32 results for author: Doug Sundheim


Should You Really Build Leaders at Every Level of Your Organization?

Spoiler alert: Yes!! If you don't you're dead in this economy.] I debated this question with the COO of medium-sized technology firm recently. His take was that while leadership at every level sounded nice, in reality it was impractical and unwise. His ...
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Capitalism isn’t Broken: The Economic Thinking Behind it Is

Over the past 40 years, business has worshipped at the altar of economic efficiency. Beneath countless management fads and trends have been three simple goals: cut costs, grow profits, and increase share price. On the surface, this calculated agenda looks ...
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Who are You at Your Best?

At your best, you choose love. You feel fear, or anxiety, or selfishness, or anger, or hate. But you choose love. You choose love because you've chosen fear and anxiety before. And it paralyzed you. You choose love because you've chosen selfishness ...
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We Need Leaders Who Have the Courage to Love

A global pandemic is raging. Racial tensions are smoldering. Economic inequality is increasing. An environmental crisis is looming. And a partisan chasm in the US is widening. The challenges we're facing didn't just show up this year or even the over the last ...
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CEOs Have a Responsibility to Help Lead Society

In his New York Times opinion piece last month, Harvard economist Greg Mankiw, argued that C.E.Os are qualified to make profits, not lead society, and that we should not expect the latter of them. His arguments are too simple, have significant holes, and read ...
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Your Communication Probably Stinks: Plan Accordingly

“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place” —George Bernard ShawWhen it comes to pursuing new ideas, entering new markets, or trying to make any big changes that involve other people, I always tell clients to ...
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When Crisis Strikes, Lead With Humanity

The writer George Saunders has a fitting analogy for the current COVID-19 moment: We’ve slipped on ice but have not hit the pavement yet. We’re caught in a suspended state between losing control and feeling the full impact. The comparison points to a ...
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Don’t Bite the Hook

Buddhist monk Pema Chodron gave a recorded talk in 2006 titled, Don’t Bite the Hook. It’s about pausing to get our bearings before reacting when something triggers us. I’ve listened to it many times but haven’t recommended it to clients until this ...
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Do Less, Think More

Do Less, Think More An EVP at a client recently told me that his CEO takes two hours every morning to read the Wall Street Journal and New York Times cover to cover. “It feels antiquated,” he remarked. “What would you rather she be doing?” I ...
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Are You Daydreaming Enough?

Einstein's theory of relativity started as a daydream about running beside a sunbeam. Newton’s theory of gravity was sparked during a daydream as he saw an apple fall from a tree. JK Rowling was daydreaming on a train when she came up with the idea of ...
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Should You Really Build Leaders at Every Level of Your Org?

[Spoiler alert: Yes!! If you don’t you’re dead in this economy.] I debated this question with the COO of medium-sized technology firm recently. His take was that while leadership at every level sounded nice, in reality it was impractical and unwise. ...
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The Risk of Not Risking

Risk taking is about creating new things, understanding what you’re made of, and feeling confident and alive. You lose these when you play it safe for too long, in essence losing the “life” in life. So you need to take risks. But even when you know that ...
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