An Army of One

General Leadership

Take, for example, even some of the more mundane practices, such as parade-ground drills, formation runs, and training projects geared to collective problem solving. In early October of 2006, the Army unveiled its replacement slogan: “Army Strong.”

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Boston Strong

General Leadership

Take, for example, even some of the more mundane practices, such as parade-ground drills, formation runs, and training projects geared to collective problem solving. “Build for your team a feeling of oneness, of dependence on one another and of strength to be derived from unity.”

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The 6 Benchmarks of High Performance Teams

Jesse Lyn Stoner Blog

By 2006 , it had increased to 84%. In 1996 , 51% of US employees were reported to be members of team. As our world becomes more complex, the need for teams will continue to grow.

Why Sleepy Leaders Are Bad Leaders


Tony Schwartz , founder of The Energy Project cites research that argues that 95 percent of humans require 7-8 hours of sleep per night. It’s a tempting thought: the more we work, the more productive we are. For those in senior leadership, it can be irresistible.

Help Me Choose My New Book Covers

Steve Farber

To mark the occasion, we’re going to be releasing the 10th Anniversary Edition of Leap (with some new content, including a Leap Assessment Tool), and simultaneously re-launching my second book, The Radical Edge , which was originally published in 2006.

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Karl Weber: An interview by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Weber’s recent projects include the New York Times bestseller Creating a World Without Poverty, co-authored with Muhammad Yunus, winner of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize (2008) and its sequel, Building Social Business (2010); the New [.]. Karl Weber is a writer and editor specializing in topics from business and personal finance to politics and current affairs.

The Missing Half of the Education Debate

Harvard Business Review

The crescendo of concern is shaping public discourse, policy debate, and private experimentation through commitments such as the $472 million made to higher education by the Gates Foundation since 2006.

C'mon, IT Leaders. Take a Chance!

Harvard Business Review

Execution risk: A wrong execution model or poor execution can make a project run too long and cost too much, leading to a total loss of focus and a reduction in value creation. Almost half of IT projects run over budget and about 56 percent deliver less value than predicted.

If You Want to Raise Prices, Tell a Better Story

Harvard Business Review

Back in the summer of 2006, New York Times Magazine columnist Rob Walker was mulling the question of what makes one object more valuable than another. The project was so successful (and so interesting) that they have now repeated it 5 times and put all the results up on the web.

Customer Intimacy, Meet Operational Excellence

Harvard Business Review

There are typically five of these projects running every week. ThedaCare employees have increased productivity 12 percent since January 2006, saving the company more than $27 million.

High Speed Rail Versus Austerity

Harvard Business Review

Between 2006 and 2010, the Chinese central government spent billions of dollars on new bullet trains that connect second and third tier cities with the mega cities of Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou — but of course bullet trains don''t connect every smaller city to a mega city.

When Work Is Challenging, Economies Thrive

Harvard Business Review

But Edmund Phelps, the Columbia University economist who won a Nobel in 2006 " for his analysis of intertemporal tradeoffs in macroeconomic policy ," has been doing his best to change that. Voyaging into uncertainty, and embarking on new projects.

Setting Up a Crowdsourcing Effort? Read This First.

Harvard Business Review

Since Jeff Howe first coined the term in a 2006 Wired article , "crowdsourcing" has garnered extensive media buzz and investment dollars. Will your crowd compete in single-winner contests vs. multi-winner projects? Are the projects one-off contests or recurring in nature? Do you think your clients would be happy with a new team for every project?

Wikipedia Has a Management Problem, and It May Be Impossible to Solve

Harvard Business Review

Tom Simonite traces Wikipedia’s origins through the lens of management, exploring how a cadre of volunteers, feeling that the accuracy of the content was slipping away in 2006, developed new procedures to prevent bad edits. BONUS BITS It's the Little Things Small Office, Big Impact: How to Project Authority, Creativity (The Wall Street Journal) Can a $400 Blender Change Your Life? You Can't Edit That The Decline of Wikipedia MIT Technology Review Sure, we all use it.

How Long Will You Be Willing to Tweet for Free?

Harvard Business Review

And if you survey the traffic-giants of the Internet, as Benkler did in his claim of victory , it''s clear that more of them are, to use the terms that Benkler laid down in 2006 and Carr agreed to, "peer production processes" than "price-incentivized systems.". While Benkler is clearly a big fan of Wikipedia, Project Gutenberg, and other such cooperative efforts, he never said the "peer production" he was talking about had to be nonprofit.

What Gamers Can Teach Us About Fraud

Harvard Business Review

Since 2010 , big consumer brands such as NBC, Walgreens and Southwest Airlines have all launched major projects that center around gaming. Valve Corporation's game platform, Steam , developed an anti-cheat solution in 2006 after it detected 10,000 cheating attempts in a single week.

3 Ways Pixar Gains Competitive Advantage from Its Culture

Michael Lee Stallard

In 2006, Disney bought Pixar to boost its struggling Walt Disney Animation Studios unit. If any doubt existed that Disney’s magic was back, it was put to rest with the 2013 release of the blockbuster movie Frozen. The Incredibles, Bird and Walker’s first project at Pixar, was a homerun. Open communications - During the making of Toy Story , production managers tried to force artists and technologists to follow the chain of command when discussing the project with others.

We've Reached Peak Infographic, and We're No Smarter for It

Harvard Business Review

In 1920s Europe, Otto Neurath and Gerd Arntz launched " The Isotype Project ," pioneering the use of simple visual methods for conveying critical data.

Is That Chart Saying What You Think It’s Saying?

Harvard Business Review

If I don’t read the numbers — or if I’m looking at it projected on a screen in a hearing room, or on C-SPAN, where the numbers will be hard to make out — then all the better. Census has produced an estimate of the female population by age for 2006, but not for 2013.

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Building a Culture of Transparency in Health Care

Harvard Business Review

Providers are often hesitant to disclose mistakes to their patients even though a 2006 study in the Journal of General Internal Medicine concluded that full disclosure is associated with a lower likelihood of changing physicians, higher satisfaction, and greater trust.

Leading Innovation Is the Art of Creating “Collective Genius” - SPONSOR CONTENT FROM HBS EXECUTIVE EDUCATION

Harvard Business Review

Blindsided by news that Cars Toons was behind schedule, coauthor Brandeau had to figure out how to finish both projects on time with limited computing resources while also limiting friction among the forces. Executive education students at Harvard Business School.

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Why a Low Carbon Price Can Be Good News for the Climate

Harvard Business Review

The cap-and-trade program is the centerpiece of California's Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, also known as AB 32 — a suite of clean energy solutions that has proved to be the engine of an astounding economic transformation that drove statewide growth at twice the rate of the U.S. Since 2006, jobs in the clean economy have grown 10 times faster than total jobs. This week, without much fanfare, some the most important climate news in years came out of California.

Leading Innovation Is the Art of Creating “Collective Genius” - SPONSOR CONTENT FROM HBS EXECUTIVE EDUCATION

Harvard Business Review

Blindsided by news that Cars Toons was behind schedule, coauthor Brandeau had to figure out how to finish both projects on time with limited computing resources while also limiting friction among the forces. The crazy solution: Brandeau asked Disney Animation (Disney bought Pixar in 2006) if the studio could borrow 250 computers, an idea someone initially called “insane.”


Take Ownership of Your Actions by Taking Responsibility

Harvard Business Review

Are you stalled in a project at work, waiting on someone else to take initiative to get things moving? It doesn't always mean you have authority over a project. Honda quickly followed up by announcing a new release for 2013, a year ahead of the original plan.

How the Internet Saved Handmade Goods

Harvard Business Review

Since achieving first-year sales of $175,000 in 2006, it has increased that number by four orders of magnitude: in 2013, Etsy sold $1.35 In 2013 alone, Kickstarter users funded nearly 20,000 projects and committed nearly $500 million. Among these are thousands of projects posted by producers of art, crafts, design, fashion, and food–including a recent campaign that raised $55,000 for potato salad (don’t ask).

The Reinvention of NASA

Harvard Business Review

Project Apollo Archive/NASA Johnson Space Center/Flickr. The transitional model (from 1993 – 2006): This phase kicked off with the International Space Station project. The network model (from 2006 to present): The network model began with the Commercial Resupply Services program that launched in 2006 to carry cargo to the International Space Station after the space shuttle was retired. NASA today is a very different beast from the NASA of the 1960s.

Tinkering with Strategy Can Derail Midsize Companies

Harvard Business Review

In 2006, they hired an experienced president to manage their rapidly growing business. System-wide revenue for 2013 was $350 million – seven times revenue for 2005. But because midsize companies lack the resources of big companies, which can experiment with multiple new strategies and launch pilot projects, midsize firms are at risk when they divert scarce resources from their core business.

The Comprehensive Business Case for Sustainability

Harvard Business Review

billion in mining projects since 2010. In 2013, GE had reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 32% and water use by 45% compared to 2004 and 2006 baselines, respectively, resulting in $300 million in savings. Another study found that revenues from sustainable products and services grew at six times the rate of overall company revenues between 2010 and 2013, among the 12 members of the S&P Global 100 sampled (Singer, 2015).