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How Silicon Valley Companies Accelerate Leadership Development

Four years ago, I wrote a research paper called “Future Trends in Leadership Development.” The paper became popular in various circles and I received good feedback from all groups except one. My friends in Silicon Valley said, “We like the research findings but . . . a lot of those ideas wouldn’t work here. This place is different.” So one year ago, Phil Willburn and I started a research project and conducted interviews with companies like: Google, LinkedIn, Facebook, Airbnb and others. Read more […]

Partner with us on a Cutting Edge CCL Research Project

We are looking for organizations who want to learn what leads to successful change in their organization i.e. What is their ‘change equation’. Why: Research tells us that 70% of all change efforts fail. Massive amounts of time, money and effort are wasted. But most leaders don’t know which factors differentiate the successful changes from the change failures in their organization. Therefore they keep making the same mistakes over and over again. Our Research: Some people think that there Read more […]

The No. 1 Predictor of Career Success…….On An Index Card

Three months ago I challenged my buddy Phil Willburn to put everything he had learned in the last 10 years about Networks (What they are, Why they matter and What great ones looks like) onto one index card. Phil being Phil not only did that below (brilliant), but then went on to make a smart video both calling me out and explaining the card (in 3 mins). Damn overachievers! Read, watch and enjoy. Read more […]

What Every Leader Ought to Know About Stress – On an Index Card

————————————————————————————————————————– I’ve never seen as much stress as I am seeing right now in the work place. Most people are putting on a good front but when you scratch the surface you find an ocean of suffering right below the surface. The latest front cover of Atlantic Magazine talks about how US college students are the most anxious and stressed of any generation. There are lot of people Read more […]

Come Visit the New Website

– In truth there was nothing wrong with the old website, but as my old boss correctly pointed out (just before I quit working for him) I like change. With this in mind I’ve redesigned the site to make it easier for you to navigate and added fresh content for you to read and watch. Take a wander around and see what you like. And please send this email on to others you think might find it useful. Check it out here – Read more […]

The No. 1 Myth About Building Teams Four years ago I went to a lecture that shattered everything I thought I knew about teams. In the lecture Richard Hackman, who was probably the top teams researcher who ever lived, told a story about how he was teaching a class at Yale on the four stages of team development: forming, storming, norming, performing. Half way through that presentation a young lady in the front row raised her hand and said, “Excuse me Professor Hackman, that’s Read more […]

Leadership Development – On an Index Card

There is a theory in the field of innovation that the greatest breakthroughs come not from freedom, but from constraints. When you are constrained you are forced to think in irregular ways about your challenge, so you improvise. This week while out cycling with Sarah and our little boys, Ollie and Lucas, I fell off my bike and broke my arm. This is of course an excellent constraint. So today rather than a long blog, below I have written what I feel are the most important things you need to know Read more […]

The Big 3 of Leadership Development

The top 3 leadership challenges as rated by 300 leaders from the C-Suite, Senior Executive and Mid-Level. Warren Buffett tells a story about the first time he and Bill Gates met (in other words when the second richest man in the world met the richest). They were at a party when Bill’s dad asked members of their table, “What is the one thing that has most helped you succeed?” According to Buffett, both he and Gates gave the same answer,“I know how to focus.” Most leadership Read more […]

The Moneyball of Leadership Development

The best leadership movie of the last decade has got to be Moneyball. Brad Pitt stars as Billy Beane the real life GM of the Oakland A’s baseball team. In short, they suck. Not because they aren’t trying hard, but because they have don’t have enough money to spend on players. With no salary cap in baseball the wealthy teams like New York and L.A. outspend everyone else and take all the best players. Billy has a problem. How do you outcompete the rich when you have little money and a crappy Read more […]

Why I Have Stopped Setting Goals

About six month ago I read an interview with Scott Adams, the creator of Dilbert, in which he said that he had learnt that setting goals was a miserable waste of time: “To put it bluntly, goals are for losers. That’s literally true most of the time. For example, if your goal is to lose 10 pounds, you will spend every moment until you reach the goal—if you reach it at all—feeling as if you were short of your goal. In other words, goal-oriented people exist in a state of nearly continuous Read more […]

Hi, I'm Nick Petrie from the Center for Creative Leadership. I've spent the last ten years studying the most important future trends in leadership development. This website is a dedicated resource library to share the big, new important ideas in leadership development as well as the latest methods to apply those ideas. I hope you find it valuable.