Mon.Feb 13, 2017

4 Theories of How a Leader Becomes Controlling

Ron Edmondson

One of the most dangerous forms of leadership, and one of the most frustrating, in my opinion, is the controlling leader. I’ve written about this issue previously, because I believe it is one of the leading reasons for stalled growth and low morale in an organizational or team setting.

Finding Common Ground: Leadership and Communication Lessons in a Fractured World

Kevin Eikenberry

The current climate of politics and opinions in the United States is contentious and fractured, to say the least. With a long historical perspective, it has been like this before; there has been wide and deep discord in this country in the past (as just one example, we had a Civil War, after all).

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5 Leadership Lessons And Quotes From Black History Month

Joseph Lalonde

Celebrating the contributions of African Americans in the United States of America Black History Month, or African-American History Month, is celebrated every February. During Black History Month, people remember the important people and events in the lives of African-Americans.

The Shape of Great Problem Solving

Lead Change Blog

In January, one Sunday afternoon I was preparing to teach an IAP course at MIT. The topic: how to solve hard problems. Yet something was nagging me. How do you explain the different characteristics of great problem solvers? What does a Great Problem Solver have that others lack?

Leading a Team may require Facing Pain

Coaching Tip

Courage is a mindset that requires grit and determination. Most organizations have a list of core values that are displayed on the wall and show up in a variety of company marketing materials, from coffee mugs to baseball caps. During orientation, many organizations train their new hires about their values and how to live them. And yet, on any number of occasions, you can see leaders acting in direct opposition of what they claim to be their values.

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How to Transform Your Sales Rebate Strategy From Problematic to Profitable

The Kini Group

In today’s climate, salespeople are constantly pressured to give things away to customers and prospects to get deals closed. If they can’t sweeten the deal with a little something extra, sales reps risk the entire transaction. At least that’s how it feels in the moment. As a result, the sales culture has been flooded with all kinds of allowances for customers. Many reps don’t even try to close a deal without offering some kind of price concession.

Will You Take These Services up on Their Offers?

Strategy Driven

In order to stay ahead of the competition your business must utilise the best options offered to it. In this day and age, there are a whole host of companies and services at your disposal to make use of in order to make sure you’re getting the best assistance and the best value for money.

The Dos and Don’ts of Crowdfunding Your Company

Steve Farber

Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh was spot-on when he advised entrepreneurs to “chase the vision, not the money” because by doing so “the money will end up following you.” ” But as anyone who’s ever tried to finance their great idea knows, the money still needs some help leaping into your bank account so you can put it to work.

Myron Tribus Interview of Homer Sarasohn

Deming Institute

This video shows Myron Tribus interviewing Homer Sarasohn in 1988. This post is fairly tangential to the normal scope of this blog but I find it interesting. Largely it is about efforts to rebuild the Japanese economy after the devastation of World War II. Obviously W.

A Better Way to Set Strategic Priorities

Harvard Business Review

Smart leaders understand that their job requires them to identify trade-offs, choosing what not to do as much as what to do. Grading the importance of various initiatives in an environment of finite resources is a primary test of leadership. To meet this challenge, leaders often turn to rank ordering their priorities; it is natural and easy to make a list. When I work with leaders on the crucial task of priority setting, however, I caution against rank ordering.

The Car with Turning Fenders

Execupundit

Car Style Critic has the story of the Tasco

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Big Companies Don’t Pay as Well as They Used To

Harvard Business Review

For much of the 20th century, workers at big companies were paid better than workers at small ones. An employee of a company with more than 500 employees historically earned 30%–50% more than someone doing the same job at a firm with fewer than 25 employees, for instance.But the pay gap between large and small companies has narrowed in recent years, and that decline is one reason for rising inequality in America.

Corporate Entrepreneurship: Turn Irony into Opportunity

In the CEO Afterlife

(This post first appeared on the Ryerson University Alumni Blog) . Not too long ago, a business professor friend invited me to address a luncheon of university students enrolled in his class on entrepreneurship. I was honored to have been asked, but not sure I was the right person for the task.

A Refresher on Discovery-Driven Planning

Harvard Business Review

You’re working on a new venture and you know you’ve got to create a plan to execute it. So you look at past projects, gather and analyze relevant market data, make predictions about how much revenue you’ll be able to generate, decide what resources you’ll need, and set milestones to reach your targets. Right? Not so fast.

12 Reasons Your Strengths Can Work Against You

ReImagine Work

Forbes, Feb. 10, 2017 : “When you became a leader, you might have been told to focus on what you’re good at in order to lead your team well.

Repealing Obamacare Would Be Bad News for the Gig Economy

Harvard Business Review

The gig economy is growing and here to stay, yet the future of one key labor policy that supports it is uncertain: The Affordable Care Act (ACA), otherwise known as Obamacare. The ACA is critical to the continued growth of the gig economy because it separates the ability to obtain health insurance from the need to hold a traditional full-time job.

How Rather Than What

Execupundit

Beware the rigidity of those who prescribe what to think as a method for dealing with what they believe will be predictable challenges. Since the world is often unpredictable, learning how to think can be far more valuable

Q&A With Wally Bock: Become a Better Boss One Tip at a Time

Michael Lee Stallard

Wally Bock, a frequent contributor to ConnectionCulture.com and a leadership coach, recently published a new book titled Become a Better Boss One Tip at a Time. Wally’s practical, effective advice always resonates with readers and his book addresses common leadership challenges.

Film Break

Execupundit

The trailers for: " Felony " " John Wick: Chapter Two " " Logan " " The Italian Job " (1969) " The Missing " " American Gods " " Kong: Skull Island " " War and Peace

Musk's Thinking

Execupundit

Elon Musk's strategy for thinking about everything

Bate's 101

Execupundit

Tip: Run off Nicholas Bate's " How to Be More Intelligent 101

Making Stuff

Execupundit

It is true. Eclecticity ("Where does he find this stuff?") Light has the most satisfying video in the world

Music Break

Execupundit

Julie London : " Bye Bye Blackbird

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First Paragraph

Execupundit

A squat grey building of only thirty-two stories. Over the main entrance the words, CENTRAL LONDON HATCHERY AND CONDITIONING CENTRE, and, in a shield, the World State's motto, COMMUNITY, IDENTITY, STABILITY. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

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Quote of the Day

Execupundit

For most, success is the harmful passage from the camp of the hating to the camp of the hated, - Nassim Nicholas Taleb