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#132: Lessons From Pixar

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Ed Catmull co-founded Pixar, the business that changed how we experience movies. His book Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration, is one of the best that I have read about leading and building…

#124: Unlocking Excellence

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Good morning You’ll remember that earlier this year I dived into the basics of running effective organisations. I did so because we are all confronting profound uncertainty. And, in uncertainty, the most powerful strategy is to build resilience, to ensure that…

Skin: It Takes Blood And Guts

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Good morning everyone I am in a celebratory mood today. If you aren’t, I hope that you will be by the time you’ve finished reading. Rémy Ngamije, the Rwandan-born Nambian author, whose debut novel I told you about in Behaviour Design,…

Working With Soul

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Last week Sihle Nontshokweni celebrated the fact that her children’s book, Wanda, which she had co-authored with Mathabo Tlali had received its first international review. They wrote the book to “encourage young children to love themselves for what they are born with, despite what society may…

The Power of Listening

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Last week’s email reflected on how psychologically unsafe environments destroy value by silencing people or, more insidiously, by creating conditions in which people do not feel safe to speak and so silence themselves. In the silence, value is hidden. Amy Edmondson, Professor…

What Will You Do?

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Wow, it’s the last Sunday of September. What a year! This painting by Alexandra Karakashian has captured the year for me. Today’s subject was inspired by an elder of mine who would ask me, “What have you done recently with your position…

Netflix and The Culture of Reinvention

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Good morning. I hope you’re well and that someone is bringing you coffee in bed… Six weeks ago, I wrote to you from Inside Covid. A week later, as Covid spat me out, I wrote that I’m Still Standing. Since then, we…