Creativity in Unexpected Places

What are your key turning points? Phil Knight, of Nike, had several

  I never realized that long before Nike was Nike, it was Blue Ribbon. I’ve been reading books on business firms and leaders recently, such as Shoe Dog (by Phil Knight), Alibaba (Jack Ma), and Brick by Brick (about Legos). A common feature seems to be the role of turning points and how much difference they can make. Phil Knight’s story… Read more What are your key turning points? Phil Knight, of Nike, had several

Is this all there is? What do you do when you’ve done what you want?

Recently I talked with a group of leaders who have built and run high-performing and very creative organizations. Several of them had been hired years ago to turn around those same organizations. In one case, the leader managed to rebuild the organization much faster than expected. So here they were, top of their careers, known… Read more Is this all there is? What do you do when you’ve done what you want?

Leaders can learn from a safari guide who sees ‘behind the trees’

  I recently spent a couple of weeks in Botswana on a photo safari. There were elephants and lions, bee-eaters and saddle-billed storks, monitor lizards and baobab trees that expand when they soak up water. Even for a nonzoologist, the safari was nirvana. One of the best parts, though, was learning from the guides. On… Read more Leaders can learn from a safari guide who sees ‘behind the trees’