In Defense of Responsible Offshoring and Outsourcing

Harvard Business Review

In the State of the Union , President Obama declaimed: "No, we will not go back to an economy weakened by outsourcing." Offshoring and outsourcing today are like sex in the Victorian era: repressed or criticized in public discussion, much practiced in private behavior. Similarly, companies must be more forceful in explaining the uses of revenues and margins derived from offshoring/outsourcing's competitive cost structures and local appeal.

Diversity & Leadership | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

Let me be clear: leadership and diversity should have nothing to do with one another. This blog was recently nominated for Kevin Eikenberry’s Best Leadership Blogs of 2010 , and I noticed recently that Kevin was taking heat from the gender police for having only one woman on the list of nominees. I will onshore, offshore, outsource, insource, or execute whatever business strategy I implement without regard for diversity.

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What is Your Level of Coaching Literacy?

Coaching Tip

Consider full outsourcing: Have an external coaching manager appointed to the role of managing coaching in your company. Books Business Coaching Ethics Leadership Memes Personal Coaching Self-Awareness Skills What is Work life People involved in the delivery of coaching may also become ambassadors of coaching in their sphere of influence.

Sustainable Leadership and Organizations: The Ideas of Martin Seligman

Michael Lee Stallard

Michael Lee Stallard Insights on Leadership and Employee Engagement Home About Hire to Speak Press Kit Sustainable Organizations: The Ideas of Martin Seligman Published by Michael Lee Stallard on May 30, 2010 09:27 am under E Pluribus Partners , Uncategorized , connection culture , employee engagement In an earlier post, I wrote that the ideas of thought-leader Dov Seidman , CEO of LRN and author of How , are likely to have a profound effect on organizations in the years to come.

The Future of Leadership Development

Great Leadership By Dan

A colleague from another business school recommended the book, The Future of Leadership Development, Corporate Needs and the Role of Business Schools , edited by IESE Business School Dean Jordi Canals. Anyway, here are 10 current and potential trends for leadership development that shouldn’t creep anyone out too much, from the book and with my own embellishment: 1. The use of coaching in leadership development programs. Senior leadership development.

10 Steps to Creating a Talent Advantage

N2Growth Blog

I also believe that if HR is solely charged with the recruiting efforts for senior management and executive level positions you’ll end-up with a very weak management and leadership team. Outsourced recruiting is very effective and affordable if managed properly. When companies complain about a lack of leadership, or how difficult it is to identify leaders , my question is simply this: Why didn’t you hire a leader to begin with?

Seven Lessons American Manufacturing’s Decline Can Teach Any Company

Strategy Driven

How did the nation with the workforce that won the war end up with a workforce outsourced to India? And that is a failure of American leadership on an epic scale; a failure of government to work with manufacturing instead of against it; a failure of business to adapt to the global marketplace instead of running from it. But most of all, it is a failure of leadership to harness and unleash the remarkable potential of the American worker.

Success is not a zero-sum game

Lead on Purpose

Chris Warner and Don Schmincke , the authors of the book High Altitude Leadership describe what happens when people do not work together. Overcoming selfishness is critical to effective leadership. Unfortunately, globalism is being played that way, otherwise the focus would be on conserving managerial focus, rather than cash, and that managerial focus would be spent creating new categories and new wealth, rather than managing the outsourcing itself.

The non-secret formula that makes a great salesperson

Strategy Driven

They go through the expensive gyrations of outsourcing, in-sourcing, testing, interviewing and finally hiring. The lesson here is that attitude and work ethic are more important than sales skill. If they have a great attitude, and a solid work ethic, they will accept learning new skills as a way of life and a path to success. Why are salespeople great? What makes salespeople successful? What characteristics make up a sales superstar?

The Big Picture of Business – Business Success Checklist

Strategy Driven

Provide leadership. Outsourcing, privatizing and collaborating plan is annually updated, with realistic, measurable goals. The organization maintains and lives by an ethics statement. When you own and operate a business you need to have certain procedures for an efficient and seamless function. Sometimes the difficulty of managing your time makes for a haphazard operation.

Strategic Planning Alternatives: Mission Discernment

LDRLB

Do we outsource part of our organization? Mission Discernment: A preventative ethics strategy for leaders in Catholic health care organizations. He holds a Master of Arts in Leadership from Trinity Western University and is working toward a Doctorate in Strategic Leadership at Regent University. I recently wrote two posts criticizing strategic planning. It’s always easy to deconstruct the status quo; it’s tough to reconstruct a viable alternative.

Strategic Planning Alternatives: Mission Discernment

LDRLB

Do we outsource part of our organization? Mission Discernment: A preventative ethics strategy for leaders in Catholic health care organizations. He holds a Master of Arts in Leadership from Trinity Western University and is working toward a Doctorate in Strategic Leadership at Regent University. I recently wrote two posts criticizing strategic planning. It’s always easy to deconstruct the status quo; it’s tough to reconstruct a viable alternative.

Book Review: UnMarketing. Stop Marketing. Start Engaging.

LDRLB

It has to be genuine…just like leadership does. Relationships can’t be outsourced or delegated, no matter how hard leaders try. LeaderLab is partnering with organizational scholars to gather research on the importance of building ethical climates. First off, I am definitely not qualified to review a book on social media. I’m still learning a lot, make lots of mistakes and am still trying to figure it out along with everyone else.

The “Business in Society” Imperative for CEOs

Harvard Business

On the one hand, protectionism, populism, and wide-spread distrust of business’s role in politics is threatening international corporations (think Carrier, Boeing, and tariffs/taxes for off-shoring and outsourcing). In virtually every country across the globe, a broad range of governmental and ethical issues directly and immediately shape what companies can and cannot do.

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The Big Picture of Business: Been There, Done That

Strategy Driven

With a wealth of expertise available via outsourcing, one can quickly become a ‘kid in a candy shop,’ wanting whatever is readily available or craftily packaged. Pro-bono community involvement is a factor because it indicates character, ethics and integrity. He guides companies through growth strategies, visioning, strategic planning, executive leadership development, Futurism and Big Picture issues which profoundly affect the business climate.

The Big Picture of Business – Planning and Budgeting in Downsized Times

Strategy Driven

Under the rules of supply chain dynamics, one must study your supplier relationships, formalize a plan of outsourcing and develop collaborations. Goal attainment leads to ethical behavior. He guides companies through growth strategies, visioning, strategic planning, executive leadership development, Futurism and Big Picture issues which profoundly affect the business climate. Getting the funds that you need from tight fisted management is an ongoing process.

How IBM's Sam Palmisano Redefined the Global Corporation

Harvard Business Review

Recognizing that the company's command-and-control culture wouldn't work in the 21st century, he defined leadership as leading by values and created a unique collaborative organizational structure. Never confuse charisma with leadership. These relationships were essential in gaining the confidence of customers who had qualms about outsourcing to IBM. He also forced partners and distributors to commit in writing to uphold IBM's strict ethical standards.

6 Rules for Building and Scaling Company Culture

Harvard Business Review

These types of leaders have not just an incredible passion and work ethic for what they do, but a cultural ethic in that how they do what they do inspires others. At a time when outsourcing functions such as customer service or automating checkout procedures are becoming more common, the role of frontline cultural ambassadors does not diminish, but rather disproportionately increases and can become a real competitive advantage.

The Rise of the General Counsel

Harvard Business Review

The general counsel, not the senior partner in the law firm, is now often the go-to counselor for the CEO and the board on law, ethics, public policy, corporate citizenship, and country and geopolitical risk. Corporate law departments have tried to break up private firms' absurd billing for paralegals or routine work by outsourcing, either in the United States or overseas (in nations like India). Boards Leadership Risk management

Why – and How – to Hire Young People Without Diplomas

Harvard Business Review

Moreover, our study uncovered a range of successful approaches to employing young adults, from building in-house training to partnering with outsourced providers. Successful integration of young adults into your workforce requires both top leadership support, usually someone in the C-suite, and a day-to-day sponsor. In particular, the program seeks to instill a strong work ethic by focusing on key traits such as respect, attitude, and teamwork.

A Board Member’s Guide to Corporate Political Spending

Harvard Business Review

This is acutely the case when companies “outsource” political contributions by funding trade associations, politically active nonprofit organizations, and other groups that do not disclose their donors. Making these decisions requires that directors have expertise, exercise informed judgment, and be guided by an ethical compass. The 2016 U.S. election cycle is on track to break political spending records — and corporate contributions will be a large part of that.

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