Wed.Oct 26, 2011

5 Productivity Pitfalls Learned From Marathon Training

Ron Edmondson

This is a guest post by Tor Contantino. I had the pleasure of meeting Tor at Catalyst this year. Tor Constantino is an ex-journalist, current public relations professional who has worked for CBS Radio and ABC, CBS television stations.

2 Critical Phrases to Handle Haters

Modern Servant Leader

Jon Acuff Method. Jon Acuff wrote about Loving Your Own Dream Too Much to Hate Somebody Else’s. In the post, he explains how he deals with haters: When ever someone attacks me and the books I write, I always ask them a simple question: “How did you write your book differently?”.

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It’s Not About You

Leading Blog

It’s Not About You by Bob Burg and John David Mann, is the story of a leader’s journey. A journey any good leader has to take. Ben begins with an agenda. His job is to convince or if necessary, to steamroll a manufacturer of high-quality chairs to accepting a merger. Ben’s company believes it to be a good thing, but the target company is not so sure. Ben’s mindset starts out contemplating, “how do I get them to do what I want them to do.”.

Four Realities Leaders Must Accept to Make Meaningful Change

Management is a Journey

Change does not come easy to many people! This can be a challenge to business leaders who need to move their organization in a different direction. I have worked with some clients who were tough-minded and results-oriented leaders. Often, the solution of these leaders to organizational resistance was an either/or strategy of accept the change [.]. Change Management change strategy leadership organizational productivity people skills

How to Reengage the Disengaged

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development The Emergency Row Announcement I found my seat in row 16. I was right in front of the emergency row. I could hear the flight attendant introducing herself to the six passengers seated in row 17. She explained that they must have chosen the emergency seats on purpose and were prepared to hear her emergency [.] How to Reengage the Disengaged. Leadership Development actions engagement Inspiration Leadership

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Stop Asking Stupid Questions

Leadership Freak

Questions focused on the present are management questions. What’s the problem?” for example. Leaders, on the other hand, ask questions about the future, “Where do we want to be next year?” Managers ask about execution. Leaders ask about direction. In today’s complex world, leaders manage and managers lead. Determine which moment you’re in. Is this [.]. Goals Influence Marks of leaders Questions Taking others higher Leadership Development

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Youth is no excuse for immaturity

Bud to Boss

Young supervisors face their own unique set of challenges. One of them, however, is often self-imposed: Some bosses are perceived as immature not because they are young, but because they act young. Eliminate these three immature behaviors to garner more respect: Blowing up at your team. Toddlers have tantrums; managers should not. If one of your employees misses a major deadline, downloads a virus on the office network or—God forbid—drinks your last Diet Coke, keep your cool.

10 Funniest Commercials of All Time

First Friday Book Synopsis

Sure, humor is subjective—but some advertising over the years has been undeniably hilarious. Featured in an article by Tim Nudd in the June 20, 2011, issue of AdWeek magazine, here are its editors’ picks for the 10 funniest mainstream commercials ever made (none of that “banned” European stuff), stretching from the ’80s until today. Yes, [.]. Bob's blog entries 10 Funniest Commercials of All TimeSure AdWeek magazine Tim Nudd

Cross-pollination

Erika Andersen

Over the past few weeks I’ve facilitated vision and strategy sessions for a TV network, a company that helps non-profits optimize their systems and processes, and a mid-sized health care system.

The Velocity Manifesto: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

The Velocity Manifesto: Harnessing Technology, Vision, and Culture to Future-Proof Your Organization Scott Klososky Greenlead Book Group (2011) Digital plumbing + high-beam strategy + high-velocity culture = business success (however defined) Almost immediately, Scott Klososky establishes and then sustains a direct, personal, and at times almost confrontational rapport with his reader. Clearly he cares passionately [.].

Why We Work Hard and Persevere

Michael Lee Stallard

The U.S.S. Montpelier Command Philosophy (below) is an outstanding example of values articulated in a clear and compelling way. Remember that values at their best are a source of pride and guidance for employees. To be the most effective, values must be communicated in writing and verbally because people usually learn by reading or listening. A portfolio of simple yet compelling stories should be developed that can be told to help people remember your values.

The Essence of Strategy

LDRLB

I’ve always loved strategy. Maybe it’s because I grew up playing chess; maybe it’s because I can be stubborn. Luckily, good strategists are also stubborn. They have to be, because in today’s “light-speed” business world, most of their business colleagues are anything but strategic. They either believe that strategy is a deterrent to opportunity or they’ve never experienced the strategic disciplines of a prudent mentor.

Future of Learning 2011

Leading in Context

Learning and Motivation We now understand so much more about how people learn and what motivates them than we did as recently as ten years ago. People prefer to learn in their own ways, at their own pace, using the resources they choose. They enjoy following their curiosity and creating their own meaning. Ethical Leader Ethical Organization Trends ethical leadership context ethical leadership in a global society ethics training leadership context leadership learning leading ethically

Leading Corporate Wide Changes

Linked 2 Leadership

Leading a corporate-wide change initiative is a testing and trying time for a leader. It not only requires a lot of strength, but also good business acumen and emotional intelligence & awareness. There are many aspects a leader needs to consider when causing a corporate-wide change initiative in order to be successful. Otherwise, lookout for [.]. Leading Change emotional intelligence

The importance of mentoring

Chartered Management Institute

I recently read a blog by Emily Jasper who wrote about women missing out on having a mentor. A LinkedIn survey of professional women in the U.S. found that only 1 in 5 have ever had a mentor. Personally it was never something that entered my mind whilst carving my career. Mentoring may have passed by many business person as part of the old-boys network, exclusive and not ascessable. You are not watching this post, click to start watching

Women in Sales

Women on Business

Sales can be a scary thing to do for anyone and can seem especially daunting for women. It is generally seen as the realm of the men, the car salesman and the schmoozer. While it is the home of the smooth talking male it actually is the realm of women and an industry which seems to be ahead of the curve in terms of evening out the work force. Direct Sales as an industry makes up over $30 billion in sales a year with over 15 million employees. A whopping 87.9%

Social Media versus Knowledge Management

Harvard Business Review

On the surface, social media and knowledge management (KM) seem very similar. Both involve people using technology to access information. Both require individuals to create information intended for sharing. Both profess to support collaboration. But there's a big difference. Knowledge management is what company management tells me I need to know, based on what they think is important.

The Not-So-Secret Secrets to Making It Big: Five Surprisingly Doable Steps That Will Propel You to the Top

Strategy Driven

Have you ever said to yourself, How in the world did [insert name of powerful business executive] get to where he is? He’s not any smarter than I am! Well, chances are you’re right. That executive who made it big probably doesn’t have more powerful brain cells than you… but what he (or she!)

How to Recover Your Core Rhythm

Harvard Business Review

I spent much of last week on the road. Eager to get back home when my work was done, I took the red-eye flight from San Francisco to New York at 10 pm. I arrived home at 8:30 am and had to go straight to the office, after less than five hours of fitful sleep on the plane. By early afternoon, I felt like hell. It took me the entire weekend to feel fully myself again. Our most fundamental need as human beings is to spend and renew energy.

The Essence of Strategy

LDRLB

I’ve always loved strategy. Maybe it’s because I grew up playing chess; maybe it’s because I can be stubborn. Luckily, good strategists are also stubborn. They have to be, because in today’s “light-speed” business world, most of their business colleagues are anything but strategic. They either believe that strategy is a deterrent to opportunity or they’ve never experienced the strategic disciplines of a prudent mentor.

Five Challenges Facing Marketing

Harvard Business Review

The marketing field is faced with several challenges that for many firms will require a transformation in its capability and charge. Among them are the following five. First, marketing needs to lead in substantial or transformational innovation that will result in new offerings that will define new categories or subcategories.

Documenting Operating Procedures ? Balancing Usefulness With Cost

Michael VanBruaene

The Good Business Model at Goodwill

Harvard Business Review

Today there are thousands of new social enterprises from Bangalore to Boston. But my organization, Goodwill Industries International, has been running a complex social enterprise since long before the term was coined. And for-profit companies have something to learn from our philosophy — by putting social good at the center of their business models. First, in any social enterprise it's important to remember not to start with an "ask."

Enlightenment is also a choice!

Self Help Zen

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A Quiet Revolution in Clean-Energy Finance

Harvard Business Review

Between 2006 and 2008, more than $1 billion venture-capital dollars were channeled into startups focused on solar, wind and biofuel technologies. In the last year, however, early-stage investments in clean energy production technologies have fallen substantially (see the table at the end of this piece for more detail).

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Report from the Year 2086 - Parenting in Primitive Times

Building Personal Strength

Nine-year-old Kress looked away from his wall, which was brilliantly painted with a photo and news report entitled, "2 Nebraska boys kept in wire dog kennel." "Mom?" Mom?" he called out. After a moment his mother entered his room. What is it, Honey?" "I'm

Social Login Offers New ROI from Social Media

Harvard Business Review

In the last few years, most companies have realized that social media is more than just the latest fad in communicating to the under-30 demographic, and is instead a generator of real dollars and cents value for their businesses. Fewer companies, however, are aware of the value of a new technology called "social login," which allows visitors to a website to log in using their Facebook, Google, Twitter, or other social media account rather than having to register a new one.

Leading Corporate-Wide Changes

Linked 2 Leadership

Leading a corporate-wide change initiative is a testing and trying time for a leader. It not only requires a lot of strength, but also good business acumen and emotional intelligence & awareness. There are many aspects a leader needs to consider when causing a corporate-wide change initiative in order to be successful. Otherwise, lookout for [.]. Leading Change emotional intelligence

Enlightenment is also a choice!

Utpal Writes

Self-Help

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Thoughts that Make You Go Hmmm on…. Leading Culture Change

The Practical Leader

Here are especially vital findings and powerful observations about just what it takes to build a peak performance culture. These are drawn from Harvard Business School professor, James Heskett’s new book, The Culture Cycle: How to Shape the Unseen Force That Transforms Performance : “Culture really matters.

GE's Eco-Innovation Platform

Harvard Business Review

"We're looking for new models of innovation. We don't have all the answers or all the capabilities." This candid admission comes from Beth Comstock, GE's Chief Marketing Officer. Comstock was telling me about the company's growing innovation platform, the GE Ecomagination Challenge which inspires collaboration between GE and entrepreneurs. The ecomagination brand has done yeoman's duty over the last six years.

Boards are Key to Fixing the System

Harvard Business Review

This blog post is part of the HBR Online Forum The CEO's Role in Fixing the System. No conversation regarding a call for a new CEO can be complete without a discussion of corporate boards and their role as the primary, determinative actors in the selection process. It is the board, after all, who is charged with succession planning and choosing the chief executive. But how well is this planning being executed in boardrooms across the globe?

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Launching Effective Start-ups in Governments

Harvard Business Review

Government "start-ups" — new agencies, offices, or initiatives — have the potential to be a powerful tool for solving critical policy problems at the local, state, and federal levels. But while creating the "new and the nimble" within an established bureaucracy is a well-known art form in the private sector, governments are still struggling to do it effectively. This isn't surprising given the differences between businesses and governments.

Shifting Finance from Controlling to Improving

Harvard Business Review

It's difficult to get senior executives who have been successful managing a particular way to realize that they need to change their approach. Yet this is exactly the challenge facing leaders of the finance function who are asked to help their organization improve the way that work is done. As finance shifts its focus from controlling costs to advising managers on improvement activities, CFOs must change their thinking and behaviors.