Erika Jacobi, Organizational Change and Innovation Consultant, C-Suite Executive Coach/Advisor

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Identity Agility – Learning To Adapt Your Sense Of Who You Are

The Covid-19 pandemic has hit us in our core like no other crisis in modern history. From one moment to the next life as we knew it has changed in ways that we could not fathom.

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Topics: Identity, Enterprise Agility, IdentityAgility, OrganizationalBehavior, CorporatePsychology

Innovation Lessons from Excessive Boredom

Do you remember the first weeks of the Covid-19 lockdown? People were scared, shocked and, above all, bored. This has been one of the many painful sides of the pandemic. From another angle, however, it was quite a surprising explosion of creativity.

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Topics: Innovation, Boredom, Corporate Psychology, Creativity

'Hurry, Let's Wait' And Other Signs That Your Company Is Not Agile

According to research  from a 2017 corporate longevity index, the average life span of S&P 500 companies has dropped from almost 60 years on average in the1950s to an average now of less than 20 years. 
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Topics: Culture Of Innovation, Agile Organization Design, Agile, Enterprise Agility, Adaptive Organization Design

Can Mission Statements Foster a Culture of Innovation?

Who hasn’t seen them — the mission statements and corporate values that are literally presented as the “writings on the wall” of companies around the world? They're statements like, "We are innovative." "We think outside the box." Or sometimes they're even phrased as a command: "Think." "Think differently." "Think outside of the box.”
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Topics: Culture Of Innovation, Agile, corporate culture, Neuro-Sciences

Flights from the Brain: Why People Gain Joy from Agile Collaboration

I recently had the honor of attending the 175th Anniversary celebration of Miss Porter’s School, where a high caliber panel of neuroscientists discussed how the mind construes meaning from the arts and ultimately gains joy from the process.

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Topics: Culture Of Innovation, Behavior Change, Agile Organization Design, Agile

Had You Talked Desdemona: Developing an Authentic Voice of Efficacy as a Woman Leader

Women are ambitious. Women are determined. Women are successful. In history as well as in modern life, women have done the impossible – and that, oftentimes, under more than difficult circumstances. 

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Topics: Leadership, Identity, Woman Leader, Communication

Night and Day: Dealing With Shadow During Organizational Change

Your organization has a shadow – whether you want it or not. That shadow is always there; it is part of a natural process. However, the shadow is most likely to interfere with your ambitions and strategies during phases of organizational change, and often in unexpected ways.

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Topics: Change Management, Organizational Change, Change Leadership, corporate culture

The Difference Between Organizational Culture And Climate - And How We Can Use One To Change The Other

Company leaders often wish for an organizational culture change, to make their companies more agile, innovative and growth-oriented. What many forget though, is that culture is deeply rooted in the organization’s DNA and unique history. That can make company culture as difficult to change as an individual’s personality.

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Topics: Organizational Culture Change, Organizational Change, organizational storytelling, corporate culture

Expectation Management For Crucial Startup Phases

 I was watching Shark Tank the other day. (Yes, I totally admit to watching pure entertainment TV.) And there they were: the seemingly brutal assessments of the various start-up ideas by the investors: “The idea is great but you don’t seem committed enough. I’m out.”
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Topics: Strategy, Small Business Consulting, Start-up Consulting, Expectation Management

Agile Organization Designs: How Images Can Help Find The Right Fit For You

Many established companies struggle immensely with the concept of becoming more agile. On the one hand, they wish to react quickly to unforeseen circumstances by creating innovative opportunities. On the other hand, they fear that their size, level of establishment and need for structure might get in the way – or simply – that chaos will break loose if they even try.

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Topics: Organization Design, Organizational Change, organizational storytelling, Change Leadership, Agile Organization Design

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