My Best Blogs of 2011

In the CEO Afterlife

So, with the help of WordPress analytics and content judgment, here’s my list of the top ’CEO Afterlife’ blogs of 2011. There has to be a break from day-to-day operations in the process. I began blogging about leadership, strategy, marketing and life last February. Frankly, I wasn’t sure whether I could maintain the pace of one blog per week. But as the year closes, I realize that I’ve posted 54 blogs.

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The August 2011 Leadership Development RoundTable Challenge: A Coaching Dilemma


To me, that means exploring with him not only his behaviour but also the team dynamic and other relationships that can affect its operation. Welcome to the August Round Table! How it works: each month, a core member of The Roundtable will introduce a leadership challenge and solicit a 200 word maximum answer from the other core members plus one special guest. Readers can then contribute their own answers and/or vote for their favorite below.

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The Difference Between Transformational and Operational Strategies

Six Disciplines

According to the McKinsey article " Brilliant Strategy, But Can You Execute? ", there were two basic kinds of strategies: transformational and operational. A strategies is operational if the company face relatively low uncertainty and are mostly attempting to play the same old game better than the competition does. For the operational strategy, a company must focus doggedly on conventional measures like capacity utilization or throughput, and on such basics as customer service.

Quality Tools to Discover Solutions: DTC Operator

Mike Cardus

Dimension Time Cost Operator. Dimension Time Cost Operator (DTC) – A TRIZ tool for for seeing problems differently exploring ideas of extremes in size, time and cost. The DTC Operator can work to release Psychological Inertia. The DTC Operator Algorithm. creativity innovation problem solving creative problem solving DTC Operator TRIZ triz tools

Southwest Airlines 2011 Results Reflect Benefits of Servant Leadership

Modern Servant Leader

During mergers and acquisitions it is common for companies, especially the acquired, to experience a dip in operational performance. Bucking that trend though, AirTran reflected it’s best operational results ever. Question: What other businesses exemplified servant leadership in 2011? Servant Leadership 2011 Results Airtran Airways Gary Kelly Herb Kelleher Southwest AirlinesSouthwest Airlines ( LUV ) announced the 39th consecutive year of profitability yesterday.

Managerial Leadership Training Tool: Using DTC Operator Innovation Planning

Mike Cardus

Dimension Time Cost Operator. Dimension Time Cost Operator (DTC) – is a tool for for seeing problems differently exploring ideas of extremes in size and cost. The DTC Operator can work to release Psychological Inertia. Generally the DTC Operator is used in solving more tangible, mechanistic problems. The DTC Operator Algorithm.

Moving from Operations to HR Helped Microsoft’s Chief Security Officer’s Career Path

Leadership Freak

The term “best” is best understood in context. When I asked Mike Howard to talk about the best things he’s done, it was in the context of choices that best helped his career path. First, the Chief Security Officer for Microsoft said, “getting involved in Martial Arts was a good choice. It taught me discipline [.]. Decisions Interview Marks of leaders Personal Growth Growth Leadership Development

Favorites of 2011: Team Building & Leadership activities / simulations

Mike Cardus

With the end of the year approaching, this week is a great to share some of my favorites of 2011. Favorite Team Building & Leadership Activities + Simulations 2011. DTC Operator. Dimension Time Cost Operator (DTC) – is a tool for for seeing problems differently exploring ideas of extremes in size and cost. The DTC Operator can work to release Psychological Inertia. What an amazing year 2011 was!

The CEO as Chief Brand Custodian | In the CEO Afterlife

In the CEO Afterlife

by John • October 17, 2011 • Branding , Human Resources , Leadership , Marketing , Strategy • 3 Comments. The conversation in the 2011 branding world is well beyond product and service brand discussion by marketers and ad agencies. CEOs who recognize the reality and are prepared to take corrective action ought to: Ensure they have the best, most experienced talent available for the brand operation. October 18, 2011 at 5:02 am. December 2011.

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Leadership & The Expectation Gap

N2Growth Blog

Communications Innovation Leadership Operations & Strategy Talent Management aligned expectations CEO Coach Expectation Alignment Expectation Gap expectation management expectation management for CEO expectations Leadership and the Expectation Gap managing expectations Mike Myatt N2growth promise managementBy Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth. When it comes to leadership, I can share the issue of expectations is no small matter.

Leadership and Knowledge Management

N2Growth Blog

Leaders who don’t understand the value of distributable and actionable knowledge not only limit opportunities, but they’re also building huge contingent operating liabilities. The operational advantage created through effective KM should allow an enterprise to effectively address current needs as well as to strategically drive innovation and forward planning. . By Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth.

Not All Metrics Are Created Equal

N2Growth Blog

While analyzing these drivers will give you some basic operating information, they are also somewhat myopic. Innovation Operations & Strategy Leadership Measurement Measuring Innovation Metrics Mike Myatt N2growth ROI Success MetricsBy Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth. All leaders measure things – the question is are they measuring the right things, for the right reasons, and at the right times?

Rethinking Good To Great

N2Growth Blog

Leadership Operations & Strategy Rants Business Books Good to Great Jim Collins Leadership Matters Mike Myatt N2growthBy Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth. If you’re a frequent reader of this blog you know from time-to-time I’ll take aim at a sacred cow and pull the trigger. I’ve had issues with some of the concepts contained in Jim Collins book Good To Great since it was first released.

M&A Without Buying the Company

N2Growth Blog

Most people tend to look at acquisitions from a rather myopic and traditional M&A perspective: making a strategic or synergistic purchase of an operating entity on an accretive basis. However restricting your view of acquisitions to operating companies is like playing a football game with only one play in your playbook. Bottom line - you don’t have to buy an entire operating entity to incorporate an acquistions plan into your overarching business strategy.

What’s Your Time Worth? Why Pricing Matters

N2Growth Blog

It will not only be a good experience and a freeing endeavor, but who knows, you might end-up with a new client… Operations & Strategy Mike Myatt N2growth Pricing Pricing decisions Pricing Matters Pricing Strategy Why Pricing MattersBy Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth. Are you shooting yourself in the foot with your pricing strategy? How much is your time worth? What does your pricing say about your personal or corporate brand?

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Complimentary Resource – Maintaining Continuity of Operations with.

Strategy Driven

Click here for more information on Maintaining Continuity of Operations with a Disaster Tolerance Strategy. StrategyDriven effective executives, efficient employees Home About The StrategyDriven Organization Our Company Our Contributors Karen K. Juliano Howard T. Dickens Jr. Lucas D. Ives Sharon Drew Morgen Hank Moore Jamie P.

Leadership and Competition

N2Growth Blog

Leadership Operations & Strategy Competitive Analysis Competitive Positioning Competitive Threat Exploiting Competition Leadership and competition Mike Myatt N2growthBy Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth. Competition is only to be feared if not understood. If understood, competition is not only healthy, but it can also be very prosperous. If you really want to understand a leader’s perspective on the market, ask them about their competition.

Green Company, Red Products, Black Ink | In the CEO Afterlife

In the CEO Afterlife

by John • July 10, 2011 • Leadership , Strategy • 0 Comments. Houweling’s latest challenge, other than managing increased demand for their tomatoes, is adding a combined heat and power system to both its US and Canadian facility—a cogeneration initiative that will exceed the operation’s power needs and actually feed energy to the grid, eliminating waste. December 2011. November 2011. October 2011. September 2011. August 2011.

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Risk Management Best Practice 1 – Map Corporate Risks to Operational Processes

Strategy Driven

You just finished reading Risk Management Best Practice 1 - Map Corporate Risks to Operational Processes ! All enterprises face a unique set of risks that threatens long-term organizational success and viability. Like corporate level performance measures, it can be difficult to readily ‘see’ the day-to-day activities that initiate, amplify, or mitigate these risks.

The Nuts and Bolts of the 1-Page Strategic Plan | In the CEO Afterlife

In the CEO Afterlife

by John • July 17, 2011 • Leadership , Strategy • 2 Comments. This is the break from day-to-day operations; it is the organization’s future. July 18, 2011 at 11:32 am. July 25, 2011 at 3:35 pm. December 2011. November 2011. October 2011. September 2011. August 2011. July 2011. June 2011. May 2011. April 2011. March 2011. February 2011. © 2011 In the CEO Afterlife.

How to Hire & Manage Consultants

N2Growth Blog

Miscellaneous Operations & Strategy Bad Advice CEO Advisor CEO Coach how to hire and manage consultants Mike Myatt N2growth Part-Time Expert Selecting the right advisorsBy Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth. While you might be lucky enough to survive in business with little or no advice from others, you will certainly not maximize your potential for success by doing so.

Gutting the Talent Bench

Lead Change Blog

What is your organization’s claim to fame—operational excellence, customer intimacy or product leadership? If your focus is customer intimacy, do the employees who personally excel at operational excellence and product leadership feel engaged or disenfranchised in your workplace? How are you doing in the other two areas?

What Ever Happened to the Pepsi Generation? | In the CEO Afterlife

In the CEO Afterlife

by John • November 20, 2011 • Branding , Leadership , Marketing , Strategy • 4 Comments. November 21, 2011 at 5:08 am. However, it woke up Coke who were forced to look beyond their advertising and instead at their operational strategy. November 21, 2011 at 7:20 am. November 25, 2011 at 12:02 am. November 25, 2011 at 11:55 am. December 2011. November 2011. October 2011. September 2011. August 2011.

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Footwashing for Leaders

Leading Blog

in the Summer 2011 Leader to Leader journal, that “the best way to deliver on an ambitious agenda for your organization is to embrace a sense of “humbition” in your personal style and as part of your leadership repertoire.”. Oddly, the ones operating under a delusion that they are all-powerful are the ones who have yet to reach their potential. [So] An easy trap for any leader to fall into is the “Look what I did!” Success easily erodes humility.

Google's Project Oxygen

Coaching Tip

The starting point was that our best managers have teams that perform better , are retained better, are happier — they do everything better,” Laszlo Bock, Google's VP for "people operations" says. “So Source: The New York Times, March 13, 2011. Business Coaching Career Communication Leadership Work life career development google management laszlo bock leader as coach managing and communicating people operations project oxygen

Do You Have Moral Overconfidence?

Leading Blog

Without it we operate from only one perspective—our own. In a recent Bloomberg Businessweek article , Harvard Business School Dean, Nitin Nohria stated that because we all suffer from “ moral overconfidence ,” the most important thing business schools could be teaching is humility. He writes: Many people view “character” as an immutable trait formed during childhood and adolescence.

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5 Leadership Lessons: EntreLeadership

Leading Blog

If you trample them or don’t bother to engage them relationally you will forever struggle in your operations. * * * Like us on Facebook for additional leadership and personal development ideas. Dave Ramsey defines EntreLeadership as “the process of leading to cause a venture to grow and prosper.” Entreleaders know how to blend their entrepreneurial passion with servant-like leadership that motivates employees through persuasion instead of intimidation.

Turnarounds and the Big Play | In the CEO Afterlife

In the CEO Afterlife

by John • December 11, 2011 • Branding , Leadership , Marketing , Strategy • 1 Comment. Firstly, by facilitating all aspects of Apple’s hardware and pre-installing its own operating system, he secured sustainable competitive insularity. December 13, 2011 at 3:50 am. December 2011. November 2011. October 2011. September 2011. August 2011. July 2011. June 2011. May 2011. April 2011. March 2011.

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Why Mission Statements Suck | In the CEO Afterlife

In the CEO Afterlife

by John • June 13, 2011 • Human Resources , Leadership , Strategy • 1 Comment. To that end, we must continuously achieve superior financial and operating results while adhering to the highest standards of business conduct. Our mission is to operate the best specialty retail business in America, regardless of the product we sell. June 22, 2011 at 2:28 am. December 2011. November 2011. October 2011. September 2011. August 2011.

10 Essential Steps To Leadership Excellence

Terry Starbucker

Establish the “Immutables” – You’re now ready to lay down a few operational “immutables” – your leadership lines in the sand. We used 3 – total customer counts, our operational fault rate, and our Net Promoter Score. Every successful leader gets this question posed to them at one time or another: “How did you do it?”

Be a Coach, Not a Critic

Leading Blog

They operate under the assumption that being a critic means being critical. Many bosses operate the same way. Unless they can highlight a problem, many book reviewers don’t feel like they have done their job. They feel feedback is good only if it is critical or negative. Adam Bryant suggests in The Corner Office , that we be a coach, not a critic.

7 Guiding Principles for Developing Leadership Talent

Leading Blog

Your talent assessment/development systems should have as much “rigor and repeatability as systems used for finance and operations.” And you should “review people as thoroughly and regularly as you review operations, business performance, strategy, and budgets.”. People deliver numbers. If you want the numbers, you need the people. As a leader you need to know how to judge raw human talent. In The Talent Masters , Bill Conaty and Ram Charan explain how to do it.

The Anywhere Leader

Leading Blog

Because they are driven for progress, they operate with the right and proper motives and remain determined. In an environment of uncertainty and disruption, a successful leader must become what Mike Thompson calls an Anywhere Leader. The anywhere leader is the kind of leader who can land on their feet no matter what the setting or situation presents.

Great by Choice

Leading Blog

For their study, the authors chose a set of major companies that achieved spectacular results over 15 or more years while operating in unstable environments. It is a defeatist attitude to think that luck or circumstances primarily make you what you are. Luck, both good and bad happen to us all. We cannot control much of what happens around us, but the choices we make, as Jim Collins and Morten Hansen’s research confirms, determine our success.

Managing the Unmanageable

Leading Blog

Each “salvage” operation follows the 5-C Model : Commit or Quit, Communicate, Clarify Goals and Roles, Coach, and Create Accountability. If we truly want to deal with a difficult or unmanageable person, we have to get at the thinking behind the behavior. Why do they do that? Why are they that way? Instead of going deeper, it’s easier to just label them and avoid the issue. He’s rude. She’s unreliable. He’s an egomaniac. She’s self-absorbed.

20 Leadership Books You Might Not Have Read

N2Growth Blog

This book combines several of his best pieces in one volume, and is a must read for anyone looking to understand organizational, operational, or cultural management theory. Lone Survivor - This book chronicles the story of Operation Redwing as told by SEAL team leader Marcus Luttrell – the lone survivor of the operation. By Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth.

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5 Leadership Lessons: The Velocity Manifesto

Leading Blog

As a leader], you—not the IT department, nor the VP of IT, nor the chief information officer (CIO)—must understand, drive and be accountable for how technology is structured in order to reach the strategic goals of the operation….Technology Younger generations will not operate like the current generation of leaders ….If

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Common Purpose Leadership

Leading Blog

With such a diverse clientele, employees cannot simply operate by choosing from a limited number of preselected solutions to guest requests. In Common Purpose , consultant Joel Kurtzman makes the case that excellent leaders build a sense of inclusiveness—a sense of we—within the organization by creating a common purpose. A place where people know what to do and why, and understand what the organization stands for.

The Downside of Passion

N2Growth Blog

Are you operating in a vacuum? By Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth. Review any list of positive leadership traits and “ passion &# will undoubtedly rank near the top – rightly so. In most cases passion is an asset capable of carrying you through tough times, sharpening your perspective, revealing purpose, and helping you succeed in the face of overwhelming odds.

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Keeping It Simple

N2Growth Blog

I would suggest that you break down every key area of your business (operations, administration, marketing, branding, sales, finance, IT, etc.) By simplifying everything from the information and reports you view, to your communications protocol, to your agenda, to your decisioning structure, you will be better able to operate in today’s unnecessarily complex world. . By Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth.

Hay Group's 2010 Best Companies for Leadership

Leading Blog

The Top 20 Best Companies for Leadership are at the forefront of a significant shift away from hierarchical organizational operating models,” said Rick Lash, Director in Hay Group's Leadership and Talent Practice and co-leader of the Best Companies for Leadership Study. Hay Group, a global management consulting firm, released its 2010 Best Companies for Leadership Study and Top 20 list.

Team Building & Leadership Process for a Retail Operation; New.

Mike Cardus

Design by 12GrainStudio Team Building & Leadership Process for a Retail Operation; New Product Launch Saturday, November 27th, 2010 Posted by: mike Team Building & Leadership process that was created for a retail organization that was preparing for a new product launch. ABOUT Contact Us Get Connected Facebook LinkedIn RSS Feed Log in Join and Receive 9 Team-Building & Leadership Activities:That work and allow people to learn from the experience.

Are We Experiencing A Technology Tsunami?

Rich Gee Group

What’s the impact on organizations like Symantec (virus), Gartner/Forrester (advisory), HP (printing), and Microsoft (operating systems)? home about rich our team news our fans services executive coach business coach speaking inspire media knowledge books affiliates contact Rich Gee Group 203.500.2421 Are We Experiencing A Technology Tsunami?