Over a wonderfully fresh shrimp, avocado and arugula salad at a trendy Philly restaurant, Joel Cohen describes the concept of the “puke draft”. No, it had nothing to do with his lunch. He shares how ideas are most often half-baked and incomplete at their genesis. So, members of his team at The Simpsons will often create a “puke draft”, which takes their rough idea and shares it for improvement and revision from the other talented writers on the show. Through this process, many of these ideas develop into full episodes for the most successful prime time show in the history of television. Continue reading
This definition, when applied to leadership, sounds like the type of place where we want to work. Places where we pursue dreams, not mission statements. Places where we are inspired, not managed. Places where we care about each other, not tear each other down. Where great ideas grow, where customers feel loved, and where we wear our company pride on our sleeves. A place, in other words, where we are inspired and high performance is the new normal. Continue reading
Now more than ever, women are poised to rule in the professional world and beyond.
In technology, Moore’s Law is the idea that the number of transistors on a chip doubles every year, while the costs are halved. Similarly, the trajectory of women’s influence in work, politics and culture is moving at an exponential pace, and changes are occuring in a fraction of the time it took to advance previous gender parity initiatives. Continue reading
Two notable Americans faced firestorms of criticism last week: A governor whose medical school yearbook page showed a racist image and a billionaire whose infidelity was exposed by a tabloid. The politician — Virginia governor Ralph Northam — handled the PR crisis in the worst way possible by deflecting and denying, which led to calls for his resignation. The reclusive billionaire, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, turned crisis into opportunity by disclosing embarrassing information and positioning himself as a superhero, telling everyone that he was standing up to a bully on their behalf. Continue reading
Business leaders are crying the blues about the so called, “shortage of talent”.
Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, a Professor of Psychology at Columbia University, where he teaches MBA students, says that when he began teaching MBA students they all wanted to work for corporate giants like Goldman Sachs, IBM, and Unilever. A decade later, those names were more likely to be Google, Facebook, Apple and Amazon. But today, he says, MBA students no longer want anything to do with the corporate world at all. Continue reading