Second Story was acquired by SapientNitro late last year and I’ve been attentive to learn more about their leadership style and culture within the company.  It was with keen interest to hear Alex Wexler (SapientNitro EVP and Managing Director North America and Europe) and his perspective on a company’s culture and leadership:

I take great pride in the fact that I play a role in helping create that environment, in nourishing the culture so that people can lead better lives inside as well of outside of Sapient. That’s my greatest success.

This reference to “creating an environment” reminds me of a recent TED talk with Sir Ken Robinson on “How to escape education’s death valley.” Of leadership (in education), he says:

The real role of leadership in education — and I think it’s true at the national level, the state level, at the school level — is not and should not be command and control. The real role of leadership is climate control, creating a climate of possibility. And if you do that, people will rise to it and achieve things that you completely did not anticipate and couldn’t have expected.

Definitely worth a watch:

I especially appreciate the perspective of leadership not focused on command and control but rather fostering a climate, or environment, for growth and innovation. Wexler wraps up his interview with:

I firmly believe that people who work at Sapient are better friends, better parents and better spouses because of the way they work and interact at Sapient.

File under leadership.

The New Yorker just had their Five Key Ted Talks article and watched Sir Ken Robinson again. What a great Ted Talk. Great to hear him again in this Ted Radio Hour. 

… if you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original — if you’re not prepared to be wrong.

Sir Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity

Sir Ken Robinson: Bring on the learning revolution!