23 results for author: Doug Sundheim


What Improv Taught Me About Risk Taking

A few years ago I lost a bet with a friend and, against my wishes, was accompanying her to an improv workshop as payment. I say against my wishes because to me, improv is the ultimate in anxiety-producing situations. You're performing before an audience with ...
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Debriefing: A Simple Tool to Help Your Team Tackle Tough Problems

Your team has identified an important goal to hit, challenge to be addressed, or opportunity to be pursued. You call a meeting or two, set objectives, put a plan together, and start to execute. Everything looks good on paper. But then your plan starts to ...
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Walking the Fine Line Between Genius and Insanity

You have a spark of genius in you. We all do. It's not the result of you being smarter than everyone else. It's the result of you being different from everyone else. No one else has walked your path. No one else has your distinctive mix of anxieties, ...
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Does Your Culture Support Smart Risk Taking?

When cultures support smart risk taking teams innovate, people feel engaged, there's excitement for the future. When cultures don't support smart risk taking all these things stagnate. Progress becomes painful, and quite often impossible. Our work with ...
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Complexity is Killing Me

I feel inundated with complexity these days. So many competing perspectives on nearly every topic where I need to make a decision. At best it wastes valuable time. At worst it paralyzes me. Here are a couple inner monologues from rat holes I’ve meandered ...
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Successful Innovators Don’t Care About Innovating

Successful innovators care about solving interesting and important problems — innovation is merely a byproduct. If this distinction seems like hair-splitting, it isn’t. The two focuses create vastly different realities. Focusing on innovating — as a ...
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The Trouble with Leadership Theories

Several years ago a client of mine, Rob, fell in love with Jim Collins's book Good to Great. Within a month he had given copies to everyone on his team.  Soon after, language from the book made its way into Rob's everyday speech. One idea he especially ...
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To Increase Innovation, Take the Sting Out of Failure

"We need more innovation around here. We need people to think more creatively and be more entrepreneurial. I've been saying this for the last couple years, and yet very little seems to be changing. It's very frustrating." This was a recent lament from a ...
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Good Leaders Get Emotional

Much of what comes out of people's mouths in business these days is sugar-coated, couched and polished. The messages are manufactured, trying to strike just the right tone. Genuine emotion stands in stark contrast. It's a real person sharing a real feeling. ...
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Closing the Chasm Between Strategy and Execution

Setting strategy is elegant. It's a clean and sophisticated process of collecting and analyzing data, generating insights, and identifying smart paths forward. Done at arm's length in an academic fashion, tight logic is the only glue needed to hold ideas ...
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The Hidden Dangers of Playing it Safe

  Last year Dina, a CEO I'd been working with, felt that leaders on her team were playing it too safe. They weren't finding and pursuing new growth opportunities, and it was crippling the organization. She kicked off her October management team ...
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