. Negative results can strengthen your focus.
3. Negative moods can produce better teamwork.
4. Negative thoughts provide a healthy balance.
5. Negative reminders can keep you grateful.
I think she’s onto something.