The productivity imperative

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Adolescent Rites of Passage - Something of Monumental Importance Has Been Lost

Building Personal Strength

Louise Carus Mahdi, et al (1996); and From Boys to Men: Spiritual Rites of Passage in an Indulgent Age , by Bret Stephenson (2006). I''ve been reading about traditional and modern rites of passage.

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To Stay Relevant, Your Company and Employees Must Keep Learning

Harvard Business Review

As AT&T CEO and Chair Randall Stephenson, recently told the New York Times, “There is a need to retool yourself, and you should not expect to stop… People who do not spend five to 10 hours a week in online learning will obsolete themselves with the technology.”

Can Being Overconfident Make You a Better Leader?

Harvard Business Review

Randall Stephenson, then CEO of AT&T, famously said , “I told people you weren’t betting on a device. Our analysis also showed that overconfident CEOs are more likely to develop relationships with key suppliers, and that these relationships with suppliers tend to last longer than average. Overconfident CEOs are better able to induce the development of specialty inputs requiring R&D that are specific to their company’s needs. OLI SCARFF/Getty Images.

Winning the Elusive Marquee-Brand Customer Advocate

Harvard Business Review

As Michael Stephenson , a key leader in global customer programs at Oracle puts it, his firm has various business units that focus on specific industries. We''ll develop joint multi-year marketing programs with the ''big brand'' customer that might include references, joint marketing, philanthropic events, etc," says Rhett Livengood , director of worldwide sales development at Intel.

Talking to Yourself (Out Loud) Can Help You Learn

Harvard Business Review

” Whether we hit the pause button while listening to a podcast or stop to reflect while reading a manual, we develop skills more effectively by thinking about our thinking. It’s when we don’t know something that why questions become more difficult — and create a way to develop an area of expertise. AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson says technology workers need to learn online for at least five hours per week to fend off obsolescence.

The 3 Things CEOs Worry About the Most

Harvard Business Review

Randall Stephenson of AT&T explained, “We had 270,000 people we employed around the globe. ” CEOs also worried about whether their high potential employees were being properly developed. CEOs have a lot to worry about, but what are their greatest concerns?