Best Leadership Books of 2011

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What to Ask the Person in the Mirror : Critical Questions for Becoming a More Effective Leader and Reaching Your Potential by Robert Steven Kaplan. W E HAVE more recorded information about leadership now than at any other time in history. Most of it deals with the surface turbulence, which is important but not complete.

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LeadershipNow 140: August 2011 Compilation

Leading Blog

Here are a selection of tweets from August 2011 that you might have missed: From @wallybock: Grading Steve Jobs: A+, A, and Incomplete. BloombergTV: Harvard's Kaplan on Leadership Techniques - Video.

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Four ways to get started on obtaining constructive performance and strategic feedback by calling on junior colleagues

First Friday Book Synopsis

Kaplan in his recently published book, What to Ask the Person in the Mirror: Critical Questions for Becoming a More Effective Leader and Reaching Your Potential, published by Harvard Business School Press (2011). Here are some invaluable ideas provided by Robert S. Cultivate junior coaches Write down a realistic assessment of your specific strengths [.].

Lexington Kentucky - Entrepreneurs Take Charge!

Mills Scofield

Saul Kaplan Lexington Lexenomics Kentucky Innovation Entrepreneurism BIF-6I’ve been in Lexington, KY these past 2 days watching entrepreneurs learn and discuss how to transform their city. Eric Patrick Marr, founder of The Lexenomics Group, brought a friend of [.].

The Strategy-Focused Organization: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Kaplan and David P. Kaplan The Balanced Scoreboard The Perilous "Journey" to Achieve Breakthrough Performance The Strategy-Focused Organization: How Balanced Scorecard Companies Thrive in the New Business Environment Translate the strategy to operational terms Translating the Strategy to Operational TermsThe Strategy-Focused Organization: How Balanced Scorecard Companies Thrive in the New Business Environment Robert S.

Marketing to Women: A book review by Bob Morris

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Marketing to Women: How to Understand, Reach, and Increase Your Share of the Largest Market Segment Marti Barletta Kaplan Business (2002) How to Succeed in the World’s Largest Market Segment In this uniquely informative volume, Barletta answers three separate but related questions: “What makes women a worthwhile market?”, “Why market differently to women?”

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The Prime Solution: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

The Prime Solution: Close the Value Gap, Increase Margins, and Win the Complex Sale Jeff Thull Kaplan Publishing (2005) Many of the same core concepts in this book were previously discussed in Thull’s Mastering the Complex Sale: How to Compete and Win When the Stakes are High!

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Seasoned Leaders Have Balance

Great Leadership By Dan

Bibliography Kaplan, R.E. Harvard Business Review Press, 2011. Here's a guest post by Paul Thornton, a Great Leadership regular: To produce healthy plants it takes the right amount of water, sunlight, fertilizer, and care. Too much water or too little sunlight may hurt your plants.

Thanksgiving of Trust

Mills Scofield

My friend, Saul Kaplan from the Business Innovation Factory , is the keynote speaker and two other friends are on the panel. BIF BWCIG Innovation Saul Kaplan Thanksgiving TrustTomorrow is a day of thanksgiving and blessing for me. It is the 4 th Open Innovation Summit at BW’s Center for Innovation & Growth (CIG). For the past 3 Summits, friends-clients-colleagues have taken a flyer (literally), trusting me, to come share stories, sacrificing a few days at the office.

Marjorie Kaplan (the Animal Planet and Science networks) in “The Corner Office”

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here are a few insights provided during an interview of Marjorie Kaplan, president of the Animal Planet and Science networks, who says true creativity comes from the ability to tolerate [.]. Bob's blog entries Adam Bryant Corner Office column Marjorie Kaplan Ogilvy & Mather SundayBusiness section the Animal Planet and Science networks The New York Times

What to Ask the Person in the Mirror

Leading Blog

The difference, says Harvard professor Robert Kaplan, is “how they deal with these periods of confusion and uncertainty. In his timeless book, What to Ask the Person in the Mirror , Kaplan offers seven basic types of inquiry or areas of focus—actually a system of inquiry that ties the leadership function together—that you should be looking at on a regular basis: Vision and Priorities.

How do you measure the long term success of an MD?

Chartered Management Institute

absentee levels business performance capital invested customer retention customer satisfaction innovating innovation Kaplan and Norton’s Balanced Scorecard labour turnover performance measurement personal development profit revenue sustainable performanceMeasuring performance of the MD through hard, soft, personal and strategic measurements and bring all these measurements together in a coherent manner.

No need to be lonely

Bud to Boss

I recently enjoyed Robert Stephen Kaplan’s blog post over at Psychology Today in which he debates the validity of the phrase “It’s lonely at the top.”

How to Give a Briefing that Impresses the Boss

Strategy Driven

He also served as President of Kaplan College, a division of Kaplan Inc., 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.

Harvard Business Review on Aligning Technology with Strategy: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Harvard Business Review on Aligning Technology with Strategy Various Contributors Harvard Business Review Press (2011) How and why technology should support your organization’s strategy…not the other way around This is one of the volumes in a series of anthologies of articles that first appeared in Harvard Business Review. Kaplan Ron Adner Thomas H.

Looking for Models in all the wrong places?

Mills Scofield

WSJ Turkey Tunisia Strategic Planning Saul Kaplan Revolution RCUS Randall Stevens Panera Pakistan Nike Models Matthew Kaminski Libya Ismail Kadare Iran Innovation Strategy Innovation Culture Innovation Indonesia Eric Marr Egypt Economy Disruptive Innovation Culture Business Thinking Business Planning Business Innovation Factory BIF Apple AlbaniaOne of my favorite authors is Ismail Kadare from Albania.

Paradox of Innovation and Status Quo

Mills Scofield

As much as I love change, innovation, #RCUS (Random Collisions of Unusual Suspects per Saul Kaplan) and challenging the Status Quo, I realized how much the comfort and haven of some Status Quo means to me as we got settled at our place in Maine.

Top executives need feedback—here’s how they can get it

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is an excerpt from another outstanding article written by Robert Steven Kaplan and made available by The McKinsey Quarterly at its website. Bob's blog entries Draper Richards Kaplan Goldman Sachs Harvard Business School Harvard Business School Press Reaching Your Potential Robert Steven Kaplan The McKinsey Quarterly Top executives need feedback—here’s how they can get it What to Ask the Person in the Mirror: Critical Questions for Becoming a More Effective Leader

Smart Leaders Don’t Just Learn, They Teach

First Friday Book Synopsis

Taylor for BNET (January 4, 2011), The CBS Interactive Business Network. Here is an article written by William C. To check out an abundance of valuable resources and obtain a free subscription to one or more of the BNET newsletters, please click here. * * * Ever since the publication, nearly two decades ago, of [.].

Performance Measurement

Strategy Driven

This framework shares some elements with the balanced scorecard concept that was introduced in a seminal 1992 Harvard Business Review article, The Balanced Scorecard: Measures That Drive Performance , by Robert Kaplan and David Norton. Copyright (c) 2011.

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PrimeTime Women: A book review by Bob Morris

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PrimeTime Women: How to Win the Hearts, Minds, and Business of Boomer Big Spenders Marti Barletta Kaplan Publishing (2006) The nature and extent of a “prime marketing opportunity&# Those who have already read Marti Barletta’s Marketing to Women will welcome this sequel in which she develops in much greater depth her core concepts with regard [.].

Key Questions for Leaders

Harvard Business Review

Featured Guest: Robert Kaplan, Harvard Business School professor and author of What to Ask the Person in the Mirror: Critical Questions for Becoming a More Effective Leader and Reaching Your Potential. Download this podcast. Leadership Managing yourself

HBR’s 10 Must Reads on Strategy: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

HBR’s Ten Must Reads on Strategy Various contributors Harvard Business Press (2011) How to create “a unique and valuable position” by deciding what to do…and not do This volume is one of several in a new series of anthologies of articles that initially appeared in the Harvard Business Review, in this instance from 1960 until [.]. Kaplan W.

How to Manage a Perfectionist

Harvard Business Review

It's when it becomes an obsession that it's a problem," says Robert Steven Kaplan, a Professor of Management Practice at Harvard Business School and author of What to Ask the Person in the Mirror: Critical Questions for Becoming a More Effective Leader and Reaching Your Potential. Put them in a place in the organization with narrower bandwidth," says Kaplan. No one loves to do things just adequately," says Kaplan. says Kaplan. Do you have a perfectionist on your team?

Kids And Parents And Facebook

Bird's Eye View

» January 19, 2011 Kids And Parents And Facebook I guess I'm not surprised to hear that the Kaplan Test Prep people surveyed several thousand teenagers ages16-18 and found that 61% of them are Facebook friends with their parents. 

How do you measure the long term success of an MD?

Chartered Management Institute

absentee levels business performance capital invested customer retention customer satisfaction innovating innovation Kaplan and Norton’s Balanced Scorecard labour turnover performance measurement personal development profit revenue sustainable performanceMeasuring performance of the MD through hard, soft, personal and strategic measurements and bring all these measurements together in a coherent manner.

Why Is Strategy Execution So Hard? The Odds Are Against Us

Six Disciplines

Kaplan and D. Kaplan and D. Effective execution of strategy seems to be an elusive goal. As Fortune Magazine noted in 1982, "Less than 10% of strategies effectively formulated are effectively executed.". After two decades of the application of even the most modern and innovative business principles, the problem remains. Fortune again noted in 1999, "In the majority of cases - we estimate 70% - the real problem isn't bad strategy -- it's bad execution.".

The Key Observation In Managing Strategy Is Managing Change

Six Disciplines

Key highlights from the interview: The research that Dr Robert Kaplan, myself and our colleagues at the Palladium Group have done over the years indicate that there are five common principle s that are found in successful companies. Subsequently, Dr Kaplan and I wrote our second book, The Strategy Focused Organization, which describes these principles.

The Key Observation In Managing Strategy Is Managing Change

Six Disciplines

Key highlights from the interview: The research that Dr Robert Kaplan, myself and our colleagues at the Palladium Group have done over the years indicate that there are five common principle s that are found in successful companies. Subsequently, Dr Kaplan and I wrote our second book, The Strategy Focused Organization, which describes these principles.

The Disconnect Between Strategy And Execution

Six Disciplines

While all of us agree there's a disconnect between strategy formulation and strategy execution, the developers of the Balanced Scorecard (Robert Kaplan and David Norton) offer up this terrifying observation: On average, 95% of a company's employees are unaware of, or do not understand, its strategy.

Solving the Health Care Cost Crisis

Harvard Business Review

Kaplan , Harvard Business School professors and authors of the HBR article How to Solve the Cost Crisis in Health Care , explain why providers must start with proper measurement. Michael Porter and Robert S. Health

The Power of Workplace DIY

Harvard Business Review

And Jared Kaplan, a music buff from the technology department, volunteered to DJ the evening. Plural Investments*, a hedge fund started several years ago, had a problem. They needed art on the walls of their New York City offices. It was a small problem of no strategic importance, one that could be solved quickly and effortlessly by simply buying a few paintings. But sometimes, problems lacking strategic importance never get solved because, well, they're just not that important.

A Closed-Loop Strategy Execution System

Six Disciplines

Kaplan and Dr. David P. It's interesting to note that Kaplan and Norton's description of such a "closed-loop management system" very closely parallels that of the Six Disciplines complete strategy execution program. In their 2008 book "The Execution Premium: Linking Strategy to Operations for Competitive Advantage" (Harvard Business School Press), Harvard professors Dr. Robert S.

A Closed-Loop Strategy Execution System

Six Disciplines

Kaplan and Dr. David P. It's interesting to note that Kaplan and Norton's description of such a "closed-loop management system" very closely parallels that of the Six Disciplines complete strategy execution program. In their 2008 book "The Execution Premium: Linking Strategy to Operations for Competitive Advantage" (Harvard Business School Press), Harvard professors Dr. Robert S.

Strategy Execution and The Balanced Scorecard

Six Disciplines

Kaplan, one of the original creators of the Balanced Scorecard. Kaplan also reveals the "six strategy execution stages": Stage 1: The CEO leads the change agenda and drives it from the top to reinforce the mission, values and vision. Harvard Business School Working Knowledge offers up this interview with professor Robert S. Key take-aways from their latest research: Companies often manage strategy in fits and starts.

Balanced Scorecard - The Next Big Thing?

Six Disciplines

Developed at the Harvard Business School by David Norton and Robert Kaplan in the early 1990s, the Balanced Scorecard (BSC) represents the newest and most prolific performance measurement system since Total Quality Management (TQM) and Management by Objectives (MBO). Many corporate managers have been introduced to a corporate management system called the Balanced Scorecard.

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BIF-6 Summed Up: Optimism-Hope-Trust-Innovation

Mills Scofield

FYI, Saul, 2011 Rosh Hashanah is late, 9/28, we're ok) The entire conference was summed up for me around 4pm on day [.]. Trust Saul Kaplan Optimism John Hegal Innovation Carmen Medina Business Innovation Factory Brown University BIF6 BIF-6I'm still trying to process the last week; a wonderfully relaxing and productive (not an oxymoron) sabbatical on the dock in Maine, a day at Brown with terrific kids (I'm ready to go back) and BIF-6.

For a Powerful Presentation, Begin with a Bang, Finish with a Flourish

Strategy Driven

He also served as President of Kaplan College, a division of Kaplan Inc., Planning a presentation? Once you’ve analyzed your audience and determined what you want to say, give lots of attention to the presentation’s two most critical parts: the opening and the close. They’re the parts the audience will remember best – and each of them serves a vital purpose. At the heart of every employee is talent. Your associates are the voice and the face of your business.

What Makes Six Disciplines for Excellence A Different Kind Of Business Book

Six Disciplines

“What I found also fascinating is that the book was influenced by many people (the same people that I had read and liked the theories but didn't know how to act) including: Michael Porter (Competitive Strategy), Stephen Covey (7 Habits of Highly Effective People), Michael Gerber (The E Myth Revisited), Robert Kaplan and David Norton (Balanced Scorecard), Peter Senge (The Fifth Discipline), and Jim Collins (Good to Great) to name a few.

The Power of Persistence for Leaders

LDRLB

In a 2011 study conducted by professors at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, persistence was found to be one of the strict criteria for successful CEOs. As study author Steve Kaplan puts it, “Persistent leaders don’t give up>” Never giving up is common with successful company leaders and business entrepreneurs. Former U.S. President Calvin Coolidge once said: “Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.