Carillon Importers, the company behind Absolut vodka, had just launched what would become the most famous print campaign of advertising history…and nothing happened. Sales didn’t magically go up. The...
"Therefore. I’d like to rebel against babble about babble about babble. And get back to the basics. The simple, timeless, questions that count. So here, in the spirit of defiance, for the renegades, rebels, and heretics, are my three questions to ask yourself this year, and in the years to come."
In Boston I was honoured to be invited to deliver the keynote to my law firm sponsors, Goodwin Procter, at their third annual banking symposium. The audience comprised mainly community banks from the North East of the USA, and the...
Peter Vander Auwera's insight:
@johnsonwhitney is also part of Corporate Rebels United ;-)
"I have spoken before of the leader as a Cartographer, as a map-maker (New Leaders Wanted, 2007). Pilgrimage is also a good metaphor for a leadership journey, a journey not in solitary but accompanied by followers. Not surprisingly, the image of the Journey is also frequently associated to leadership. The Journey contains all sort of challenges and discoveries for the pilgrim, as it does for the leader."
When I was young, my parents went to great lengths to teach me to never think or speak badly of others. They encouraged me to always look for the good in people instead of assuming the worst and trying to find fault. That lesson stuck with me and has affected all the business decisions I’ve made s...
Everyone was being so agreeable. The CEO nodded, the VPs agreed, the Directors were polished in their reviews. All the content was “good,” the timelines “reasonable,” the budgets “sufficient.” We were in a meeting to review the roadmap for the company’s new product. And it had all the hallmarks of a Potemkin village. I wanted […]
If I had my way, any face-to-face leadership development program on the planet would first start with the facilitator showing a picture of General Sherman. No, not General William Tecumseh Sherman – military strategist and General of the Union Army during the United States Civil War in 1861 through 1865 [...]
Leon Wieseltier on the state of culture in the digital age.
Peter Vander Auwera's insight:
About humanism in business and society: "The processing of information is not the highest aim to which the human spirit can aspire, and neither is competitiveness in a global economy. The character of our society cannot be determined by engineers"
While it’s important to prepare for the demands of the everyday, it’s just as crucial to enjoy life. So, alongside the meetings, appointments and email replies, find time to be inspired, take in the beauty of the world, and laugh with your family and friends. Salvador Abascal Álvarez, a Mexican...
Your corporate culture is where innovation goes to die. It’s easier and more fun to do workshops than to actually innovate, because innovation involves risk, and the culture doesn’t support taking risks.