25 September

Where is the Leadership in Controlling Healthcare Costs? Utah!

Key Lesson:  Sometimes leadership requires asking simple — yet radical — questions to which there may be no easy answers. It’s been a tough week for anyone trying to understand the economics of healthcare in America. Martin Shkreli, a hedge fund manager turned pharma entrepreneur, bought the rights to the critical drug Daraprim, and then…

15 September

Do You Have a Growth Mindset?

Everywhere I go these days business is getting easier AND more complicated. We have access to more information, seemingly unlimited resources, and opportunities to succeed. Yet there are more choices, competition comes from everywhere, and it’s tougher to focus and prioritize getting the work done. The world is simply getting more complex. Fortunately, our brains…

11 September

Queen Elizabeth: Reigning with Resilience

Key Lesson:  Ritual and discipline can actually increase our ability to improvise and reinvent ourselves. In her classic HBR article on resilience, Diane Coutu argues that resilient people share three distinct characteristics:  Facing down reality, searching for meaning and ritualizing ingenuity. This week, Queen Elizabeth became the longest serving monarch in British history. A big…

4 September

Eileen Fisher and the Aesthetic of Sustainability

Key Lesson:  Aligning your business practices with your vision of the future can create a powerful force for change. When Eileen Fisher started designing clothes in 1984, she wasn’t particularly interested in creating or leading an enterprise. She was interested in designing clothes that were simple and beautiful. Even today, Fisher says, “Design is what…