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August 8, 2012

News & Opinion: ChangeThis: Issue 97

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 10:12 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture


The How Manifesto: Why How Business Gets Done Around the World is the New Competitive Advantage, and New Metrics for a New Reality
by Dov Seidman
“HOW. We’ll see that word a lot in this manifesto. Simply stated, HOW is the belief that in our more interconnected and interdependent world, we rise and fall together. The way to forge a better, more sustainable path of growth and progress lies in the realm of human behavior—HOW we do what we do.”


The Finch Effect: How Adaptability Will Save Your Career (and Happiness)
by Nacie Carson

“As humans, we have the power to direct our response. We can consciously choose how to change the shape of our beaks… or at least consciously choose how we respond to the changes in our environment. And that environmental change we face now, today, is an economic one.”

The Art of Not Knowing by Craig Coggle

“Innovation and creativity can only exist with the wonder of not knowing. I wonder what will happen if I mix this thing here with this thing over here. I don’t know but would love to find out. Curiosity is born from not knowing. Not knowing therefore can help us change and grow.”

The Failure to Engage: Understanding the Mechanism that Determines Employee Engagement and Micro-Innovation by John Bernard

“Employee engagement remains low because fear kills innovation and fear continues as the dominant management mechanism. ... Fear blocks employees’ ability to say 'yes' to customer needs [and] to act on opportunities to innovate.”

How Perceptions Shape Realities by Baldev Seekri

“Whereas methodology, milestones and measurements are extremely important for any journey of achievement and they have their place in the execution stage of the journey, what is required in the earliest stage of the journey is to make the participants of the journey perceive the worthiness of the task at hand.”


Cure the (Self-Inflicted) Chaos First Cure the (Self-Inflicted) Chaos First
by Karen Martin

“More than 80 percent of improvement efforts fail to make a discernible difference in overall business performance, regardless of the improvement methodology in use. The reason isn’t a flaw in the methodologies, but a flaw inside of companies.”

About Dylan Schleicher


Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.