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Lean In / Lean Out

Sheryl Sandberg’s best seller, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, is an important, beautifully written book. In it Sheryl rekindles the critical questions of feminism and equality. Just as the civil rights movement in the U.S. continues to need attention to reach its ultimate goals, so, too, does the women’s movement need … Continue reading

Especially Ineffective Interventions: The Basketball Timeout

One of my longstanding mantras is that “too many leaders do too much.” The logical extension of this mantra is that leaders should endeavor to Do Nothing! I am also a big fan of the game of basketball, as well as a big fan of the lessons that we can learn from games like basketball, … Continue reading

Leading to an Oscar

I think I was thirteen when I picked up my first James Bond novel. My parents didn’t know – I was too young (in their eyes) to be reading such a racy novel. Not surprisingly, I loved absolutely everything about double-O-seven. Soon after, the first Bond movie arrived on screen. Now I could devour the … Continue reading

Do Nothing during the Holidays

The data on stress at work are stunning.* Well over half of the people who work report feeling significant stress from work, and 41% of them report that feeling tension and being stressed out at work are typical. Over half also think that stress makes them less productive than they might otherwise be, and over … Continue reading

Al Roth wins Nobel Prize in Economics

Today the Nobel committee awarded their prize in economics to my old friend and colleague, Al Roth. It’s a wonderful day. Al is not only a brilliant scholar and a truly worthy winner of this incredible award, he’s also a wonderful person – a loving husband, a dedicated Dad, an amazing adviser, and a great … Continue reading

A Do Nothing! Lesson from Baseball

Don’t think of a purple chicken. Odds are, you can’t help yourself: you are thinking of a purple chicken. Once an idea jumps into your head, it can be very difficult to get rid of it. That’s why it’s critically important for leaders to have a sounding board – someone who will willingly listen to … Continue reading

Exceeding Expectations by Doing Nothing!

I have always thought that basketball provides an excellent context for observing leadership in action. Coaches have to act as leaders even though they can’t play and team members must often step up and lead while they play. It’s also a context that changes quickly, so the demand for leadership is almost constant. In an … Continue reading

Values vs. Profits: Northwestern’s decision to retain basketball coach reveals a critical leadership dilemma

The news media recently reported a decision that was not earth-shattering: a long-term basketball coach who would be under contract for at least another year (or more) was not fired after a season in which his team was under consideration for the Big Dance (the NCAA tournament) but, instead, participated and lost in the first … Continue reading

Do Nothing by J. Keith Murnighan

“Do Nothing! will stand out as among the most imaginative, fun, and useful leadership books ever published. Murnighan uses rigorous research to provide detailed advice that will help leaders do their jobs better, develop more adept and committed followers, and to suffer from less stress and overwork. Even though most business books present new wine in old bottles, Do Nothing! is the rare book that provides a refreshing perspective and tangible advice that isn’t available anyplace else.”

Robert I. Sutton, Author of THE NO ASSHOLE RULE: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn't

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