Why Questioning Is The Ultimate Learning Skill

December 29, 2020 // “My mother made me a scientist,” recalled physicist Isidor Rabi, Nobel Prize laureate. “‘Izzy,’ she would say, ‘did you ask a good question today?’”

You too can be a great innovator, if you just learn to work with this

November 28, 2020 // Madam C.J. Walker, born Sarah Breedlove, was America’s first female self-made millionaire. She pioneered a line of haircare and beauty products for people of color early in the 20th century, and the recent Netflix series Self Made details the story of this talented innovator and the challenges she overcame on the […]

Northern Ireland’s manufacturers ‘fear for the future’

June 12, 2020 // ONE in eight manufacturers in Northern Ireland fear they won’t survive until the end of this year, a survey of the industry has found. Despite the widespread use of furloughing, three out of five firms are currently anticipating redundancies, with more than half likely to shed up to a third of […]

Zooming Before It Was Cool

April 17, 2020 // I wrote in my most recent column that the COVID-19 crisis was forcing long-gestating changes to our industry to come into being. I focused mostly on the damage these changes would wreak on firms that have failed to prepare for the future. But it won’t be all gloom and doom once this […]

Why asking better questions unlocks innovation

March 12, 2020 // We’re fully immersed in Playful Unlearning right now — having the ability to unlearn in order to relearn — and how we can implement this practice into our everyday work lives. The fact is, you can’t build upon old knowledge and rules alone, because they don’t work in these quickly changing, destabilizing […]

The leadership we need now

February 5, 2020 // In a few short weeks, in partnership with Women and Hollywood, the Athena Center for Leadership will host the 10th annual Athena Film Festival—an ambitious effort to address the underrepresentation of women in Hollywood, in front of and behind the camera. Films drive culture; they have an enormous impact on how […]

What we learned about leadership at the World Business Forum 2019

November 4, 2019 // Every year in the same period in Milan the spotlights turn on the themes of leadership at the World Business Forum , and this time too the event of Wobi , now in its sixteenth edition and now become a must for managers and professionals from all over Italy, has not […]

How to Seem Smarter, According to New Harvard Research: Change Your Mind More

September 19, 2019 // Stubbornness doesn’t make you look strong. It makes you look dumb. There’s a ton of advice out there for entrepreneurs on how to be resilient and stick with your dreams in the face of rejection. Obviously, toughness is a useful quality when it comes to building a business. But new research […]