~20 min read · Aug 19th · Lessons from the life sciences
Many people believe that the process for achieving breakthrough innovations is chaotic, random, and unmanageable.
Breakthroughs can be systematically generated using a process modeled on the principles that drive evolution in nature: variance generation, which creates a variety of life-forms; and selection pressure to select those that can best survive in a given environment.
There was no “aha” moment when the mRNA breakthrough happened. The Moderna platform was built on a constellation of technologies, methods, and know-how that evolved over time.
6 min read · Aug 3rd · Three challenges leaders must navigate.
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Research has shown that when employees feel that they belong to a team or organization, they will not only tend to perform better, but also experience higher levels of engagement and well-being.
It is often said that we should learn from failure, and that it’s a lot harder to learn from success — because even when we are lucky, we are tempted to think we were just smart, which is the best way to do something dumb in the future.
To be clear, culture does not go away when the office is a bit emptier, nor does it cease to evolve.
9 min read · Jul 27th · Seven strategies to smooth the transition to asynchronous work.
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The author offers six strategies to help make the shift from the traditional 9-to-5 a smoother and more productive process: 1) Start at the top. 2) Focus on outcomes. 3) Clarify what needs to be synchronous. 4) Challenge existing norms and assumptions. 5) Make clear agreements and hold each other accountable. 6) Keep an eye on inclusion.
In addition, 54% of workers want to continue working remotely after the pandemic.
an outside facilitator can help the team surface, articulate, and challenge these existing rules and assumptions so the team let go of them.
6 min read · Aug 25th · Lessons from a physician and a psychologist on cultivating awe.
If you’re a manager, you can leverage the power of awe to help your team with its energy and resilience and to provide empathy and emotional support. Encourage your team members to share their awe playlists and create opportunities to share experiences of awe by starting meetings with questions like “What took your breath away this week?” or “What made you glad you’re on this planet?”