Building a Learning Organization The Idea in Brief As we all know, to stay ahead of competitors, companies must constantly enhance the way they do business. But more performance-improvement programs fail than succeed. That’s because many managers don’t realize that sustainable improvement requires a commitment to learning. After all, how can organizations respond creatively to new challenges (shifts in customer preferences, market downturns) without first discovering something new—then altering the way they operate to reflect new insights?
Why You Shouldn't Be Afraid to Be Yourself Be yourself. How many times have you heard that phrase? It sounds so simple, but I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that you haven't actually realized it's not. The problem with cliches is that they're so overused, they begin to lose their meaning. My Algorithm for Beating Procrastination Part of the sequence: The Science of Winning at Life After three months of practice, I now use a single algorithm to beat procrastination most of the times I face it.1 It probably won't work for you quite like it did for me, but it's the best advice on motivation I've got, and it's a major reason I'm known for having the "gets shit done" property. There are reasons to hope that we can eventually break the chain of akrasia; maybe this post is one baby step in the right direction. How to Beat Procrastination explained our best current general theory of procrastination, called "temporal motivation theory" (TMT).
5 - Enneagram Type Five: The Investigator Type Five in Brief Fives are alert, insightful, and curious. They are able to concentrate and focus on developing complex ideas and skills. Independent, innovative, and inventive, they can also become preoccupied with their thoughts and imaginary constructs. How Naked Pizza Grew from 1 to 450 Stores in 18 Months Eighteen months ago, World’s Healthiest Pizza was a tiny pizza shop operating out of 496 square feet of space in a part of New Orleans that was largely submerged after Hurricane Katrina. Today, just a year and a half later, it’s a multi-national company with more than 450 franchises sold under the name of Naked Pizza, including a flagship shop in Dubai. It’s on a mission not just to build a giant business, but to prove that healthful and profitable can go in hand in hand. And it all kicked into high-gear when co-founder and chairman of New Orleans venture marketing company Trumpet, Robbie Vitrano, teamed with the original owners, changed the name to Naked Pizza and swapped its sign out for one that asked people to follow Naked Pizza on twitter.
Make Learning Matter: Become a Learning Organization Organizations with the best chance to succeed and thrive in the future are learning organizations. In his landmark book, The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization (Compare Prices) , Peter Senge defined the learning organization. He said they were “organizations where people continually expand their capacity to create the results they truly desire, where new and expansive patterns of thinking are nurtured, where collective aspiration is set free, and where people are continually learning how to learn together.” Senge frames our understanding of the learning organization with an ensemble of disciplines which he believes must converge to form a learning organization. I will briefly describe each of these dimensions so that we share a basic understanding of the components that create a learning organization.
Are You Ready to Journey Inward? When I was younger, I attended a parochial school. We had to wear uniforms, but had several “dress down” days, when we were allowed to wear our own casual clothes. One morning at school, it was announced that we would be allowed to “dress down” the next day. 10 Questions That Create Success Think that success means making lots of money? Think again. Pictures of dead presidents have never made anybody happy. And how can you be successful if you're not happy? And buying things with that all money isn't much better. 40 Belief-Shaking Remarks From a Ruthless Nonconformist If there’s one thing Friedrich Nietzsche did well, it’s obliterate feel-good beliefs people have about themselves. He has been criticized for being a misanthrope, a subvert, a cynic and a pessimist, but I think these assessments are off the mark. I believe he only wanted human beings to be more honest with themselves. He did have a remarkable gift for aphorism — he once declared, “It is my ambition to say in ten sentences what others say in a whole book.” A hundred years after his death, Nietzsche retains his disturbing talent for turning a person’s worldview upside-down with one jarring remark.