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The antidote to cynicism

The first and arguably the most important lesson for leaders is to ask a different question. That is, instead of asking whether we can enact our values in a particular situation, the committed leader can ask how we can enact our organizational and personal values. This simple shift transforms the conversation from one of fearfulness and constraint to one of innovation and creative thinking.

By Ian Saleh | September 8, 2010; 12:54 PM ET | Comments (1)

Three myths about vacation and productivity

n creative and intellectual industries, pulling power for tomorrow contributes more to share-price than today's productivity. So what employers really care about is knowing that you'll stay committed, regardless of whether you're at the office or on the beach. The insightful sociologist Mark Suchman once told me of a billboard that bothered him. It showed a woman lounging on a beach chair typing away on her laptop. The caption read: "In the office of the future, there will be no office." Suchman said: "While my eyes read the caption accurately, my brain offered a mischievous - but truer - reading: In the vacation of the future, there is no vacation."

By Ian Saleh | August 20, 2010; 10:34 AM ET | Comments (16)

What's right (and wrong) with Obama's brain

I study leadership through the lens of how the human brain functions.While I haven't studied Obama's brain directly, from watching his mannerisms I have hunch that Obama's brain is different to that of our earlier commanders-in-chief.

By Ian Saleh | August 16, 2010; 11:26 AM ET | Comments (13)

Managing risk: Thinking the unthinkable

All of us are ill-equipped to handle the unthinkable because all of us are experts at suppressing the negative. When the unthinkable is woven into the fabric of daily living, it easily loses its identity. Yet decisions must be made in a milieu that includes the unthinkable.

By Ian Saleh | July 30, 2010; 11:03 AM ET | Comments (0)

Leading green doesn't mean red versus blue

In spite of partisan rhetoric over climate-change legislation, the fact is environmentally friendly behavior crosses party lines. To lead change, you have to know who you're leading.

By Andrea Useem | January 15, 2010; 05:47 AM ET | Comments (3)

The discipline of not being all things to all people

Successful products are either very good or very convenient, and the best leaders are disciplined enough to make the tough decision about which to emphasize.

By Andrea Useem | October 23, 2009; 12:29 PM ET | Comments (17)

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