You Don’t Have to Be CEO to Be a Visionary Leader
Body of Knowledge Thought Food

You Don’t Have to Be CEO to Be a Visionary Leader

Summary. Creating a unifying vision for an organization is a fundamental skill for leaders. A simple, bold, inspirational vision can feel almost magical: it brings people throughout the company together around a common goal and provides a focal point for developing strategies to achieve a better future. Unfortunately, however, building a vision has become more…

Cross-Silo Leadership
Body of Knowledge Thought Food

Cross-Silo Leadership

How to create more value by connecting experts from inside and outside the organization Though most executives recognize the importance of breaking down silos to help people collaborate across boundaries, they struggle to make it happen. That’s understandable: It is devilishly difficult. Think about your own relationships at work—the people you report to and those who report…

The Psychology Behind Effective Crisis Leadership
Body of Knowledge Thought Food

The Psychology Behind Effective Crisis Leadership

Summary.  It is often said that a strong vision makes a good leader. But in a crisis, people don’t need a vision to inspire them–they’re already raring to act. Instead, they need what psychologists call “holding”–leaders who acknowledge their emotions and give them a sense of context and reality. Holding allows people to channel their desire…

Good Leadership Is About Asking Good Questions
Body of Knowledge Thought Food

Good Leadership Is About Asking Good Questions

Leaders today need to revisit an overlooked skill: asking questions. In my 40 years as an executive and advisor in Silicon Valley, I’ve often seen leaders assume that people look to them for answers — bold assertions that build people’s confidence in their competence. But in reality, that kind of approach erodes trust, especially at…

One Way to Build More Resilient Medical Supply Chains in the U.S
Body of Knowledge Thought Food

One Way to Build More Resilient Medical Supply Chains in the U.S

Summary.   When shortages of PPE and other medical supplies hit in the early months of the pandemic, tens of thousands of domestic producers — from individual to large companies in other industries — sprang into action and made a huge difference. They should not be forgotten after the pandemic is over. Health care organizations should factor them…

What Is Disruptive Innovation?
Body of Knowledge Thought Food

What Is Disruptive Innovation?

Summary.   For the past 20 years, the theory of disruptive innovation has been enormously influential in business circles and a powerful tool for predicting which industry entrants will succeed. Unfortunately, the theory has also been widely misunderstood, and the “disruptive” label has been applied too carelessly anytime a market newcomer shakes up well-established incumbents. In this…