Author: leadabove

Opportunity Cost. Is It What’s Crushing Our Potential?

As a person who took “Econ for Psych Majors” in college (with all due respect to my econ-minded psych-majoring compatriots), even I can say the concept of “opportunity cost” was intuitive to me from the get go. As an example, my husband and I are going to see Seinfeld live in NYC tonight, in honor of our anniversary. And let me tell you – there are some explicit costs associated with this event – from tickets to transport to babysitting oh my. Could I give you a precise and measurable number? I could. But I’m not that kinda gal....

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Head in the Sand? Just Might Be Your Competitive Advantage…

We’ve all seen the image of the ostrich. We all know the metaphor. Whether the story we’re telling is one of apathy or ignorance, rarely does the ending involve the prince and the wedding. The ostrich becomes illustrative of our moments of frustration, disappointment. My purpose here is not to make the case for apathy; but rather it’s to argue that the head in the sand — at least for our species — may mean something different; something that serves us. According to Neeru Paharia, a researcher and professor at Georgetown University, consumer behavior may have an important lesson...

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The investment you can’t afford not to make

Ah spring break. It’s a beautiful thing. Last week my family took a much-needed vacation with some sunshine and waves. One of the many activities in which we indulged was a three-mile kayaking adventure. I rode in a tandem kayak with my 10-year-old daughter. She has such a zest for life, and if I wanted to represent graphically her spirit and enthusiasm, it’d look like the amazing purple man above. Now if I wanted represent graphically her upper body strength… well, it would look more like… a noodle… In other words: all spirit, no muscle. Now I’m no wizard...

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Hey. Can we talk about burnout?

I challenge you to go run a mile. Now I challenge you to run a mile…without shoes. Now I challenge you to run a mile…without legs. You see what I did there? I set a challenge. Then I made it harder. Then I made it pretty darn near impossible… but I’ve framed it such that if you can’t run a legless mile, somehow it’s your failure to meet my challenge. In the past week I’ve had conversations with three different colleagues on this topic; the idea that organizations are continuing to “challenge” teams to do more with less… and...

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Tiny House Thinking… Why Your Business Needs It

Is mine the only family recently addicted to HGTV’s Tiny House Hunters? I mean, families of four + two dogs living in 200 square feet? Crazy! But a little bit amazing…? I would never survive in a tiny house: full stop. But… there is something so compelling to me about the idea. I look around my (relatively palatial) domicile, and I see just so many things: books and toys we’ve outgrown, shoes for every possible sporting and social event, uniquely sized and styled glasses for every type of adult beverage (OK – that last one may be the only...

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