Women Leadership Changes in 2013

Coaching Tip

Kathleen Taylor was named the next chairman of the Royal Bank of Canada. Source: Bloomberg BusinessWeek, December 19, 2013. It’s hard to believe that at the end of 2013 we still see more than a few all-male corporate boards and leadership teams.” Catalyst Take on Women Leaders in 2013. Janet Yellen is lined up to run the Federal Reserve. General Motors named Mary Barra to be the next chief executive officer (CEO).

The Fall of Competitive Advantage and the Rise of Transient Advantages


One such Strategista is Kay Krill, CEO of Ann Taylor (and Loft), a “ bellwether ” woman’s apparel retail store. In 1999, six years before she was appointed CEO, Kay “gave birth to triplets” – her twin boys and the new “Ann Taylor Loft” (now just “Loft”) retail stores.

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Peter Gray: Part 1 of an interview of him by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Peter Gray, research professor of psychology at Boston College, has conducted and published research in a wide range of fields, including neuroendocrinology, animal behavior, developmental psychology, anthropology, and education. He is author of a highly regarded college textbook, Psychology (Worth Publishers), now in its 6th edition. Most of his recent research and writing has to [.].

Advice on Advice

Let's Grow Leaders

” – Samuel Taylor Coleridge What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? “Advice is like snow; the softer it falls the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper it seeks into the mind.”

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Three Powerful "F" Words to Use With Difficult Teammates

Great Results Team Building

Samuel Taylor Coleridge once said that “Advice is like snow - the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper in sinks into the mind.”.

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How To Embrace Change In Today’s Organizations

Tanveer Naseer

Taylor, who used his role as the Plant Manager for the Goodyear Fayetteville plant to implement measures like putting up information boards throughout the plant that identified which manufacturing team was working on a given product line and the level of output they were creating.

How To Succeed At Leadership – Inspiration From An Unlikely Source

Tanveer Naseer

Taylor who, as the plant manager of the Goodyear Fayetteville plant, actually cleaned the bathrooms at this facility in order to show his hourly wage employees that he cared about their working conditions because he wanted them to succeed.

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3 tips for TED speakers (and other talkers)

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is a brief article by Daniel Pink for LinkedIn PULSE: The news and insights you need to know in which he offers some observations about TED an then some advice to those who aspire to present a TED program. Briefly, TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out in 1984 […].

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Successful companies are “nice”

Lead on Purpose

Mr. Shankman shows how leaders like JetBlue’s Dave Needleman, Andrew Taylor of Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Ken Chenault of Amex practice these traits to build productive, open, innovative and positive workplaces for the benefit of customers, employees, stockholders, and the bottom line. “There’s no way to institutionalize or “corporatize” niceness…. It has to come from the top, and from there it will filter down…”. We live in a world where information travels quickly and powerfully.

All Work in Done Through Relationships

Coaching Tip

Increases in oxytocin cause people to seek social contact with others (Taylor, 2002), so that a virtuous cycle of positive social interactions is created. Fostering the formation of positive relationships in organizations is a topic that has been well examined.

Make the Most of the Present

Your Voice of Encouragement

Tolle’s observations reminded me of the wisdom in another favorite book, My Stroke of Insight by Jill Bolte Taylor. Eckhart Tolle Jill Bolte Taylor My Stroke of Insight Personal Development The Power of Now

Engaging Culture One Conversation At A Time

Tanveer Naseer

He traces this dynamic back to Frederick Taylor, who was both an efficiency engineer and a fierce advocate of workplace democracy. Taylor’s struggle to integrate his holistic and systemic instincts with his desire to quantify and measure performance created an internal dialogue that Weisbord believes has shaped organizational cultures ever since. The following is a guest post by contributing editor of strategy+business Sally Helgesen.

Co-Created Leadership


In their book Exploring Leadership , published late last year, Richard Bolden, Beverly Hawkins and Jonathan Gosling from the Centre for Leadership Studies at the University of Exeter and Scott Taylor from the University of Birmingham argue for quite a different picture of leadership.

An Oxymoron: $1-to-2 Billion Penalty With No Wrongdoing

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Source: The Wall Street Journal, October 18, 2013. Taylor Caldwell: Captains and the Kings. Reason Why 2013 Stock Prices are in the Stratosphere.

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“The Future is Happening to the Book Business” says Jeff Bezos – And So Many Existing Businesses Just Might be in Jeopardy

First Friday Book Synopsis

Jeff Bezos Quoted in The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon by Brad Stone ——————– When I moved to Dallas in 1987, I did my book browsing and book buying at Taylor’s Books. “Amazon isn’t happening to the book business. The future is happening to the book business.”

Does All This Sound Familiar?

Coaching Tip

Source: The New Yorker, November 18, 2013. Taylor Caldwell: Captains and the Kings. .

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Tune-in 9pmEST SiriusXM Ch125! Topic: Grace & Selfless-Service

General Leadership

“–boss), Stacy (Twitter: @fritzsa69 ) is the wife of GeneralLeadership.com’s Associate Curator, Lt Col Matthew Fritz , who has been deployed to Kabul Afghanistan since August 2013.

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33 HBR Blog Posts You Should Read Before 2013

Harvard Business Review

We hope you'll find some insights here you may have missed the first time around, and that they'll help you make 2013 a productive and innovative year for your company and yourself. Bill Taylor.

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Good News Boosts the CEO's Pay; Bad News Has No Effect

Harvard Business Review

Taylor of The Wharton School reports from his study of more than 4,500 chief executives. CEOs are in effect insured against bad news about their abilities, Taylor says. If shareholders think a CEO has done something good to boost profits, they reward the boss with a pay increase amounting to 48.9% (on average) of the perceived contribution to higher profits. But when the CEO is seen as causing a profit decline, there''s a zero effect on his or her pay, Lucian A.

How Collaboration Tools Can Improve Knowledge Work

Harvard Business Review

Frederick Winslow Taylor , regarded as the father of scientific management and one of the first management consultants in the early 1900s, believed workers were incapable of dissecting and improving their jobs. Taylor expected workers to comply with a standard set of steps defined by process experts (including Taylor himself). They can no longer sit back and wait for directions as Taylor's mindless and expendable cogs in the organizational machine.

Six Numbers Reveal the Booming Business of Auto-Analytics

Harvard Business Review

Frederick Taylor''s famous Time and Motion studies aimed to make factory work more scientific. Imagine if Taylor had the tools we''ll have now. It looks like we''re moving toward a New Taylorism, only this time, the worker takes control of measuring effectiveness.

To Avoid the Customer Recency Trap, Listen to the Data

Harvard Business Review

The effect can be dramatic, as you can see from the exhibit, which is based on data from a meal-preparation service provider in a study I conducted with Gail Ayala Taylor of Dartmouth, Kimberly D. A lot of stories emerge from customer data. The trick is figuring out which story to listen to.

Entrepreneurs: You're More Important Than Your Business Plan

Harvard Business Review

In 2012 Echoing Green invested in 28-year-old Marquis Taylor as one of our Open Society Black Male Achievement Fellows. So while we know that Marquis Taylor meets our eight criteria and has a better than average chance of success, we're still buckled in for what might be a bumpy ride.

When Digital Marketing Gets Too Creepy

Harvard Business Review

But if you''re a Qantas or Singapore Air — or a luxury brand like a Zegna or Lord &Taylor — technology forces you to revisit and rewrite the relationships narratives you want your customers to experience.

How IT Professionals Can Embrace the Serendipity Economy

Harvard Business Review

With Frederick''s Taylor invention of scientific management in the 1880s, and its subsequent assimilation into what we now consider modern management, organizations have used logic and rationality to the eliminate waste, to seek efficiency, and to transfer human knowledge to tools and processes.

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Tesco's Horseburger Debacle Is a Strategic Blessing

Harvard Business Review

For Port, the names might include Churchill, Warre, Sandeman, Taylor. The recent scandal with Tesco's burgers has reignited a discussion about who, along the value chain, should bear the brunt of responsibility for a product.

It's Time for Tenure to Lose Tenure

Harvard Business Review

Taylor, chair of Columbia University's Department of Religion and author of a book critical of tenure , estimates that a college ties up between $10 million and $12 million of its endowment to support a single tenured professor for a 35-year career.

Just Make a Decision Already

Harvard Business Review

In the mid-1990s, researchers Shelley Taylor of UCLA and Peter Gollwitzer at NYU discovered that when contemplating a decision we have not yet made, virtually everyone will temporarily exhibit the same personality traits — neuroticism, low sense of control, pessimism — that the Michigan study linked to indecisiveness.

Morning Advantage: 50% of People Don't Feel Valued at Work

Harvard Business Review

based tire maker Titan International, Maurice Taylor, had considered buying a plant in northern France, but gave up on the idea and then proceeded to infuriate the French by complaining that the workers at the plant spent as much time talking as working. A new American Psychological Association survey outlines this stat among many other findings about stress in the U.S. workforce.

Morning Advantage: Why This Start-Up Will Never Promote Another Facebook Post

Harvard Business Review

Yorkshire Gold has always had a cult following in the United States, but it wasn't until fictional Nick Brody, a central character on the hit show Homeland revealed his penchant for it that "our Twitter feed went crazy," says Taylors of Harrogate brand manager Sam Ward. Facebook has never shied away from trying new things — even if its customers find those things unpalatable.

Superman Was a Reporter. Now He Owns the Newspaper.

Harvard Business Review

James Fallows has a lovely piece about why the moment is significant for journalism; Kara Swisher writes about what the Post didn''t see coming and offers Bezos some excellent advice; and (on our own site) Bill Taylor and Justin Fox explore new leadership and investment models related to the acquisition. Clark Kent''s Got His Work Cut Out for Him. Everyone has an opinion about Jeff Bezos’s purchase of The Washington Post.

Morning Advantage: A Supply Chain Solution to an Age-Old Problem

Harvard Business Review

As HBR blogger Bill Taylor has noted, there's value in appealing to all five of your customers' senses. Time after time, three issues continue to bedevil global flood relief efforts — lack of advance preparation, lack of attention to floods too small to grab the international spotlight, and lack of economic recovery efforts after the waters abate. Here in the Guardian , two business professors offer a practical solution to all three problems using developing nations’ supply chains.

Define Your Organization's Habits to Work More Efficiently

Harvard Business Review

Instead of considering your people as mindless, uniform "workers" (as Frederick Winslow Taylor did in a bygone era) who must be constantly supervised and arm-twisted into doing the correct thing, companies like Union Pacific are helping them do their jobs better using a flexible view of standard operating procedures.

Don't Wait for Change

Harvard Business Review

Offering not much more than the chance to make a difference (and travel expenses) his line up eventually included Fast-Company Founder Bill Taylor ; Saul Kaplan , who runs the Business Innovation Factory in Providence; Whitney Johnson , founding partner of Rose Park Advisors; Lara Lee, the Chief Innovation and Operating Officer of Continuum; and a dozen others (including me). You probably can think of something in your company that should change.

The Best Leadership Books of 2016

Leading Blog

Taylor There's no such thing as an average or old-fashioned business, just average or old-fashioned ways to do business. Best Leadership Books of 2013. O NCE AGAIN we see that despite our rhetoric, what we are is reflected in our leaders and leadership.

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The Key to Change Is Middle Management

Harvard Business Review

doubled from 20% to 40% between July and December 2013, and has stayed at that level since. Paul Taylor was managing a UK-based factory for LF Beauty UK Ltd., Taylor gathered the factory’s 600 employees around the pallets to help everyone visualize the enormity of the waste, then mobilized a large cross-boundary group of managers and line workers. Taylor created a sense of urgency and then kept up the pace with tight deadlines.

Apple, Spotify, and the Battle over Freemium

Harvard Business Review

Taylor Swift famously removed her entire catalog from Spotify to demonstrate that music should be perceived as valuable, which the freemium model fails to do. The company is still bleeding overall, but is said to be profitable in the UK as of 2013.

How Reddit the Business Lost Touch With Reddit the Culture

Harvard Business Review

Fourth, Reddit initiated the 2013 online protests against SOPA/PIPA that led to major websites sites shutting down for a day in protest.

Give Your Team the Freedom to Do the Work They Think Matters Most

Harvard Business Review

Since at least the time of Frederick Taylor, the father of “scientific management,” control has been central to corporate organization: Control of costs, of prices, of investment and—not least—of people. billion in revenue in 2013.

Managers in the Digital Age Need to Stay Human

Harvard Business Review

More than a year after its publication, I’m still reeling from the results of Gallup’s 2013 Global Workforce Study. The question of how to motivate people in organizations has been of interest to scholars and practitioners since the time of Frederick Taylor.

What Companies Should Ask Before Embracing Wearables

Harvard Business Review

It sometimes seems as if Frederick Winslow Taylor’s unfinished project is around right the corner: A time-and-motion utopia in which managers can track almost any aspect of employee behavior on a second-by-second basis. In 2013, at the U.S.

We’re All Terrible at Understanding Each Other

Harvard Business Review

But a 2013 Bloomberg TV interview with him and his wife Shannon, Lululemon’s original athletic wear designer, was not one of his finest moments. Whatever you may have heard to the contrary, Chip Wilson is not an idiot.

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