The Significance of Shanghai

I recently had the good fortune of spending time in Shanghai, China through the lens of a new, US-based venture. We were afforded an insightful peek into China at work, China at play, new China, old China. It was a fascinating experience that offered a variety of learnings. Shanghai is second chances. Shanghai embodies the potential of China perhaps more than any other Chinese city. Shanghai is at once contemporary, connected, in tune, aware, open, willing, engaged, and hungry. This new reality is all the more remarkable when you consider what China...

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What is Soul?

Soul. It’s a funny looking word, but it carries such depth. What comes to mind when you see the word, soul? Think about it for a minute before reading on. When was the last time you thought about soul? Soul shows up in many places. Like music. Soul music. Can you hear it? Like a dramatic performance. Soulful. Can you see it? Like religion. “Pray the Lord my soul to keep.” Did you recite it? Like food. Soul food. Authentic food, be it southern collards or Sicilian rice balls. Even though we’ve shown many associations, soul isn’t really what you see. It’s more about what you feel....

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Does Transformation Motivate You?

Most people we poll answer ‘Yes’ to this question. On the surface, an affirming response makes perfect sense. Almost everyone is open to doing something new or doing better. Some are even open to doing things differently. The reality is most reasonably motivated people have the natural desire to improve. And why not? There is an enormous ecosystem of products and services available to support our desire to change. You know the list. Personal trainers, foreign language discs, self-help books and tapes, music instructors, dance teachers, art classes, nutrition experts, executive...

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Making Change Happen

Many of the companies we talk with don’t have a clear structure for enabling powerful change to happen quickly. After years of being in the hot seat of transformation, we have observed a common set of change qualities within the organization itself that increase the odds of success. There must be a culture of risk-taking and openness to doing things differently There must be healthy respect for other points-of-view There must be a sense of urgency and a commitment to velocity There must be a relentless focus on the endstate. Any distraction will cause confusion and inefficiency. There must...

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