Mon.Mar 13, 2017

Create the Target Before You Shoot the Arrow

Leading Blog

I SAW A CARTOON years ago in which Charlie Brown shot an arrow at a fence and then proceeded to draw a circle around the arrow. At some level, he found this satisfying. This is not how great leaders think.

7 Hidden Costs of Attempting to Eliminate Risk

Ron Edmondson

Every leader I know attempts to limit a certain amount of risk when making decisions or leading change. We should attempt to have good systems, adequate resources, and even contingency or emergency plans.

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Five Tips for Hiring Remote Team Members

Kevin Eikenberry

Hiring is one of the most important roles of a leader. Putting the right people on the team is a foundational component of our success; after all, people who aren’t the perfect fit will lead to teams and individuals who may struggle mightily and never reach their potential.

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Creating a Leadership Culture

Nathan Magnuson

This post comes courtesy of Mark Miller, a best-selling author of 6 books, an in-demand speaker and an executive at Chick-fil-A.

Over-engaged Leaders Produce Disengaged Teams

Leadership Freak

Over-engaged leaders work way too hard. Over-engaged leaders produce disengaged teams. Work to make space for others, if you’re an over-engaged leader. Over-engaged leaders: Love check lists. Don’t dive into problem-solving without exploring… Continue reading → Delegation Leading Taking others higher Teams Culture Leadership Development organizational success

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Staying Ahead Of The Game In Your Business

Strategy Driven

Photo courtesy of Pixabay. Business can be a very fraught environment. There’s a lot of stress and pressure, which makes it hard for people to consider certain parts of their operation. Over time, this can have a serious impact on your business. So, it isn’t worth letting things go.

4 Tips to Staying Organized as an Office Manager

Linked 2 Leadership

Some people love to organize, while others take a more lackadaisical approach to their home and professional lives. Regardless of your natural organizational skills, however, you can find success as an office manager with the following four organizing tips. or·gan·ized [ˈôrɡəˌnīzd] ADJECTIVE: Arranged in a systematic way, especially on a large scale. 1) Make Organization Beautiful […].

No Need to Troll a Troll

Lead Change Blog

Being cut off while driving. People letting a door slam in your face when you approach a store. The person who leaves their car stereo blaring while parked in front of the ATM. Daily we can experience any or all these types of minor discourtesies.

How Your Company Can Turn Kindness Into Cash

Steve Farber

If you are one of those people who really believes no good deed goes unpunished, then you might find very little value in kindness. I, however, believe most people see kindness as a pretty good thing. But is it essential to the success of your business ? Is it more than just a morally good best-practice? Does it have, you know … monetary value? Absolutely.

How to Set the Stage for a Great Day at Work (video)

Management Excellence

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Application of Statistical Methods in 1940

Deming Institute

Dave Nave found an interesting forward from a set of 1985 standards on Control Charts. It describes how those standards were created as part of the World War II war effort, with Dr. Deming on the committee. Subsequently the standards were transfer to ASQ/ANSI. From the forward.

Augmented Reality Is Already Improving Worker Performance

Harvard Business Review

The relationship between technology and jobs is center stage in the policy and academic debate. The discussion reveals a fascinating, troubling contradiction.

Five Questions


Five obvious and yet often overlooked questions: Who are our customers? What are our top priorities? What is our system? How are our people developed? How will we know when we have succeeded

Stop Reading Lists of Things Successful People Do

Harvard Business Review

Who doesn’t love a “how to succeed” list? They’re fun to read and easy to share, which perhaps explains why there are so many of them. And the advice they give often sounds reasonable: The World Economic Forum published a post , in cooperation with Business Insider, listing 14 things successful people do before breakfast. It includes items such as drinking water and making your bed.

Meet me in Ann Arbor this May! Special Events and new News!

Anese Cavanaugh

Quick and timely announcement! First, HI! Lots of magic going on over here. And all of it rippling to YOU, education, military, men, women, boys, girls, design, health-care, wellness, and more. You’ll be seeing some good stuff from us coming around the bend, and in the meantime, heads up!

Your Organization Wastes Time. Here’s How to Fix It.

Harvard Business Review

A year into their jobs, how many employees still have the unbridled energy and enthusiasm that they brought with them to their first day on the job? How many still believe they can make a difference? Unproductive routines, corporate bureaucracy, and “administrivia” kill ambition and sap energy for far too many employees. That’s demoralizing for employees, and a waste for companies, which badly need the full energy and commitment of all their workers. Related Video.

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Global Supply Chains Are About to Get Better, Thanks to Blockchain

Harvard Business Review

When an E.coli outbreak at Chipotle Mexican Grill outlets left 55 customers ill , in 2015, the news stories, shutdowns, and investigations shattered the restaurant chain’s reputation. Sales plummeted, and Chipotle’s share price dropped 42%, to a three-year low , where it has languished ever since.

The Evolution of Need


Why on earth would we need that? We might need that some day but not now. No, we have bigger fish to fry. We'll get it next year. Uh oh. We need it right now! Why didn't you tell me we needed that


The Benefits Employees Want Don’t Always Cost a Lot

Harvard Business Review

Work-life balance and flexibility rank highly. Managing organizations Video

Quote of the Day


Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. Proverbs 12:18


Too Many Men Are Silent Bystanders to Sexual Harassment

Harvard Business Review

We were blindsided and demoralized by news this month that a substantial group of male Marines had posted unauthorized and compromising pictures of female colleagues, ostensibly their sisters-in-arms, to a Facebook page where other men, including thousands of current and former Marines, made derogatory and harassing comments. Some of them made allusions to sexual assault and rape. As U.S.

News You Can Use


Law Latte Blog has a 1984 video on how to send an email

The Real Reason the German Labor Market Is Booming

Harvard Business Review

Considering how Germany anchors a European continent plagued by high unemployment and slow growth, its labor market is on fire. The number of unemployed has been halved over the past decade. With just 2.6 million people out of work, the German unemployment rate has declined to 5.9%. The country’s exports reached nearly $1.3 trillion in 2016. That’s roughly, and remarkably, half of Germany’s GDP, amounting to about 9% of world exports that year.

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Colonel Vladimir Ilyich Kosnov walked silently down the prison hallway and entered cell number 108. The two green-uniformed men in front of the cot moved to one side so that he could examine the body. Polakov was lying on his back, his eyes wide open. His left hand was clenched to his mouth. From The Kremlin Letter by Noel Behn

We Know Female CEOs Get Paid More, But We Don’t Know Why

Harvard Business Review

Last spring Equilar, an executive compensation firm, released a headline-grabbing study on gender and CEO pay. In a survey of 341 S&P 500 companies, it found that the 17 female chief executives in the group made nearly $8 million more on average than their 324 male counterparts. Some in the media responded with shock and excitement (Fortune called it , for example, “a reverse gender gap”), while others cautioned about the report’s small sample size.

The Importance of Data Visualization In Your Business and 10 Ways to Pull it Off Easily

The Kini Group

Before the formal written language, there were pictures. Primitive drawings shared ideas, plans, and history. When something gets too difficult to understand, sometimes resorting to this uncomplicated language of data visualization simplifies everything to a concept you can grasp. Data visualization puts complex data into a graphical format, allowing you to more easily understand the state of your business and identify patterns to bolster your successful strategies.

Is Your Company Using Employee Data Ethically?

Harvard Business Review

Potter Stewart, justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, once said , “Ethics is knowing the difference between what you have the right to do and what is right to do.” ” Associate Justice Stewart probably didn’t know how new data technologies would soon begin to blur those boundaries.

Research: Higher U.S. Physician Spending Doesn’t Lead to Better Patient Outcomes

Harvard Business Review

Health care spending in the United States reached $3.2 trillion in 2013, which accounted for 17% of U.S. This is almost twice as much as the OECD average of 9%, yet health outcomes in the U.S. are not twice as good as in these other countries. In fact, many outcomes are worse. For example, life expectancy at birth in the U.S. is 78.8 years, which falls short of the OECD average of 80.5 years. Health care spending also varies substantially within the United States.