How Gorillas and Parasols Mess Up Meetings

Monday, April 13th, 2015

(#6 in The Energy Bar series) You may know this story: researchers asked groups to count how often a team passed the ball to other members of their own basketball team. Pretty simple. They knew how to count, so they … Read More..

Stop Me Before I Talk Again

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

(#4 in The Energy Bar posts) Here’s a question for you. What’s the biggest thing that blocks your ability to influence others? The answer: your mouth. Years ago, as part of a planning group, I was talking passionately about the … Read More..

The Folly of Single-Minded Thinking

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

My friend, Mary Lippitt, just published The Cost of Single-Mindedness in The Huffington Post. Building on the work of Daniel Kahneman (Thing Fast anf Slow), she explains why a single-minded approach is dangerous for leaders. She uses the letter from … Read More..

Why Use the Energy Bar?

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

[To gain a quick understanding of The Energy Bar, please watch this 3-minute animated video. The Energy Bar} I’m a big fan of theories and approaches on influence and change (in fact, I even developed a couple of my own), … Read More..

More on The Energy Bar

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

I have gotten more responses (and all of them quite positive) on The Energy Bar than any other newsletter/blog/social media post in my career. I am delighted. I did get a suggestion to improve the sound quality and add music. … Read More..

What Can Free Jazz Teach Us About Working on Teams?

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

My friend, Karl Berger, was artist in residence at The Stone last week. The Stone is a New York club dedicated to the experimental and avant garde. I got to perform in his improvisational orchestra on the final night, and … Read More..