Andrew Barry

After working in corporate training for just over a decade, I started Curious Lion in the belief that we could do a better job creating custom digital training. Too often I had seen online training consist of hastily thrown together eLearning versions of slide decks. I knew there was a better way.

Leading in High-Pressure Situations: Reflections from our live conversation

What you will learn A career in sales can feel like one chaotic, high-pressure situation after another. As a leader, you can freeze, or you can lead confidently through short-term turmoil and set your team up for long-term success. The key to the second path looks like this: Self-Awareness: It starts with you. You need …

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Economic Machines, Human Communities, and the Shift into Long-Term Thinking

My company’s identity and my own were twisted into a toddler’s knot for too long. I had mushed them together so much that I couldn’t tell them apart, like a brown ball of kids putty. Joy, for me, comes from a relentless (sometimes overly) intellectual pursuit of the elusive Truth (with a capital T, yeah, …

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Companies As Living Organisms

In a world of economic and geopolitical confusion, the key to sustained growth lies in strategies that span centuries, not just fiscal quarters. The question that inevitably emerges is how to transform an organization into a ‘Living Company,’ one that perpetually evolves, learns, and thrives. The concept of the ‘Living Company,’ as established by Arie …

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Lessons from Mitsui: How Shared Values Rebuilt a Japanese Giant

Japanese businessmen holding the puzzle pieces of their business group together in the ukiyo-e traditional Japanese art style

Too many companies today believe they can predict and plan for the future. Their entire business model, down to how they train their people, is predicated on this false sense of certainty. But we can’t predict tomorrow’s market. We can only respond with the best answer we have when tomorrow comes. The single most powerful …

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The Ultimate Guide To Revenue Team Transformation

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Learning ultimately comes down to personal growth. In a VUCA world (characterized by volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity), personal growth is steeped in resilience: the ability to harness chaos for creative output. But we think about learning at work all wrong. We see them as separate things. We force people into having split identities. What …

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The Four Horsemen of the Work Culture Apocalypse

We have a common enemy we’re all fighting. They are the four horsemen of the work culture apocalypse. The four most destructive team dysfunctions are: Constant Fire-Fighting Defensiveness The Blame Game Disconnect Between Learning and Working Let’s unpack each of these a little more. Constant Fire-Fighting The time available for people to think and reflect is scarce. …

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Year In Review: 2022

Me watching my mom hold hands while walking with my son, next to a picture of her holding hands while walking with baby me.

This year I finally stopped being busy when my mom died out of the blue. One year ago, I wrote, “the theme for 2021 was Focus and Alignment. I achieved that at the expense of my own creativity and to some extent free will. I was lost in being busy.” If 2021 was about losing …

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How to Turn Failure into a Learning Opportunity: The Story of Danny MacAskill

Danny MacAskill climbing a rock face with his bike over his shoulder

“One more,” said little Danny to his Dad, Peter, his knees bloodied and a bump rising on his forehead. This kid was determined. He wanted to ace the dangerous move on his new bike before supper time. Danny’s parents bought him a rusty old second-hand Raleigh bike for his fifth birthday, and he spent hours …

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