10,000 Human Beings

Let's Grow Leaders

Every time we discuss a strategy, policy, or project, he stops and asks about the “human beings.” Fred’s Story Fred (not his real name) has a beautiful habit. His words are transformative.

Five Ways Leaders Turns Doubters into Doers

Chart Your Course

was changing its telecommute policy. Effective June 2013, all employees were required to work in the office. How could she possibly hope to retain and/or attract top talent with such draconian policies? Mayer enacted the policy because Yahoo! s new telecommute policy.

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StrategyDriven Editorial Perspective – The Ugly Truth About Partisan Public Project Labor Agreements

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Public project labor agreements (PLAs) provide another hurdle, unless their employees choose to pay union dues. Bush’s prohibition on the requirement for project labor agreements on federal projects.

Happier Employees in 1 Simple Step

Survive Your Promotion

As Tony Schwartz writes in the Harvard Business Review , recent studies have shown a strong correlation between employee engagement and autonomy: Specifically, Towers Watson concludes that organizations must create policies and practices that make it possible for employees to better manage their workload, live more balanced lives and exercise greater autonomy around how, when, and where they get their work done. If your next project results are this bad you’re fired.

Wild West Days of Social Media Are Over: Time For Some Discipline, Communicators


Project management skills particular to social media ; such as search engine optimization (SEO), blogger influencer outreach, media buying and more.

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Eighth Annual Hay Group Study Identifies Best Companies for Leadership

Great Leadership By Dan

Leaders work hard to connect people with projects that are personally meaningful to them. Actively applies sustainable and energy-efficient policies. Hollywood has the Oscars, Television the Emmys, publishing has the Pulitzer prizes, and leadership development has its own annual awards. There are a few of these annual leader rankings, and quite frankly, it’s difficult to keep them straight.

Why Sleepy Leaders Are Bad Leaders


Tony Schwartz , founder of The Energy Project cites research that argues that 95 percent of humans require 7-8 hours of sleep per night. It’s a tempting thought: the more we work, the more productive we are. For those in senior leadership, it can be irresistible.

Todd L. Pittinsky: An interview by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

He was previously Associate Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, where he served as Research Director for Harvard’s Center for Public Leadership. Todd L. Pittinsky is Professor of Technology and Society at SUNY Stony Brook and a senior lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Business. In 2001, he launched the Allophilia [.].

Five Jobs Made More Effective With Change Management

Change Starts Here

Yet, without a change management approach, HR tends to work within a transactional role, attacking problems reactively with policies, training, incentive programs, and memos. Project Management. Focused primarily on schedule, scope and budget, project managers often overlook the biggest risk to their project’s success: the unexpected obstacles people place in the path during implementation.

Managerial-Leadership Case Study: Falling from Big Enough to Too Small in competence for the role

Mike Cardus

Under her management, in the previous role, the department had a 98% retention rate of employees and a project completion on time, on budget, and within determined specifications of 83%, the highest amongst any of her peers.

Leadership actions that are not an option for leaders.

Strategy Driven

Don’t focus on task or project completion. Rather, think what will happen AFTER the project is completed. Corporate Cultures – Why Policies Don’t Match Actions. “Where’s the action? Where’s the game?”

The Ideas that Shaped Management in 2013

Harvard Business Review

The result, I think, is a set of ideas that together are important, useful, and original, and that feel like quite an accurate account of the management concerns many of us shared in 2013. And the seven policy changes Stew Friedman recommends would benefit all working Americans. 7 Policy Changes America Needs So People Can Work and Have Kids. The right kind of project management — and project manager — really matters.

StrategyDriven White Paper Advises Leaders on Preventing Catastrophic Industrial Accidents

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Greg Gaskey is a StrategyDriven Principal with over twenty years of nuclear plant operations, maintenance, and large-scale program and project management experience.

The Big Picture of Business: The Colonel and Me

Strategy Driven

One resulting project was ‘KFC Kalendar,’ an advertising campaign that showcased community events and public service announcements to diverse communities. Corporate cultures depend upon real-time conditions, projected outcomes and policies that promote steady growth.).

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StrategyDriven Editorial Perspective – Panic of 1907 vs Great Recession of 2008

Strategy Driven

This year, 2013, marks the 100th anniversary of the Federal Reserve System, and central bankers are taking a historical perspective. A July 2013 Congressional research report articulates a challenge for today’s central bankers.

6 Silent Productivity and Profitability Pitfalls, part 4 of 7

Strategy Driven

You can’t achieve this level of performance if you attempt to dictate their every move with rigid policies and procedures. Silent Killer #3: Bureaucratic Styles. To most people, bureaucracy is a bad word, synonymous with ‘red tape’ and wasted time.

Vacation Policy in Corporate America Is Broken

Harvard Business Review

All of this has culminated in the new trend of eliminating vacation policies, so that employees can make work-life balance decisions that work for them. Companies like Virgin, Netflix, Evernote, Expedia, and Motley Fool are leading the charge on these types of policies.

7 Policy Changes America Needs So People Can Work and Have Kids

Harvard Business Review

I recently published research from the Wharton Work/Life Integration Project , comparing Wharton’s Classes of 1992 and 2012. Given the rising costs of health care, working parents benefit greatly from health care policies that don’t punish them for taking time off or moving.

To Simplify, First Clear the Underbrush

Harvard Business Review

Many people envision the upper rungs of the corporate ladder as an inspired, innovative place where leaders spend their time on stimulating projects that shape the organization''s future. This post was coauthored by Lisa Bodell.

IT on Steroids: The Benefits (and Risks) of Accelerating Technology

Harvard Business Review

Agile projects have focused on standard, non-critical systems. To the extent that agile becomes the default method to build large-scale IT projects, demands to speed up the delivery of IT projects will increase. In turn, the corporate IT project portfolio needs to adapt.

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China’s Bad Bet on the Environment

Harvard Business Review

Finally, in September 2013, faced with mounting social discontent, Premier Li Keqiang announced a sweeping new plan to try to address the country’s air quality problems. In 2013, the environment surpassed illegal land expropriation as the largest source of social unrest in the country.

The Missing Half of the Education Debate

Harvard Business Review

The crescendo of concern is shaping public discourse, policy debate, and private experimentation through commitments such as the $472 million made to higher education by the Gates Foundation since 2006.

Health Insurance Exchanges Fulfill Both Liberal and Conservative Goals

Harvard Business Review

The new health insurance market places—the exchanges set up under Obamacare—have become the hot health policy topic. in the September 26, 2013 New England Journal of Medicine.).

The European Union: A Failed Experiment

Harvard Business Review

In a phrase, it''s time to throw out the EU project itself. For the EU project to work, it would require, at a minimum, substantial political power at the center to tax, control fiscal policy, and create a region-wide safety net capable of protecting people in a downturn.

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C'mon, IT Leaders. Take a Chance!

Harvard Business Review

Execution risk: A wrong execution model or poor execution can make a project run too long and cost too much, leading to a total loss of focus and a reduction in value creation. Almost half of IT projects run over budget and about 56 percent deliver less value than predicted.

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

Harvard Business Review

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. The biggest opportunities for these companies are simplification and horizontal integration projects.

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Remember: A Country Is Not a Company

Harvard Business Review

If politicians and policy makers believe their country is, literally, insolvent, then they behave differently towards their creditors. The single European currency project, in depriving member states of the ability to issue their own currency, has created the conditions for something close to national insolvency when economies slump. A more or less autocratic system of coercion is the logical outcome of these policies.

Use Your Sales Force’s Competitive Intelligence Wisely

Harvard Business Review

They hear from manufacturers’ reps not only about new forms of packaging and new products, but also about such things as planned pricing, discount policies, and marketing initiatives.

Getting Big Results from a Small Business Unit

Harvard Business Review

One reason Hopkins is outpacing others is because it created an agile satellite unit – Johns Hopkins Medicine International (JHI) – within the much larger parent organization solely dedicated to these projects.

Are You Really Ready for an Acquisition?

Harvard Business Review

Predictions are that 2013 will be even more active as companies that have stockpiled cash look to invest in new growth opportunities. What managers can be freed up to contribute to the integration projects? Are acquisitions part of your company's growth plan? Odds are the answer is yes.

Why Can't a CIO Be More Like a CFO?

Harvard Business Review

Given this failure to establish responsibility and accountability, it is also not surprising that most ECM projects fail, and a large percentage of IT projects generally fail to realize their potential or go well over budget. Information governance is not IT''s job.

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Could the Middle East Fuel the Solar Industry?

Harvard Business Review

Meanwhile, as targets are set to expand the installed capacity for solar electricity, many foresaw real difficulty in attracting capital to finance the projects that would yield those extra gigawatts. Today, financing is a critical barrier to solar projects worldwide.

Closing the Chasm Between Strategy and Execution

Harvard Business Review

The easy solutions for this divide are the process solutions: better project management, clearer rules of engagement, and tighter operating policies. They continuously hand ideas back and forth throughout all phases of a project, strengthening them together.

Military Leadership Lessons for Training Doctors

Harvard Business Review

To address this gap, the Vanderbilt Department of Otolaryngology developed a 4-year program that consists of selected Naval ROTC leadership topics, public speaking training, a micro-MBA course, and a capstone leadership project on community disease prevention that puts students into leadership roles.

Fixing the World's Infrastructure Problems

Harvard Business Review

We need to make better choices about the projects we''re investing in. Projects need to be clearly linked to broader economic and social development, rather than being vanity exercises. This could save up to $400 billion a year and accelerate the timeline for the completion of projects.

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The GOP Needs a New Product, Not a New Brand

Harvard Business Review

The latest example is the 100-page Growth and Opportunity Project (GOP, get it?) I realize this is skin lotion we're talking about, not politics and policy.

Why Europe's Carbon Woes Matter to the Whole World

Harvard Business Review

The resulting chaos in Europe''s energy and environmental policies is threatening carbon-reduction initiatives in Australia, Asia, and elsewhere. European policy makers have proposed a multistep process to correct the immediate imbalance caused by the weak economy.

Africa Is More Stable than You've Been Led to Think

Harvard Business Review

The Polity IV Project measures political regimes on a spectrum from fully institutionalized autocracies (low scores) to fully institutionalized democracies (high scores).

The American Way of Hiring Is Making Long-Term Unemployment Worse

Harvard Business Review

From a policy perspective, this means that we need more than mantras about “more education is needed” to solve the ongoing crisis of long-term unemployment. There are currently more than 4 million Americans who have been unemployed for 27 weeks or more.

Avoiding the Schizophrenic IT Organization

Harvard Business Review

Increasingly, business leaders are driving transformation projects in areas like digital marketing, multi-channel sales, and product-content and customer-information management, pushing the CIO and IT organization to respond in new, faster, and different ways.

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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. If this directive reflects real policy, then we are faced with a China that may be open to greater economic reform while remaining politically regressive.

When Work Is Challenging, Economies Thrive

Harvard Business Review

But Edmund Phelps, the Columbia University economist who won a Nobel in 2006 " for his analysis of intertemporal tradeoffs in macroeconomic policy ," has been doing his best to change that. Voyaging into uncertainty, and embarking on new projects. So what are the policy recommendations?

Solving the Looming Talent Shortage in the Energy Industry

Harvard Business Review

for example, a backlog of baby-boomer retirees is expected to turnover upwards of 40 percent of utilities'' 400,000-strong workforce, according to a study by the Task Force on America''s Future Energy Jobs produced by the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC).