How a Soviet Miner Helped Create Today’s Intense Corporate Workplace Culture

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The human type created by Stakhanovism so many decades ago now seems to gaze at us from mission statements, values and commitments in meeting rooms, headquarters and cafeterias—but also through every website and every public expression of…

How to Understand Political Polarization in the Workplace

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cg1YIZLaRKA&t=209s In this conversation from the NeuroLeadership Institute, host David Rock speaks with Jon Haidt and Alison Taylor about the social and technological origins of our politically polarized…

3 Ways Companies Can Work with Employee Activism

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Whether or not purpose is articulated through a coherent vision, and supported by effective platforms for internal and external impact, can make all the difference in how employees respond—to produce change or create the conditions for change. Should…

Courage Is a Competency

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The truth about courageous action is that you practice regularly. You prepare for that moment. What does workplace courage look like? While some of us may have a clear idea that comes easily to mind, no doubt many others think of it as something…

An MIT Researcher Watched a Hospital Experiment with Shared Leadership

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Workers with little power are often at the mercy of more senior employees who benefit from newly introduced tech and pay little mind to how it affects others.  The social psychologist Debra Mashek, a self-styled “collaboration maven,”…

The Entrepreneur Who Wants Us to Rethink What’s Worth Wanting

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Few people realize that they’re caught up in the kind of mimetic crisis that Rene Girard (above) described while they are actually in it, says Luke Burgis, author of Wanting. A powerful idea, that of mimetic desire, seems to be getting…

3 Takeaways from One CEO’s Remarkable Culture-Change Experience

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Slowly, the business side and the farming and production sides of Cabot began to meet in the middle—or at least earn each other’s respect. In 2015, Ed Townley became the CEO of Cabot Creamery, the acclaimed but plateauing Vermont dairy…

What Pirates Have to Teach Us About Leadership

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Pirates, it turns out, were forward-thinking in a number of surprising—and instructive—ways. In the deep heat of an 18th-century summer, a crew of pirates was sailing off the Virginia coast when a lookout spotted a merchant ship to the…

Why a Basecamp Founder’s Blog Post Blew the Company Up

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Basecamp sought to transcend the messy, fraught political discussions—particularly about racism—that surround all of us with the quick fix of stifling speech on those topics in their chat forums. In 2018, Jason Fried and David Heinemeier…

The Tricky Role of Loyalty at Work

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The downsides of fostering loyalty don't mean that promoting loyalty is too dangerous. But leaders should proceed with caution. It’s fair to say that, overall, organizations can benefit from loyal employees. Loyal employees stay with their…