Organizational Excellence

Engage. Simplify. Enable the Mission


Psychological safety is the belief that one will not be punished or humiliated for their ideas, questions, concerns, or mistakes. Learn how to establish and maintain psychological safety with a cognitively diverse work group.

A study of 55 of the largest teams from companies like BBC, Marriott, and Pixar, identifies five things that all successful teams do. 

Many meetings are lost opportunities, so how do you ensure productive meetings? Learn how design thinking can advance a team or organization's agenda while empowering employees. 

Extraverts often think of themselves as a "people person."  But, when the going gets tough, extraverts can dominate their quieter peers, worsening tensions within the group.


Silo working will continue unless leaders establish the right targets, there is full scale transformation of processes, and a collaborative, execution-oriented culture is reinforced.

To gain support, you must justify your idea. Here are the four core ways to do just that.


By 2018, 70 percent of siloed digital transformation initiatives will fail because of insufficient collaboration, integration, sourcing, or project management. 

Fish Philosophy

Learn about the FISH! philosophy, which is about engaging people to make positive changes. 

Vitae asks academics, administrators, and Ph.D.’s in the nonacademic world to pick the five books that most influenced them.

Google spent years studying effective teams. Researchers found that what really matters is less about who is on the team and more about how the team works together.  

hands on jail bars

At their worst, meetings are like short prison sentences that have you counting the minutes until your release.  How do you make sure your meetings are great?

mass of ideas

When your team is tasked with generating ideas to solve a problem, suggesting a brainstorming session is a natural reaction. But does that approach actually work?

The best performers are really good at generating rigorous discussions in team meetings. Here are six practical tips for leading a good fight in meetings. 


Collaborative working has many benefits but does consume valuable resource, often concentrated in a few "extra miler" colleagues.  Leaders can solve this problem in two ways: by streamlining and redistributing responsibilities for collaboration, and by rewarding effective contributions.

Pixar has produced some of the most creative and epic films of this era due to a culture of creative collaboration. How can educators learn from Pixar when we design collaborative projects?