Make Change Easier by Eliminating Reasons For People to Say “No” to Change.

Over a century ago, the philosopher Guillaume Ferrero proposed that humans operate on the Principle of Least Effort: given several paths, we pick the easiest; more recently, Harvard psychologist Shawn Anchor suggested that the behavior we choose is the one that’s just 20 seconds easier to start—Harvard Business Review. Given this human tendency, it is…

Leaders Who Enjoy Followership are Those Who Can Switch Between Leadership Perspectives Seamlessly.

Leaders must cultivate the seamless ability to mix forward-vision thinking, tactical execution, and self-awareness—INSEAD. These three perspectives form the basis of organizational leadership, and each perspective has its intended purpose when communicated effectively. To illustrate their differences, one useful framework is to envision the perspectives as levels—perspectives at 50,000 feet, at 50 feet, and at…

A Lesson from Social Science that Businesses should Take to Heart.

The TEDx insight (video below) highlights a common debate that occurs at the beginning of every research project: should a research be founded on ready made data or, as is traditionally favored, on custom made data. In the TEDx insight, the tradeoff for favoring a ready made data approach resulted in efficiency and cost improvements…

4 Organizational Qualities that Guide the Decentralization Process.

Decentralization makes your organization faster and nimbler. But you can’t do that with every decision, so how do you decide which decisions to keep centralized?—Harvard Business Review. The decision has to depend on the organizational goal that is being set, and one way to think about organizational goals is by considering 4 organizational qualities that…

The 8 Types of Company Culture and Their Relationships with Change.

Understanding company culture and how it affects outcomes is a powerful lever for leading change—Harvard Business Review. While “Results” and “Caring” company cultures are most commonly emphasized by businesses, they are not the only cultures that businesses need to pay attention to. For example, if a business is pursuing a differentiation strategy, it may wish…