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Break Out of a Golden Cage - Disruptor League

Break Out of a Golden Cage

By Federica D’Armento & Tony McGaharan Picture this. You’ve a job at “the best place to work”, and then you start experiencing those mixed feelings like in a love-hate relationship, until you decide to leave. This is actually what we went through at Google. At some point it felt like being in Groundhog Day – living …

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Disruptor League Get Out Of The Gender Ghetto

Get Out of the Gender Ghetto

By Federica D’Armento and Aleksandra Orman-Lorenz It’s the year 2277, and women have finally achieved equal pay at work. This is not the apocalyptic ending of a Hollywood movie. This may be the reality in 257 years. This is actually what the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2020 says: men and women will …

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Magical Ideas and Creative Solutions

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” “The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.” Arthur C. Clarke A Magical Idea is a brilliant solution to a challenge with a “minor” proviso: it is unrealistic, not feasible, not implementable, impossible! When …

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And Creativity for All

Creativity is like air: invisible and necessary. Creativity is everybody’s job. It fosters innovation and nurtures talent. How do we create an environment that is conducive of creativity? I will be taking some inspiration from Monty Python’s method. Act I – Bold Ambition: look for a big contradiction to crack. Resolve it exponentially better than …

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Continuous Learning for Continuing Innovation

The job of acquiring new skills in the next normal sometimes feels like one more hat to juggle. Some of us are self-professed lifelong learners, so this job of skills acquisition seems to come easy. For others, it can be a chore. What if one of the most important skills is the simple task of …

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Crisis as Human-To-Human Accelerant

There’s nothing like a good crisis to make you refine your values, and Covid-19 has everyone taking stock of what really matters in life. No surprise what tops the list for individuals: family, friends, safety, and a sense of community. Many people are rediscovering the joys of homesteading arts, such as gardening, canning, cooking, playing …

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Where David Meets Goliath

By Federica D’Armento and Francesco Pagano This is a tale of two cities. Or, maybe just one: anti-fragile and people-centered. Here is an independent company based in Geneva (Switzerland), which is an award-winning watch manufacturer. Every masterpiece comes from the creative hand of the founder and the dedication of 25 people. No middle management, just …

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Creativity, Compassion, & Collaboration: Leading a Risk-Averse Culture That Promotes Ideation and Leaves Ego at the Door

It’s high noon, and onlookers gaze in silence as you stand in the middle of the town, staring down your challenger with one hand hovering over your holster. Strangely, a disagreement in conversation often feels like a duel in the Wild West, where one person absolutely has to come out on top and assume control …

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A Higher Purpose Brings a Higher Culture

At an individual level, many of us try to make changes within our lives and ourselves to lead a happier more fulfilled life. We’re trying to find purpose. So why aren’t we doing this at an organisational level? Many organisations are trying to create a culture of innovation, but are not pausing to ask why? …

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Trust Is a Gamble, a Noble One

Why Good Leadership Is Based on Trust Trust is, by definition, a gamble. Trusting is about taking risks–for a job to be done, for an agreement in good faith, for sharing information openly, for honesty and integrity in a relationship. It comes with the responsibility to deliver what one has been entrusted to deliver. Micro-managers …

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