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When Brutal Honesty is a Brutal Mistake

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By Ben Baran, Ph.D, Agility Analytics Practice Leader Some people wear it like a badge of honor, something that’s part of their identity. “I’m brutally honest.” “I say it like it is.” I get the appeal. We generally appreciate honesty and candid communication. We sometimes equate “brutal honesty” with strength of character or integrity. But […]

Human Resource Management and The Great Unlearning

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By Ben Baran, Ph.D., Agility Analytics Practice Leader Exciting changes in the world of human resources (HR) abound. As noted by Stephen Barley (University of California Santa Barbara), Beth Bechky, and Frances Milliken (both of New York University) in their recent article in Academy of Management Discoveries, “Few people would deny that the nature of […]

Cowards Need Not Apply

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By Ben Baran, Ph.D., Agility Analytics Practice Leader Much ink hath been spilt on the inspirational nature of leadership. Although such thoughts have merit, I have long wondered if we overemphasize the inspirational aspects of being a leader to the detriment of underemphasizing the perspirational aspects of being a leader. That is, we like to […]

What’s Your Unfair Advantage?

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By Ben Baran, Ph.D., Agility Analytics Practice Leader In one of the early episodes of the StartUp Podcast—which features Alex Blumberg, formerly of This American Life and NPR’s Planet Money—he meets Chris Sacca, a renowned former venture capitalist and entrepreneur. Blumberg painfully bumbles through an attempt at pitching his business idea to Sacca. Believe me, […]

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