Author Archives: Greg Satell

About Greg Satell

Greg Satell is a popular speaker and consultant. His latest book, Cascades: How to Create a Movement That Drives Transformational Change, is available now. Follow his blog at Digital Tonto or on Twitter @Digital Tonto.

We Must Break Free of the Engineering Mindset

GUEST POST from Greg Satell In 2014, when Silicon Valley was still largely seen as purely a force for good, George Packer wrote in The New Yorker how tech entrepreneurs tended to see politics through the lens of an engineering … Continue reading

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Why Revolutions Fail

GUEST POST from Greg Satell I still remember the feeling of triumph I felt in the winter of 2005, in the aftermath of the Orange Revolution in Ukraine. During the fall, we readied ourselves for what proved to be a … Continue reading

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Technology Was Supposed to Solve Our Problems, Instead, They Got Worse

GUEST POST from Greg Satell Techno-optimism may have reached its zenith in 2011, when Marc Andreessen declared that software was eating the world. Back then, it seemed that anything rooted in the physical world was doomed to decline while geeky … Continue reading

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Learning from the Failure of Quibi

GUEST POST from Greg Satell In 2018, Steve Blank wrote a piece in Harvard Business Review questioning the viability of the “lean startup” model. Given that Steve had pioneered lean startup techniques, I was intrigued. Why would he, all of … Continue reading

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The Need for a Dignity Economy

GUEST POST from Greg Satell Every era has its own ideology that creates assumptions and drives actions. At the turn of the century, titans like J.P. Morgan believed that monopolized industries provided stability against the disruptive influence of competition. More … Continue reading

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Ten Transformational Change Principles

GUEST POST from Greg Satell It’s been clear to me for some time that 2020 would be a pivotal year. Globalization and digitalization, the two major forces of the last generation, have disappointed. The corporate mantra of shareholder value has … Continue reading

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Rethinking Agility for the Post-Digital Age

GUEST POST from Greg Satell For the past 50 years, innovation has largely been driven by our ability to cram more transistors onto a silicon wafer. That’s what’s allowed us to double the power of our technology every two years … Continue reading

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Innovation is About Conversations Not Knowledge

GUEST POST from Greg Satell One of the most often repeated stories about innovation is that of Alexander Fleming who, returning from his summer holiday in 1928, found that his bacterial cultures were contaminated by a strange mold. Yet instead … Continue reading

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Four Key Attributes of Transformational Leaders

GUEST POST from Greg Satell Change isn’t what it used to be. Where earlier generations had leaders like Gandhi, King and Mandela, today’s change efforts seem rudderless. Movements like #Occupy, Black Lives Matter and #MeToo hold marches replete with strident … Continue reading

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A Brave Post-Coronavirus New World

GUEST POST from Greg Satell In 1973, in the wake of the Arab defeat in the Yom Kippur war with Israel, OPEC instituted an oil embargo on America and its allies. The immediate effects of the crisis was a surge … Continue reading

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