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What does it mean to "lead without authority"?

In this Big Think Live session with Keith Ferrazzi, moderated by Bob Kulhan, Ferrazzi will dive into management and leadership methods, explaining what it means to "lead without authority."

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What are complex adaptive systems?

You're probably already in a complex adaptive system. You may as well learn how to be effective in one.

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  • Organizations aren't just organizations—they're complex adaptive systems. Thinking of them this way, says Nathan Rosenberg, founding partner of management consulting firm Insigniam, can give your organization a competitive advantage.
  • In complex adaptive systems, there is no cause and effect. Rules, or laws, have no causal efficacy. The system is constantly changing and adapting. But patterns in behaviors and relationships do begin to emerge.
  • You cannot control a complex adaptive system but you can influence it. You're an independent agent in the system and your choices make a difference.

Large companies are incentivized to ignore worker safety, study finds

A study of over 100,000 businesses in Oregon uncovered some unsettling news about worker conditions.

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  • A study of over 100,000 Oregon-based businesses found companies are incentivized to ignore worker safety.
  • As states begin to reopen, 17 states are seeing increased numbers of coronavirus cases.
  • The biggest outbreaks are occurring at cramped and unsanitary meatpacking plants.
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How accountability at work can transform your organization

If you don't practice accountability at work you're letting the formula for success slip right through your hands.

  • What is accountability? It's a tool for improving performance and, once its potential is thoroughly understood, it can be leveraged at scale in any team or organization.
  • In this lesson for leaders, managers, and individuals, Shideh Sedgh Bina, a founding partner of Insigniam and the editor-in-chief of IQ Insigniam Quarterly, explains why it is so crucial to success.
  • Learn to recognize the mindset of accountable versus unaccountable people, then use Shideh's guided exercise as a template for your next post-project accountability analysis—whether that project was a success or it fell short, it's equally important to do the reckoning.

Use this time at home to finally master Microsoft Excel

Really knowing your way around Microsoft Excel is a wise move for any modern entrepreneur.

  • While Excel is known as a spreadsheet program, it can be used as a dynamic and powerful analytics tool.
  • Business owners use Excel to keep their books running smoothly.
  • From visual charts to pivot tables, Microsoft's classic program has much to offer.
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