Resources: Our Gift To You
From time to time we come across articles, posts, websites, white papers, quotes and a host of other resources you may find engaging, relevant and useful.
We hope one of these gems will help solve a current problem, offer a valuable “a-ha,” or be the seed of your next big idea.
Check back regularly as we will continue to add new treasures as we discover discover them. And feel free to share with anyone you feel will also benefit from these resources.
In today’s uncertain times, the ability to manage through uncertainty and ambiguity and to embrace paradox can be a significant asset for any organization. We have collected some great resources that can aide in that process. …read more
Here is our most current list of favorite books on life, leadership, creativity, organizational development, neuroscience and the pursuit of all things fulfilling.
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To drive discovery, Charles E. Leiserson and Chuck McVinney argue that scientists heading up research teams large and small need leadership training. …read more
The Center for Creative Leadership’s seminal white paper on innovative leadership provides a clear roadmap to the mindset and behaviors exhibited by those leaders who walk the innovation talk. …read more
Gina Paigen’s Huffington Post piece looks at the global leadership gap, the key competencies women bring to the table (and the board room) and the critical role they play in shifting the leadership paradigm. …read more
Bob Anderson, Founder of The Leadership Circle Profile examines the kind of leadership that generates high involvement, empowered partnership and collaborating-learning organizations and makes a compelling case for the inclusion of personal development as a critical component in any organizational change effort. …read more
This must-read white paper examines common blind spots amongst leaders and managers when it comes to communication, selection, change management, performance and collaboration. …read more
McKinsey & Co. examine the relationship between leadership and organizational health, and outline what competencies are required of leaders who want to take things to the next level. …read more
Brilliant insights on shared leadership and creating a culture of accountability from (surprisingly) the captain of a nuclear submarine. …watch more
On Anti-Racism and Anti-Oppression
Following are a series of articles and data sites that offer key and compelling data on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) in organizations around the globe; what’s happening currently, and the impact DE&I has on organizational outcomes across the board; from creativity and innovation to customer satisfaction, and from employee engagement and retention to revenue generation and the bottom line.
- 80+ Diversity in the Workplace Statistics You Should Know – Built-In
- The Business Case for Diversity in the Workplace is Now Overwhelming – the World Economic Forum
- Diversity Still Matters – Forbes
The 1619 Project (which is available as an interactive website and as a podcast) is an ongoing initiative from The New York Times Magazine that aims to reframe America’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of the national narrative.
A powerful account of the depth and breadth of what it means to be Black in America today; the joy, the pain, the beauty, and the fear, the humanity and the dehumanization, the strength, and the unrelenting resilience. …read more
In this documentary series, Scene on Radio host and producer John Biewen, along with an array of leading scholars and regular guest Dr. Chenjerai Kumanyika, takes a deep dive into issues around racial inequity in schools, housing, criminal justice, and hiring, and asks where did our notion of “whiteness” come from and what does it mean? …listen to more
Two hundred fifty years of slavery. Ninety years of Jim Crow. Sixty years of separate but equal. Thirty-five years of racist housing policy. Two powerful authors examine America’s compounding moral debts, and what it will take to make America whole.
From the Folks @NPR Code Switch comes a story of family secrets, a search for the truth, and coming to terms with history, identity, and the ways in which we are all a product of our ancestry, and yet so much more. …listen to more
On Creativity and Innovation
David McRaney offers some fascinating, and sometimes counterintuitive insight into the misleading nature of what he has dubbed “Survivorship Bias,” and the solutions that become available when we can look at a problem from a different perspective. …watch more
This McKinsey article looks at how established business models are under attack and how companies can use a series of clearly articulated steps to turn current assumptions and beliefs upside-down and bring the previously unimaginable to life. …read more
On Neuroscience, Intelligence and Creativity
Krista Tippet, host of NPR’s “On Being” interviewed Rex Jung, a neuropsychologist, who is exploring the relationship of neuroscience and creativity. The resulting podcast on the interplay between intelligence and creativity is absolutely worth a listen. …listen to more
Check out this short but compelling piece on the power of negativity as a creative force. …read more
The next time you’re experience writer’s block, or some other kind of creative rut, heed the words of neuroscientist Dr. Wendy Suzuki, and go for a run. Her work explores on the relationship of exercise and creativity and the power of right and left brain integration. …read and watch more
Daniel Levitin professor of psychology and neuroscience at McGill University; talks with Diane Rehm about his book “The Organized Mind,” discussing how the latest research on memory and attention can help us navigate the blast of data we’re confronted with every day, and how we can regain a sense of mastery over our lives in the age of information overload. …listen more
Dan Siegel, M.D., a clinical professor at the UCLA School of Medicine and executive director of the Mindsight Institute, whose books include The Developing Mind, Mindsight, and The Mindful Therapist, offers a simple, yet elegant way of understanding the structure of the brain, and a insight into the power of mindfulness as a way to manage anger, frustration and other emotional triggers. …watch more
On Engagement, Motivation and Culture
RSA Animate has created a brilliant, graphic summary of Daniel Pink’s groundbreaking book. …watch more
Having a great company culture is no longer just an option. Today’s workers consider culture as much as they consider salary and benefits. While the culture that works for one company might not be right for another, Entrepreneur Magazine’s recent piece provides a great opportunity to learn from some who are getting it right. …read more
Netflix has turned traditional HR policies on their proverbial head, and adopted two critical philosophies that have given them a significant competitive edge. First, the best thing you can do for employees—a perk better than foosball or free sushi—is hire only “A” players to work alongside them. Excellent colleagues trump everything else; and second, hire, reward and tolerate only fully formed adults. …read more
The Harvard Business Reviews looks at what gets in the way of an organization’s commitment to continual learning and improvement, and how they can overcome the obstacles that so often derail the best of intentions. …read more
On Change Management
New research reveals surprising truths about why some work groups thrive and others falter. …read more