Entrepreneurial Leadership

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Entrepreneurial leadership is a mindset. It is a mindset that is even more critical in today’s unstable world and is the sine qua non of crisis leadership. He shares these in Entrepreneurial Leadership: The Art of Launching New Ventures, Inspiring Others, and Running Stuff.

November 2016 Leadership Development Carnival

Lead Change Blog

Welcome to the November 2016 edition of the Leadership Development Carnival! As I was reviewing this month’s submissions to the Leadership Development Carnival, I was wishing we could all get together in a room to exchange these ideas more deeply and directly.

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January 2017 Leadership Development Carnival

Lead Change Blog

Welcome to the January 2017 edition of the Leadership Development Carnival! Chris Edmonds of the Purposeful Culture Group contributed Culture Leadership Charge: The Right Culture Matters. David shares a better way to meet your leadership challenges.”

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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November 2016 Leadership Development Carnival

Lead Change Blog

Welcome to the November 2016 edition of the Leadership Development Carnival! As I was reviewing this month’s submissions to the Leadership Development Carnival, I was wishing we could all get together in a room to exchange these ideas more deeply and directly.

Deep Motivations, Not Competencies, Drive Leadership Performance

The Empowered Buisness

Your underlying (and often unconscious) attitudes and motivations determine what you pay attention to and focus on in your leadership role. Orientation toward innovation and creativity. Different leadership roles require different motivation patterns for high performance in that role.

Unemotional Leadership—an Oxymoron

Lead on Purpose

The leading candidate is the scheming CFO played by Frederic March, a passionless, colorless bean counter groping for power, but with no vision beyond increasing dividend payouts to stockholders. This 1954 movie brought the truly timeless and consequential components of leadership into focus for me. Emotion Is Integral to Quality Leadership. Generating that interest is what leadership is all about and charisma plays a large role in successful leadership.

The Unexpected Realities of Being an Entrepreneur

Lead Change Blog

You cannot dare do the same thing as an entrepreneur when you are still the HR manager, marketing guru, office manager, janitor, tech guy, sales staff, CFO and CEO. It is an opportunity to create and be innovative. Leadership Development Entrepreneurship goals Leadership

These Are the People You Need on Your Startup Team

Chart Your Course

Business leadership researchers tell us that the best traits for your CFO are emotional stability and global ethics. In the days after the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (SOX), a chief executive cannot hide behind the acts of the CFO.

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Why Underdogs Win (More Often Than They Should)

LDRLB

Something about unjustified criticism not only leads to greater motivation and innovation, but leads to greater satisfaction with the organization that you are working for. But when the time came to talk about purchasing the company, the CFO still asked Hastings for a number.

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Why Underdogs Win (More Often Than They Should)

LDRLB

Something about unjustified criticism not only leads to greater motivation and innovation, but leads to greater satisfaction with the organization that you are working for. But when the time came to talk about purchasing the company, the CFO still asked Hastings for a number.

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Making the Turn: 10 Warning Signs You aren’t Shifting from Founder to Leader

N2Growth Blog

There are warning signs you may be stuck in founder-mode and not making the turn to leadership. Maybe your CFO is a family friend. Leadership is uncomfortable sometimes. Leadership involves uncertainty. Leadership is messier that being the founder.

Cooperation and Outward Spiraling Success Loops

Mike Cardus

Was struggling with sales representatives and project managers turning in expense and budget reports on-time…They told me “We have tried everything and our CFO is tired to putting out fires for us.”. We know the Resistance Loop. For that loop to exist the Cooperation Loop must also exist.

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CMOs, Build a Relationship with Your CFOs

Harvard Business Review

But this makes the still lingering CMO-CFO disconnect even more significant, as both executives are now stewards of that critical corporate data. After having collaborated at David's Bridal to build a more effective marketing function (and actually enjoying it), we decided to share some of our observations, from both the perspective of the CFO (Gene) and CMO (Kimberly). In your preliminary discussions with the CFO, establish clear definitions, success criteria, and formulas.

How Thomson Reuters Is Creating a Culture of Innovation

Harvard Business Review

It’s not easy for big companies to innovate. Moreover, the skills that are cherished and rewarded for achieving current results differ from those that aid in discovery and experimentation, both of which are needed to drive innovation. As a result, fostering a true culture of innovation in big companies is often an aspiration rather than a reality. To reverse this, senior leadership took a number of steps. Innovation is now one of the hottest topics in the company.

Why Leaders Need To Show Humility

Tanveer Naseer

Only those interested in leadership as more than mere ego gratification have a chance to build something that outlasts them. The hubris displayed by Skilling, along with founder Kenneth Lay and CFO Andrew Fastow, didn’t just destroy Enron.

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No Better Time

Aspire-CS

What shared interests can you learn about that you can combine to catalyze innovation for your organization? The CFO owns a couple. Mary Jo Asmus A former executive in a Fortune 100 company, I own and operate a leadership solutions firm called Aspire Collaborative Services.

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. Great leaders often align their leadership values with personal beliefs and ethics of their own. Career Entrepreneurship Leadership

Employee Engagement Articles

Chart Your Course

Why Your CEO and CFO Should Care About Employee Engagement TLNT, 2013. Employee Engagement and Leadership Expert Explores Evolution of Leadership HR.com, November 2012. The Innovation Catalysts Harvard Business Review, June 2011. General Employee Engagement Articles.

The Disconnected Leader | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

If your CFO handles all communications with your banking relationships, and your Chief Investment Officer handles all of your investor relations, you’re flat out missing the boat.

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What Story Does Your Org Chat Tell?

CO2

Your org chart can tell a more informed story by adding compensation information, date hired, communication/leadership style, potential successors, and the development plan. Communication/Leadership Style. By: Gary Cohen.

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You Can't Argue With Crazy | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

Creating a framework for decisioning, using a published delegation of authority statement, encouraging sound business practices in collaboration, team building, leadership development, and talent management will all help even out the uneven.

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As Work Changes, Leadership Development Has to Keep Up

Harvard Business Review

As work itself is changing, some of the basic tenets of leadership development are being challenged. And while that is a good starting point in helping leaders make new connections, see different patterns and identify opportunities and threats, it does not go nearly far enough in helping organizations develop the leadership muscle required to lead in the new world of work. Voser took a detour to be CFO for ABB from 2002 to 2004 and then returned to Shell to become CEO in 2009.

Three P's of business success

Lead on Purpose

Too often we leave the worries and cares about money to the CFO’s office.

R&D Won’t Succeed If It Ignores the CEO’s Vision

Harvard Business Review

After a morning innovation workshop at the bucolic R&D campus of a top-tier but tradition-rich technology giant, the lunchtime conversation with the Lab’s leadership turned strategic. How should they better prioritize innovation? Innovation Leadership Managing up

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Introducing 100 Coaches: Pay It Forward Champions

Marshall Goldsmith

Called ‘The Academy Awards of Leadership’ by the Economist, Thinkers50 is the world’s most reliable resource for identifying, ranking and sharing the leading management ideas of our age. Has been recognized as the World’s #1 Leadership Thinker. Led Leadership Department at West Point.

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How Top Pricing Managers Drive Profits: 6 Skills to Success

The Kini Group

As the number of pricing analysts grows, so does the need for innovative, capable, and confident pricing managers. Are you looking for ways to grow within your leadership role? Pricing managers must also provide support to their immediate superiors, often the CFO.

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The C-Suite Needs a Chief Entrepreneur

Harvard Business Review

What they don’t do well enough is reinvent and innovate. Sure, there are exceptions who are both visionary CEOs and innovators — Steve Jobs and Jeff Bezos, for example — but there are very few companies that can stomach that sort of leadership.

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Get the Corporate Antibodies on Your Side

Harvard Business Review

People often ask me why it's so hard for big companies to be innovative. But that doesn't mean innovation can't happen, even in the biggest, most entrenched firm. We collaborated with our CFO to think through the budget and prize strategy. Senior Leadership Follows Through.

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The Market Wants Apple to Unveil a Time Machine

Harvard Business Review

No advertising innovation: The "I'm a Mac/"I'm a PC" campaign ran for three and a half years without a refresh. In 2004, Apple's CFO, Fred Anderson, left the company. Disruptive innovation Innovation Leadership transitionsIf you want a brilliant lesson in focus and discipline, watch Tim Cook right now. Some investors are dissatisfied with Apple.

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Two Powerful Ways Managers Can Curb Implicit Biases

Harvard Business Review

And sameness blocks performance and innovation. Diversity, on the other hand, spurs innovation. The company’s CFO asked a crowd of the company’s most accomplished finance leaders to raise their hand if they had attended an Ivy League school.

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How to Transform a Traditional Giant into a Digital One

Harvard Business Review

Change the dialogue in the senior leadership team to focus on the end-to-end customer experience. Balancing the short-term and long-term is a dynamic leadership challenge. Leadership Technology Strategy Article

Are We Asking Too Much of Our CIOs?

Harvard Business Review

CIOs are being tasked with managing internal business systems, cloud-based services, big data innovation, data security, and the 24x7 needs of global customers who access company data on personal devices. Chief "Innovation" Officer: Looking for disruptive technologies to drive innovation.

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Nonprofits Can’t Keep Ignoring Talent Development

Harvard Business Review

A new study by The Bridgespan Group, based on a survey of more than 400 nonprofit C-suite executives and dozens of interviews, surfaced this surprising finding and discussed how to address this leadership development deficit. Talent management Leadership development Social enterprise Article

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The Reason So Many Analytics Efforts Fall Short

Harvard Business Review

Given the role analytics has played in reshaping industries and rewarding innovative adopters over the last two decades, it is surprising how frequently we are asked: “Does this analytics stuff really work?”

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3 Common Hiring Mistakes New Managers Should Avoid

Harvard Business Review

Hiring a new person is an opportunity to do something differently than before — to innovate. ” It’s not just new managers who make this mistake — a few years ago, I was invited to interview for the CFO role at a fast-growing tech company. There are a lot of roles a CFO can play, but when the COO said to me, “I want to hire someone to tell everyone what they can’t spend,” I realized he wanted a henchman. This isn’t leadership.

Every Fast-Growing Company Has to Combat Overload

Harvard Business Review

You used to be able to track everything with an Excel spreadsheet, personally designed by your CFO; now you’ve got an SAP installation in its place, supported by an entire IT department. That’s because overload is a surmountable crisis—under the right leadership.

How CEOs Can Keep Their Analytics Programs from Being a Waste of Time

Harvard Business Review

Ironically, this allows them to actually gain stature as the “innovators” are discredited and C-suite power shifts back to how it was. As one financial services CFO told us, “Our mental models were so rigid that even how we thought about data itself needed to be challenged.

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The Financial Industry Needs to Start Planning for the Next 50 Years, Not the Next Five

Harvard Business Review

Despite rapid innovations in data processing and machine learning, many businesses have yet to make the leap from the Industrial Age to the information age, and the gap between technological and organizational progress is widening. Eastman Kodak is the textbook case for failing to prioritize an innovation agenda; business schools around the world study the ramifications of the company’s ill-fated decision to ignore the digital photography market until it was too late.

Uber Is Finally Realizing HR Isn’t Just for Recruiting

Harvard Business Review

Employees and other constituents should expect HR to hold leaders accountable for fiduciary and strategic risks, just as a CFO would be expected to hold leaders accountable for a risky pattern of using corporate funds or resources. All of this indicates that Uber leaders prioritized immediately useful services like recruitment over, for example, legal compliance systems, audits, and leadership development.

Mary Barra and the New General Motors

Harvard Business Review

The appointment of Mary Barra as CEO-to-be of General Motors is a signal to car-lovers everywhere that the company is serious about its products and vehicle innovation. The centrality of innovation to the future — electric cars, hybrids, self-driving cars, and beyond — makes her experience pivotal. She is a clearly a team player with the support of her peers, such as CFO Dan Ammann, promoted to president working with Barra. Auto industry Gender Leadership

How One Nonprofit Is Expanding Health Care for the Uninsured

Harvard Business Review

It’s a solution we discovered during our research in India, and involves breakthrough innovations that drive down health care delivery costs so much that the margins from serving those who can pay is more than enough to cover the costs of those who cannot. Bjarte Rettedal/Getty Images.

Do You Know Who Owns Analytics at Your Company?

Harvard Business Review

It is time to connect these groups, elevate analytics to a strategic corporate practice, and assign executive leadership to oversee it. The CAO should be under an executive that naturally spans all of the business units that have analytical needs, such as the Chief Strategy Officer, the CFO, and the COO. Information & technology Leadership At a corporate level, who has ultimate responsibility for analytics within your organization?

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