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How To Encourage Growth Under A Controlling Boss

Tanveer Naseer

One of these conversations lead to a discussion about how leaders who want to push for change can deal with those above them who operate from the command-and-control style of leadership – in other words, those that subscribe to the overtly-controlling it’s my way or you’re out approach.

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How to Seize Opportunity in a World of Disruption

Skip Prichard

That’s one reason I was interested to talk with Leo Tilman and General Charles Jacoby, who co-wrote a new book, Agility: How to Navigate the Unknown and Seize Opportunity in a World of Disruption. AGILITY aims to address this urgent need. Leadership Practices to Watch.

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How To Create Lasting Influence | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

Understanding how to leverage the influence factor can make a defining difference in your ability to drive change, build cohesive teams, and to successfully implement strategic vision. As a leader your “Influence Quotient” is the IQ you need to pay attention to.

Career Development: Climb That Ladder in 8 Steps

Strategy Driven

It used to be that there were certain industries you could rely upon to be easy to break into. You need to be the best at what you do to get the job you want. Not only that, you need to stay ahead of innovative ways of working.

Ideas Don't Equal Innovation | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

As a result of our conversation, I decided to dust-off an old post, give it a few updates, and pass along my thoughts, which can be best summarized as “ Ideas Don’t Equal Innovation. “ It is my hope to help dispel the myth that ideas are inherently good things.

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Career Development: It’s All About Becoming Dispensable


This guest blog post by Julie Winkle Giulioni celebrates the September 18 launch of her book with Beverly Kaye, Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go: Career Conversations Employees Want. She consults with organizations to develop and deploy innovative instructional designs and training worldwide. An employee works diligently to carve out a niche. She becomes an expert in a field, a real ‘go-to’ person around critical issues.

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The CIO Paradox: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

The CIO Paradox: Battling the Contradictions of IT Leadership Martha Heller bibliomotion (2013) The CIO “for all seasons” Rather than one paradox, as this book’s title suggests, Martha Heller rigorously and eloquently examines several separate but related paradoxes: Cost versus Innovation, Operations versus Strategy, Futurist versus Archivist, IT and Business Paradox, Accountability versus Ownership, Recruiting, […].

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How To Attract Top Talent To Your Business

Strategy Driven

If you want to be successful in the long-term, then you’re going to have to hire a team of people who are skilled and committed to helping you grow your business. Show that You’re Innovative & Cutting Edge.

10 Ways a Terrible Boss Can Still Teach You How to Lead

Lead from Within

They’re no fun to work for, but their lousy leadership does come with a silver lining: valuable “what not to do” lessons on effective leadership. Terrible bosses like to think they’re good enough to wing it. They spend their time on day-to-day operations without ever articulating a vision. They’re everywhere, it seems, and their micromanagement cuts off all the oxygen to productivity. Learn to find the best in people.

Break the Innovation Chokehold: How to Stop Ruling Like a (Not-So-Benevolent) Dictator and Start Encouraging Big Ideas

Strategy Driven

The Benevolent Dictator : Empower Your Employees, Build Your Business, and Outwit the Competition by Michael Feuer What does it require to take a concept rapidly and effectively from mind to market? Innovation. ’ in order to improve your products, processes, or procedures.

Thinking Differently. Enabling Innovation. :: Buffalo Business First Event

Mike Cardus

I am really excited to be offering this workshop through Buffalo Business First and Canisius Center for Professional Development. Enabling Innovation. Competitive demands require quicker, more effective and innovative problem solving.

How to Revitalise Your Business When You’ve Hit a Slump

Strategy Driven

Even the most dynamic and driven entrepreneurs and professionals can find themselves falling into something of a professional slump at some point in their career. Many businesses end up bringing in consultants in order to inject new ideas into their company.

Brand Exposure

N2Growth Blog

Have you figured out how to apply the laws of scarcity to brand management? Whether you’re assessing the strength of a personal or corporate brand, finding the appropriate level of brand exposure is key to sustainable growth in brand equity. As I stated above, having an underexposed brand, or what I like to refer to as having a brand in stealth mode, means that you really don’t have much of a brand.

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How To Grow Your Business In A Competitive Industry

Strategy Driven

The business world is one which is highly competitive, which means that a company must always be looking for ways to grown order to stay ahead of the competition. One of the most obvious ways to grow a business is to expand into new areas. How to guides.

Peter Fasolo, CHRO at Johnson & Johnson, On the Value of Transformational Growth and Innovation

HR Digest

A conversation with Peter Fasolo about the value of transformational growth and innovation – and how to help it unfold. The HR Digest: Johnson & Johnson is said to have a very strong corporate culture. Many of your employees have spent their entire careers with the group. Such a degree of corporate socialization can also stifle innovation and overall cognitive diversity. How do you keep your people open to transformational growth and innovation?

Peter Fasolo, CHRO at Johnson & Johnson, On the Value of Transformational Growth and Innovation

HR Digest

A conversation with Peter Fasolo about the value of transformational growth and innovation – and how to help it unfold. The HR Digest: Johnson & Johnson is said to have a very strong corporate culture. Many of your employees have spent their entire careers with the group. Such a degree of corporate socialization can also stifle innovation and overall cognitive diversity. How do you keep your people open to transformational growth and innovation?

The Stage Where Most Innovation Projects Fail

Harvard Business Review

When a CEO announces a major initiative to foster innovation, mark your calendar. In most cases we’ve studied at Innovation Leader, an online resource for people responsible for innovation and R&D, there’s a surplus of good ideas for new products, services and business models. Often, there is early data that shows customers are willing to buy. The problems arise when projects need to be transferred to the business units for a large-scale launch.

10 Principles For Developing Strategic Leaders

Tanveer Naseer

Most companies have leaders with the strong operational skills needed to maintain the status quo. But they are facing a critical deficit: They lack people with the know-how, experience, and confidence required to tackle “wicked problems.” The first step is to find them.

The Power of an Enemy

In the CEO Afterlife

Maurois was alluding to the notion that those engaged in war, hate the enemy. For most of my career, I operated within intensely competitive arenas where fractions of market share points were worth millions of dollars. Nimbleness will get your ideas to the future first.

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The Big Picture of Business – Communications Reflect Your Strategy

Strategy Driven

The biggest problem with our business in our society, in a capsule sentence: People with one set of experiences, values, wants and perceptions make mis-targeted attempts to communicate with others in trying to get what they want and need. Yet, we often fail to see it coming.

How to Launch a Product Like a Rock Star

Strategy Driven

A great distribution plan to sell it. A well formulated Go-To-Market Strategy. In a perfect launch, all of these components are vital to a successful launch. It took years for Apple to gain traction despite offering what critics consider to be a superior operating system.

3 Ways to Break Out of a Zero-Sum Game of Growth with Your Competitors

Leading Blog

How true disruptors use innovation, including digital, to grow the market and create new business models. Many digitally native startups seem to find a third way - a digitally enabled non-disruptive creative growth.

Have You Earned the Right to Lead? Ten Deeply Destructive Mistakes That Suggest the Answer Is No (and How to Stop Making Them)

Strategy Driven

Often, and unfortunately, their employees beg to differ. Oh, they don’t say it directly, not to the boss’s face, anyway. Unusually Excellent explains why your employees may not see you as a leader…and what you can do to change their hearts and minds.

How NOT to Screw Up Organizational Change

Lead Change Blog

After evaluating all the various operations, costs and longevity, it was determined that the nuclear plant needed to cease operations. This move will allow the utility to expand other energy resources, respond to community needs, and offer sustainability.

Taking a Step Back Doesn’t Always Move You Forward

In the CEO Afterlife

Maybe there’s a problem that needs immediate attention, or perhaps the group is contemplating the best way to pursue a new opportunity. The conversation and the progress comes to a halt. It was so easy to marvel at the intellect of those suggesting the “big picture” perspective.

Responsive Leadership: Needed Now More Than Ever

Leading Blog

The idea that leaders are trustworthy, honest, and can be relied on to operate in the best interest of the public, the employee, the student, the parishioner, or even the shareholder has been shattered. Curiosity: The Desire to Continuously Learn.

What If Amazon’s Next Big Innovation Was to Improve the Jobs of Its Blue-Collar Workers?

Harvard Business Review

Earlier this spring, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos released his annual letter to shareholders. To my eyes, though, it was also missing something — an omission that became even more glaring a week or so later. For the first time, public companies were required to publish not only compensation figures for their CEO but also the median pay package earned by their workers. I also worry that I am holding Bezos to too high a standard. Economy Operations Digital Article

What’s the Secret to Strong Leadership?

Great Leadership By Dan

However, over time, I started to see patterns emerge- patterns of behavior. Great leaders operate using similar principles to guide their actions. Connection provides the spark that gets others to willingly follow your lead.

How to Revive a Tired Network

Harvard Business Review

On a scale of one to five, how important is having a good network to your ability to accomplish your goals? Even the most naive of them agree that, like it or not, relationships hold the key to both their current capac­ity and future success. Add to Cart.

How to Set More-Realistic Growth Targets

Harvard Business Review

Many executives are fond of promising to deliver growth, but far fewer realize those ambitions. Filling the gap requires either innovative new offerings or acquisitions. That’s where the trouble starts — it is easy to be fooled by rosy assumptions that, when analyzed in a disciplined way, turn out not to be practical. We assigned projects to four categories of opportunity (plus another category for innovations that support the core business).

Craft a Remarkable Personal Brand Statement! 29 Steps & Examples

Miles Anthony Smith

While many equate strong personal branding only to powerful leadership, there's a lot more that goes into crafting a personal brand statement. In business, your personal brand needs to leave a lasting impression or you risk being ignored. What type of impact do you want to make?

Adopt an Immigrant Mindset to Advance Your Career

Harvard Business Review

If you want to remain relevant and advance your career in today's global marketplace, you need to serve as an enabler of business growth and innovation. One of the best ways to do this is to adopt an "immigrant mindset.". The immigrant mentality has proven time and again to accelerate careers and build enterprise. A 2011 study by Partnership for a New American Economy found that 76% of patents awarded to the top 10 patent-producing U.S.

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Right Leadership, Right Model

Great Leadership By Dan

Then in the late ‘90s, early 2000s, we had the tech bubble, and the old business model began to come apart. A pendulum tends to swing too far at first, and pretty soon we were in the second Wild, Wild West. In my long career, 45 years of it as a CEO, I’ve lived that change.

How to Break into Your CEO’s Inner Circle

Harvard Business Review

There is a widely held belief that strategic decisions are made collectively by an organization’s executive team, the senior executives who report directly to the CEO. Members of this elite club wield a disproportionate amount of influence, which is why most executives want to join.

What Leaders Can Do To Encourage Learning And Growth

Tanveer Naseer

After attending this conference, I wanted to encapsulate some of the perspectives shared by these presenters, along with some of my own thoughts on what you can do to create a learning environment for your employees and with it, create conditions that will help your organization to evolve and grow in meeting the challenges and needs found in today’s global economy. ‘Focus on behaviours to change culture.

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Trust Issues

Coaching Tip

It''s a difficult time to be a leader. Russell''s book, " TRUST INC: How to Create a Business Culture ," shares how you can create a workplace where engagement, passion and great work thrive. . We all know the pain, disappointment and anger of giving our trust, only to have it betrayed. We also know how disheartening and unfulfilling it is to work with or for people you can''t trust or who don''t trust you.

You Are What You Say You Are….

Women on Business

Leadership is an elusive quality and few people ever really get it, but as the figurehead of a company you are supposed to know what it means to be a leader and a motivator even if it wasn’t taught to you. I think sticking to these points will help you encourage your inner leader and learn how to actually lead your staff. This should go without saying but many of us in leadership positions leave the less desirable tasks to our subordinates.

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Generation to Generation: How to Save the Family Business

Harvard Business Review

Further, some of the world’s biggest companies are family-owned—News Corp, Samsung, Tata Group, and Walmart to name but a few—and more than a third of Fortune 500 companies are family-owned. How to Fix the Problems.

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90 Ways to Quickly Improve Your Business Leadership

Lead from Within

Let this be the year you become the leader you want to be–in your business and in life. Learn to recognize your strengths and work on your weaknesses. As a leader is it important to have a personal sense of mission crafted into something you can reflect on daily and measure your performance against. It’s your job to always get from where you are to where you need to be, and it’s your goals that are your roadmap for success.

How to Succeed in Business by Bundling – and Unbundling

Harvard Business Review

Now, digital-education upstarts are trying to unbundle the university. Well, maybe because there are “only two ways to make money in business: One is to bundle; the other is unbundle.” It’s a line that venture capitalist and Internet pioneer Marc Andreessen has trotted out a few times lately, attributing it to his former colleague Jim Barksdale. So I got Andreessen and Barksdale on the phone to talk about it. And said, “We’ve got an airplane to catch.”

Burn the Business Plan

Leading Blog

I F YOU ARE THINKING of starting a business—and apparently nine million Americans are currently thinking about it and only about 500,000 actually do each year—you will want to read Burn the Business Plan by Carl Schramm. Innovators are curious and have a voracious appetite for learning.

Design Matters

N2Growth Blog

Whether it is aesthetic, functional, creative, process, innovative, intellectual, technical or applicational…design matters. Are you likely to adopt a new software application that is poorly designed? Are you likely to read a piece of collateral material that is poorly designed?

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How to Reduce Primary Care Doctors’ Workloads While Improving Care

Harvard Business Review

There is still a need for accountants and face-to-face meetings, but typically accountants now require such visits for only the more complicated cases that can’t be managed with software or a call. Health care has proved resistant to a similar transition, although everyone would benefit. While some aspects of care clearly require doctor and patient to be in the same place at the same time, many demonstrably don’t. Barriers to Transformation.