In this 8020Info Water Cooler we consider unique aspects of thinking strategically, what the worst bosses do, marketing with email signatures, advance interview questions, ethical boundaries, and a communications checklist for pre-testing your message. Enjoy!

What’s Different About Thinking Strategically?
Dealing with Ethics in the Workplace
Three Things the Worst Bosses Do
Email Signature Essentials
The List: Use Interview Questions in Advance
A Communications Checklist for Your Message
Reading — The Experience Mindset
Reading — Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World

Vol-23_No-12_Aug-21-2023 Read More »


In this 8020Info Water Cooler we look at different aspects of using AI tools (and where to start), how to stop a habit of being late, why we should write things down, and some tips on why partnering strategies fail. Enjoy!

Where to Start with AI
Rethink Idea Generation in an AI World
Tips to Stop Being Late
Why Write This Down
Where AI Writing Is Weak
Why Partnering Strategies Fail
Reading – The Perfection Trap
Reading – Wanting: The Power of Mimetic Desire in Everyday Life

Vol-23_No-11_July-31-2023 Read More »


In this 8020Info Water Cooler we look at six types of generative AI, common pitfalls for strategy, the habit of overpreparing, defining content fundamentals, navigating succession in family businesses, and finding flow in a world of overwhelm. Enjoy!

Understanding Six Types of Generative AI
Define Your Content Fundamentals
Curbing Tendencies to Overprepare
Strategies for Family Business Succession
The List: Six Strategic Pitfalls to Avoid
Finding Flow in a World of Overwhelm
Reading: Power to the Middle
Reading: Infinity in the Palm of Your Hand

Vol-23_No-10_July-10-2023 Read More »


In this 8020Info Water Cooler we consider ways to benefit from disagreements, give references, nurture client referrals, organize your summer reading, prepare as a first-time manager, and design strategies better than “best practices”. Enjoy!

Ways to Gain from Disagreement
How to Give a Reference
Four Categories for Your Summer Reading
How to Attract More Referrals
The List: Tips for First-Time Managers
A Strategy Better than Best Practice
Reading: Generation Why
Reading: Ego is the Enemy

Vol-23_No-09_June-19-2023 Read More »


In this edition we look at eight elements of strategic success, getting feedback, things you can’t teach people, standing up for what’s right, benchmarking, board recruitment and what we’re reading. Enjoy!

Eight Elements of Strategic Success
How Leaders Can Encourage Feedback
Two Things You Can’t Teach People
The Power of Benchmarking
The List: 10 Ways to Stand Up for What’s Right
Cultivating and Recruiting a Great Board
Reading: Real-Time Leadership
Reading: Awaken Your Genius: Escape Conformity, Ignite Creativity & Become Extraordinary.

Vol-23_No-06_Apr-17-2023 Read More »


In this 8020Info Water Cooler we look at how to enhance psychological safety, dysfunctions of non-profit boards, hybrid schedules, tips for good design, the Cynefin Framework for strategy-making, how to vaccinate against misinformation, and what we’re reading. Enjoy!

Enhance Psychological Safety in Your Meetings
Competencies Needed to Fix Board Dysfunction
Hints for Co-ordinating Hybrid Schedules
The Anatomy of Good Design
The Cynefin Model: Match Strategy to Conditions
Can You Vaccinate Against Fake News?
Reading: Tomorrowmind
Reading: Six Simple Rules: How to Manage Complexity Without Getting Complicated

Vol-23_No-05_Mar-27-2023 Read More »


In this 8020Info Water Cooler we look at discovering fresh ideas for strategy-making, interviewing for values, getting to the point, trimming presentations, using storytelling to develop shared meaning in your organization, and 10 things to remember about people. Enjoy!

Discover Fresh Ideas for Your Strategy
Crafting an Interview Question on Values
Do Your Presentations Make Eyes Glaze Over?
The Importance of Sharing the Narrative
The List: 10 Things to Remember About People
Getting Straight to the Point
Reading: Intentional Leadership
Reading: Magic Words

Vol-23_No-04_Mar-06-2023 Read More »


In this 8020Info Water Cooler, we consider what makes for a great strategist, how to lead like a steward, using clarity committees, questions to consider before promoting someone, and negotiating interdependent strategies. Enjoy!

What Makes for a Great Strategist?
How to Lead Like a Steward
Creating a Clearness Committee
Are You an Authentic Leader?
7 Questions to Ask Before Promoting Someone
Negotiating Interdependent Strategies
Reading: Behavioral Economics for Leaders
Reading: ThinkerToys

Vol-23_No-02_Jan-23-2023 Read More »


In this 8020Info Water Cooler we look at engaging different types of stakeholders, seven distractions to avoid, how to simplify your case to make it more persuasive, what we’re reading, and tips to ensure you’re solving the right problem. Enjoy!

The Engagement Onion
Seven Stupid Distractions to Eliminate
The Simpler Way to Be More Persuasive
Marketing in the Post-Pandemic Era
The List: Solving the Right Problem
Whose To-Do List Is It Anyway?
Reading: Good Strategy Bad Strategy | The Crux
Reading: The Power of Regret: How Looking Backward Moves Us Forward

Vol-22_No-08_May_30-2022 Read More »


In this 8020Info Water Cooler we look at strategy “spines”, rethinking for better decisions, leadership peer groups, hybrid work, and a manifesto method to go from aspirational to actionable leadership statements. Enjoy!

Build a Strategy Spine to Counter Skeptics
Create a Leadership Peer Group in 2022
Write A Manifesto To Drive Change
Get Input to Make Hybrid Work
The List: Goals Beyond Project Completion
Pausing to Rethink in 2022
Reading: From Impressed to Obsessed | Think Again

Vol-22_No-01_Jan_3-2022 Read More »