Archive for DavidBurkus SmartBlogs

Despite the temptation to be “always on,” the best leaders have discovered — and a growing amount of research is backing this up — that the best way to stay productive all the time is to spend a good portion of it being deliberately unproductive.

Since sabbaticals originated in the academic world, the majority of the research done on them has been conducted in that context.[…] Continue Reading »

Few elements in business are as ubiquitous as the organizational chart. While constructing rigid hierarchies of employees and outlining them in a fixed structure may have worked in older industries like railroads, the ever-changing nature of work today demands an organizational chart that can handle those changes quickly.

These days, based on research that suggests we work best in teams that change often, the best leaders write their organizational charts in pencil, allowing the best teams to be fluid and form around problems and products.[…] Continue Reading »

The following is an excerpt from “The Myths of Creativity: The Truth About How Innovative Companies and People Generate Great Ideas,” by David Burkus. Burkus is the founder of LDRLB, assistant professor of management at Oral Roberts University and a SmartBlogs contributor. Image and excerpt reprinted by permission from the publisher, Jossey-Bass, a Wiley brand, from “The Myths of Creativity” by David Burkus.[…] Continue Reading »

David Burkus is the author of the new book “The Myths of Creativity: The Truth About How Innovative Companies and People Generate Great Ideas.” View the book trailer at the bottom of this post. He is also the founder of LDRLB and assistant professor of management at Oral Roberts University. When he isn’t writing books, he’s a blogger for 99U, Forbes, PsychologyToday, Harvard Business Review and SmartBlog on Leadership.[…] Continue Reading »

Do you know what your organization’s strategy is? Do you really know?

Strategy is a cloudy word, overused, misused, and full of misconceptions about what exactly a solid strategy consists of. Leaders retreat for days or weeks to develop a strategic plan, then announce something few in the organization can remember and fewer still understand. Every leader wants to develop a clear and effective strategy.[…] Continue Reading »