Guest post by Dan Schawbel
Millennials, also known as Generation Y, will comprise 75 percent of the global workforce by 2025. They are the most educated, most diverse and the most connected generation of our lifetime, and they are poised to make a major impact on corporate America.
Most companies aren’t ready and don’t understand the impact that this generation will have.
Millennials have a different view of how work should get done. They see no reason for many traditional corporate policies such as the dreaded nine to five workday. Yet, fewer than half of US companies currently have a workplace flexibility program and a mere 10% have entrepreneurship or community service programs. Companies are just not equipped right . . . → Read More: 5 Ways Millennials Will Shape the Future of Work
Guest Post by David Burkus
We live and work in a world of complex problems, and few people would argue that we can solve those problems without a lot of creativity. Creativity is the seed of innovation and, in the business world, innovation is the seed of competitive advantage.
But as important as creativity is, most of us don’t really understand how it works and how to enhance our own creative thinking. Instead, we tell and retell a series of myths, faulty beliefs that serve as our best guess for how creativity works. But the implications of 50 years of research into creativity are re-writing many of those myths. The results might strike us as odd, but they are effective.
Creativity isn’t . . . → Read More: Three Counterintuitive Tips To Enhance Your Creativity
Guest Post by Doug Sundheim
Things work better when you’re being you. You’re not wasting time trying to live up to some conjured-up ideal of perfection. You’re not trying to be all things to all people. Consequently, you have more energy to focus on other things—things that matter more. Also, when you’re being yourself—complete with shortcomings and flaws—your authenticity shines through. And that’s compelling. People hunger for authenticity.
Be you. It’s tough to argue against it.
Yet, here’s the rub. In many ways it’s a difficult way to live. There’s more friction, more tension. It feels risky. You’re not just going with the flow, but rather making intentional choices. You have to get clear about what you do and don’t believe; what you will . . . → Read More: The Most Important Risk in Life: Be You
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Guest post by Chip Bell
Fear is as personal as a fingerprint. I have a daredevil friend whose idea of a fun Saturday afternoon is to ski off the top of a steep mountain after being transported to the peak by a helicopter. The thought of that makes me break out in a cold sweat, and I am a former paratrooper!
What frightens one person is another person’s playground. And, this is especially true in mentoring.
Peter Senge wrote in his groundbreaking book, The Fifth Discipline, “When we see that to learn we must be willing to look foolish, to let another teach us, learning doesn’t always look so good anymore…Only with the support and fellowship of another . . . → Read More: Fear of Learning
Is Vision Relevant Today?
Mike Myatt CEO, N2growth on The Value of Vision
In a word – YES! I’ve always said, leadership without vision is like trying to drive blind – it won’t end well. The best evidence of the importance of vision is what occurs in its absence– mediocrity, irrelevance, and ultimately, obsolescence.
If you accept my statements thus far as true, then my question is this: why do so many businesses struggle with creating a cohesive, aligned vision? The answer is regrettably obvious – many leaders are simply failing to lead.
Businesses don’t have vision issues – they have leadership issues. Simply holding a leadership title/position doesn’t make a person a leader. Let me be as blunt . . . → Read More: The Value of Vision Series – Mike Myatt
Vision: It’s All About the (Im)possible Story
Dr. Tanvi Gautam
Past perfect tense
I recall that evening quite vividly. I was at the end of the first year of my PhD program at the Katz Graduate School of Business. My father, also an academic and a strong role model for me, was visiting all the way from India.
While at dinner, he very casually asked me something that I will never forget.
He wanted to know what I envisioned was my future. Did I want to be a Dean or Vice-chancellor or something else? I almost choked on my food.
I had not even finished my course work, and here he was asking me about deanship!
At first I . . . → Read More: The Value of Vision Series – Tanvi Gautam
Crossing The Threshold
Kate Emery, CEO of The Walker Group and Founder of reSET Social Enterprise Trust
Yesterday we opened our new social enterprise incubator and co-working space to 60 community friends. Upon seeing the space full of people, energy, and ideas, I realized we had crossed the threshold from vision to reality.
Fifteen years ago, it began as a question. My technology services company The Walker Group, was strong and growing. But something about “business as usual” was bothering me.
I could see that a single-minded focus on the bottom line was taking us down a dark and dangerous road – environmentally, economically, and spiritually – and I started wondering what a business that wasn’t totally . . . → Read More: The Value of Vision Series – Kate Emery
Futureview: A Roadmap for Growth and Prosperity
by Daniel Burrus
On May 25, 1961, in his “Special Message to the Congress on Urgent Needs,” a young president painted an insanely bold picture of our future in the language of a dare: We’ll put a man on the moon and get him back safely—within the decade.
The truly crazy thing, of course, is that we did.
What JFK employed there was what I call Futureview®, and right now it may be our most pressing national challenge.
Futureview is your ability to project yourself into the future and then look back at your present position from that future point of view. Futureview is not the same thing as a goal, . . . → Read More: The Value of Vision Series – Daniel Burrus
Whitney Johnson is a leading thinker on driving innovation via personal disruption and a co-founder of Clayton Christensen’s investment firm Rose Park Advisors. A TEDx speaker, author of Dare, Dream, Do: Remarkable Things Happen When You Dare to Dream, and regular contributor to the Harvard Business Review, Whitney is available for both speaking and consulting. You can follow her on Linkedin here. Where There’s a Why, There’s a Way
At least once a week, I hear my son, a sophomore in high school, say, “What is the point of school? I am never going to use [insert subject] again.” He may or may not, depending on his chosen profession. My counter argument tends to be, “You may not use all of it. Some . . . → Read More: The Value of Vision Series – Whitney Johnson