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Alan M. Webber and I created Fast Company because—well, because we had an awful lot of things to say and a magazine gives you a big platform to speak your mind. More...

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Bill has written for several newspapers and magazines, including the Guardian UK, The New York Times, and currently writes for Harvard Business Review. Read Bill’s HBR Articles...

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Bill Taylor has a passion for the ideas and practices that are reshaping how organizations compete. His talks inspire individuals who change the game at their companies. More...

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Bill Taylor is a writer, a speaker, and entrepreneur who has shaped the global conversation about the best ways to compete, innovate, and succeed. He is the cofounder and founding editor of Fast Company.

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June 8th, 2020

HBR: To Solve Big Problems, Look for Small Wins

It is tempting, during a crisis as severe as the Covid-19 pandemic, for leaders to respond to big problems with bold moves — a radical strategy to reinvent a struggling business, a long-term shift to virtual teams and long-distance collaboration. Indeed, so much of the expert commentary on Covid-19 argues, as did a recent white paper […]

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March 22nd, 2020

HBR: How Bad Times Bring Out the Best in People

It’s easy to look around and see how the Covid-19 crisis has brought out the worst in some people — from hoarding thousands of bottles of hand sanitizer to crowding bars and restaurants despite public-health guidelines. But such irresponsible behavior, I believe, is more the exception than the rule. Time and again, individuals and communities have demonstrated that the […]

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February 17th, 2020

HBR: Don’t Let Negativity Sink Your Organization

Every so often, you encounter academic research that snaps into place a whole bunch of tensions, issues, and problems that you’ve noticed but haven’t been able to understand. That happened to me when I read a new book called The Power of Bad: How the Negativity Effect Rules Us and How We Can Rule It. The authors […]

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January 14th, 2020

HBR: Great Leaders Understand Why Small Gestures Matter

I travel a lot of for business, and like most frequent flyers, I dread connecting flights. Except, that is, when those connections take me through Denver or Charlotte, where the prospect of an hour between planes brings a smile to my face and a spring to my step. Why the good cheer? Because I know […]

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December 3rd, 2019

HBR: To Build a Strong Culture, Create Rules That Are Unique to Your Company

Ben Horowitz, the high-profile venture capitalist behind some of Silicon Valley’s fastest-growing startups, is out with an intriguing book, called What You Do Is Who You Are, that emphasizes the power of culture, rather than technology or money, as a driver of business success. One of his most intriguing insights is that powerful cultures are built around what he calls […]

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November 13th, 2019

HBR: Do You Give Employees a Reason to Feel Proud of What They Do?

I recently visited Wake Forest University, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where I serve on the College Board of Visitors. The campus was buzzing — in part because the weather was so nice, in part because the football team had cracked the national Top 25. But much of the warm feeling was the afterglow of a […]

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May 23rd, 2019

HBR: To Come Up with Better Ideas, Practice Paying Attention

We live in a world where virtually every business is an “ideas” business. Executives and entrepreneurs are desperate for insights that allow them to amaze customers, reimagine products, and otherwise separate themselves from the crowd. But it’s hard to see new things if you don’t know how to pay attention, how to cut through the […]

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March 18th, 2019

Barron’s: Have We Mastered Technology, or Has It Mastered Us?

In an era when organizations are being reshaped so profoundly by technology, what colleagues and customers remain hungry for, and what we are at risk of losing, is a deeper and more authentic sense of humanity. This is a problem for Silicon Valley executives, who have to reckon with the “techlash” that is sweeping business […]

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February 22nd, 2019

Barron’s: Forget Socialism Versus Capitalism. Here’s the Real Debate We Should Be Having.

Executives and investors have so far mostly watched this discussion nervously from the sidelines. But business doesn’t operate in a vacuum, and all this talk of socialism is a sign of the breadth and depth of dissatisfaction with rising economic inequality, declining social mobility, and accelerating climate change. It’s hard to maintain a booming economy […]

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