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Re-Imagining New Leadership Possibilities in 2014:

The Empowered Buisness

Both of these visions are sadly bland and generic that they could have been thought of by high school students as a homework exercise for their economics project. As your leadership team gets ready for 2014, may you get started writing your magnum opus company’s future story.

Favorites of 2013–Team Building and Leadership Articles

Mike Cardus

With the end of the year approaching, this week is great to share some of my favorites of 2013. Favorite Team Building & Leadership Articles 2013. Some good, some OK, some crap…Below are my favorite articles from 2013. Looking forward to meeting and working with you in 2014.

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Favorites of 2013–Team Building and Leadership Images Used in Presentations & Workshops

Mike Cardus

With the end of the year approaching, this week is great to share some of my favorites of 2013. Favorite Images Used in Workshops and Presentations 2013. 7 Principles of Leadership Development: Managers as Mentors. Looking forward to meeting and working with you in 2014.

3 Personal Lessons On How To Succeed At Leadership

Tanveer Naseer

Develop a learning mindset to embrace failure and discover new opportunities Given my scientific background, I’m sure it comes as no surprise that for the past 5 years, I’ve been experimenting with what and how I write for this blog.

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UConn Basketball and a Championship Lesson in Patience

Great Results Team Building

The 2014 men’s basketball national championship was a well-documented contrast in team dynamics. Their team had been saddled with NCAA sanctions after the 2012 season, and was unable to participate in the 2013 tournament.

Learning The Keys To Exceptional Execution

Tanveer Naseer

Amar told me in 2013 that some factors have changed since he first published his findings, for example, access to capital is more widespread through crowd-funding, along with a mainstream popularization of entrepreneurship and rise of a global startup ecosystem.

Great Leadership Comes with a Counterintuitive Approach

Great Leadership By Dan

Maybe it was the conclusion of a big project, or a close to the fourth quarter of 2013. Guest post from Shaun Spearmon : People often say that great leaders are born that way (i.e Lady GaGa) , with the implication that leadership is an intuitive skill. I wholeheartedly disagree.

What The Boss Can Teach Us About Life, Harmony & Impact

Mills Scofield

In 1991 he founded both the Wharton Leadership Program – initiating the required MBA and Undergraduate leadership courses – and the Wharton Work/Life Integration Project. In 2013 he published Baby Bust: New Choices for Men and Women in Work and Family (Wharton Digital Press).

Leader Profile: Clayton Daniels

Eric Jacobson

Engineering in November 2013. Daniels recently shared his insights on leadership with me : Question : As you move from Project Manager to Vice President, what do you plan to do the same, and do differently, from a management standpoint?

Do Your Business Process Metrics Measure Up?

Strategy Driven

Peter Fingar, co-author of Business Process Management : The Third Wave , then asks these measurement corollaries in his 2013 article “How Do Your BPM Metrics Measure Up?”. Set Clear, Specific Goals – Starting a BPM Project successfully means creating a Project Charter with the Process Owner, Executive Sponsor, Project Lead and Team Facilitator. Are we doing things right? Are we doing the right things?

0511 | Larry Downes: Full Transcript

LDRLB

Actually, this project started probably three or four years ago when Paul’s last book came out, which is called Jumping the S-Curve. If it’s a Kickstarter kind of situation, they may be funding, actually, the development of the product before you’ve even put pen to paper. This is a full transcript of LDRLB episode 0511, an interview with Larry Downes. David: Who are you and what do you do?

The IT Project That Brought a Bank to Its Knees

Harvard Business Review

s Co-operative Bank in June 2013. One section highlights the problems the bank encountered as it attempted to replace its core banking systems, a program that was cancelled in 2013 at a cost of almost £300 million. The factors contributing to the failure cited in the report are ones that we all too frequently have encountered when we have reviewed challenged or failed projects. IT management Leadership Project management

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Get Your Passion Project Moving Without Quitting Your Day Job

Harvard Business Review

What’s the best way to get your passion project moving? ” Next, make a timeline based on what you think you can reasonably accomplish toward your project in the time you have. As you chip away on your project, continue to give your job the attention it needs.

How Samsung Gets Innovations to Market

Harvard Business Review

After more than three years of operation, it was clear that the team had worked out how to do this: by late 2013, the total measurable profit contribution from their projects was expected to hit half a billion dollars.

Make Your Work Resolutions Stick

Harvard Business Review

While at least one of your goals ought to involve developing an area of weakness, Weintraub cautions against getting hung up on self-improvement. ” At the beginning of 2013, she decided it was finally time. Many people have resolutions on the brain during this time of year.

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It’s Not HR’s Job to Be Strategic

Harvard Business Review

But talent acquisition and learning and development are altogether different — and they should never be done on the cheap. That’s the specialized insight required to develop the right sourcing and recruiting strategy. For its part, learning and development should enhance employees’ ability to further the company’s mission, mold future leaders, and build strong teams.

Google’s Strategy vs. Glass’s Potential

Harvard Business Review

That suggests that they may be trying to persuade firms to buy the device and develop applications for it. Sure enough, in April Google announced “ Glass for Work ,” an initiative aimed at developing more work-related apps on the Glass platform.

The Key to Change Is Middle Management

Harvard Business Review

doubled from 20% to 40% between July and December 2013, and has stayed at that level since. When complaints to elected officials started mounting from property developers dissatisfied with delays, Girard pulled together a team from many divisions to address the problem. The permitting time has since been nearly halved for key pilot projects.

How GE Applies Lean Startup Practices

Harvard Business Review

The Lean Startup is an approach to developing new products that came out of “Agile” software development, with “sprints” (quick deliverables) and fast learning. In January 2013, Chip Blankenship, CEO of GE Appliances issued a challenge to the newly formed team: “You’re going to change every part the customer sees. In January 2013 the team came out with a “minimum viable product.” They built 75 of version 6 in January 2014 and response so far has been positive.

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Get a Specific “SIP”

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post by Karissa Thacker What is your current specific self-improvement project? I have taken a coaching tip from Mark Zuckerberg, the boy wonder and CEO of Facebook, and have committed myself to one self-improvement project for this entire year.

Improve Decision-Making With Help From the Crowd

Harvard Business Review

Kickstarter is one of a growing number of crowdfunding platforms for gathering money from the public to fund all sorts of projects. IBM saw these online social systems for investing in new ventures and decided they would like to develop a similar system internally for selecting innovative projects. Instead of the typical process where technology projects are picked by a review board, people in IBM’s IT community can participate as submitters, backers, and evaluators.

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Why IBM Gives Top Employees a Month to Do Service Abroad

Harvard Business Review

Recognizing that corporate responsibility can offer a company a competitive advantage today, we became interested in IBM as a pioneer in establishing a skills-based volunteerism initiative that also influences its talent and professional development strategies. Several executives at the company offered to talk with us to figure out why the program has been so successful—not just as a philanthropic gesture, but as a talent development system.

Why IBM Gives Top Employees a Month to Do Service Abroad

Harvard Business Review

Recognizing that corporate responsibility can offer a company a competitive advantage today, we became interested in IBM as a pioneer in establishing a skills-based volunteerism initiative that also influences its talent and professional development strategies. Several executives at the company offered to talk with us to figure out why the program has been so successful—not just as a philanthropic gesture, but as a talent development system.

How Watson Changed IBM

Harvard Business Review

Case in point, rather than keep Watson locked up in their research labs, they decided to release it to the world as a platform, to run experiments with a variety of organizations to accelerate development of natural language applications and services. In January 2014 IBM announced they were spending $1 billion to launch the Watson Group , including a $100 million venture fund to support start-ups and businesses that are building Watson-powered apps using the “ Watson Developers Cloud.”

Five New Year’s Resolutions Every Leader Should Make

Harvard Business Review

Looking ahead to 2014, one of the most urgent issues will be a new war for talent: not yesteryear’s broad-based need for all top talent but an increasing demand for the right kind of talent. How can leaders leverage and develop diverse talent in 2014?

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What It Will Take to Fix HR

Harvard Business Review

Put the most strategic pieces into the hands of up-and-comers passing through the leadership-development revolving door? At the same time, alternative approaches to accessing capital and funding projects proliferated, forcing financial decision-making to become increasingly sophisticated. Lynanne Kunkle, VP-Global Talent Development and HR-Asia for Whirlpool, is a case in point. HR strategy is an expertise that takes years to fully develop.”.

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Five Challenges China Must Meet by 2034

Harvard Business Review

But more pressing for China is China’s need for and desire to embody and project, in some form, universal values of civilization. Reaching the Limits of Power and Growth (HBR Press, February 2014). Ten Predictions for China’s Economy in 2014.

Africa’s Companies Need to Become More Like Training Schools

Harvard Business Review

The World Bank puts the figure at 38% in Nigeria , while the Economist projects 55% for young black South Africans. In June 2013, some Harvard Business School classmates and I launched a social enterprise ( WAVE: West Africa Vocational Education ) targeted at the youth unemployment issue. Some may have short onboarding programs for new employees; at best some multinational companies will budget similar training budgets as in their developed market businesses.

Why Your Team Needs Rookies

Harvard Business Review

With added pressure to succeed and nowhere to retreat to, they are also more likely to improvise, get resourceful, and focus on meeting basic needs to push their long-shot projects through. For example, at Reputation.com, CEO Michael Fertik never tells new business development staff how to start the sales process or size deals. “In

How the Internet Saved Handmade Goods

Harvard Business Review

Since achieving first-year sales of $175,000 in 2006, it has increased that number by four orders of magnitude: in 2013, Etsy sold $1.35 In 2013 alone, Kickstarter users funded nearly 20,000 projects and committed nearly $500 million. Among these are thousands of projects posted by producers of art, crafts, design, fashion, and food–including a recent campaign that raised $55,000 for potato salad (don’t ask).

Collaborate Across Teams, Silos, and Even Companies

Harvard Business Review

million in 2013, a 15% rise on the previous year), they recognized that to achieve their vision of becoming the world’s leading airport company, they need to drive a new service culture through the 3,400-person organization. Samya Ketait, VP for Learning and Development says, “This is a huge project, but a worthwhile one. We spend a lot of time in leadership development helping professionals to have greater influence (i.e.

Invest in Tomorrow’s Workforce, and World

Harvard Business Review

Whichever way you look at it, the countries producing the majority of the next generation of workers are still the ones least able to help them develop. Collectively, the UN projects, the less developed regions of the world “will grow 58% over 50 years, as opposed to 2% for more developed regions. Less developed nations will account for 99% of the expected increment to world population in this period.”

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How to Rehabilitate Medicare’s “Post Acute” Services

Harvard Business Review

In response, President Obama called for changes to Medicare post-acute payment in his 2014 budget. Medicare must continue to develop accountability-driven payment models.

Why Are So Many Celebrities Now "Creative Directors"?

Harvard Business Review

Some companies now actively involve stars in their product development process and other aspects of their businesses. And, Lady Gaga partnered with Polaroid to develop a throwback camera and LED photo glasses that act as a camera and are designed for real-time sharing.

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Great Brands Never Have to “Give Back”

Harvard Business Review

A recent headline, “JCPenney Releases 2013 Sustainability Report,” reads like the punch line to a bad joke. But a different development is emerging in the area traditionally known as CSR. One that is exemplified by efforts like GE’s Ecomagination project, which involves developing alternative-fuel engines and other products that address today’s environmental crisis and drive economic growth.

Universities Are Missing Out on an Explosive Growth Sector: Their Own

Harvard Business Review

Still, most colleges are lucky if they can afford even a small team charged with developing new lines of business and new business models. The National Association of College and University Business Officers Study on Endowments reveals that endowments are performing enviably — with returns of near 12% in 2013. Education is on the brink of rapid change that will create a lot of value for innovators. But still sitting on the sidelines?

Google Flu Trends’ Failure Shows Good Data > Big Data

Harvard Business Review

In their best-selling 2013 book Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work and Think , authors Viktor Mayer-Schönberger and Kenneth Cukier selected Google Flu Trends (GFT) as the lede of chapter one. That’s a bad assumption, but one that’s used all the time to justify the use of and results from big data projects.

Office Politics: A Skill Women Should Lean Into

Harvard Business Review

In 2013, my partners and I conducted a combination of surveys and interviews with over 270 female managers in Fortune 500 organizations to determine what they liked and disliked about business meetings, and one of the things that repeatedly fell into the dislike column was politics. In reviewing several thousand 360-degree feedback surveys we found that both women and their managers cite political savvy as an ongoing development need for women.

Tinkering with Strategy Can Derail Midsize Companies

Harvard Business Review

System-wide revenue for 2013 was $350 million – seven times revenue for 2005. But because midsize companies lack the resources of big companies, which can experiment with multiple new strategies and launch pilot projects, midsize firms are at risk when they divert scarce resources from their core business. Many leaders of midsize companies – especially if they’re the founders – are constitutionally inclined to see new opportunities around every corner.

The Growing Business of Marijuana

Harvard Business Review

billion in 2013 – up about 15% from the year before, according to our 2013 Marijuana Business Factbook. Overall marijuana sales in states where cannabis is legal could double in 2014 to hit $3 billion, according to our estimates, as Colorado and Washington begin selling cannabis to adults 21 and over. Earlier this year, we projected that sales will hit $6 billion by 2018. One day, I have no doubt we will see household brands develop.

Goldman Sachs Decides Restructuring Work Is Possible, After All

Harvard Business Review

By spreading tasks out among a broader group of younger analysts (they hired 14% more new analysts for 2014 than they did for 2013), and asking managers to take the time to explain more clearly upfront what they really need them to do, Goldman says it can create a saner and more efficient workplace. Instead, work can be broken up into discrete projects that allow for varying time commitments. Now they tell us.

Why Those Guys Won the Economics Nobels

Harvard Business Review

Campbell’s work has also made liberal use of the analytic tools developed by Hansen. Back in the ‘60s, people developed the capital asset pricing model [CAPM] as a way to do that. And that’s what these guys [the 2013 Nobel winners] did. They have rule-of-thumb methods, but they also in recent years have developed a more mathematical, abstract approach called robust optimal control. When the Riksbank Prizes in Economic Sciences (a.k.a.

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Crowdfunding’s Big-Bang Moment

Harvard Business Review

The company’s website reported that Kickstarter has now funded over 50,000 projects , with pledges coming from over 5,000,000 individual backers. Since its founding in 2009, Kickstarter has helped fledgling projects raise nearly $1 billion in donations. Organizers determine a minimal level of funding they need to bring the project to fruition, and establish premiums associated with different levels of contribution.