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Strong Organizations: A Plea

February 18, 2020

"The only way to change the world is through strong organizations. No visionary leader, no charismatic leader can change the world unless they know how to build an organization and a team around them."
— Sally Blount, Dean of the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

We all need a livelihood. For most of us, that means going to work at companies and in organizations. Unfortunately, too many of those organizations manage to suck the life out of us. It doesn't have to be this way.

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Build the Team First

February 19, 2014

In typical entrepreneurial circles — business schools, incubators, venture capital firms — nascent company leaders are relentlessly challenged with two questions:

  1. What is your idea or product?
  2. Who is your market?

While these questions are important, they fail to paint the whole picture. No product makes it to market as originally conceived. Further, no company survives for very long with one product. This means that, even during the earliest days of a company’s existence, there is something more fundamental to a startup’s success than the product idea.

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Great Places to Work

April 26, 2013

For years I have been refining my thinking on leadership and vibrant organizations into a model that I call “Cohesive Leadership.” This month, HBR published an article that validates and reinforces everything I believe in. Sweet…

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Cohesive Leadership at Apple

February 27, 2013

I define a cohesive team as one that wants to work together, that is constantly learning how to work together, and focuses on leveraging the talents and strengths of every member of that team. I believe that Apple is lead by such a team.

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The Cohesive Leadership Project℠

August 3, 2011

Over the long term, companies thrive when they are built upon a strong leadership team   I’m conducting an experiment — a project — to start new companies. The hypothesis is that, over the long term, companies thrive when built upon a strong leadership team.   I propose that a strong leadership team is a prerequisite for product or market decisions. How are most companies started? In typical entrepreneurial circles — business schools, incubators, angel…

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