The advantage : why organizational health trumps everything else in business (book)

Author: Patrick Lencioni There is a competitive advantage out there, arguably more powerful than any other. Is it superior strategy? Faster innovation? Smarter employees? No, New York Times best-selling author, Patrick Lencioni, argues that the seminal difference between successful companies and mediocre ones has little to do with what they know and how smart they … Read more

Investors Saved This Company by Tapping a Food Industry Veteran to Lead It

Within about two years, Incredible Foods launched its first product: Perfectlyfree, a dairy-free frozen treat that is also free of other allergens. The line is in 5,000 grocery stores and by the end of next year, the company predicts it will be available on both coasts. But, before the release of Perfectlyfree frozen bites, Incredible Foods wasn’t … Read more

“A quiet space and a cup of tea”: This is Richard Branson’s nightly routine

Despite Richard Branson’s celebrity-like status in the world of business and entrepreneurship, it might shock some people to find out his nightly routine is probably pretty similar to everyone else’s, business-minded or not. There’s no meditating, going for “brisk walks”, or planning the day ahead. Rather, the billionaire‘s routine mainly involves two things quintessentially British: a … Read more

Working Deeply : Transforming Lives Through Transformational Coaching (ebook)

Authors: Robert Barner and Ken Ideus Coaching serves as a catalyst for supporting clients in their self-exploration and personal growth. In many instances, that growth has the potential to be transformational. Working Deeply is a guide for executive coaches and leadership development professionals to help them foster their clients’ efforts in deep transformational learning. To … Read more

Atlassian’s Scott Farquhar on why startups need “creative conflict”: ‘The day of the lone genius is dead’

The successful startups of the future will be the ones that create open environments and encourage “creative conflict” among team members, says Atlassian co-founder Scott Farquhar. And that’s because this “creative conflict” zone, where all employees feel safe to make contributions, is where ideas are born. The day of the “lone genius is dead”, Farquhar … Read more

Mentoring start-up raises $1 million and wins Olympic contract

Mentorloop finalised a $725,000 capital raise on Tuesday bringing the total funds raised for the mentoring software platform to $1 million. The seed round was raised from venture capital firms Blackbird Ventures, Rampersand and Tempus Partners and Mentorloop will use the funds to accelerate its growth including a partnership with the Australian Olympic Committee. Mentorloop … Read more

Moments of impact : how to design strategic conversations that accelerate change (book)

Authors: Chris Ertel and Lisa Kay Solomon In our fast-changing world, leaders are increasingly confronted by messy, multifaceted challenges that require collaboration to resolve. But the standard methods for tackling these challenges–meetings packed with data-drenched presentations or brainstorming sessions that circle back to nowhere–just don’t deliver. Great strategic conversations generate breakthrough insights by combining the … Read more