BRANT’S RANTS

When do you know it’s time to start hiring?

September 23rd

Here’s a big problem with the way most hire:

Typically managers get into hiring mode when all their people’s tasks can’t be completed in a timely manner. (Assuming they have budget!) Although finishing work is clearly important, it includes a massive assumption:

All these tasks are contributing to desired outcomes.

The problem with pure execution mode is that we tend to stack tasks upon tasks, without evaluating whether we’re doing what we would drive the most impact. When one person’s plate is full, it’s time to hire someone else.
Here’s the big idea:
Building exploration mode into execution work increases execution efficiency.

Leaders often fear “exploration” work because it’s often called “innovation.” But before you put up a job posting, look at whether the actual work being done is getting you closer to your goals? 🤔



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Brant's Rant is a weekly dive into the world of innovation, startups, tech, product development, and business from #1 Bestselling Author, Speaker, and Disruptor, Brant Cooper.

The Digital Age we live in means increased complexity and endless disruptions. Yet the institutions we depend on in business, government, and education are structured and managed as if we’re still in the assembly-line world of the Industrial Age.

We need to build organizations that are RAD: Resilient, Aware, and Dynamic.
Learn more and join the conversation at https://www.brantcooper.com
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Here's how I do interviews

September 21st

Interviewing is one of those things that I haven't truly figured out and am continuing to learn as I go. What I’ve realized is that I typically find my best hires when I’m not looking. Usually this occurs because I’m talking with someone about challenges and they bring up “someone they know who might help.” That I’m not specifically looking, means I’m evaluating the person and our potential working relationship versus specific qualifications.

When I sit down with a candidate it tends to be pretty informal. I want to be sure of a couple of things: First, do our values align? We don’t have to agree politically, but I feel we ought to be rowing in the same direction.

Second, does the candidate have an entrepreneurial spirit? I don’t care whether they’ve ever started a business, but I want to know if they take ownership of their role, figuring things out, overcoming obstacles, and leveraging resources to help them accomplish their mission.

Skills are important--especially as you get into specific technical needs. But that’s the easiest part to figure out, in my opinion, yet what people spend the most time on.



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Brant's Rant is a weekly dive into the world of innovation, startups, tech, product development, and business from #1 Bestselling Author, Speaker, and Disruptor, Brant Cooper.

The Digital Age we live in means increased complexity and endless disruptions. Yet the institutions we depend on in business, government, and education are structured and managed as if we’re still in the assembly-line world of the Industrial Age.

We need to build organizations that are RAD: Resilient, Aware, and Dynamic.
Learn more and join the conversation at https://www.brantcooper.com
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Tips on writing a book

September 16th

People often ask me how best to write a book. Over the years here’s what I found helpful to me:



1) Discipline: Set a time every day to write for 1 hour. DON'T worry about quality. Don’t self-edit. Just turn it into a brain dump on a piece of paper and worry about the content later.

2) Give yourself a talk: Often I’ll turn on Garage Band, set up a mic, and speak about a topic as if I’m doing a keynote on stage.

3) Use a ghostwriter: I’ve personally never used one but know plenty of people who have. As long as the writer interviews and records you, so the ideas are yours and the writer replicates your voice, it’s a legitimate solution.
4) Run it like a startup: Engage your audience, workshop content, experiment by sending chapters to various market segments.


Don’t assume your writing will resonate with people, just how you shouldn’t assume people will buy your product. Also, marketing and sales will be your responsibility, too, so you have to learn your way through it.


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Brant's Rant is a weekly dive into the world of innovation, startups, tech, product development, and business from #1 Bestselling Author, Speaker, and Industry Disruptor, Brant Cooper.



If, as a society, we choose capitalism, then we need it to solve problems, not create them. Disruption is happening all around us. Together, let’s grab the bull by the horns to make it work for all of us.



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We deserve a C in understanding meritocracy

September 14th

Meritocracy seems like a good idea. Who could be opposed to rewarding the deserved? But there’s two fundamental problems: First, someone must define “deserves” and everyone has biases. Qualifications are most often thresholds not continuums.

👉 If I’m a leader and define what the corporate ladder looks like, i.e. how people advance their careers, it’s natural for me to believe they should be like me. Right? Because here I am at the top! Clearly it works! But that’s a lot of bias. Because I’m a leader doesn’t mean I represent the only composite for a leader.
👉 If I say you need to have achieved x to be qualified for a role, x+1 doesn’t mean you’re more qualified. X is a threshold beyond which one is in the running. How much beyond x is usually irrelevant. People sometimes complain they were passed over for less qualified candidates based on this misunderstanding.

To overcome the hurdles of “meritocracy” thinking, try:

Have a diverse group of people establishing the qualifications desired.
Create characteristics to look for beyond merely quantitative thresholds. Use a diverse definition of diversity. Include education, economic background, culture, and a range of personalities.


There are good business reasons for increasing diversity. Greater diversity means dealing with uncertainty and complexity better. It also expands understanding of diverse audiences that lead to better products and growth opportunities.


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Brant's Rant is a weekly dive into the world of innovation, startups, tech, product development, and business from #1 Bestselling Author, Speaker, and Industry Disruptor, Brant Cooper.

If, as a society, we choose capitalism, then we need it to solve problems, not create them. Disruption is happening all around us. Together, let’s grab the bull by the horns to make it work for all of us.

Join the movement at https://www.brantcooper.com
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How do you move past plateaus in your business?

September 9th

In a small or new business, the founder's job is to focus on the “unknown.” But often they’re so busy executing the “known”, they have no time for not knowing.

In other words, if you knew how to grow the business you would just do it. Therein lies the challenge: the growth part is unknown so you must search for what will work.

The only way to do that is by passing down the day to day execution to employees, while you work to discover how to grow.



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Brant's Rant is a weekly dive into the world of innovation, startups, tech, product development, and business from #1 Bestselling Author, Speaker, and Industry Disruptor, Brant Cooper.

If, as a society, we choose capitalism, then we need it to solve problems, not create them. Disruption is happening all around us. Together, let’s grab the bull by the horns to make it work for all of us.

Join the movement at https://www.brantcooper.com
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What is the best business advice I've ever received?

September 7th

The best business advice I’ve ever received was to think of everything as a product. Almost all initiatives we undertake have these characteristics:

- The initiative has one or many owners.
- We must do something

- For one or many stakeholders
- Who likely need to alter some behavior

When you look at things through that lens, you can start seeing what it takes for the initiative to be successful. A successful initiative changes stakeholder behavior. AirBnB is successful when people become hosts by putting a room out for rent through their platform; AND travelers choose to stay in the room; AND both host and traveler are satisfied with the experience.



Projects are typically managed by placing the things WE must do on a calendar. Successfully doing by a date is success, REGARDLESS of stakeholder outcome. This is actually a failure.

Tasks completed within the “project” are only valuable when it adds value to whomever the stakeholder is.

Tag someone you’re working on a project with so you can turn it into a product together.
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What does a winning team look like?

September 2nd

In times of complexity and uncertainty, where change is constant and we don’t know what is around the corner, should teams “buckle down” to execute harder? Does the composition of the team matter?

Our inclination in such times is to circle the wagons with those we are the most comfortable with and our comfort is due to the fact they are like us! But here’s the reality:

👉 Diversity, for the win


Studies show that when dealing with complex problems, the more diverse a team the better. It makes sense intuitively, since different backgrounds, experiences and knowledge naturally bring different perspectives to understanding needs and coming up with solutions. You are also going to reach a broader audience if your products and go-to-market strategy incorporate thoe diverse perspectives.

Diversity is more than just the way we look. But the way we look is not a bad proxy to start with.
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How to handle disputes among colleagues

August 31st

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What does agility at scale look like?

August 26th

You likely know I talk about agility often. Startups often work this way out of necessity--too few people, too many unknowns to work any other way. But what about large corporations? How can they become more agile?

The high-level course is this:
1) For a particular initiative, define the desired outcome and understand the experience journey from the stakeholders’ perspective.
2) Form teams based upon completing steps of the journey, where the steps become team mission statements.
3) Teams are composed of people with the functional skills necessary to complete the mission, as opposed to forming teams by function. Missions with low uncertainty look relatively uniform; those with high uncertainty tend toward highly cross-functional.
4) Form a “team of teams” layer, that aggregates the output, aligns to outcome, manages change, fills gaps etc.
5) Communication flow is purposefully implemented to share output between teams, stakeholders, and leadership.

If all teams achieve their missions, the desired outcome is achieved.

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Brant's Rant is a weekly dive into the world of innovation, startups, tech, product development, and business from NY Times Bestselling Author, Speaker, and Disruptor, Brant Cooper.

If, as a society, we choose capitalism, then we need it to solve problems, not create them. Disruption is happening all around us. Together, let’s grab the bull by the horns to make it work for all of us.

For more info, visit https://www.brantcooper.com
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Will the DELTA variant be the final impetus to permanent CHANGE?

August 24th

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Improving work relationships in a remote world

August 19th

How can companies help workers forge relationships in a remote work environment?

It’s no secret we perform better when we know and are friendly--on some level--with those we work with. So how do we create bonds between people when water cooler moments don’t exist anymore?

In the office, managers tend to not be concerned about small, “social” gatherings--as long as they can be seen. These same managers get nervous if they don’t see the little online icon in Slack for their remote workers. It’s pretty wild to think “I see you” = productivity and “I can’t see you” = not engaged.

How to fix? Seems like a good place to practice some of the 5Es (Empathy - Exploration - Evidence - Equilibrium - Ethics). Run some experiments to figure now to create a social environment that improves employee happiness, even while remote.

You might:
- Encourage virtual happy hours on video to allow folk to chat casually. Do this around a particular subject and invite guest speakers.
- Create a “jam fund” -- a small budget that enables coworkers to meet and work on a project together in-person.
- Have ‘video-on” hours, where you rally a group to work with cameras on (not a meeting!).
- Organize meetings such that the first few minutes (or last few) allow for social interaction.

Managers should exercise their creativity to facilitate some amount of relationship building among coworkers. It will create happier employees, which are also more productive.

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Brant's Rant is a weekly dive into the world of innovation, startups, tech, product development, and business from NY Times Bestselling Author, Speaker, and Disruptor, Brant Cooper.

If, as a society, we choose capitalism, then we need it to solve problems, not create them. Disruption is happening all around us. Together, let’s grab the bull by the horns to make it work for all of us.

For more info, visit https://www.brantcooper.com
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My thoughts on the 4 Day Work Week

August 12th

The idea of a four day workweek has gained a lot of steam in recent months. I’m not opposed to the idea. I’m all for making things better for workers and it would likely reduce unemployment. But what are we really trying to accomplish?

We like to tinker with outcomes, rather than address systemic issues. Do workers really want a 4 day workweek as opposed to something else?

The conversation we should be having is “how do we increase power to workers so they have a more equal ability to negotiate what they truly want?”

Ways to increase power include:
- Federal job guarantee
- Granting specific rights to all workers (not just employees)
- Raising minimum wage
- Strengthening rights to organize
- Federal health insurance

What are your thoughts? Comment below.

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Brant's Rant is a weekly dive into the world of innovation, startups, tech, product development, and business from NY Times Bestselling Author, Speaker, and Disruptor, Brant Cooper.

If, as a society, we choose capitalism, then we need it to solve problems, not create them. Disruption is happening all around us. Together, let’s grab the bull by the horns to make it work for all of us.

For more info, visit https://www.brantcooper.com
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It’s not simply “young people want remote work”

August 5th

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What is Team of Teams?

August 3rd

Have you heard of “team of teams”? I first heard the term from General McChrystal’s book that described a new way to organize the military’s response to Al Queda in Iraq. The traditional military force defeated Iraq’s traditionally organized force, but a new system was required to defeat the informally networked, distributed “insurgency.”

The change from traditional, hierarchical, command and control to distributed and interconnected is the change from Industrial to Digital dominated society. In other words, what McChrystal encountered in war, is also happening in business (and in education, government, and everywhere else).

In the business world, “team of teams” describes the layers sitting above (“agile”) teams. While the teams focus on executing their missions, the team of teams make sure everything is integrated bottom up and top down.

“Owned” by middle management, the team of teams ensures the integration of the parts is in sync and aligned toward accomplishing that level’s mission. They’re responsible for the flow of information up so that proper decisions and priorities are made, as well as top down so that the work is strategically aligned.

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Brant's Rant is a weekly dive into the world of innovation, startups, tech, product development, and business from NY Times Bestselling Author, Speaker, and Disruptor, Brant Cooper.

If, as a society, we choose capitalism, then we need it to solve problems, not create them. Disruption is happening all around us. Together, let’s grab the bull by the horns to make it work for all of us.

For more info, visit https://www.brantcooper.com
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The Purpose of Middle Management

July 29th

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Ethics at Work

July 27th

A vast majority of people in every company I’ve worked with want to live meaningful, purposeful lives. They want to contribute to the business, while also contributing to the world. They believe in the company’s values and consider themselves ethical people.

Why then does there seem to be a problem with business ethics? It’s a big question with a lot of complexity. But one problem I’ve seen is a disconnect between stated values and actual behavior allowed, encouraged, or even incentivized.

How do we better instill ethics in the workplace? Part of it comes with forming “agile” teams.
1. Break down the work of your division or group into missions,
2. Assign the missions to teams and empower them to decide how to do the work
3. Set guardrails on behavior that are aligned with corporate values

A healthy culture cannot be mandated top down. The social structure of teams whose members are empowered to practice personal responsibility helps establish a healthy culture.
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Balancing Execution and Exploration

July 22nd

How often do you hear, “We just need to execute.” People--especially leaders-- are hyper-focused on execution. But there’s another e-word that’s just as important; exploration.

Incorporating exploration into your daily work simply means you’re open to new information or looking for new answers. You’re seeking to improve execution. Of course if you're executing at a very high level you have less of a need for exploration. But it’s worth consciously considering: could we improve? Could we find a big win?

Talking to customers about your products, observing work, being aware of changing market conditions are all part of exploration mode.

You should seek to establish a balance between execution and always some amount of exploration.
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You Don’t Know Everything

July 15th

In today’s business world marked by pervasive uncertainty, leaders need to delegate some decisions to their teams. Team members are often closer to the problems at hand and better understand solutions. Delegation requires trust.

As a leader you have to admit when you don’t know. Admitting uncertainty builds trust. It demonstrates your willingness to learn. You can become a mentor for exploration by:

👉 Providing time and space for learning.
👉 Providing expert resources if problems are complicated.
👉 Helping design experiments when problems are complex.
👉 Switching to execution on what is learned.
👉 Sharing data + insights with the rest of the organization.
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How is your relationship with your customer?

July 13th

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Here’s why you need to be applying empathy to your business

July 8th

Empathy has become a buzzword in big company culture--even hear it in Lexus automobile commercials! What gets lost is empathy for whom? Empathy for customers can lead to better product design, but in order to create a customer-empathy culture, you need colleague-empathy.

Managers should empathize with their employees and employees need to empathize with their managers!

How does colleague-empathy work??

When you understand what makes other people tick you can better provide value to them. Developing colleague-empathy doesn’t mean “doing what they want.” But everyone has fears, desires, and aspirations, so when we understand those we can see or even predict the impact our decisions and behavior will have on them.

How to develop empathy in the workplace?

One underutilized tactic is promoting empathy within your teams. The social construct of a team will reinforce empathetic behavior, while also building trust and accountability.
- Provide teams opportunities to socialize and get to know one another. (Buy lunch!)
- For remote workers, encourage video time even when there isn’t a scheduled meeting.
- Assign roles to team members: scribe, facilitator, sensei--but make sure the roles rotate among members.
- Recommend “icebreaker” games before meetings once in a while.
- Celebrate team wins.
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How to navigate a remote workforce

June 24th

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Think Needs, Not Products

May 27th

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Pushing and Pulling Change

May 20th

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Scaling New Business within Your Core Business

May 13th

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Accelerating Mindset Change

May 6th

You’ve Kickstarted your new mindset, what’s next?

The journey to a new mindset is a long one. But we can implement a new mindset in four phases -- Kickstart, Accelerate, Scale, Endure (KASE). Once you’ve iterated on the 5 E’s during the Kickstart phase, it’s time to Accelerate.

The goal of this phase is to double down on the model of behavior that was defined and iterated upon during the Kickstart phase. You create a plan to roll it out across the company. Planning might include creating a “center of excellence” that establishes the recommended behaviors and teaches them to others in the business.

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Brant's Rant is a weekly dive into the world of innovation, startups, tech, product development, and business from #1 Bestselling Author, Speaker, and Industry Disruptor, Brant Cooper.

If, as a society, we choose capitalism, then we need it to solve problems, not create them. Disruption is happening all around us. Together, let’s grab the bull by the horns to make it work for all of us.

Join the movement at https://www.brantcooper.com
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Startup Jam- You Don't Need 1000 Customers- You Need 1 - with Guest Founder Hiten Keshave

October 8th

One of the biggest struggles startups and founders face early on is understanding market segmentation. They fail to understand that they don't need 1000 customers- they need ONE.

In my Startup Jam segments, I help entrepreneurs and corporate developers overcome obstacles on the fly. Today I am joined by Hiten Keshave, CEO and founder of Shop Online Today.

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Brant's Rant is a weekly deep dive into the world of innovation, startups, tech, product development, and business from #1 Bestselling Author, Speaker, and Industry Disruptor, Brant Cooper.

If, as a society, we choose capitalism, then we need it to solve problems, not create them. Disruption is happening all around us. Together, let’s grab the bull by the horns to make it work for all of us. Join the movement at
https://bcoop.co/d4a

Want Brant to help you with a business problem you have in your business? Apply to be on the show- https://bcoop.co/video

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Brant's Rant- Startup Jam with Guest Founder William Marrs

October 1st

“Go big or Go home!” So goes the tech startup cliche, but is it true? Well, no, of course not.
But entrepreneurs usually do have a grand vision, if not a grand illusion. Which is great! People get excited about a big vision. But to succeed, you need a laser-focused, go-to-market strategy.

In my Startup Jam segments, I help entrepreneurs and corporate developers overcome obstacles on the fly.

Today I am joined by William Marrs. We are going to try to tackle understanding and then testing Will’s ideal market segments. Check it out!

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Brant's Rant is a weekly deep dive into the world of innovation, startups, tech, product development, and business from #1 Bestselling Author, Speaker, and Industry Disruptor, Brant Cooper.

If, as a society, we choose capitalism, then we need it to solve problems, not create them. Disruption is happening all around us. Together, let’s grab the bull by the horns to make it work for all of us. Join the movement at
https://bcoop.co/d4a

Want Brant to help you with a business problem you have in your business? Apply to be on the show- https://bcoop.co/video

Learn more about Brant- http://www.brantcooper.com
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Why you need to stop re-organizing your business

April 29th

Is your company stuck in a cycle of endless reorgs?

It’s no secret that we have moved out of the industrial revolution and into the age of digital transformation.

We need to focus more on updating our collective mindset rather than technology, in other words, digitizing products. This leads to failure. Failure leads to--you guessed it--more reorgs.

Lasting mindset change is brought on by practicing new behaviors and by demonstrating impact based on those behaviors.

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Brant's Rant is a weekly dive into the world of innovation, startups, tech, product development, and business from #1 Bestselling Author, Speaker, and Industry Disruptor, Brant Cooper.

If, as a society, we choose capitalism, then we need it to solve problems, not create them. Disruption is happening all around us. Together, let’s grab the bull by the horns to make it work for all of us.

Join the movement at https://www.brantcooper.com
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The type of culture your company needs

April 22nd

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The mindset change that will improve your business

April 15th

You may have heard me talk about the 5 E’s -- Empathy, Exploration, Equilibrium, Evidence, & Ethics. These elements are the basis for instilling lasting mindset changes within an organization.

Empathy is about trying to understand people deeply. The more we understand people and their decision making processes, the more we can create new ways to address their needs.

Exploration helps to overcome near constant disruption and uncertainty. We are born learners, and there are new ways for us to think and collaborate when we face the unknown.

Equilibrium brings balance to execution and exploration work. Our execution work is made better when it is in balance with our learning work.

Evidence measures the progress towards the impact on your initiatives. We should leverage this data + qualitative insights to cut through our biases and drive decision making.

Ethics allows us to define expected behaviors for the work that is being done.

Getting a mindset change to stick REQUIRES ALL 5 E’s.

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Brant's Rant is a weekly dive into the world of innovation, startups, tech, product development, and business from #1 Bestselling Author, Speaker, and Industry Disruptor, Brant Cooper.

If, as a society, we choose capitalism, then we need it to solve problems, not create them. Disruption is happening all around us. Together, let’s grab the bull by the horns to make it work for all of us.

Join the movement at https://www.brantcooper.com
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Is Your Business Disruption Proof?

April 8th

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What's the Return Policy on 2021?

January 7th

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Brant's Rant is a weekly deep dive into the world of innovation, startups, tech, product development, and business from #1 Bestselling Author, Speaker, and Industry Disruptor, Brant Cooper.

If, as a society, we choose capitalism, then we need it to solve problems, not create them. Disruption is happening all around us. Together, let’s grab the bull by the horns to make it work for all of us. Join the movement at
https://bcoop.co/d4a

Want Brant to help you with a business problem you have in your business? Apply to be on the show- https://bcoop.co/video

Learn more about Brant- http://www.brantcooper.com
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Horizon by Outcome

April 1st

Is evidence driving your innovative solutions?

As I’ve mentioned over the past couple rants, the Horizon Planning model was originally based on finding new revenue streams over time, spanning from today (H1) through the distant future (H3). The Innovation industry changed this model to strategize based on the level of innovation, i.e. continuous improvement, incremental innovation, or breakthrough innovation.

However, neither model works perfectly. Instead, we should be measuring horizon levels based on the amount of evidence we have that a particular initiative will work and how long we think it will take to come to fruition.

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Brant's Rant is a weekly dive into the world of innovation, startups, tech, product development, and business from #1 Bestselling Author, Speaker, and Industry Disruptor, Brant Cooper.

If, as a society, we choose capitalism, then we need it to solve problems, not create them. Disruption is happening all around us. Together, let’s grab the bull by the horns to make it work for all of us.

Join the movement at https://www.brantcooper.com
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Horizon Planning is for Another Time

March 18th

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Empower People. Create Value. Drive Change.

March 11th

Humans are naturally creative beings. If you don’t believe it, look at the imagination of children. A cardboard box, to a child, can be anything from a spaceship to a castle. This natural creativity should be fostered and grown throughout our lives, including who we are at work as adults. True innovation comes from giving people the space and time to creatively solve problems.

Lasting change happens by inspiration at the grassroots level. Are you empowered to be creative?

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Brant's Rant is a weekly dive into the world of innovation, startups, tech, product development, and business from #1 Bestselling Author, Speaker, and Industry Disruptor, Brant Cooper.

If, as a society, we choose capitalism, then we need it to solve problems, not create them. Disruption is happening all around us. Together, let’s grab the bull by the horns to make it work for all of us.

Join the movement at https://www.brantcooper.com
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Is Business Efficiency Efficiently Measured?

March 5th

The idea of measuring efficiency in business is academic exercise. Because it’s relatively easy to measure, economists and financial folk look at the amount of output generated per input or the amount of profit we get for each dollar spent measuring financial efficiency.

I’m guessing this arose from manufacturing and has stuck past its usefulness. Producing a bunch of stuff at the lowest cost isn’t necessarily efficient, if you hurt the value being created for stakeholders.
This becomes a more important question as the world becomes more complex. The question we should be asking is not can we be more efficient but should we? Or better yet, how can we change how efficiency is measured?

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Brant's Rant is a weekly dive into the world of innovation, startups, tech, product development, and business from #1 Bestselling Author, Speaker, and Industry Disruptor, Brant Cooper.

If, as a society, we choose capitalism, then we need it to solve problems, not create them. Disruption is happening all around us. Together, let’s grab the bull by the horns to make it work for all of us.

Join the movement at https://www.brantcooper.com
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Everything I know about entrepreneurship I learned from a 5,000 word essay

February 25th

Does Academia understand entrepreneurs and innovators?

The way Academia studies humans and how they do their work is important. Their models are largely based upon looking back at what companies and startups did to succeed. Their actions are broken down, analyzed, and reassembled with fancy names and constructed into models. The models are supposed to be used, one would think, by entrepreneurs and business people to help their companies thrive.

But are they used? Are models even useful? Do academics produce models for the world or for themselves?
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Execution Work is the Nail Gun of Agile

February 18th

Uncertainty caused by increased complexity and continuous disruption demonstrate the need to balance execution with exploration work. Typically, the fear is that exploration costs execution time. Middle management can help.

In agile organizations, middle managers should have more time to be proactive since they’re not dictating work. Aware of upper management priorities and agile team missions, they allocate resources based on need, balance the flow of communications, and balance execution and explore work across the group.

Exploration work properly done increases the efficiency of the execution work.

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Brant's Rant is a weekly dive into the world of innovation, startups, tech, product development, and business from #1 Bestselling Author, Speaker, and Industry Disruptor, Brant Cooper.

If, as a society, we choose capitalism, then we need it to solve problems, not create them. Disruption is happening all around us. Together, let’s grab the bull by the horns to make it work for all of us.

Join the movement at https://www.brantcooper.com
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Where Do Middle Managers Fit into an Agile Team?

February 11th

Autonomous agile teams decide how they see fit to accomplish their mission. They are able to get close to problems and therefore best able to solve them. But that also means an organization has a layer of output, including progress, insights, impact that needs to be shared with other parts of the organization.

One new role for middle managers to fill in an agile structure is the management of the networked flow of communications.

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Brant's Rant is a weekly deep dive into the world of innovation, startups, tech, product development, and business from #1 Bestselling Author, Speaker, and Industry Disruptor, Brant Cooper.

If, as a society, we choose capitalism, then we need it to solve problems, not create them. Disruption is happening all around us. Together, let’s grab the bull by the horns to make it work for all of us.

Join the movement at https://www.brantcooper.com
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How Do We Deal with the Scourge of Middle Management?

February 4th

How do we deal with the scourge of middle management?

We've all had middle managers—and likely suffered at some point. But we also have all likely been middle managers. And it’s thankless. Remember, all middle managers suffer from their own manager!

It used to be, way back in the day, middle managers executed on the known, taking priorities from their leaders and assigning tasks out to their workers. But because of constant disruption and the uncertainty that brings, this old execution style mindset is sorely outdated.

To some degree, agile practices have changed the way teams work. This is exactly what the agile manifesto intended. Unfortunately, it’s like no one told the boss.

Where does this new agile way of working leave the middle managers? It’s time to invest more into transforming the role of our middle managers.

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Brant's Rant is a weekly deep dive into the world of innovation, startups, tech, product development, and business from #1 Bestselling Author, Speaker, and Industry Disruptor, Brant Cooper.

If, as a society, we choose capitalism, then we need it to solve problems, not create them. Disruption is happening all around us. Together, let’s grab the bull by the horns to make it work for all of us.

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Eating Dog Food

January 28th

I’ve talked a lot about thinking about the outcome we want to see for improving our society and then taking actions to achieve that outcome. How are my team and I taking action?

Currently, we are building a “Disruption for All” Slack community, connecting smart people to others of a like mindset who are learning how to solve problems. Moves The Needle also has a revamped website showcasing streamlined services. Also, lots going on at brantcooper.com as we are preparing for the new book, tentatively titled Disruption For All.

Disruption is happening, whether we are prepared for it or not. The question is - what are we going to do with the opportunities disruption creates?
Watch today’s rant and let me know whether you’re eating dog food.

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Brant's Rant is a weekly deep dive into the world of innovation, startups, tech, product development, and business from #1 Bestselling Author, Speaker, and Industry Disruptor, Brant Cooper.

If, as a society, we choose capitalism, then we need it to solve problems, not create them. Disruption is happening all around us. Together, let’s grab the bull by the horns to make it work for all of us.

Join the movement at https://www.brantcooper.com
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Times of Turmoil are Times of Opportunity

January 14th

Times of Turmoil are Times of Opportunity

We are not strangers to uncertainty and turmoil. But uncertainty and turmoil mean opportunity. People in positions of power want to go back to the way things were before; but we have a chance to change what’s broken and create something of value.

The digital revolution, as well as the pandemic, have brought uncertainty to all aspects of our lives. It has shown us the areas where we need to do something different.

We spend too much time arguing about and tweaking system outputs, instead of improving the core of the systems to get the outcomes we want. This is how we implement long lasting value.

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Brant's Rant is a weekly deep dive into the world of innovation, startups, tech, product development, and business from #1 Bestselling Author, Speaker, and Industry Disruptor, Brant Cooper.

If, as a society, we choose capitalism, then we need it to solve problems, not create them. Disruption is happening all around us. Together, let’s grab the bull by the horns to make it work for all of us. Join the discussion at https://brantcooper.com

Learn more about Brant- http://www.brantcooper.com
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New Year Resolution: Don’t be 2020

December 31st

I’m not a big fan of New Year’s Resolutions. People create too many goals or they’re too ambitious and so set you up for failure. You can, and should, be working on yourself the whole year round, so there is no reason to load everything up in January.

Smaller, easier steps are a better way. Using a personal Kanban board, for example, to document a few specific simple things you might do in order to progress on your aspirations helps you make small steps and reward wins.

Always be in learning mode. Always be in empathy-first mode. These can be new year’s resolutions. General and aspirational, for which you can define smaller, more manageable steps.

Hear more in this end of the year rant: https://youtu.be/qii3hB8FfbI
And Happy New Year!

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Brant's Rant is a weekly deep dive into the world of innovation, startups, tech, product development, and business from #1 Bestselling Author, Speaker, and Industry Disruptor, Brant Cooper.

If, as a society, we choose capitalism, then we need it to solve problems, not create them. Disruption is happening all around us. Together, let’s grab the bull by the horns to make it work for all of us. Join the movement at
https://bcoop.co/d4a

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Agile, Agile, Agile we gotta be agile to do agile

December 17th

I’m not a big fan of New Year’s Resolutions. Often, people create too many goals or the few they do create are too ambitious, setting up for failure in the end. You can, and should, be working on yourself the whole year round, so there is no reason to load everything up in January.

Using personal Kanban boards to list goals in different swimlanes is a great way to help yourself grow and be stretched throughout the year. This helps you to always be in a learning mode, learning new things via empathy, and opens up all sorts of doors and new ideas. Constantly seeking out empathy is foundational to better understand the world you are living in, in order to contribute to society and make the world a better place.

But, you have to be willing to make a change. Without this willingness and actually taking action, transformation will not happen.

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Brant's Rant is a weekly deep dive into the world of innovation, startups, tech, product development, and business from #1 Bestselling Author, Speaker, and Industry Disruptor, Brant Cooper.

If, as a society, we choose capitalism, then we need it to solve problems, not create them. Disruption is happening all around us. Together, let’s grab the bull by the horns to make it work for all of us. Join the movement at
https://bcoop.co/d4a

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What did we learn in 2020? Oh , man.

December 10th

As I’m sure you’re aware, I talk about uncertainty a lot. 2020 was a good year for that. The pandemic has brought tons of uncertainty to all of us. The pandemic was an unknown unknown. We knew one might happen, but not when. Even once here, we didn’t know how long it would last, what the severity would be, or how to treat it.

When dealing with unknown unknowns, we must rely on the system. The structure and processes of the government, businesses, NGOs kick into action. We can’t change the systems during the uncertainty, we’re dependent upon them.

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Brant's Rant is a weekly deep dive into the world of innovation, startups, tech, product development, and business from #1 Bestselling Author, Speaker, and Industry Disruptor, Brant Cooper.

If, as a society, we choose capitalism, then we need it to solve problems, not create them. Disruption is happening all around us. Together, let’s grab the bull by the horns to make it work for all of us. Join the movement at
https://bcoop.co/d4a

Want Brant to help you with a business problem you have in your business? Apply to be on the show- https://bcoop.co/video

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Don’t know what you don’t know? What you need to know

December 3rd

As we round the final corner in 2020, there’s a lot of talk around goal setting. We often hear people talking about setting goals for your career, but rarely for your life as a whole. I talked last week about having equilibrium in your life by balancing not just work vs. home, but also including creativity, dreams, physical health, and other life categories. In order to further this equilibrium, you should be setting goals and prioritizing in all areas of your life.

This is where setting swimlanes in a personal kanban can be very useful. Your work goals have different priorities than your family goals, so creating different swimlanes for these differing areas helps you to prioritize within each life category.

How do you set milestones for your non-work related swimlanes? What behavior indicates you are spending more time with kids, or you’ve improved your relationship with your partner? You want to focus on achieving a goal which leads to a change in behavior. By focusing on behavior, we can see the incremental change that tells us if we are making progress towards a given goal.

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Brant's Rant is a weekly deep dive into the world of innovation, startups, tech, product development, and business from #1 Bestselling Author, Speaker, and Industry Disruptor, Brant Cooper.

If, as a society, we choose capitalism, then we need it to solve problems, not create them. Disruption is happening all around us. Together, let’s grab the bull by the horns to make it work for all of us. Join the movement at
https://bcoop.co/d4a

Want Brant to help you with a business problem you have in your business? Apply to be on the show- https://bcoop.co/video

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Equilibrium for One: the teeter totter of life.

November 26th

Equilibrium for One: the teeter totter of life.

Balance isn’t just needed for our economy. We need to find equilibrium in our life, which goes beyond putting work and home in separate buckets. It also includes personal wellness, our creative sides, our dreams, spirituality, etc.

The idea is that we should be able to have balance in life that allows us to be present and aware of the work we are doing that makes us more efficient. If it takes just a couple hours for us to accomplish what we need to accomplish, then we shouldn’t worry about the other 6 hours. There are countless studies that show happier people are more productive at work.

Humans aren’t really built to be holed up 24/7. In order to have equilibrium in your life, be sure to carve out time for yourself as an individual. Everyone needs individual alone time, as well as time to get together with others. Nothing can be balanced externally if you aren’t balanced internally.

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Brant's Rant is a weekly deep dive into the world of innovation, startups, tech, product development, and business from #1 Bestselling Author, Speaker, and Industry Disruptor, Brant Cooper.

If, as a society, we choose capitalism, then we need it to solve problems, not create them. Disruption is happening all around us. Together, let’s grab the bull by the horns to make it work for all of us. Join the movement at
https://bcoop.co/d4a

Want Brant to help you with a business problem you have in your business? Apply to be on the show- https://bcoop.co/video

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A Different Angle on Diversity w/ special guest Hugh Molotsi

September 17th

If you’re thinking diversity is about quotas or somehow subverts meritocracy, you’re missing the bigger picture. We live in a complex world, with complex problems. Different ways of thinking, knowledge, culture, economic background, and so on, help us understand a broader context. Diversity solves problems better and for more people.

Brant's Rant is a weekly deep dive into the world of innovation, startups, tech, product development, and business from #1 Bestselling Author, Speaker, and Industry Disruptor, Brant Cooper.

If, as a society, we choose capitalism, then we need it to solve problems, not create them. Disruption is happening all around us. Together, let’s grab the bull by the horns to make it work for all of us. Join the movement at
https://bcoop.co/d4a

Want Brant to help you with a business problem you have in your business? Apply to be on the show- https://bcoop.co/video

Learn more about Brant- www.brantcooper.com
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