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Closing the Chasm Between Strategy and Execution

Originally published August 22, 2013 on Harvard Business Review by Doug Sundheim Setting strategy is elegant. It’s a clean and sophisticated process of collecting and analyzing data, generating insights, and identifying smart paths forward. Done at arm’s length in an academic fashion, tight logic is the only glue needed to hold ideas together. The output…

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Good Leaders Get Emotional

Originally published August 15, 2013 on Harvard Business Review by Doug Sundheim Much of what comes out of people’s mouths in business these days is sugar-coated, couched, and polished. The messages are manufactured, trying to strike just the right tone. Genuine emotion stands in stark contrast. It’s a real person sharing a real feeling. When…

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Do Women Take as Many Risks as Men?

Originally published February 27, 2013 on Harvard Business Review by Doug Sundheim One week before delivering the final manuscript of my book, Taking Smart Risks, I came to a disturbing realization. There were 38 stories in the book, but only seven were about women. Jill Logan, an employee helping me get the final product out the…

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To Increase Innovation, Take the Sting Out of Failure

Originally published January 9, 2013 on Harvard Business Review by Doug Sundheim “We need more innovation around here. We need people to think more creatively and be more entrepreneurial. I’ve been saying this for the last couple years, and yet very little seems to be changing. It’s very frustrating.” This was a recent lament from…