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Thought Leadership

5 Acronyms Entrepreneurs Can't Afford to Forget

Christopher Norris | Posted 04.18.2014 | Business
Christopher Norris

Entrepreneurs have a lot on their brains, but not minding the right thing can be disastrous for business. While maintaining the grind, here are five acronyms to keep in mind.

Where Will Content Come From in 2014?

Rajesh Setty | Posted 03.05.2014 | Business
Rajesh Setty

Everyone is talking about content marketing. If you are new to content marketing, you are already late to the party and have a lot of catching up to...

Can Playing Polyrhythms Give Birth to Polymaths?

Christopher Norris | Posted 03.04.2014 | Impact
Christopher Norris

I can't speak for every drummer, but for me the process of drumming enables creativity and helps me foster innovation and advance thought-leadership. Studies show that drumming produces deeper self awareness by inducing synchronous brain activity.

What Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Nelson Mandela: Reflections on Thought Leadership

Penina Rybak | Posted 02.10.2014 | Business
Penina Rybak

"No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars or sailed an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit." --Helen Keller "Edu...

To Play by the Rules... or Not: What a Child Can Teach a Female Entrepreneur

Penina Rybak | Posted 11.17.2013 | Business
Penina Rybak

We are living in the "iEra" where the question "why not?' has never been more relevant. I believe that one needs to be a lifelong student of the "why not" school of thought, to counteract inertia, boredom, and arrogance.

Only Connect: Why Your Story Matters

Flynn Coleman | Posted 08.25.2013 | Impact
Flynn Coleman

In today's information-saturated landscape, one of the most valuable skills you can acquire is the ability to tell stories. If you want to be a good storyteller, practice listening to others. A crucial part of good storytelling is empathy: the ability to perceive and intuit what others are experiencing.

Jean Houston Answers Oprah's Question, 'What Happens When You Die?'

OWN | Posted 11.29.2012 | OWN

Recently on "Super Soul Sunday," Oprah talked with American philosopher Jean Houston, author of The Wizard of Us. Here are the thought leader's wise a...

Oprah: 'If You Don't Accept The Yearning, You End Up Dying Inside'

OWN | Posted 11.28.2012 | OWN

On the Nov. 25th episode of "Super Soul Sunday," Oprah talked with legendary thought leader Jean Houston -- author of The Wizard of Us -- about the h...

WATCH: How To Recognize The Call To Adventure

OWN | Posted 11.26.2012 | OWN

Virtually every human being has what writer and mythologist Joseph Campbell once referred to as "the call to adventure," says his friend and colleague...

WATCH: Why The Wizard Of Oz Is One Of Oprah's Favorite Stories

OWN | Posted 11.25.2012 | OWN

Glinda the Good Witch isn't just a goody-two-shoes. She's also one of Oprah's favorite spiritual teachers. During a conversation with thought leade...

WATCH: An Interview First For Oprah

OWN | Posted 11.20.2012 | OWN

Jean Houston is a thought leader, an anthropologist, a wisdom teacher -- and the interviewee that caused Oprah to do something she's never done after ...

What Our Founding Fathers Didn't Know Might Help Us

Edward Muzio | Posted 11.29.2011 | Politics
Edward Muzio

We may want to update some of our old processes with our new knowledge. To that end, I humbly offer four truths of human interaction that are only about fifty years old.

Don't Do Marketing. Become A Thought Leader.

Brad Feld | Posted 11.23.2011 | Small Business
Brad Feld

One of the jokes in my little universe is that "every time I hear the word 'marketing' I throw up a little in my mouth."

When Wrong Makes Right: The Upside of Failure

Inder Sidhu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Inder Sidhu

If you haven't achieved the success you thought you would by now, blame failure -- or, rather, the lack of it. The surprising truth about success is this: it often is the byproduct of repeated failures.

Solving the Rubik's Cube of Organizational Structure

Ron Ashkenas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ron Ashkenas

Dysfunctional or outdated organizational designs can make it difficult for managers to operate effectively. Here are some steps that managers can take towards simplifying their own structure.

Turn Down the Volume on Yelling!

Ron Ashkenas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ron Ashkenas

Organizations are made up of flawed human beings -- and all of us struggle with effective communication. So what can you do to deal with a loss of volume control either in yourself or others? Let me suggest two simple steps.

Can A Big Company Innovate Like A Start-Up?

Ron Ashkenas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ron Ashkenas

Start-up employees have a different psychology and motivation than those in established firms. Joining (or founding) a start-up is an act of faith -- the conviction that an idea eventually can become a sustained commercial success.

Davos Diary: Day Three

Nancy F. Koehn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Nancy F. Koehn

The day dawned clear and cold in Davos, but most participants in the World Economic Forum here had little bandwidth for the weather.

How to Create Thought-Leading Ideas

Dorie Clark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dorie Clark

Becoming known as a thought leader -- an expert who develops innovative and sometimes game-changing ideas -- is partly a matter of good publicity. Aft...

How Leaders Create the Context for Strategy Execution

Ron Ashkenas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ron Ashkenas

Creating context -- on a regular basis -- is a critical part of every manager's job and could be considered a core competency of leadership. Without it, you might find yourself ahead of schedule, but not sure where you are heading.

Don't Let Your Next Crisis Go to Waste

Ron Ashkenas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ron Ashkenas

Crises create new working patterns spontaneously, but without conscious effort, these innovations cannot be sustained. The crisis becomes a part of company's folklore, rather than lasting performance.

Is Our Attitude Toward Suffering 'Let Them Eat Cake?'

Paul David Walker | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Paul David Walker

It seems to me that we as a nation are moving dangerously close to Marie Antoinette's attitude about the suffering of our people.

How to Avoid Death by Presentation

Ron Ashkenas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ron Ashkenas

If you are suffering from death by PowerPoint -- or presentations in general -- here are several ways that you can simplify and improve your communications.

Will Bigger Be Better for United and Continental?

Ron Ashkenas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ron Ashkenas

As with most mergers, the announcement this week that United Airlines was joining forces with Continental Airlines to become the world's largest airline touted all of the benefits of the combination.

Rethinking the Assumptions Behind Executive Pay

Ron Ashkenas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ron Ashkenas

Cross-posted from Harvard Business Online The gap between CEO compensation and that of the average worker continues to grow at an astounding rate. Ac...