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From essays, to newsletters, to books, to new software tools, we're committed to leveling-up the field and educating our clients.

NOBL Academy


NOBL Academy is our collection of resources to inspire, educate, and equip leaders. At the Academy, you’ll find:

  • Explainers: we dissect the hot topics of the day to make them simple and understandable (see: radical candor)

  • Quick Studies: we catalog companies experimenting with new ways of working and collect their lessons-learned (see: Warby Parker)

  • Tools: we equip leaders with simple habits and models to guide modern teams (see: how to conduct a 1:1)



Surviving Change


Like any grand adventure, changing an organization’s culture requires skill, daring, and yes, good fortune. You’ll scale peaks of difficulty and cross valleys of doubt, taste the sweet nectar of victory and drink from the bitter cup of defeat—oftentimes within the same day. And inevitably, there will come a point when even the most intrepid, valiant leader will ask themselves, “What the hell was I thinking?”



Decide Better Together


Decisions are important, yet we rarely pay any attention to how we decide.

Instead of choosing the right decision making model for the situation at hand, we either fallback on norms or simply decide for ourselves in isolation. But a knee-jerk reaction can have irreversible negative consequences, both economically and culturally within our groups.

We built this to support groups in decision making and to help groups become more conscious of their decision making.



Our Podcast: Work of Fiction


Join us as we draw real business and cultural lessons from the fictional organizations in your favorite movies and television shows.



Working Together

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We partnered with one of our favorite services, Breather, to examine the distractions in the modern office and formulate how to overcome those distractions as a team.



Make Your Meetings Matter


Your team can’t improve how you work together if you’re always time-poor and attention-starved. After years of coaching teams at both Fortune 500s and Silicon Valley startups, we’ve found that our most impactful first step is helping teams more effectively manage their time together.

Our process is captured in our Team Tempo book, which offers step-by-step instructions on how and when to run your team meetings. By following our rhythm, your team will experience fewer useless meetings, have more time for action and reflection, and will become more capable of making continuous improvements to your work and how you work together.



Our Best Of Anthology: 2014-2017


Our Greatest Hits

Since our founding, we’ve been sharing our thoughts on organizational design and change in our weekly newsletter and across the web. More often than not, the topics originate from you—they’re questions that readers have posed, or problems that clients are facing—and they’re forwarded and passed around to others who are facing similar problems.

This is a collection of our most popular pieces: the articles that people keep coming back to year after year. It’s our way of commemorating what we’ve built together, and of saying thanks for sharing your challenges and your triumphs with us.

So read it. Pass it on to a friend. And if you want to add to the conversation, reach out—we’re already starting on Volume II.



Talks & Interviews


Our London MD, Lauren Currie explains why those at the top of organizations must be instigators of change, and how to work through human responses like resistance and vulnerability.

Our Founder's TEDx talk on complexity science and its role in everyday life

NOBL surveyed 500+ credit unions in the USA to assess the industry's capacity for change

Bud discusses how high-growth startups can build sustainable cultures

Bud speaks about how organizations need to reconfigure themselves for an unpredictable future

Paula Cizek, NOBL's Chief Knowledge Officer warns leaders about simplistic solutions

NOBL, the future of work, and lessons on experimentation at work

How NOBL designs human-driven systems

What it takes for teams and leaders to embrace change