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2013 Trends and The Power of Women

Women on Business

I was recently asked to think about how 2013 trends will impact women in the work force and how women will impact the trends. Could I see the future as a projection of the strides I’ve been able to make, similar to what other women in business have done?

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Advice: Manage Well by Leading Better

N2Growth Blog

One could say the same forMicrosoft when Bill Gates viewed himself as the visionary and Steve Ballmer was the operator. More recently Larry Page has shifted his role from co-creator at Google to CEO displacing Eric Schmidt in day-to-day operations.

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The First Thing Leaders Need to Do When Leading a Big Change

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post from Phil Buckley : Most leaders will lead their organizations through multiple big change projects. The first thing leaders need to ask themselves is, “What do I bring to the project?” Review past change projects they have led and what they learned from them.

5 Must-Read Books For Business Leaders For Summer 2013

Eric Jacobson

Author Paul Smith explains why storytelling has emerged as a vital skill for every leader and manager. Reilly, this is the book for brushing up on your leadership skills, or learning what to do in your new leadership role.

4 Design Thinking Tools for Engaging Your Team

Leading Blog

All of that data, cleverly applied, will extend your team''s ability to boost its operational and innovative performance. Where problems lurk unnoticed How well do you really understand how your team executes a typical project from day one to very end?

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How To Embrace Change In Today’s Organizations

Tanveer Naseer

When it comes to successfully leading today’s organizations, one skill that’s been growing in importance and need is the ability to manage change.

28 Leadership Development Recommendations for your Individual Development Plan

Great Leadership By Dan

Do employees feel that their boss honors their career aspirations, building needed skills that serve their organization now and in the future? Improving your perception is a key skill to work and include in your IDP.

061: The Myths of Creativity: The Truth About How Innovative Leaders Generate Great Ideas | with David Burkus

Engaging Leader

In this episode, David and Jesse discuss several mistaken ideas that hold us back -- as well as how anyone can embrace a practical approach to finding the best new ideas, projects, processes, and programs.

Four Steps to Improve Poor Performance

Chart Your Course

They are perpetually tardy or absent, or procrastinate and mismanage projects. Either they lack the ability or skill set required, or they lack the motivation or desire to perform, or both. Underperforming employees are not hard to find.

Unintended Consequences

Coaching Tip

The entrepreneur takes risks but does not see himself as a risktaker, because he operates under the useful delusion that what he''s attempting is not risky. Hirschman said, "This sentence admirably epitomizes several of the histories of economic development projects in recent decades.

Why Managers are Catalysts in Managing and Developing Talent?


Most businesses today are talent driven businesses – skills and competence of people developing products and providing services is at the core of an organization’s differentiation strategy. Because leaders think that training and/or certification is the only way to develop skills of people.

Eighth Annual Hay Group Study Identifies Best Companies for Leadership

Great Leadership By Dan

These future-focused companies also look ahead to what roles are ­– and will be – mission-critical to their success, and then intentionally identify and develop leaders with the right skills to fill those roles. To excel in today’s highly complex and competitive business environment, the Best Companies are taking deliberate steps to develop and reward these competencies to enable their organizations to achieve operational excellence today, while driving innovation for tomorrow.”.

Managerial-Leadership Case Study: Contextual Goals Matter

Mike Cardus

We are working on a 10 month project to change over our IT functions to a new government health system and we need to have it operational with all the bugs worked out in 14 months. Frank’s part of the project was due 3 days ago and he is still not done. Contextual Goals Matter.

Supervisory Leadership Development Workshop

Mike Cardus

Many times when promoted to a supervisor role the person is knowledgeable about the technical needs of the work BUT is lacking the skills in people management and the different ‘tools’ that are required for supervisory-leadership. Understanding the two components of skill development.

Blurred Lines: Setting Healthy Boundaries at Work

Strategy Driven

Research shows that 60-80% of all difficulties in organizations stem from strained relationships between employees, not from deficits in an individual employee’s skill or motivation. They want to operate where they are most comfortable.

Organizational Performance Measures – System Implementation Challenges

Strategy Driven

Ongoing maintenance/development of metrics and reports are highly reliant on the knowledge and skills of a single individual.

6 Silent Productivity and Profitability Pitfalls, part 1 of 7

Strategy Driven

So where Ford incorporated everything into one integrated mega-plant, Ohno designed operations for a network of factories. The last decade ushered in an economic meltdown and technological breakthroughs that have forever changed the business world as we knew it.

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5 Books To Read This Fall

Eric Jacobson

Author Paul Smith explains why storytelling has emerged as a vital skill for every leader and manager. Reilly, this is the book for brushing up on your leadership skills, or learning what to do in your new leadership role.

The Advisor’s Corner – Am I an At-Risk Leader?

Strategy Driven

By developing an accurate view of, and aptly managing, one’s own emotional responses to situations, the rest of you skills and talents are magnified and leveraged. Instead, they recognize what they are good at and leverage those skills.

Are You Leading… or Just Managing?

Lead on Purpose

After a solid performance, that manager will be promoted to a leadership position, under the assumption that their management skills will make them good leaders. Too many organizations operate on the idea that great managers make great leaders, and vice versa. But if you look at what’s required to fulfill each position, the skill sets don’t line up very well; in fact, some skills needed for one function may actually be counterproductive in the other.

The Critical Skills for Leading Major Change in America’s Health System

Harvard Business

health system, change management is an essential skill for public and private leaders alike. For these leaders — and young people aspiring to careers as health care managers — one very practical question emerges: What are the critical skills for leading major change in our health system? The latter was a project I led after returning to Partners in 2011. We reported the results publicly on a project website. At a time of profound volatility in the U.S.

Corporations: Donate Your Skills, Not Just Your Money

Harvard Business Review

They told us "skills-based" volunteerism that leverages an individual's particular strengths and interests was more rewarding than traditional programs that offer a generic opportunity to help. A skills-based, or pro bono, approach is about donating skills, not just money.

Redefining the Patient Experience with Collaborative Care

Harvard Business Review

By 2013, all eight medical-surgical units in the two hospitals had been converted to the collaborative-care model. This patient-centered approach minimizes duplication of effort, puts people in roles that leverage their skills and accelerates clinical learning as teammates teach each other.

Build a Career Worth Having

Harvard Business Review

Gallup''s 2013 State of the American Workplace study found that as many as 70% of working Americans were unfulfilled with their jobs, 18% to such an extent that they are actively undermining their co-workers. We live in a time of chronic dissatisfaction in the workplace.

An Obstacle to Patient-Centered Care: Poor Supply Systems

Harvard Business Review

My research shows that problems with the supply of equipment and materials — which I call “operational failures” — disrupt care and waste up to 10% of nurses’ workdays. Violations of these principles can result in operational failures. Why Do Operational Failures Persist?

Do You Have the IT For the Coming Digital Wave?

Harvard Business Review

IT is already being asked both to industrialize traditional infrastructures and systems fast to save costs, and to innovate customer experiences and operations with new digital technologies. Company and unit leaders need to ensure that IT is in a leading position on all key digital projects.

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Before Hiring a Design Partner, Consider This

Harvard Business Review

It''s your job to pour what you know into the project and travel with the team: think of it as an equal partnership. You should understand the solution''s cultural impact, its technological and operational feasibility, and its viability in your business. Design Project management

Want to Change the World? Be Resilient.

Harvard Business Review

Resilient leaders have three key characteristics: Grit : Short-term focus on tasks at hand, a willingness to slog through broken systems with limited resources, and pragmatic problem-solving skills. These individuals bring exceptional skills and business expertise to their work.

Never Say Goodbye to a Great Employee

Harvard Business Review

Former employees, of course, offer many advantages: they are familiar with your operations and culture, know many of your current employees and clients, and may require little or no training to start making contributions.

Six Ways to Grow Your Job

Harvard Business Review

If you’re ambitious but your job offers you limited opportunities for exploration and growth, what can you do to develop new skills? Some companies have allowed employees up to 20% of their time to work on their own projects, but I know of no company that helps leaders free up their time to work on the frontier of their jobs. Sign up for a project outside your main area. One of my students signed up for a project to re-think best leadership practices at his company.

To Work with Data, You Need a Lab and a Factory

Harvard Business Review

For the second, companies should set up and manage a "data factory," staffed by process engineers and others with deep technical skills who "get the job done"; a tight structure that promotes consistency, scale, and decreasing unit cost; a shorter-term focus; and a culture that values quality and revenue above all else. It calls for a sense of urgency; discipline and coordination; project plans and schedules; and higher levels of automation and repeatability.

The Future of Talent is In Clusters

Harvard Business Review

Many businesses aren't skilled in talent management or team nurturing. What's more, most employees don't work in high-performing teams for long periods — team members move on, projects finish, and other pressing needs come to the fore. An effective team is a powerful thing.

The Dangerous Tension Between CMOs and CIOs

Harvard Business Review

CMOs do not believe they are getting fast enough turnaround on projects and adequate quality from the IT departments. Forty-five percent of marketing executives say they would prefer to enable marketing employees to operate data and content without IT intervention.

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What Social Entrepreneurs Can Teach Your Company's Future Leaders

Harvard Business Review

The question is how to equip employees with the skills to handle complexities such as creating innovative solutions to emergent problems, understanding new markets, and pushing back on the "status quo." However, the core skills they need are different.

Military Leadership Lessons for Training Doctors

Harvard Business Review

But with their focus on clinical disease management and research, training programs actually offer little in the way of true leadership training – authentic experience that helps young doctors develop the leadership skills they will need.

Solving the Looming Talent Shortage in the Energy Industry

Harvard Business Review

So just when electric systems need to operate flawlessly — whether to power air conditioners, pump water, or heat homes — long-term challenges to power grids are multiplying. Utility companies are now developing these advanced data skills through public-private initiatives.

How to Get More Value Out of Your Data Analysts

Harvard Business Review

If you want to put analytics to work and build a more analytical organization, you need two cadres of employees: Analytics professionals to mine and prepare data, perform statistical operations, build models, and program the surrounding business applications.

Integrating Maintenance of Board Certification and Health Systems’ Quality-Improvement Programs

Harvard Business Review

Most physicians complete quality-improvement projects individually by completing modules provided by the specialty certification boards to collect, analyze, and improve quality on subsets of 25 to 50 patients.

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A Board Director's Perspective on What IT Has to Get Right

Harvard Business Review

Improving Operational Efficiency. For mature, large-scale, multinational companies, there is a virtuous cycle of efficiency improvements that frees up resources, which can then be deployed for growth and innovation projects.

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Emerging-Market Engineers Power Global Innovation

Harvard Business Review

The Top 100 Innovators also benefit from combining the power of their brands with the patents and engineering skills of third parties. But the $16 billion company operates in 60 countries , including Shenzhen, China, and Pune, India, employing a large number of engineers.

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. Politically speaking, operating in “survival mode” can leave us isolated. Projecting out into the future helps keep you alert and allows you to be nimble when opportunities arise.

How to Ace an Internal Interview

Harvard Business Review

The hiring manager might be looking to bring in a fresh perspective or skills that she assumes no one in the organization has. If people think of you as an excellent operations guy, they may have a hard time imagining you as a strategic thinker.

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CIOs Must Lead Outside of IT

Harvard Business Review

Be strategic and operational. Through visuals, storytelling, and metaphors that resonate with the company''s business leaders, CIOs must develop the skill of showing their stakeholders that foundational investments are the table stakes of innovation.

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