How Nonprofit Leaders Can Use Strategy and Technology to Enhance Organization’s Performance

Great Leadership By Dan

Unprecedented competition, higher expectations, accelerating technology, changing preferences and time pressures are all converging to create a challenging landscape. The technology imperative. Many associations and non-profits have been slow to adopt technology in a world that is rapidly going digital. Members, donors, policymakers, and volunteers alike are constantly using technology from apps to streaming video to social media.

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. As a female entrepreneur who has built a successful company over the past decade, I forced myself to look even further ahead and determine what might be coming, not just in 2013 but in the next five years or so. But many of the trends are picking up speed now and should become even more pronounced in 2013. Guest Post By: Andrea Simon, PhD.,

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Complimentary Resource – Improving Business Operation Performance With Innovations

Strategy Driven

Improving Business Operation Performance With Innovations. Learn how using analytics to guide a business operations function is the path to continuous improvement and achieving higher operational performance. Arguably no technology is changing job functions within organizations more than analytics. Analytics tools give decision-makers the best possible intelligence about customers, finances, operations, suppliers, and the market.

Succession Planning: Not Just for Older Leaders

N2Growth Blog

billion as of March 2013 (per Forbes Magazine.) It is essentially impossible not to and this is particularly true in the ever-changing and evolving technology industry. CEO Profiles Crisis Management Operations & Strategy Success CEO Onboarding CEO Succession Planning Dell Computers Dell Computers CEO Micahel Dell Offboarding Succession Planning By Patricia Lenkov , Chair, Executive Search, N2growth.

5 Must-Read Books For Business Leaders For Summer 2013

Eric Jacobson

This book, by Brain Solis, details the incredible transformation happening in business today, driven by new social and mobile technologies. In his book, he explains that to be successful you need to know more than your industry and just the basic concepts of leadership, management and operations. Stumped for what business books to add to your summer reading list?

How Retro – Yahoo CEO Elminates Working Remotely

Survive Your Promotion

All those remote workers will now need desk or office space which means a bigger operational footprint and that’s not cheap. It’s 2013. Uncategorized management Remote Teams ROWE Technology Telecommuting YahooHigh tech companies are supposed to be at the leading edge right? So why did Yahoo’s new CEO just turn the clock back to 1985 and require all of their employees to come into the office ? I can think of a few reasons – what do you think?

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Rebooting Work: How to Make Work— Work for You

Leading Blog

Rebooting Work by Silicon Valley legend Maynard Webb and Carlye Adler is a sensible look at the changing nature of the workplace and how you can use emerging technologies to take charge of your career. Webb believes that technology presents us with an opportunity. Understanding and embracing today’s technological trends is the fastest way to travel to the career of your dreams. ”. We may move from frame to frame but we tend to operate in one.

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The Coming of the Clairvoyant Computer

Leading Blog

In commercial, industrial, and government applications—in the real-world usage of machine learning to predict—it's known as: Predictive analytics —Technology that learns from experience (data) to predict the future behavior of individuals in order to drive better decisions. Organizations of all kinds benefit by applying predictive analytics, since there's ample room for operational improvement; organizations are intrinsically inefficient and wasteful on a grand scale.

Decoding The Truth Of Leading Multi-Generational Workforces

Tanveer Naseer

In some ways it’s only natural that we see an increase in discussions on potential challenges for organizations in operating under a multi-generational workforce. One of the key faults found in all these discussions on the differences between Millennials and the other generational cohorts is that they often differentiate generational values with respect to technological differences – in particular, differences in usage – as opposed to sociological ones.

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The Benefits Of Being A Social Leader For Today’s Organizations

Tanveer Naseer

There’s no question that given the faster-pace at which organizations have to operate – along with the increasingly short-term lens through which decisions are now being made – it’s becoming easier for leaders to fall into the trap of making all their communications one-way in order to expedite matters.

The Worst CEOs of 2012: What did we Learn?

Great Leadership By Dan

This post first appeared 1/24/2013 on SmartBlog on Leadership : The year 2013 has begun, and with it a new year of scrutinizing CEO performance. Valuewalk says it “used our own proprietary technology to make the final decisions.” How can CEOs avoid ending up on the “Worst CEOs of 2013”? Failure to address lingering operational problems.

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Are You Feeling Disconnected As a Leader?

Great Leadership By Dan

The room had the organization’s top sixty leaders of a large technology services company. They also felt they were operating at cross-purposes every single day. He has worked with organizations in the energy, financial services, technology, professional services, and public sectors. Guest post from Vince Molinaro, Ph.D.: It was a tough day. I had finished leading a one-day leader forum event with a new client.

How Retro – Yahoo CEO Elminates Working Remotely

Survive Your Promotion

All those remote workers will now need desk or office space which means a bigger operational footprint and that’s not cheap. It’s 2013. Uncategorized management Remote Teams ROWE Technology Telecommuting YahooHigh tech companies are supposed to be at the leading edge right? So why did Yahoo’s new CEO just turn the clock back to 1985 and require all of their employees to come into the office ? I can think of a few reasons – what do you think?

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Personal Business Maturity

Great Leadership By Dan

They illustrate respect for their employees and peers by providing open and honest communication about the rationale for decisions made to ensure teams are operating with facts and not rumor or misinterpretations. It’s not that difficult to build maturity if you operate intelligently and with sincerity. Guest post from Jim DuBreuil: If you Google the term, “business maturity,” you will find lots of discussions about the emergence of social networks to drive new business.

Why HR Needs to Be a Marketer

In the CEO Afterlife

Wal-Mart people can’t deliver that promise without a super-efficient operation. They’re bloggers, content curators, product raters, mobile app makers and technology experts. Great marketing begins with great strategy. Great strategy seldom happens without sacrifice. Sacrifice is the natural path to differentiation. The best brand custodians know that you never promise a smorgasbord of benefits; trying to be all things to all people is a recipe for disaster.

Connecting with Abrasive Leaders

Great Leadership By Dan

More than a decade ago, I learned a set of simple principles that describe how the human operating system works, what’s behind our experience of life in the moment. About the author: Cheryl Bond is an accomplished learning and organizational development professional with experience in a variety of corporate cultures including technology, legal, insurance, financial services and 14 years at BAE Systems one of the world’s largest defense and security providers.

GC21: Gamifying Consumerism at Healthcare University | with Clayton Nicholas

Engaging Leader

After honing his expertise in general management, marketing, strategy and sales techniques across healthcare and information technology sectors, Nicholas now leads marketing and public relations functions while helping to drive strategy and […]. Most recently, Nicholas was executive director of clinical strategy and operations for Walgreens.

The Widening Gap Between Leaders and Up-and-coming Leaders…and What to Do About It

Great Leadership By Dan

What’s needed to overcome what I call the “leadership crisis,” is not new technology or massive staffing changes. There exists no better way to create the belief in the value of the human capital asset, than by demonstrating the connectedness between winning succession practices and operational success. Never in our time has there been a greater need for outstanding leaders.

Could Your Next CEO Come from Any Department?

Modern Servant Leader

Do you value operations, maintenance, customer service , engineering, information technology , sales , finance, marketing , accounting – all departments, equally? How do you view each department in your organization? In Good to Great, Jim Collins explains the best CEOs are not external hires, but brought up through internal development. Therefore, your organization is best served by looking across the entire company for future leaders.

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Kodak’s Downfall Wasn’t About Technology

Harvard Business

The company filed for bankruptcy protection in 2012, exited legacy businesses and sold off its patents before re-emerging as a sharply smaller company in 2013. Kodak was so blinded by its success that it completely missed the rise of digital technologies. So, another explanation is that Kodak invented the technology but didn’t invest in it. Kodak created a digital camera, invested in the technology, and even understood that photos would be shared online.

The Greatest Business Leaders of Today: What Can We Learn From Them?

Great Results Team Building

Following the examples of some of the greatest business leaders of our times can pay off for you personally, and any business venture you are involved in, whether you are an employee in a corporation or running your own operation. The company''s creation, the operating system Microsoft Windows runs billions of computers, telephones, and tablets worldwide. Microsoft''s early success came because much larger companies lacked the vision to exploit early computing operating systems.

Building Citizenship at Work

LDRLB

I found out later it had nothing to do with me and was instead a problem with the operation of the equipment. We will expect our speakers to work hard to give us the best 15 minute talk of their life, and on the day of the event, we will make sure our technology works flawlessly. The video from my TEDxReno talk “Citizenship at Work” is now live. I have to tell you honestly that they had some problems with audio that day, starting with my talk.

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The Big Picture of Business – Achieving the Best by Preparing for the Worst: Lessons Learned from High-Profile Crises, part 2 of 4

Strategy Driven

Business shift from the retail dealer customer service mentality of Firestone shifted to a high-production tire operation. economy spent one trillion dollars fixing and treating the so-called Y2K Bug, which we now know was a manufactured “crisis” by technology consulting companies. As was discussed in Chapter 8, technology constitutes one tenth of 1% of any organization’s overall Big Picture. Wrong Actions, Mis-Actions.

The Serendipity Machine

Mills Scofield

It is an attitude of openness and sharing that anyone operating within a social network needs to have anyway. Seats2meet.com makes an enormous effort to develop the best technology available to support this serendipity. I met Sebastian Olma of Serendipity Lab through my friend Joe Pine. Yes, you can orchestrate serendipity!!

The Economics Hurdle

Six Disciplines

Larger businesses spend about two percent of sales to maintain their IT operations. Remember that investments in software and technology are, in essence, investments in more effective business best practices. Small and mid-sized businesses simply don’t have the economies of scale to invest in the array of technologies and programs described in Chapter 4, not to mention the expertise to integrate and utilize it effectively.

Can Technology End Poverty?

Harvard Business Review

If you believe the hype, technology is going to help us end global poverty. Berkeley researcher Kentaro Toyama has a blog dedicated to calling out naïve or inappropriate uses of information and communication technologies (ICT). Calling himself the ICT4D jester (using the development jargon for "information and communication technologies for development"), he has no shortage of material. To do that, it's vital that technology be suitable and relevant to the lives of its users.

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 and the power of failure" by Malcolm Gladwell in The New Yorker, June 24, 2013. These entrepreneurs thoroughly understand their technology. They may well be on their way to mastering the engineering and operational issues involved in delivering their product or service.

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

Coaching Tip

Communications technology is breaking down national barriers and undermining rulers, while the youth look to new role models. In just seven years (2002-2009), he transformed a moribund ex-state-owned telecom operator, MTC, from its base of 500,000 customers in Kuwait into an international company that reached over 72 million customers across 23 countries in the Middle East and Africa, introducing the world's first boundary-less roaming. Business should not be a selfish game.

Retain Your Top Performers

Marshall Goldsmith

Innovative high-technology corporations are currently paying employees large bonuses to recruit top talent. Gifford Pinchot, inventor of the term intrapreneur, has shown how major corporations can provide positive opportunities for reasonably autonomous enterprises to operate within the larger corporate structure.

Setting Standards, Identifying Obstacles & Sharing Learnings

Eric Jacobson

Here are some good tips for leading a successful business operation from the handy booklet, 144 Ways To Walk The Talk, by Eric Harvey and Al Lucia: Involve your team in setting standards that are achievable but also require everyone to stretch their knowledge and skills. Work as a team to stay abreast of technology advancements.

The Economics Hurdle

Six Disciplines

Larger businesses spend about two percent of sales to maintain their IT operations. Remember that investments in software and technology are, in essence, investments in more effective business best practices. Small and mid-sized businesses simply don’t have the economies of scale to invest in the array of technologies and programs described in Chapter 4, not to mention the expertise to integrate and utilize it effectively.

Leadership Blind Spots

Coaching Tip

These entrepreneurs thoroughly understand their technology. They may well be on their way to mastering the engineering and operational issues involved in delivering their product or service. Driving in the "blind spot" is dangerous both personally and corporately. After working with entrepreneurs for several years now, one major failing keeps surfacing -- too many have a fatal marketing "blind spot".

Team Building and Employee Engagement Day

Mike Cardus

The images and comments are from a full day Team Building & Employee Engagement Kick-Off program held at the Rochester Institute of Technology RIT. I learned that not only are the people within my department a great group of people, but the entire group of operations is as well. I saw, from the exercises we did, that Operations is a pretty good team already in and of its self. Had the honor of working with Pictometry from Rochester NY.

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 Analytics combines StrategyDriven’s industry leading asset management and data analytics experience with Xen Wireless’s information technology and delivery expertise.

Big Data, Big Opportunity

Chartered Management Institute

Big Data, and its close cousin the Internet of Things, are among the trendier terms of 2013. It often helps if the executive in charge is not from IT, but from operations or marketing, and that there are close links with customer-facing and other operational roles. Last month the supermarket giant Tesco announced a partnership with a technology firm Amscreen aimed at improving the targeting of its advertisements.

The Secret to Successful Recruiting

Strategy Driven

While workplaces are swiftly becoming more and more advanced in cloud computing, using social media for marketing purposes, and generally becoming au fait with modern technology, there is one area which is sadly lacking when it comes to technological advancement. Despite the realization that computer software greatly enhances the efficiency with which businesses operates, the use of recruitment software is not widespread. Recruitment has always been a tricky business.

IT Organizations Built to Last

Strategy Driven

Over the past two decades, technology has advanced exponentially; and with that burgeoning growth, IT organizations have seen tremendous expansion. Customer centricity as a strategy reorients the entire business-operating model around the customer; it means understanding the customer’s point of view and respecting the customer’s interest. IT companies, in particular, need to be deliberate in getting out in front of change or risk being surpassed by advancing technology.

Organizational Performance Measures – System Implementation Challenges

Strategy Driven

Consequently, there are often many people, process, and technology challenges associated with the implementation or significant upgrade of such monitoring systems. Technology Related Challenges. We can work with you to assess and improve your performance measurement system; yielding metrics and reports that are operationally relevant, organizationally consistent, and economically implemented.

Can Technology End Poverty?

Harvard Business Review

If you believe the hype, technology is going to help us end global poverty. Berkeley researcher Kentaro Toyama has a blog dedicated to calling out naïve or inappropriate uses of information and communication technologies (ICT). Calling himself the ICT4D jester (using the development jargon for "information and communication technologies for development"), he has no shortage of material. To do that, it's vital that technology be suitable and relevant to the lives of its users.

6 Silent Productivity and Profitability Pitfalls, part 1 of 7

Strategy Driven

The last decade ushered in an economic meltdown and technological breakthroughs that have forever changed the business world as we knew it. So where Ford incorporated everything into one integrated mega-plant, Ohno designed operations for a network of factories. The changes have been so dramatic that most companies are still scrambling to figure out the new rules of the game.

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Complimentary Resource – Best Practices for a BI and Analytics Strategy

Strategy Driven

A growing number of organizations are moving toward having more pervasive Business Intelligence (BI) by turning to evidence-based decision making supported by a range of BI and analytics technology and processes that enable decision makers to have the best possible intelligence about customers, finances, operations, suppliers, and the market. Complimentary Resource – Improving Business Operation Performance With Innovations.

5 Books To Read This Fall

Eric Jacobson

This book, by Brain Solis, details the incredible transformation happening in business today, driven by new social and mobile technologies. In his book, he explains that to be successful you need to know more than your industry and just the basic concepts of leadership, management and operations. Stumped for what business books to add to your fall reading list?

Organizational Performance Measures – Post System Implementation Challenges

Strategy Driven

A performance measurement system’s complexity and organizational impact can bring with it many people, process, and technology challenges post implementation. We can work with you to assess and improve your performance measurement system; yielding metrics and reports that are operationally relevant, organizationally consistent, and economically implemented.