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. Ignoring the imperative and potential of technology is a short cut to irrelevance.

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. 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. by SAP.

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. 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. Stumped for what business books to add to your summer reading list?

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. 1) Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project Spring Tracking Survey 2013.

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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.

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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.

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

Tanveer Naseer

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.

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.

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.

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. Guest post from Cheryl A. Bond, Ed.D.,

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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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. Never in our time has there been a greater need for outstanding leaders.

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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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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). Social enterprise Technology

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 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.

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.

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.

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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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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.

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

Coaching Tip

Communications technology is breaking down national barriers and undermining rulers, while the youth look to new role models. Business should not be a selfish game. If you want to create wealth for yourself, then aim to create wealth for society as a whole.

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). Social enterprise Technology ICT

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. IT companies, in particular, need to be deliberate in getting out in front of change or risk being surpassed by advancing technology.

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.

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.

Capturing the Innovation Mindset at Bally Technologies

Harvard Business Review

Bally Technologies , a leading provider of gaming systems for casinos, has earned more than 60 awards for innovation in just the last four years. How did Bally Technologies do it? But while the foundational elements are the same, Bally Technologies uses them in a distinct way.

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.

How RFID Technology Improves Hospital Care

Harvard Business Review

They saw it as an opportunity to completely transform the operation to improve care and the patient experience and to lower costs. To that end, they decided to have a team study how care is delivered, identify the barriers to smooth operations, and fix the barriers.

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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.

To Improve African Education, Focus on Technology

Harvard Business Review

These present drivers of its economy, however, are under threat from technology. I founded the nonprofit African Institution of Technology to help universities in the region develop capabilities in emerging areas like microelectronics, biotech, and nanotechnology. Today’s model is using African diasporas where companies hire native Africans living abroad and then send them to the continent to expand their operations. Education drives technology.

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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.

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Strategy Driven

Complimentary Resource – Improving Business Operation Performance With Innovations. Best Practices for a BI and Analytics Strategy. by SAP. Learn how a solid enterprise BI strategy can help streamline your processes and sharpen your competitive edge.