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The Fail Fund


Organizations need a system to encourage innovation. They need to succeed fast or fail fast. In this video, I share one of the ways to make this happen.

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Is Our Management System a Dead Man Walking?

Management as we know it is a dead man walking. I believe the future of management isn’t even management as we have it defined today – a type of command-and-control centralization of power and information.

I’ve written on the difference between leadership and management before and was met with a dichotomy of viewpoints – some heartily agreed while others adamantly disapproved with my characterizations of the two styles.

But, the truth is, management is broken. It’s a system designed for a world that no longer exists except in the management books of yesteryear. Don’t get me wrong. Management worked quite successfully for hundreds of years when the bulk of our economy and industry centered around the manufacturing and distribution of product. However, that world no longer exists – at least in the United States (which is where most of my readers reside).

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What Wasps, Fires and Grown Men Screaming Can Teach Us About Solving Problems

“We should have captured this on video!”

That was the first thing out of our mouths when it was all over. Sure, the world would have seen me and my brother screaming like little girls at a Justin Beiber concert. But it would have made for great video.

It all started a few weeks ago when I noticed a number of wasps flying around in our backyard. At first, I didn’t think much of it. But then they started showing up in our house.

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Weekend Reading – October 9, 2010

Sorry I haven’t posted one of these in a while. It’s been busy around here preparing for my upcoming BarCamp sessions as well as some client projects I’m working on. Here are a list of articles I think you’ll find interesting. Maybe you’ve seen some of them; maybe you haven’t. Have a great weekend!

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5 Qualities Every Great Leader Possesses (Plus 1 They Should)

What makes a great leader? Is it an MBA or the title of President of the United States? Is a great leader born with certain personality traits? Do they develop certain skills that anyone could learn?

If you study the great leaders throughout history, you will find that they shared five qualities. These five qualities are not the only qualities of a great leader. However, they are five qualities that every great leader possessed.

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Weekend Reading – August 28, 2010

I’ve decided to start a new feature on this blog inspired by John Jantsch of Ducttape Marketing fame. I do a lot of reading on the weekends and during the week. Each week, I’ll compile some of the best articles into a post like this.

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What Social Voting Can Teach Us About Managing Millennials

Oh…YouTube…and Digg…and Facebook…and anything else that lets me vote. Thank you for teaching us a valuable lesson about Millennials and how to understand my generation.

If you manage or work with Millennials, take a second to look at all of the sites where Millennials spend so much of their time and ask yourself one thing: “Why do they all have some sort of voting or ‘like’ feature?”

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Working For vs. Working With

Coming off my last week of looking at Millennials in the workplace, I want to tackle the idea of “working for” vs. “working with.” Understanding this concept will be critical to attracting and retaining Millennials.

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