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RAPPORT // Businesses are spending more on Mindfulness than AI. This is why.

Posted by Deb Westphal

May 30, 2018 10:00:00 AM

 On a wall in the Brighton Ski Lodge located outside of Salt Lake City, there is a tiny plaque that simply states "BE." For years, I would go skiing at Brighton and wonder what "BE" meant. It seemed like an odd statement. What was its importance? What was I missing? What am I supposed to "BE"?


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Is the Future of Work a Search for Shared Purpose?

Posted by Jasmine Niernberger

May 23, 2018 10:01:02 AM



Purpose as the reason for action or existence has remained consistent over centuries. It’s where and how people and societies locate their purpose that has evolved over time. As we consider the state of our government and the present and future state of work, we see that the impetus to pursue purpose has not changed, but how and where we find it has.


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Shifting from Security to Risk in the New Geopolitical Reality

Posted by Hans Davies

May 16, 2018 10:00:00 AM


I have been doing a lot of thinking about risk lately. As I engage with leaders at various commercial and government organizations, I hear them talk about threats and vulnerabilities; about what they need to protect and from whom. What struck me recently, however, is that, despite all this discussion of risk, most organizations still have a Chief Security Officer, a Security Department, or something similar. Are organizations limiting their thinking when they simply refer to security?


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Aligned to Thrive - This is How to Focus Your Future Workforce

Posted by Dave Baber

May 2, 2018 10:00:00 AM


The operating environment continues to grow more volatile, ambiguous, complex, and uncertain (VACU). As it does, organizations realize the extent to which rapidly changing external factors have the power to influence their future success. Building resilience means developing forward-looking strategies and practices that prepare and equip them to grasp the opportunities inherent in those external impacts, and to protect the organization from the challenges within as well.


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RAPPORT // What the Boston Marathon Proves About an Inspired Workforce

Posted by Deb Westphal

Apr 25, 2018 10:00:00 AM


This year’s Boston Marathon left a lasting imprint on my heart. Maybe it’s because I’m currently training for my first marathon, which I’ll run in Chicago this Fall. Watching the race from almost 2400 miles away, I felt like I was a part of the activities – as if I was there on the course with the runners, struggling through the miles, trying to stay warm and focused. Anticipating the finish line with every step. Celebrating the achievement.


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The Measurable Lasting Value of a Simple Strategy

Posted by Toffler Associates

Apr 18, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Strategy is overcomplicated. Government and commercial executives get so wrapped up in working to figure out all the details of a complex task or objective that they lose sight of the plan.


This simple four-step strategy approach helps to identify the path you need to take, which informs the strategy you need to build. Each step in the process below should have a clear answer that involves stakeholders from inside and outside the organization.

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Data Trust and Privacy - The Risks of Constant Connectivity

Posted by Bob Wagner

Apr 11, 2018 10:00:00 AM


As the world becomes more connected and data-driven, notions of trust and privacy are evolving. Organizations striving for resilience are designing human-machine interactions into their systems. To accommodate the needs of both man and computer, they are structuring new processes. And as they do, most are keeping a watchful eye on the known and unknown risks of bio-digital convergence.

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The March for Our Lives is the Movement of Our Lifetime

Posted by Maria Bothwell

Apr 4, 2018 1:15:00 PM


The late 1960’s was a pivotal era of social activism. In 1966, Time Magazine named the “Generation Under 25” as its Person of the Year. By 1968, college-aged American youth were acting as “fledgling revolutionaries,” opting for action over talk. In universities and on the streets of major cities like New York, the marches, riots, and protests were widespread – and justified. Most of the activists were seniors in high school when John Kennedy was shot to death. When those same young adults reached their senior year of college, James Earl Ray murdered Martin Luther King. The Vietnam War took their friends and lingered in their minds as a very possible part of their own future.

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RAPPORT // The Louvre is Proof of Global Shared Humanity

Posted by Deb Westphal

Mar 28, 2018 10:00:00 AM


Earlier this month, my son and I met in Paris, France for a quick vacation. We had been before, but always on short layovers. This trip was different. It was our chance to delve into the beautiful historic city. Our expectations were simple: see the major sights, enjoy the diversity of food, and walk everywhere. Included on the agenda was the Musee d’Orsay, Musee Du Quai Branly and of course, the Louvre. It was fortuitous that the book I chose to read on this trip was Steven Pinker’s Enlightenment Now, The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress. Pinker’s overarching thesis is that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise because past intellectual movements emphasized reason and science.


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What is the Corporate Impact of a Globally Shared Humanity?

Posted by John Chase

Mar 21, 2018 12:30:00 PM

Hyperconnectivity has erased the limitations posed by geographic distance. The modern world is a tightly interwoven global web of relationships and orders of impact. For businesses, the consequences of the free-flow of information and tightening networks are two-fold. First, in any given marketplace, supply chains, environmental footprints, and cultural profiles, we see the presence (or at least the influence) of decisions and belief systems that may have originated somewhere on the other side of the planet. The second impact – and the one we will focus on here – is the rising importance of human-level connection and our globally shared humanity.

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