Go on offense to re-energize your team

By David Kidder, Co-founder+ CEO of Bionic

Common wisdom holds that the first 100 days of a new year (or a new job, relationship, etc.) are the most important for driving the momentum that leads to success for the rest of the year. Last week, we passed day 100 of 2021. And as we all know, this past year was different, and our teams started the year already feeling depleted and trying to catch their breath. So, you may be panicking that you’re too late to gain the momentum back and get your strategic goals in line. You may be…

How to lead teams who are already exhausted

By: David Kidder, Co-Founder + CEO, Bionic

Since the start of the year, I have had more than a dozen conversations with executive leaders and their teams. All of them have told me the same thing: Our people are already depleted. The energy on our teams has bottomed out. Everyone is running on empty, and it’s only March.

Many of us assumed that when the holidays rolled around in December, the time off would restore and rejuvenate everyone — myself included. Most of our partners went pencils down on December 15, starting off their holiday break earlier than usual. But…

How to Find, Support, and Encourage Entrepreneurial Activity in YOUR Company

By Viv Goldstein, Vice President of Executive and Organizational Development at Bionic

It is safe to say that all corporations want to be focused on value creation, innovation, and growth. The need to be innovative, agile, resilient, and to foster the entrepreneurial skills that enable such growth has never been more critical. Yet, at Bionic, we often hear the leaders of corporations lament, “we just don’t have the right entrepreneurial talent inside our organization.” …

How to know it’s time to (re)optimize your growth portfolio

By: Godfrey Bakuli, Head of Reconnaissance; Viv Goldstein, VP of Organizational & Executive Development; and Stephanie Schott, Head of Product Development at Bionic; and John Geraci, Principal at Upward

The new realities of life in the pandemic have turned previously held assumptions about customers, value creation, and business models on their head. For organizations that are investing in and managing a portfolio of new growth initiatives, these past months should prompt leaders to ask these pertinent questions:

  • Am I still investing in the right growth opportunities?
  • Should I allocate resources differently?
  • How can I maximize the limited resources I have…

How to close the gap between you and your team to emerge stronger from crisis

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By: General Stanley A. McChrystal and David Kidder

Every leader wants to believe that they are going to direct their organization to success and to greatness. They get up in the morning, look themselves in the mirror and think, “I am going to lead the way.” At work they see themselves as the person in control, the person with the answers to every pressing question. They thrive on being at the center of it all, making the big decisions, and feeling as though they are…

By Harman Johar, Entrepreneur at Bionic, and Jordan Kerzee, Senior Product Designer at Bionic

Photo by Fredrick Tendong on Unsplash

While our home offices might be feeling more comfortable with each day that passes in the pandemic, true team culture has yet to be replicated in isolation. When COVID forced remote work as the new normal, teams who were thriving in collocated office environments became isolated overnight. Individuals who’d spent years collaborating in person scrambled to recreate their dynamics online and to communicate in ways that felt natural and effective. Some adapted, others struggled, but just about everyone felt weirdly detached and lonely. Then came the…

You’ve been given a rare opportunity to rebuild your company into something more resilient and flexible — don’t waste it.

Co-authored by Gautam Mukunda, Research Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School and David Kidder, Co-Founder & CEO at Bionic

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2020 has, so far, been one of the most tumultuous years in living memory. The year is only halfway through and we have seen major crises to our health, economy, and society take hold. Responding to all of this upheaval requires more flexibility than most organizations possess. What’s more, this rapid pace of events and constant barrage of disruptions feels like a new normal. We need to adapt quickly to thrive in the world ahead.

With this strain and upheaval comes an opportunity — the chance to rebuild.

The bowl and the marble

Imagine a bowl with a marble in it. You push the marble…

What to do when your offerings no longer meet your customers’ disrupted needs

This year has brought forth profound and rapid change all around, and in each of us. A virus has disrupted individuals, families, organizations, and economies around the world. After months of global uncertainty and a collective pause, we have begun to find our footing in this new world. And now, simultaneously, we are experiencing a critical social justice movement, #blacklivesmatter, which is highlighting the widespread injustices and inequalities that are embedded in our political, social, and economic systems. If there was ever a time for transformation and growth, both personally and professionally, it is now.

It is safe to say…

Photo by frankie cordoba on Unsplash

The death of George Floyd by the Minneapolis police was a horrific — and avoidable — crime. The Black community has been the victim of police brutality and structural racism and oppression for far too long. This week, we have witnessed civil unrest that erupted worldwide, resulting from so many years of inequality and mistreatment of the Black community. …

How global and personal uncertainty helped me find a pathway to resilience

By Stephanie Schott, VP of Product Development at Bionic

Photo by Branimir Balogović on Unsplash

It was March 12, and I had already started stuffing t-shirts into a duffle bag by the time I Slack messaged my manager to say that I needed to evacuate New York City. I am no alarmist, and at that point, there were only 95 confirmed cases of COVID-19. But I could feel the city shifting underneath me. Shaking hands was already considered risky, and early news reports had me eyeing surfaces skeptically, wondering if touching them could be potentially fatal. As rumors began to swirl that the city could be…


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