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In many organizations, innovation remains an almost-mystical thing. We talk about it, we talk about its importance, but we do not talk about how it happens. The great opportunity for most organizations is to take innovation off of its pedestal in order to identify individual and group practices that make it real. Consider group processes—our meetings and conversations where information is shared, decisions are made and problems are solved. These […]

Categories: Innovation, Joe

Jason and I will be heading to Detroit soon to deliver the opening keynote at the American Society of Employers 14th Annual HR Conference. We will be delivering our Social Gravity keynote, which is about relationships and networks of relationships and has been our most highly requested message for the past several years. There will probably be some dancing. As someone who frequently speaks about, and has co-authored a book […]

Compromise is a funny thing. It often seems to have a negative connotation (in politics for example), but obviously if we are going to be in the world with other people, compromise is part of the deal. Relationships (healthy ones at least) require compromise. Employment, community, commerce, democracy, family, all of these things require a certain amount of compromise. Seems to me that compromise should be something that we study, […]

Categories: Authenticity, Integrity, Joe, people

Just finished a wonderful book titled The Thing Itself, by Richard Todd, which is an examination of the American pursuit for authenticity from a variety of perspectives. Lots of pages in this book are dog-eared, but one of my favorite passages is in the forward. “The word is “authenticity.” I will not become ensnared here in an effort at definition but let it be heard itself as we go along. […]

I am not a baker, but I decided that I wanted to bake an apple pie. Not knowing what ingredients are used to make an apple pie (other than the apples of course) and not really being tuned into what baking ingredients we have in the house at any given time, I had to start there. I had to find a recipe that I was comfortable using and determine which […]

Categories: Joe, Leadership, learning