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StrategyDriven Podcast Special Edition 59 – An Interview with David Aaker, author of Brand Relevance

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StrategyDriven Podcasts focus on the tools and techniques executives and managers can use to improve their organization’s alignment and accountability to ultimately achieve superior results. These podcasts elaborate on the best practice and warning flag articles on the StrategyDriven website.

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What Really is The Big Picture of Business

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The biggest problem with business, in a one-sentence capsule, is: People exhibit misplaced priorities and impatience… seeking profit and power, possessing unrealistic views of purpose, and not fully willing to do the things necessary to sustain orderly growth and long-term success.

Benefits of Debriefing

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The Forces of global change can render professional skill sets obsolete almost overnight. Organizations that fail to continuously revise assumptions about their operating environment (i.e. market) risk obsolescence or irrelevance. It is vital to develop the capacity to learn from your environment.

People Quit Their Boss… Not the Company!

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When I give my ‘No Nonsense Retention’ speech to groups across the country, I get frustrated feedback from audience members about poor leadership hurting retention in their organization.

The Happiness Advantage: Escaping the Cult of the Average

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Excerpt from The Happiness Advantage … The graph below (see Figure 1) may seem boring, but it is the very reason I wake up excited every morning. Clearly, I live a very exciting life.) It is also the basis of the research underlying this book. This is a scatter-plot diagram.

StrategyDriven Podcast Special Edition 57 – An Interview with Robert Simons, author of Seven Strategy Questions

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StrategyDriven Podcasts focus on the tools and techniques executives and managers can use to improve their organization’s alignment and accountability to ultimately achieve superior results. These podcasts elaborate on the best practice and warning flag articles on the StrategyDriven website.

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Ten Ways to Engage Your Workforce in 2012

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As we start a new year, leaders will once again ask themselves how they can engage their people – often asking employees to do more with less. Let me start by observing that you can’t motivate people. You need to hire motivated top performers and then make sure you don’t demotivate them.

Business Complexity has Grown Significantly Since the Financial Crisis

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New research confirms the financial crisis has significantly exacerbated business complexity. A recently released survey reveals that 86 percent of firms face increasing complexity in their operating environment or organizational structure over the past three years.

The Big Picture of Business – Think Tanks to Strategize

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The biggest problem with business, in a one-sentence capsule, is: People exhibit misplaced priorities and impatience… seeking profit and power, possessing unrealistic views of purpose, and not fully willing to do the things necessary to sustain orderly growth and long-term success.

The 2010 Execution Round-Up: Six Companies That Couldn't 'Get It.

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No doubt about it: 2010 saw its share of losers (and the occasional winner) in the business arena. Here are a few of this year's headline makers and the lessons that can be learned from each of them. It's that time of year again: time

Debriefing as Continuous Improvement

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If there was one trend in the last decade of the twentieth century that anyone would recognize as important, it would be continuous improvement.

Social Media Marketing and the Strategic Shift from Destination to Audience

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Social media marketing has transitioned from being an ancillary marketing strategy to become a strategic business imperative. All businesses and brands need a social Web presence for a single, fundamental reason – that’s where the customers are.

StrategyDriven Podcast Special Edition 56 – An Interview with Andy Kanefield, co-author of Uncommon Sense

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StrategyDriven Podcasts focus on the tools and techniques executives and managers can use to improve their organization’s alignment and accountability to ultimately achieve superior results. These podcasts elaborate on the best practice and warning flag articles on the StrategyDriven website.

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The Future of Business Is Social: Seven Principles That Lead to.

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More and more, companies are realizing the revenue-driving value of connecting socially and collaboratively with their customers. Social Nation sets forth the foundations for this new way of doing business

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Is Email Taking Over Your Life? 7 ways to get your life back

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During a recent film shoot in Tucson, Arizona for a new Internet project, I woke up at 4am unable to sleep. So as millions do when our sleep is interrupted, I got up and started wading through my cluttered email inbox.

Using Healthcare Performance Management as a Business Strategy

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Explore how Healthcare Performance Management (HPM), combined with self-insurance, can empower organizations not only to better manage their governance, risk and compliance exposures, but also to deliver bottom-line business value to a company.

Decision-Making Best Practice 14 – Balanced Use of Knowledge and Experience

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It’s the age old question of which is more valuable, knowledge or experience.

Recruiter-IZE Your Resume and Finally Get some Interviews

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A friend of mine was angry. After a decade of writing screenplays with no success, after reading books on writing and submitting and formatting, her mantle was not only Oscar less, she had no mantle.

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Seven Strategies for Managing Workplace Internet Usage

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As social media and personal email continue to be many individual’s primary forms of communications, it becomes harder to keep them focused at the workplace. An increase in usage of media-rich sites can place a considerable strain on limited bandwidth, which can hurt the performance of critical business tasks. The challenge is establishing a proper workplace balance that allows some personal internet usage without a related drag on business efficiency.

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StrategyDriven Podcast Special Edition 54 – An Interview with Gail.

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StrategyDriven Podcast Special Edition 54 – An Interview with Gail Martin, author of 30 Days to Social Media Success. Posted by StrategyDriven on January 20, 2011 · Leave a Comment. StrategyDriven Podcasts focus on the tools and

Economists’ Ties to the Financial Sector

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The Financial Crisis of 2008 shook the very foundations of the global economy. In this PBS Newshour video, Business and Economics Correspondent Paul Solman talks to Charles Ferguson, director of the Academy Award winning documentary, Inside Job , a film that raises concerns about conflicts of interest for economists in academics and their work within the financial sector. Solman goes on to explore how this film is influencing some leading economic thinkers today.

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How to Give a Briefing that Impresses the Boss

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Let’s say you have to brief the boss on the status of a project. How can you do it best? Here’s a five-step process you can use for a meeting, an email message or a stopped-in-the-hallway request for an update. This process will help you make it obvious to the boss that you’re on top of the project. You’ll also show you’re a clear and crisp communicator who values the boss’s time. At the heart of every employee is talent. Your associates are the voice and the face of your business.

StrategyDriven Leadership Conversation Episode 5a – Relational.

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StrategyDriven Leadership Conversations focus on the values and behaviors characteristic of highly effective leaders. Complimenting the StrategyDriven Management & Leadership articles, these conversations examine the real world

Employee Productivity Improvement Project ROI Calculation.

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Learn how to estimate the return on investment for initiatives that improve employee engagement and productivity

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Practices for Professionals – Effective Use of Discretionary Effort

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In this fast-paced marketplace and certainly during these challenging economic conditions, StrategyDriven Professionals typically find themselves working more than forty hours a work. More common among these professionals is a forty-five hour work week with others working fifty hours a week.

Rapport: The Key To Sales

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Every sales person knows how important good communication is in building business relationships. But have you ever thought about what it takes to build instant rapport with anyone? One time I was on a business trip, and due to a series of events I had to get a hotel room with no reservation.

StrategyDriven Podcast Special Edition 61 – An Interview with John Maxwell, author of The 5 Levels of Leadership

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StrategyDriven Podcasts focus on the tools and techniques executives and managers can use to improve their organization’s alignment and accountability to ultimately achieve superior results. These podcasts elaborate on the best practice and warning flag articles on the StrategyDriven website.

StrategyDriven Podcast Special Edition 60 – An Interview with Doug Moran, author of If You Will Lead

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StrategyDriven Podcasts focus on the tools and techniques executives and managers can use to improve their organization’s alignment and accountability to ultimately achieve superior results. These podcasts elaborate on the best practice and warning flag articles on the StrategyDriven website.

The Big Picture of Business: Leadership for the New Order of Business Part 1

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Just as companies have books of business and corporate cultures, so do individuals, who in turn populate and influence organizations. Last month, there were two of my columns on defining and recognizing what contributes to a Body of Work.

Leadership Inspirations – Adversity

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“Adversity introduces a man to himself.&#. Anonymous. If you enjoyed this article, let us keep you up-to-date on other newly published insights by signing up for our complimentary StrategyDriven Newsletter. Copyright 2007-2011 by StrategyDriven, Inc.

Your Personal Path to Better Leadership

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What You Can’t See. There are innumerable resources on how to be a more effective leader, but what if you asked the people you work with – what advice would they give you? Would they tell you to take your greatest strengths and run with them? Would they suggest some areas to work on?

The Big Picture of Business – Sayings, Meanings and Interpretations

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This essay uses grammar as an analogy for looking new ways at how business is conducted. Strategy development requires the mining the gold within any organization and seeking new outcomes via creative applications of ideas.

Inspiring Employees with a Values-Rich Environment

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Even if your corporate culture leaves a lot to be desired, managers can create a localized environment that inspires your employees to achieve peak performance.

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

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The Essential Advantage : How to Win with a Capabilities-Driven Strategy. by Paul Leinwand and Cesare Mainardi. The conventional wisdom about strategy may be leading your company astray.

StrategyDriven Podcast Special Edition 58 – An Interview with Steve Boehlke, author of 50 Lessons on Leading

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StrategyDriven Podcasts focus on the tools and techniques executives and managers can use to improve their organization’s alignment and accountability to ultimately achieve superior results. These podcasts elaborate on the best practice and warning flag articles on the StrategyDriven website.

Alternative Selection Best Practice 1 – Common Assumptions and Variables

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Alternative selection requires choices to be made between competing initiatives. Such choices necessitate a common comparative basis on which the value of each initiative is judged.

The Big Picture of Business – Business Lessons to be Learned from the Enron Scandal

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This is my own Big Picture full-scope analysis of the Enron debacle. It far transcends financial analysis made by other people.I have been carefully observing Enron with interest since 1984 and have seen the trouble coming for most of those years.

The Big Picture of Business – Situations Causing the Downtown and Corporate Scandals: Barriers to Progress and Business Growth

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Every business, company or organization goes through cycles in its evolution. At any point, each program or business unit is in a different phase from the others.

StrategyDriven Podcast Special Edition 55 – An Interview with Adrian Ott, author of The 24-Hour Customer

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StrategyDriven Podcasts focus on the tools and techniques executives and managers can use to improve their organization’s alignment and accountability to ultimately achieve superior results. These podcasts elaborate on the best practice and warning flag articles on the StrategyDriven website.

Capabilities Driven Mergers & Acquisitions – Capabilities Roadmapping, part 3 of 5

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What role do capabilities play in successful mergers? Too big to fail has proven to be a flawed notion. In Capabilities Roadmapping , Booz & Company partners Gerald Adolph and Paul Leinwand continue their discussion on the role of capabilities in mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and explain why pursuing a capabilities-driven M&A strategy produces more successful companies that enjoy a right to win.