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Midsized Companies Can’t Afford Operational Glitches

Harvard Business Review

But they don’t think nearly enough about operational meltdowns – technological glitches and other problems that can put them out of business. They are usually quick to recognize operational problems and deal with them before they become disasters. Operational meltdowns at midsized companies can take much longer to notice and resolve.

Looking For Leadership

N2Growth Blog

Identifying leaders? Have we really degenerated to this point? News Flash – If you have to look for leadership it doesn’t exist…Today’s post is not going to sit well with many in the leadership profession, but then many of my posts seem to have that effect. Place a leader into any environment and their impact will be immediately recognized.

Ideas Don't Equal Innovation | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

“ It is my hope to help dispel the myth that ideas are inherently good things. I want to start by actually defining what an idea is, and is not.

Attitude Reflects Leadership

N2Growth Blog

Show me a CEO with a bad attitude and I’ll show you a poor leader. While this sounds simple enough at face value, I have consistently found that one of the most often overlooked leadership attributes is that of a positive attitude. As a CEO, how can you expect to inspire, motivate, engender confidence, and to lead with a lousy attitude? Thanks!

Twitter for Non-Profits: An Interview with Twitter’s Claire Diaz-Ortiz

Ron Edmondson

Claire began using Twitter in 2006 while living in a Christian orphanage in Kenya. Claire holds an MBA and other degrees from Stanford and Oxford, and is the co-founder of Hope Runs , a non-profit organization operating in AIDS orphanages in Kenya. Recently I had the opportunity to meet and later interview Claire Diaz-Ortiz.

Entrepreneur, CEO or Both? | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

Posted on January 21st, 2011 by admin in Leadership , Miscellaneous , Operations & Strategy By Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth Entrepreneur, CEO or Both? Which hat, or hats do you wear? CEO…that title sounds good doesn’t it? As the founder, can you, or should you, attempt to grow with the company?

Brand Exposure

N2Growth Blog

Have you figured out how to apply the laws of scarcity to brand management? If not, then this post is for you. While a brand without exposure is not much of a brand, I consistently find that brand exposure is an aspect of brand management that is all too often overlooked as a success metric. will go into decline. Thoughts? link] deborah nixon Mike.

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The Fallacy of No | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

In fact, there are some very bright people who believe you cannot become a good leader without developing a mastery for using the word no as evidenced by the following quote from Tony Blair: “The art of leadership is saying no , not saying yes.” While inherently obvious, it should not go unnoticed that the use of the word no is 100% negative.

When to Restructure | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

That is the question that many a business is forced to ask at some point during their life cycle. The mere discussion of corporate reengineering can cause fear, anxiety, and in some cases even panic. This is so much the case that some CEOs will avoid restructuring initiatives at all costs. The fact is that business is not a static endeavor.

Recommended Resources – An Interview with Paul Leinwand and Cesare Mainardi, authors of The Essential Advantage

Strategy Driven

Companies today operate in a business environment that encourages incoherence. by Paul Leinwand and Cesare Mainardi. Let’s go after it.”

Four Quadrants of Collaboration

Leaders. Better. Brighter.

I have been playing around with a grid I created back in 2006. Four quadrants for your current state in your collaborations.

Facing Challenges | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

My question is this: have you taken the time to do the necessary planning? Everest before his successful summit in 1953. What can I learn from it?

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Efficient vs. Effective | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

So much so, that I have really come to cringe every time I hear the word efficiency. Are you efficient or effective, or do you know? Well said.

Drinking the Talent Kool-Aid | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

In today’s post I’ll examine one of the most frequent offenders; “ Talent is our biggest asset.&# I Think Not. Our Freedom.

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Toxic Work Environments | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

While these articles tended to stir the pot a bit, they were in my opinion mostly missing the mark. link] Donna Svei Great post Mike. I Think Not.

Shut-up & Listen | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

The best leaders are proactive, strategic listeners. They recognize that knowledge and wisdom are not gained by talking, but by listening. one mouth.

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Leadership & Initiative Overload | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

This is the definition of presence, and it is only when we operate in the present that real creativity, growth and innovation occur.

Managing Board Relations | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

As a CEO, your board can be one of your greatest allies. So this begs the question, why do so many CEOs blow it when it comes to managing their board?

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Insiders List – 2011 Archives

Erika Andersen

So here we are, in the third week of 2011, and my life – both personally and professionally – is dramatically different. Becoming a published author, in late 2006, was thrilling on a whole variety of levels – it was so exciting walking into a Barnes and Nobles and seeing a hot-off-the-presses copy of my book there on the shelf! Erika.

Loyalty vs. Tenure | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

These silos are staffed with legions of “tenured&# COBOL and C++ programmers, as well as &# tenured&# IT managers overseeing the operation.

Bonus or No Bonus? | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

That is the question. There are those who passionately argue for and against the merits of year-end bonuses. How do the employees feel about this?

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Humility and Leadership | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

As my wife has always said, “Those who talk the most usually have the least to say.&# Is it possible to be a leader without being humble? Thanks.

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The Disconnected Leader | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

So the real question is this…how does a CEO get to the point of being so disconnected from operations that he or she just doesn’t have a clue?

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The Ultimate Question 2.0: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

How NET PROMOTER Companies Thrive in a Customer-Driven World Fred Reichheld with Rob Markey Harvard Business Review Press (2011) Here is an open-source system whose “engine” can drive profitable growth This is a revised and expanded second edition of a book published in 2006. The Ultimate Question 2.0:

Leadership and Opportunity | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

So much so, that if you don’t think timing is everything - think again. As the saying goes “timing is everything.&# link] [.] I Think Not.

8 Traits of Ineffective Leaders | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

The short answer is yes…There are in fact a great number of tests that can quickly assess leadership ability. No Ratings Yet) Loading … [.]

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Inner Circle in Beijing

Bird's Eye View

I facilitated one several years ago there, in 2006 to be exact. Things change. Quickly. . Not so. But I'll keep at it.

QAspire Blog: Practical Insights on Quality, Management.

QAspire

Home Go to QAspire.com Guest Posts Disclaimer Great Quotes: Gems from Subroto Bagchi on Leadership I have always enjoyed reading thoughts of Subroto Bagchi , one of India’s most well known and respected leaders from the IT industry who operates as a “Gardener” and Vice Chairman at MindTree. Read the reviews here and here ). One of My Fav.

Intellect…an Asset or Liability? | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

All one has to do is watch a very bright person defend their position to understand what I’m driving at with today’s post. Thanks.

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Dealing with Conflict | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

Closing gaps becomes much easier when you can position differences as non-adversarial and operate within a framework of trust. Thanks again.

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Leadership – No Talent Required | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

Here’s the thing – the foundational elements of leadership require no skill or talent whatsoever. I would like to add one. THANKS! Thanks!

Leaders: Born or Made? | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

Posted on July 20th, 2010 by admin in Leadership By Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth Leaders: born or made? So, what’s the answer?

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Discipline & Leadership | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

Context, fluidity, and other nuanced behaviors are positive traits to embrace so long as they don’t serve as an excuse for a lack of discipline. I’m not suggesting that leaders should be robotic or static in approach – quite to the contrary. Implementing a framework of discipline allows leaders more flexibility not less.

Leading Those Who Don't Want To Follow | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

If you crush the individual character and spirit of those who form your team, how can your team operate at its best? In fact, in most cases I actually prefer to have my thinking challenged – this doesn’t threaten me as a leader, it improves my leadership ability. It cannot. They are important to me. Great article. I Think Not.

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Stop Selling and Add Value | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

You see, good business practices are not static. I hear a lot of noise about the tough economy, and revenue being down for many companies. Great post.

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Love and Leadership | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

The act of operating in the truest best interest of others is the issue. If you take what follows to heart, it might just change your world.

Is the Customer Always Right? | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

How far should a company go to satisfy their clientele or customer base? What is the lost opportunity cost associated with customer churn? I Think Not.

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The Research On ROI Of Employee Engagement

Six Disciplines

Firms with the highest percentage of engaged employees collectively increased operating income 19% and earnings per share 28% year to year. A 2005 ISR study (now Towers Perrin) showed that companies with above average employee engagement profits rose by 2.06% and operating margin rose by 3.74% over the same period.

Leadership & Loyalty | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

Sad but true…real talent won’t be attracted to, or remain engaged with leaders who operate on fear-based tactics. Great post.

Help – It's not a dirty Word! | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

Rather asking for help is a sign of maturity as a leader. So my question is this: Are you easy to help? I love to help, people love to help. link].

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