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When a Success Formula Hardens

Leading Blog

When this happens, they are at risk for what Donald Sull calls in Revival of the Fittest , active inertia. T HERE IS danger when success goes to a leader’s head. King Solomon wrote, “Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall.”

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0616 | Donald Sull & Kathleen Eisenhardt


Donald Sull is a global expert on strategy and execution in turbulent markets. He is a senior lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Kathleen Eisenhardt is the S. Ascherman Professor of Strategy at Stanford, a highly cited author, and the co-director of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program.

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Weekly Round-Up: 2020 Culture Champions, Bolster Your Bottom Line, 14 Best Change Management Articles, Leadership Insights & Tips, Ensure Your Employees Feel Valued


The Culture 500 measures and compares more than 500 U.S. companies across nine cultural dimensions, by narrowing in on employee data to examine what makes company culture distinctive and effective.

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Toxic Culture Gender Gap: Women’s Experience in the C-suite and Beyond

HR Digest

As Donald Sull, the lead author and a senior lecturer at MIT Sloan School of Management, rightfully points out, we’ve been fighting for pay equity, and now it’s time to fight for a safe and healthy work environment too. But Sull isn’t just raising awareness; he’s taking action. His advice?

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Randy’s Six Rules for Selecting Business Books – (with insight from the book Simple Rules by Sull & Eisenhardt)

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is some advice from the helpful book Simple Rules: How to Thrive in a Complex… Read More Randy’s Six Rules for Selecting Business Books – (with insight from the book Simple Rules by Sull & Eisenhardt).

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Weekly Round-Up: Measuring Culture in Leading Companies, Brand Strategy for Leaders, Improving Employee Engagement & Culture, Communicating with Global Employees, Creating a Culture of Innovation


Welcome to my weekly round-up of the best-of-the-best recent leadership and communication blog posts. To survive and thrive in today’s market, a healthy corporate culture is more important than ever.

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3 Ways To Harness The Power Of Differences

Lead Change Blog

Professor Donald Sull calls it active inertia, an organization’s tendency to follow established patterns of behavior. Blockbuster, Eastman Kodak, and Borders are but a handful of companies where process became habit and values became dogma, resulting in those companies becoming history. People do the same thing.

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