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July 2019 Leadership Development Carnival

Lead Change Blog

Welcome to the July Leadership Development Carnival. We’re excited to share posts from leadership experts from around the globe on the topics of communication, development, engagement, team building, and more. Development. Julie Winkle Giulioni contributed The Multiple Intelligences Required to Facilitate Career Development Today. What about in your finances, or in your relationships?

Understanding Private Equity: What You Need to Know

Strategy Driven

This can cover situations such as growing a business (which requires ‘growth capital’ for expansion or development); financing operational changes such as restructuring to make the business more profitable; financing acquisitions of other companies; or delisting a public company in order to give it private status. Private equity also offers businesses access to funds where they would be unable or unwilling to source financing from traditional sources such as business loans.

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What Your Innovation Process Should Look Like

Harvard Business

Companies and government agencies often make the mistake of viewing innovation as a set of unconstrained activities with no discipline. In reality, for innovation to contribute to a company or government agency, it needs to be designed as a process from start to deployment. When organizations lack a formal innovation pipeline process, project approvals tend to be based on who has the best demo or slides, or who lobbies the hardest. Innovation Experimentation Digital Article

A Quiet Revolution in Clean-Energy Finance

Harvard Business Review

Solyndra's example has been particularly stark: it raised over $1 billion in equity finance in addition to receiving a $535 million loan guarantee from the Department of Energy, all prior to a cancelled IPO and the recent FBI investigation upon its bankruptcy. Despite these gloomy headlines, three developments in the sector give us hope that the revolution in clean energy production is far from dead: 1. Innovation Sustainability Venture capital

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Startups That Seek to “Disrupt” Get More Funding Than Those That Seek to “Build”

Harvard Business

Since its HBR debut in 1995, the concept of disruptive innovation —the process by which a smaller company with limited resources is able to launch a product or service that displaces established competitors—has been extensively incorporated into startup vernacular. One example of a LinkedIn profile for a disrupter reads as, Passionate data-driven disrupter and innovator who loves helping fast-growing companies excel. HBR Staff.

How Chinese Companies Can Develop Global Brands

Harvard Business Review

To many skeptical consumers in developed markets, Brand China still means lower quality. Beijing-based telecom security company NQ Mobile has gone so far as to create a separate headquarters in Texas for its developed-market business, managed by an American co-CEO and entirely comprised of American employees. Since positioning is vital in new markets, today’s boards must include Chief Marketing Officers, not just directors with operations or finance backgrounds.

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How to win contracts as a start up

Strategy Driven

Considering many new startups set up in business because they believe they have a new, better and more innovative solution – it really is the driving force behind the growth of new start ups. Often a new business is set up around the development of an innovative product or service, which isn’t currently offered in the marketplace, therefore giving you one USP right from the start. Innovation and price are imperative. Can you really compete?

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But My Business Is Different… | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

In today’s post I’ll share why most businesses have far more in common than most executives and entrepreneurs care to admit… Marketing, Branding, Leadership, Sales, PR, Advertising, Business Development, Operations, Administration, Finance, Accounting, Information Technology, Human Resources, Innovation and the list goes on…These functional areas are representative of things that all businesses must pay attention to.

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How To Create Lasting Influence | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

In today’s post I’ll examine the often misunderstood value of influence… Let me be clear…when I mention influence I’m not referring to manipulation, elaborate schemes, or other forms of skulduggery. Influence is built upon making others successful : This is often times referred to as the law of reciprocity. It's sad that many potential leaders look past this and end up frustrated when they can't get people to act, little do they know they haven't developed trust.

First Look: Leadership Books for August 2019

Leading Blog

Transforming Legacy Organizations : Turn your Established Business into an Innovation Champion to Win the Future by Kris Østergaard. Transforming Legacy Organizations provides real-world advice and research-based information on how to grow innovation by employing new technologies, improving processes, and establishing a culture of creativity and forward momentum. The truth is innovation initiatives of legacy organizations have far better chances of succeeding.

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Entrepreneur, CEO or Both? | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

While entrepreneurs are clearly talented innovators and visionaries, most first time entrepreneurs don’t have prior experience as a CEO. A VC friend of mine refers to most entrepreneurs as practicing “seagull management&# in that they fly in, flap their wings, crap all over everything and fly back out again…Many entrepreneurs desire to have input on everything, yet don’t want anything to do with the details.

Workplace Gossip | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

If gossip pervades your organization and you are not aware of it, then you clearly don’t have the pulse of your organization, your public statements about the importance of culture and morale will seem disingenuous, and you’re likely guilty of being what I refer to as a disconnected leader.

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The Downside of Best Practices | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

Even though I will from time-to-time slip and refer to something as “Best Practices&# I am attempting to extricate that phrase from my vocabulary. Does the company purchase an off-the-shelf solution, utilize an ASP (Application Service Provider) solution or embark upon developing a custom application? Oh, and what about development methodology? AAPL) the iPod, iPad & iPhone are cherished as innovative and beautiful products.

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Looking For Leadership

N2Growth Blog

They are the ones innovating and breaking-down barriers. I’ve never been a fan of what I refer to as “make-work” disciplines. I’m a huge advocate of refining initiatives that allow any level of talent to be developed to the maximum potential. Leaders and non-leaders alike need career-pathing, training and development. I’m just not a believer in attempting to label someone as a leader, and develop them as such when they are clearly not.

Leadership Interview – Marshall Goldsmith | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

In fact, I hold Marshall in such high professional regard that he is one of only three other coaches that I’ll refer people to if I’m unable to meet their needs. A leader whose ego has begun to run astray suffers from what I refer to as the “halo effect,” meaning that they tend to overestimate the impact of their personal contributions.

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How to Make Your Management Process More Agile

Strategy Driven

It’s no longer the domain of tech companies, as industries from manufacturing to finance are entering a tech-driven phase. When a business prioritizes adopting an agile business model, they’re better able to weather business downturns and see challenges as opportunities for growth and innovation. There was a time when executives liked to refer to their companies as well-oiled machines. 4 They Focus More on Developing Leadership Than Managing Staff.

Global Entrepreneurs Need New Funding Models

Harvard Business Review

In low-income countries, according to World Bank data in a recent paper by the consultancy Dalberg, 43% of businesses with between 20 and 99 employees say that access to finance is a major constraint. The White House has called this gap between the demand and supply of finance for small and medium enterprises a "market failure.[and] Yet new breeds of solutions are emerging, with private and public players joining hands to find innovative answers.

Business Model Architecture | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

While most C-level execs have a general idea of what I’m referring to, it is also quite clear that most can’t even begin to define it, much less articulate the specific constructs of a sound business model.

5 apps for HR Management that make you instantly productive

HR Digest

This platform enables the organizations to take credible people to recruit decisions across two verticals, Hiring, and Development. The application has also introduced an algorithm which efficiently assists an organization in hiring skilled professionals for sales as well as marketing roles across the verticals of technology, hospitality, FMCG, Pharma, insurance, and finance. There is also a call recording feature that lets the HR take a record clip for future reference.

Values Based Hiring | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

In addition to testing, developing a solid set of interviewing questions to sniff out any character flaws is also a good idea. Lastly, conducting a background check and thoroughly vetting references is also something that should not be glossed over.

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Leadership & Influence Summit | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

How about a discussion on what leaders can do to inspire cultural innovation. Many organisations talk about the need to become more innovative and to seek game-changing improvements to their business models or business processes but they need to look at the cultural inhibitors which prevent people from committing to and exploring unpopular and industry changing ideas (tried before, not invested here, never fly in our organisation etc.)

Leadership & Emotional Control | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

There has been no shortage of information published on the topic of Emotional IQ or what’s referred to as EQ in recent years.

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Giving Seriously Ill Patients More Choices About Their Care

Harvard Business

” A new clinical model based on an advanced illness-management program one of us (Brad) developed at Sutter Health, an integrated system in Northern California, demonstrates how to increase quality while dramatically reducing costs. How the most innovative providers are creating value. Both Sutter’s and Sharp’s programs had high rates of satisfaction from patients, families, and referring doctors.

Brand Exposure

N2Growth Blog

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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Leading Those Who Don't Want To Follow | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

What I like to refer as “positional gaps&# are best closed by listening to all sides, finding common ground and then letting the principle of doing the right thing guide the process. When you develop the skill to transform negative conflict into creative tension is when you will begin to earn and hold the respect of even those individuals who don’t agree with your positions. Where there is disagreement there is an inherent potential for growth and development.

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8 Traits of Ineffective Leaders | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

The best leaders are focused on leading change and innovation to keep their organizations fresh, dynamic and growing. They find ways to consistently engage them and incorporate them into their innovation and planning initiatives. Others include a lack of focus on culture, failure to question assumptions, and poor innovation.

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Leadership Interview – Michael Hyatt | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

I refer to this as receiving “the gift of ears.” Your comment about the ability to develop as a leader by gleaning insights via social media from other leaders whom you've never met gives validity to three things: 1.) that other leaders looking to develop and improve will grow as a result of their efforts.

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The Fallacy of No | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

In fact, there are some very bright people who believe you cannot become a good leader without developing a mastery for using the word no as evidenced by the following quote from Tony Blair: “The art of leadership is saying no , not saying yes.” I couldn’t disagree more…In today’s post I’ll share my thoughts on what I refer to as the fallacy of no. The word no ends discussions, stifles creativity, kills innovation, impedes learning, and gates initiative.

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Questions and Team Building | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

Who are your strongest leaders and how are you developing them to handle more responsibility? If you have a favorite question(s) you use to focus and/or refine your team’s thinking that you’d like to share, please leave a comment below… Share and Enjoy: View Comments [link] Most Tweeted Articles by Leadership Development Experts [.] "Asking the Right Questions: A Guide to Critical Thinking" by Neil Browne as an excellent reference.

The Problem With Coaching | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

During a recent interview I was asked how I felt about the coaching profession - I jokingly referred to myself as a coaching heretic, and went on to say that I really don’t like the word “ coach &# as a descriptor for what I do. As with all things it is buyer beware and the client should do adequate research and personally check all references and not be swayed by razzle-dazzle sites and large followings on social media.

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Leadership Interview – John Baldoni | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

In fact, while these three individuals wouldn’t necessarily refer to themselves as such, I believe it’s vey fair to call them thought leaders on the subject of leadership.

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Leadership & Political Correctness | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

Even the term change, a concept once reserved for the innovative and revolutionary, has been hi-jacked by the politically correct. In today’s politically correct world it is just easier form most people to hide in the safety of the majority and coast along without making any waves, than it is to take on the risk of being outspoken, innovative, disruptive, challenging, convicted, bold, controversial or truthful…Therein lies the problem with political correctness.

Attitude Reflects Leadership

N2Growth Blog

If you struggle with recruiting, team building, and leadership development you likely have a bad attitude. Having a bad attitude comes in many forms and despite my own lousy attitude during which I lost my businesses, I found that having a happy home life transformed my own attitude for the better and has allowed me to focus on my family first and go on to develop a successful business right from my own home!

Social Media Influence | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

Remember that connections are not the same thing as relationships, but that connections can develop into relationships with the proper effort on your part. Listening, engaging, reciprocating – have earned us 2 billionaire backers, 4000+ franchising inquiries & 300+ stores now in development (launched franchise company in Fall '09).

The Startups Most Likely to Succeed Have Technical Founders Who Quickly Hire Businesspeople

Harvard Business

Despite research arguing that innovative new firms are drivers of economic growth , we do not know much about their employees. In a joint paper with Bettina Müller , we aim to better understand the relationship between new ventures’ innovation success and the human capital of their employees. We concentrate on two types of skills that are frequently referred to as the most important ones for the innovation success of a young firm: business skills and technical skills.

Faust's Bargain

Chris Brady

  It's an old, old storythat is neither innovative nor impressive.   Posted by Chris Brady at 07:05 AM in Books , LLR Historical Examples | Permalink Reblog (0) | | Digg This | Save to del.icio.us | | TrackBack TrackBack URL for this entry: [link] Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Fausts Bargain : Comments Wow.that was one of the most powerful and well written commontaries on the heart of man that I have read in a long time.

We Recorded VCs’ Conversations and Analyzed How Differently They Talk About Female Entrepreneurs

Harvard Business

In the European Union, government VCs allocated €3,621,000,000 to finance innovation and growth in small and medium-size businesses from 2007 to 2013. Worldwide, government venture capital is important for bridging significant financial gaps and supporting innovation and growth, as VCs can take risks where banks are not allowed to. They also influenced the development of new regulations.

How Large NGOs Are Using Data to Transform Themselves

Harvard Business

Not many would associate innovation with large, service-oriented nonprofits with decades of history. But in our study of many such organizations—including World Vision, Habitat for Humanity, The Salvation Army, and Save the Children—we found a handful are innovating by seeking out data, taking it seriously, and then using it to pivot their approach from serving constituents’ needs to tackling the underlying problems that produce them.

Diversity & Leadership | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

link] Anna Smith “Let the attacks begin” – The number one source for innovation/change is pissed-off people (Tom Peters). This is a leadership issue in which diversity, and the awareness of it, will play a key role in the development of future leaders. While I appreciate your sentiments, I think most people work towards inclusion rather than exclusion when it comes to development of organizational cultures.

AI Adds a New Layer to Cyber Risk

Harvard Business

While both technologies refer to the same process, there is a slight nuance to each. We’re defining AI here as a broad term that loosely refers to computers that can perform tasks that once required human intelligence. From self-driving cars to drones to automated business operations, this technology has the potential to enhance productivity, direct human talent on critical issues, accelerate innovation, and lower operating costs.

Small and Young Businesses Are Especially Vulnerable to Extreme Weather

Harvard Business

For reference, the median firm is around 10 years old and has 4 employees. Firms applied for credit to finance recovery. Despite the need for credit to finance recovery, disasters can also constrain the capacity of lenders to supply it because so many households and businesses are affected at once. Generally speaking, entrepreneurs may need to rethink their risks to improve the chances that their innovations succeed. Challenge risk financing conventions.

10 Excel Functions Everyone Should Know

Harvard Business

The past 10 years have seen a wave of innovative big data software designed to analyze, manipulate, and visualize data. We’ve been teaching and testing Microsoft Excel for a decade, and a survey of several hundred office staff we ran suggests we spend more than 10% of our working lives spreadsheeting , and for those working in research and development or finance, it’s more like 30%, or 2.5 Excel developed a mind of its own in 2013 with this feature.