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The African Perspective: A Conversation with Uzodinma Iweala

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Listen to "Episode 19 - Dr. Uzodinma Iweala" on Spreaker. In this episode of the Breaking the Fever podcast, we speak with Uzodinma Iweala about how race, culture, and class have shaped the COVID-19 crisis and life, in Africa as well…

Why Do People Become Whistleblowers?

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Listening to one of our latest episodes on Breaking the Fever—our podcast in partnership with Preventable Surprises—I was struck by the acuity of one remark in particular. It was about the mind of a whistleblower, the motivations and…

Are You My New Boss?

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Our plans, hopes, dreams, and even day-to-day expectations are in fact pinned not to our jobs, themselves, but to those who oversee us doing them. A client recently came to me with a suspicion. Even after a workshop that ironed out most…

The Gray Rhino Trump Ignored and Still Tries to Hide

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As the gray rhino of COVID-19 continues to spotlight the fatal incompetence of the Trump Administration and pummel the U.S., the more abstract gray rhino of climate change keeps goading humanity to coordinate a respectable response. Perhaps…

6 Ways to Rationally Deal with Your Rotten Boss

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If your boss hasn’t stepped up to the challenge of leading with empathy, flexibility, and thoughtfulness in the pandemic, you’re not alone. “He literally pitched my idea to the client as if it was his...right in front of me! I’d…

An Organizational Scholar Explains How to Learn from COVID-19

How do decision makers learn from a rare event and prepare for the future? A few ideas from organizational learning may help: attend to near misses, learn vicariously, watch out for competency traps, and downplay theory. As of today, the…

How CEOs Should Think About Rebuilding America

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The OODA (Observe, Orient, Decide, Act) loop framework, used by Air Force pilots, is readily adaptable for peacetime use to help CEOs become the fast-evolvers they need to be to survive—or better yet, thrive—in an uncertain business environment. The…

Culture Explains Our Weak Response to the Coronavirus

The sneakiness of the novel coronavirus has wreaked havoc worldwide.

Can We Have Post-Traumatic Growth After COVID-19?

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Jonathan Haidt explains how organizations can not just cope with, but positively evolve through, this crisis.

How to Grapple with Personal Uncertainty During COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored how important it can be to confront uncertainty optimally.