Individual & Organizational Identity: Who Are You & Who Are We?

“What do you do?” There it was. I had been at this event for about four minutes. “Barbara,” as I saw printed in big letters on her name tag, stood waiting for my answer. Did we have to go there so soon? Can’t we talk about something more fun and less serious for a minute?…

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Less Beer, More Substance & Other Things I Believe About Culture

My article, “Why Great People Leave Great Cultures” in HBR was one of the highest trending articles in 2018 and was viewed by over 200,000 people globally (10x the average). Scores of people sent me emails and messages on LinkedIn. Even more sent me direct messages and retweets on Twitter. Videos were even made on Instagram…

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Dad

There are so many kinds of deaths — some tragic, some a relative blessing. Living a full, long life is a blessing. Nonetheless, saying goodbye to a parent is nothing short of unspeakably hard. I feel pain like I have never experienced before. Moments of sadness hit randomly throughout the day. It is difficult to express in…

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Both And

“Go ahead,” she’d say, while she kept typing away on her computer. She and I had a number of important company issues to discuss, and I’d scheduled a set of one-on-one meetings with her. But every time we got together, she barely paid attention to what I was saying. After several of these meetings essentially…

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A Learning State of Mind

“New York is like poetry — it compresses all life, all races and breeds into a small island and adds music.” –EB White When I was in New York City recently attending meetings, I found myself reminiscing about living in the city in my twenties. The thought suddenly hit me that New York offers just…

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