The IAOM

Cross-silo leadership

Today the vast majority of innovation and business-development opportunities lie in the interfaces between functions, offices or organisations. The integrated solutions that most customers want — but companies wrestle with developing — require horizontal collaboration.

Buying Our Way to Innovation

On today’s (June 13th) Marketplace broadcast, Marielle Segarra and Rita McGrath (with other experts) explore what happens when a small, born-digital, hip brand, like Harry’s, gets bought out by The Man. Harry’s was acquired for a cool $1.37 billion, 9 years into it’s rebellious, anti-big shave, existence. Going to market with a message that basically said to guys, “you don’t need … Continued

Charity begins at work

As Amy Edmondson of Harvard Business School explained in her book, “The Fearless Organisation”, the ideal is to create an atmosphere of “psychological safety” where workers can speak their minds. Managers need to learn the art of “respectful inquiry”, where they ask employees questions and listen intently to the answers. The bosses at Amnesty may … Continued

The Investor Revolution

Most corporate leaders understand that businesses have a key role to play in tackling urgent challenges such as climate change. But many of them also believe that pursuing a sustainability agenda runs counter to the wishes of their shareholders. Sure, some heads of large investment firms say they care about sustainability, but in practice, investors, … Continued

The Importance Of The Infrastructure Sector To The Sustainable Development Goals

Previously I have written about the importance of the healthcare, resource transformation, food and beverage, consumption, extractives & minerals processing,  and the renewables and  alternative energy sectors to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The underlying data for that blog are based on a paper “The Relationship Between Investor Materiality and the Sustainable Development Goals: A Methodological Framework” that I wrote with Professors Gianni … Continued

From Teaming To Leading: Measure Your Leader Against This Harvard B. School Expert’s Advice

In Amy Edmondson’s 2012 book Teaming, she wrote: “(T)he knowledge economy only works well when it restores workers on all levels to self-respecting, self-determining adulthood… Today, people engaging in teaming at work need to be responsible, accountable individuals who respect each other, understand the inevitability of conflict, and accept the responsibility to sort through such difficulties. … Continued

The Hidden Costs of Stressed-Out Workers

Companies often don’t realize how much they pay for lost time and productivity from unhealthy workplace dynamics. But there are ways to lower the stress level. By :Jeffrey Pfeffer

The workplace poison that could be costing you talent and money

Every workplace environment has its pros and cons, but there’s a fear lurking in the professional world which can become detrimental to overall company performance. Amy Edmonson, Harvard professor and author of “The Fearless Organization: Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace for Learning, Innovation, and Growth,” says that the fear of speaking up can stifle … Continued

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