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  • About the Author: Nilofer Merchant

    Nilofer Merchant ( is a corporate director and a speaker on igniting cultures of innovation. Read her book The New How at your peril, for it will change the way you look up and…

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07 Dec. 2017 | Comments (0)
The Insidious Economic Impact of Sexual Harassment
Up to 85% of women report that they have been sexually harassed at work, according to a 2016 report by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. What happens next is often not captured in numbers, but in the fine-print details of recent media reports. Whether the industry is media, entertainment, politics, technology, or something else, these women say things like: “I quit.”

05 Dec. 2014 | Comments (0)
Teams Can’t Innovate If They’re Too Comfortable
Spark Camp is a next-generation convener. They engineer productive collisions of people to tackle important topics, through clearer questions, challenging conversations, and listening with curiosity.

23 Sep. 2013 | Comments (0)
Is Bias Fixable?
“As a brown woman, your chances of being seen and heard in the world are next to nothing,” he said. “For your ideas to be seen, they need to be edgier.” He paused, as if to ruminate on this, before continuing. “But if you are edgy, you will be too scary to be heard.”

25 Jul. 2013 | Comments (0)
Your Brand Is the Exhaust Fume of the Engine of Your Life
"How do you manage your brand?" I get asked that question really often, especially at public-venue speaking events. This question represents so much of what is stopping all of us from doing work that matters.

09 Apr. 2013 | Comments (0)
Three Reasons Men Should Read Lean In
The truth is, men still hold the lion's share of power. Sandberg shares stats that many women know almost by heart — but men may not. Women hold just 20% of seats in parliaments globally, 18% in the US Congress. Women have been at least 50% of college graduates in the US since the early 1980's, yet the percentage of women at the top of corporate America has barely budged over the past decade.

19 Feb. 2013 | Comments (0)
Sitting Is the Smoking of Our Generation
As we work, we sit more than we do anything else. Sitting is so prevalent and so pervasive that we don't even question how much we're doing it. In that way, I've come to see that sitting is the smoking of our generation.

09 Nov. 2012 | Comments (0)
What I Learned from My TED Talk
Learning is understood as the path to perfection, of being right, and knowing more than others. You proceed linearly until you reach the pinnacle. Learning accumulates, like bricks being laid neatly on top of one another.

09 Oct. 2012 | Comments (0)
Traditional Strategy Is Dead. Welcome to the #SocialEra
When I say, "Social is and can be more than media," people resist. It's as if the two words (social and media) are now permanently fused together. But they shouldn't be. Social can be — and already is — more than Media.

03 May. 2012 | Comments (0)
Just How Powerful Are You?
When I look around, I see a culture that honors being prepared, doing the right things to get ahead, and achieving more and more, starting with our education — we need to go to the right high school to get into the right college, to get the right job after college.

28 Feb. 2012 | Comments (0)
Social Means Freedom, for Better or for Worse
A Stanford Professor quit his job. But he doesn't plan to go to another prestigious university. He, like others, has discovered the power of teaching online.

15 Feb. 2012 | Comments (0)
Yahoo's Shakeup Demands Fearlessness
Larger organizations follow a fairly predictable cycle when failing.

28 Dec. 2011 | Comments (0)
People Are Not Cogs
Every day I go to meetings where language suggests people are cogs.