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Can a 4-Day Workweek Jump Productivity 40%?

Microsoft recently experimented with a 4-day workweek in Japan. This CNN report details the results: "While the amount of time spent at work was cut dramatically, productivity — measured by sales per employee — went up by almost 40% compared to the same period the previous year." In addition they

How to Foster Positive Accountability in Your Company

Recently I have observed a common theme that many leaders struggle with: they don't know how to hold their people accountable. They may be great at hiring A players, but many leaders still have the feeling that their people could be doing better work. What comes to your mind when you hear the

The Hard Thing About Hard Things and What’s Next

I am a raving fan of Ben Horowitz!  He is one of Silicon Valley's most respected and experienced entrepreneurs. A lot of people talk about how great it is to start and run a business, but Ben is brutally honest about how hard it is to run one. He is the author of two books – one published and one

Your Price Is Too High!

“ My prospective customer says we were not selected because our price was too high?  What do I do?”  This is a question many companies grapple with. It’s not unusual for potential clients to give price as their reason for not buying from you. So what should you do about it? Ian Altman, a Forbes

Was Email a Mistake? A Case for the Daily Huddle!

This recent New Yorker article by past Gazelles Summit keynoter Cal Newport maps out the history of asynchronous communication beginning with the “tubes” at CIA headquarters. An interaction is synchronous when all team members participate at the same time; asynchronous communication doesn’t

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