The spirituality of leadership

Countless authors, entrepreneurs, and gurus have explored the subject of leadership. Their essays contain a wide range of perspectives, insights, and advice. The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership tackles the concept at length from the perspective of responsibility, empathy, and spirituality. If you’ve read even a little non-fiction on the topic of leadership, a lotContinue reading “The spirituality of leadership”

Harnessing behavioral economics

Up until the mid-20th century, economic thought was dominated by the idea that people were on the whole rational, that their activities could be understood and predicted according to economic laws. Behavioral economics arose to explore all the ways in which people are irrational, unpredictable, and act in an erratic, even self-destructive, manner. In HowContinue reading “Harnessing behavioral economics”

The Business of Expertise book review

The 21st century workplace is fundamentally characterized by knowledge. It is the Information Age, after all, so it makes sense that knowledge workers and the knowledge economy loom large. But as much as these terms are thrown around, there is just so much to know out there that it can be difficult for the entrepreneuriallyContinue reading “The Business of Expertise book review”

Running like clockwork

Clockwork by entrepreneur and author Mike Michalowicz seeks to address a major mindset problem that afflicts many people, especially small business owners. It’s so easy to become so caught in a loop of day to day, minute to minute productivity, that your whole life can quickly become consumed. Michalowicz ties this into Parkinson’s Law, theContinue reading “Running like clockwork”

When the going get’s tough…

The last 18 months have been a season of adversity and challenges unprecedented in recent memory. Difficult times can make or break an organization. The difference oftentimes lies in leadership. In his recent book, Leading in Tough Times, author and leadership expert, John C. Maxwell, lays out how to lead during times of adversity soContinue reading “When the going get’s tough…”

Review of Speechless: Controlling Words, Controlling Minds

The last few decades have seen a rise in polarization and politicization throughout the country. Facilitated my traditional and social media, everything from sports to comic books have become touchstones in various culture wars. In this context, censorship and control of speech have become powerful political tools, at the cost of the pre-political right ofContinue reading “Review of Speechless: Controlling Words, Controlling Minds”

Specialize in success: The Win Without Pitching Manifesto

In the age of the internet and globalism, there is so much information, so much expertise, and so much competition that standing out from the crowd can seem an impossibly daunting task. For creatives and knowledge workers this is particularly true. Success is differentiation. The Win Without Pitching Manifesto by Blair Enns is a modernContinue reading “Specialize in success: The Win Without Pitching Manifesto”

Automation, data, and us

The robotics company iRobot first released the automated vacuum-cleaning robot, Roomba, in 2002. Two decades ago, that was the cutting edge of automation-based technology. Today, it permeates every aspect of our lives. While we may not have flying cars quite yet, technologies that were considered the stuff of science fiction a generation ago are nowContinue reading “Automation, data, and us”

The Four Horsemen of the information age

In today’s world, a handful of major multinational technology firms have an inordinate amount of influence over our lives. From consumption to communication to the very ways in which we formulate and retain information, big tech companies have a profound impact. Much of this has been good, but by no means all. In The Four,Continue reading “The Four Horsemen of the information age”