Greg Gaskey Named StrategyDriven Enterprises Chief Operations Officer

Strategy Driven

Executive leader brings hands-on management and operational experience to StrategyDriven’s Power & Utilities focused advisory services. Learn more about how StrategyDriven can help you improve your organization’s operational effectiveness and lower costs.

Blogging on Business Update from Bob Morris (Week of 12/2/13)

First Friday Book Synopsis

I hope that at least a few of these recent posts will be of interest to you: BOOK REVIEWS Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind Jocelyn Glei, Editor Innovating Analytics: Word of Mouth Index- Use the Next Generation of Net Promoter to Increase Sales and Drive Results […]. Bob''s blog entries "Don’t dumb down — brain up!" "My

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Women Leadership Changes in 2013

Coaching Tip

General Motors named Mary Barra to be the next chief executive officer (CEO). Park Geun Hye took office as South Korea''s president. Still, in the year that Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg published " Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead ," women everywhere made impressive economic and political gains. Source: Bloomberg BusinessWeek, December 19, 2013. Catalyst Take on Women Leaders in 2013.

Women, Invest in Yourselves

Women on Business

Guest Post By Mary Kinney, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of Ginnie Mae, a cornerstone of the U.S. housing finance system since it was created more than 40 years ago (More about Mary at the end of this post).

In Case You Missed It: From Leadership to Work-Life Balance – Best Posts of the Week


That''s just one of many headlines congratulating the chief operating officer at Facebook for leaving work at a reasonable hour to spend time with her kids. Welcome to my weekly round-up of top leadership and communication blog posts.

6 Powerful Coaching Questions for Teams and Managerial-Leaders. Really for anyone

Mike Cardus

Meeting with a Chief Operations Officer of a Health Care Organization, whose team I have been consulting and coaching.

StrategyDriven Enterprises Partners with Xen Wireless to Form StrategyDriven Analytics, a Utility Industry Asset Management Blind Benchmarking Service

Strategy Driven

StrategyDriven Enterprises LLC and Xen Wireless form StrategyDriven Analytics to provide utility industry executives and managers with asset management program benchmarking data supporting operational and investment decisions and fleet and individual plant performance assessments.

StrategyDriven Enterprises Extends its Energy Advisory Services, Partners with NTE Solutions

Strategy Driven

“Utility leaders must find cost effective ways to replace aging assets, transfer knowledge to a new generation of workers, release currently unavailable capital, and optimize strategic operations and maintenance programs,” explains Nathan Ives, StrategyDriven’s Chief Executive Officer.

Why do smart people do dumb things?

Coaching Tip

A growing body of evidence shows that the ability to be smarter with ones feelings is tied to improved leadership, effectiveness, relationships, decision-making health and well-being; all of which help higher emotional intelligence (EQ) leaders create greater economic and societal value. “EQ

Is Anyone Really Responsible for Your Company's Data Security?

Harvard Business Review

Trade secrets, confidential business plans, and operational security depend on it. But when I put the question to top management, well, they''re busy — not their problem, that''s for sure — and they refer me to the chief information officer or the chief technology officer.

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How to Woo Talent From the For-Profit World

Harvard Business Review

The goal, says CEO Tom Rippin, is "to develop people who can operate equally well in commercial and social enterprise environments.". Or Paul Steele, once a senior executive at PepsiCo International who subsequently served as chief operating officer of the World Wildlife Federation.

Want to Lean In? Try a Power Pose

Harvard Business Review

For women who may be "leaning out," Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg's urging to "lean in" requires some behavioral changes and deviations from how many women are expected to or accustomed to behaving. Fortunately, we have the power to do this for ourselves, through tiny tweaks that actually reconfigure our brains in ways that may make us more assertive, confident, relaxed, risk tolerant, and fearless.

Seizing Opportunities When Advantages Don't Last

Harvard Business Review

His entrepreneurial beginnings weren''t auspicious — a food delivery operation called "Dial-a-Snack" he started upon leaving school failed (as he later said to a reporter, "customers loved it but nobody told me that you had to make a margin") — leading him to undertake a nomadic life supporting himself with odd jobs such as bartending and selling encyclopedias. It offers a vast number of services, from disaster recovery to "virtual" offices.

Land an Interview with a Cold Call

Harvard Business Review

That''s why Elizabeth started out one notch lower, with the office of the Chief Operating Officer, "because that secretary knows everybody," she says. And then you can say the COO''s office recommended them, and they''re not going to blow you off.".

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Case Study: The Ex-CEO Contemplates a Coup

Harvard Business Review

But my youngest uncle worked behind the scenes to make sure that his sons, Fred, Roy, and Bill, were given executive positions in the operating units despite their obvious shortcomings. Fred, Roy, and Bill never rose as high in the company as Ricky, who is now the chief operating officer.

How One Family Business Found Its Sweet Spot

Harvard Business Review

Their son-in-law (married to their eldest daughter) had recently been named chief operating officer. Their execution had to be accomplished within an operating facility that could not be shut down for the project. The COO, CFO, and the chief engineer are convinced that the strategy needs to be focused around success in the sweet spot. Family businesses are defined by three overlapping domains of influence: the family, the owners, and the business.

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The Most Important Negotiation in Your Life

Harvard Business Review

Whether they''re pitching to a customer in an office, brokering a peace deal at Camp David, or arguing over curfew at the kitchen table, negotiators are people trying to persuade other people of their point of view. The Big Four are: The Chief Executive Officer: your inner Dreamer. The Chief Financial Officer: your inner Thinker. The Chief Operating Officer: your inner Warrior. Life is a series of negotiations.

Is the Confidence Gap Between Men and Women a Myth?

Harvard Business Review

” Famously, in 2013, Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer of Facebook and a billionaire, published a book in which her advice for working women was to tell them to “lean in.” Paul Garbett for HBR. How working women are kept from positions of influence and power is by now well-documented by scientists and journalists alike.

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Lessons from Boston’s Experiment with The One Fund

Harvard Business Review

On the Monday after the Paris terror attacks (and two weeks before the shootings in San Bernardino), I taught a session at Harvard Business School on what Boston’s response to the 2013 marathon bombings can tell us about going from “nothing to something” in cities.

Writing Your Résumé When Your Job Title Doesn’t Reflect Your Responsibilities

Harvard Business Review

So here’s how she made sure her résumé attracted the attention of hiring managers when she started applying for chief administrative officer (CAO) positions. She distilled the notes about her many accomplishments into an overview of the 10 years in her current role: Keep University’s School of Design (eight graduate programs) running flawlessly for Director, other staff, faculty, and students — during routine operations and emergencies.

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When Personal Tragedy Strikes, Downshifting at Work Doesn’t Always Help

Harvard Business Review

Ten days after her husband died unexpectedly while on vacation in Mexico, Sheryl Sandberg returned to work as chief operating officer at Facebook. I educated my managers that it’s not about the hours in the office — it’s about the deliverables.

The Benefits of Hiring Your Best Customers

Harvard Business Review

I spoke with Patty McCord, the former chief talent officer of Netflix from 1998 to 2013. Sheryl Sandberg, chief operations officer of Facebook, called McCord and Hasting’s presentation the most important document ever to come out of Silicon Valley.