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Insight Experience: Best of 2021

Throughout the year at our blog, we share practical leadership tips and observations. The “greatest hits” of the year (the six most visited posts) are often an interesting snapshot of what matters to leaders right now. This year the top visited blogs tell the story of the challenges leaders face in the new normal: How should leaders spend their time? How can they engage teams? Below we present you with six of our most talked about Insightful Ideas from 2021:

What is Strategy Execution and Why is it Important for Leaders?

We’ve all heard the term strategy execution many times. It’s bandied about by management consultants and leadership gurus, but what exactly is meant by it? Let’s begin with a definition and then consider the skills and behaviors required to do it well. …

Leading in a Hybrid Work Environment

The transition to virtual work in 2020 was a grand and, for many companies, a successful working experiment. Now we are about to engage in another grand experiment: the transition to hybrid work. What should leaders be thinking about when making that transition? …

How Senior Leaders Use their Time as a Strategic Asset

Successful senior leaders recognize their time as a strategic asset. They do not let their calendar control them. Instead, they control their calendars. I have noticed that successful senior leaders devote time to remarkably similar types of activities and tend to do four things particularly well. …

Five ways to Build Business Acumen

Without fail, I am asked by one of my students at the close of sessions how they can continue to build their business acumen skills and knowledge. For this there is no shortage of resources. Here are some of the best resources available to build those business acumen muscles. …

It’s about Time

Why is it that some Fridays find us feeling proud of our productivity, while other weeks we barely make it to Wednesday before the completion anxiety kicks in? Sometimes the interruptions come in waves and fires pop up with alarming frequency. And sometimes, we're simply unaware of the ways we’re spending our time. …

Thank Your Team

Over the past 20 months, companies have had to ask their teams to do much more with fewer resources. Employees have worked longer hours, adapted new behaviors and mindsets, and worked remotely, all while surrounded by constant uncertainty. Communicating gratitude is not always easy, but your teams deserve it. …      


What are you interested in reading more about in 2022? Let us know below.



Amanda Young Hickman is a Founding Partner and Krista Campbell (co-author) is a Senior Associate Consultant at Insight Experience, a Boston-based firm delivering contextually rich business simulations and learning experiences to accelerate and integrate leadership, business acumen and strategy execution. 

Amanda Young Hickman
Amanda Young Hickman
Amanda Young Hickman has over 20 years of experience advising and leading clients on the design and implementation of strategic change initiatives and leadership development experiences. She is an expert facilitator and a seasoned program designer who works in all phases of learning experience design and delivery. Amanda is a founding partner of Insight Experience and believes in the impact a leader has on an organization and its results.