Category: independent thinking


The enemy of creativity is impossible

All the organizational leaders I speak to assert that they want innovation and creativity in their employees.  But are they creating an environment that fosters creativity and persistence?  Not always. “That’s impossible” “That’s impossible,” they say. Just like carrying your

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How the “road fairy” took ownership of the problem

Every so often I run across a nugget of news that makes me shake my head, partly in amazement and partly in frustration. Take the case of Veronika Bobrus, a 26-year old Russian florist who, exasperated by number of potholes

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Leadership that is contrary to popular opinion …

Making unpopular and tough decisions is what exceptional leaders sometimes have to do. Contribute your thoughts and experiences to this discussion on Merge’s blog.

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Use “reverse brainstorming” as a powerful way to improve service

Modifying a classic problem-solving tool produces even more robust results. Leadership expert Merge Gupta-Sunderji shows you exactly how to do so.

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Seek out advice from impartial sources

Don’t ask the barber whether you need a haircut! Your best advice will come from experts who don’t have vested interests in your decision. Leadership expert Merge Gupta-Sunderji explains.

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The business case for not solving the problem

Inadvertently, many managers discourage independent thinking and initiative. Good leadership requires that you push back: that you withhold your response and curb your action.

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