Can brainstorming be an effective tool in building a culture of collaboration and innovation?

My teenage son recently asked me during a conversation about brainstorming, “do we really need…


I have a tall stack of books at home, all of which I am in…

Ditch Performance Reviews? How About Learn to do Them Well?

This article highlights some of the challenges to productive performance reviews as well as suggestions for how to overcome them.

Stealing Fire: Creative Deviance in the Evolution of New Ideas

A different look at how you create break-through innovation.

The biology of business: Homo administrans

An interesting article on the science of management

The Zombie Workplace Survival Guide

Just in time for Halloween, the Harvard Business Review blog offers tips for combating the four contagions that create a zombie workplace — “where creative people and good ideas disturbingly molder.”

What’s an organization for?

With many folks talking about the need for new business models to make arts organizations more sustainable, The Artful Manager’s Andrew Taylor takes the discussion a bit further.

Principles Workbook: Steering Your Board Toward Good Governance and Ethical Practice

A workbook designed to help organizations assess and strengthen their governance practices.


A thought provoking article on business structure.

Motivated Multitasking: How the Brain Keeps Tabs on Two Tasks at Once: Scientific American

For those convinced they are adept multi-taskers, a slim line of defense against the prevailing wisdom that it can’t be done.

Column: Why Businesses Don’t Experiment – Harvard Business Review

A great column that talks about the common organizational bias toward answers rather than questions… even though asking the right questions will ultimately lead to the best answers.

Start With Why, Simon Sinek

I recently heard Simon speak at a Dance NYC conference, and his book is as good a review of the importance of mission (although that’s not what it is about) as any I have ever read. You can watch him on TEDx and get a taste of his thinking.

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