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One of America's Most Exemplary Innovators Works in Baseball (Sandy Alderson, Part 2)

This excerpt from the award winning book "Management by Baseball" continues the story of how Sandy Alderson engineers change and innovation in one of America's oldest institutions, Major League Baseball. Among several instructive examples for managers in other competitive businesses: hiring creative people so they can hire other creative people.

Sometimes, a Career Transformation Starts With You

*This story is an excerpt from the forthcoming Ferrazzi Greenlight book titled The University of You: How to Become a Continuous Learner and Change the Trajectory of Your Life . To explore what The University of You has to offer, check out the framework of the book . Abby was operating on some assumptions. She thought she would easily climb the ladder to any position she...

Don’t Wait for Someone to Train You

*This story is an excerpt from the forthcoming Ferrazzi Greenlight book titled The University of You: How to Become a Continuous Learner and Change the Trajectory of Your Life . To explore what The University of You has to offer, check out the framework of the book . When I was growing up in Pittsburgh in the 1970s, my dad, who had worked for the same steel company for 25...

Those Who Wish to Grow, Serve

My last post looked into your formal team, your workplace-centered lifeline support group. While that team may be the final ring of the continuous learning circle , it doesn’t signal the end of your learning journey. If you’re going to be the kind of lifelong learner who embodies the self-directed behaviors the experts we worked with have identified as essential to economic...

The All-Crucial Last Step: The Formal Team

Central to my beliefs about taking control of your career is the idea that everyone not only needs a lifeline learning team – that counsels you with candor and bolsters your confidence as you move toward your goals – but also a “Formal Team,” the fifth and final ring of the continuous learning circle we’ve been discussing throughout this series. The formal team is the...

Building Your Lifeline Learning Team

Throughout our exploration of the continuous learning circle , we’ve helped you develop the tools, knowledge and confidence to address your hard and soft skills gaps and build on your strengths – all in the service of furthering your desired career goals. Now, we’d like to address the next essential stage in your journey: developing your “Lifeline Learning Team.” This is your...

Igniting the Openness to Change

Kickstarting movement toward change requires an empathetic, choice-driven “challenge.” This post was written by the Greenlight Research Institute Staff. Previous posts in our Change Acceleration series explored the significance of purpose and behavior – think of those as the necessary preconditions and mindsets for a successful change initiative. Now, we turn toward the...

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