The Best Leadership Books of 2016

Leading Blog

In this uncertain environment, including the mounting global economic concerns, a humble mindset will be the only thing that will unlock the most promising business, social and economic innovations. Anyone can innovate if given the opportunity and the support.

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Leadership and Product Management

Lead on Purpose

Accounting/Finance: This group is often completely ignored by product management.

Manager vs. ?

Lead on Purpose

I think about the things I manage (personal finances, household, a team of people).

Guest Post: Watch Out for Flying Monkeys!

Lead on Purpose

Maintaining a relationship with executive administrators, travel, finance, sales and development can provide valuable information on travel schedules, agendas and the details that will reinforce the emergence of Flying Monkeys.

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Five Good Reasons to Champion Auto-Analytics in Your Organization

Harvard Business Review

The recent boom in auto-analytics, or "self-tracking," or "self quantification" has been playing out mostly as a consumer trend — as something we do during our leisure time to become more deliberate about personal fitness, finances, or diet. Frederick Taylor's early pig-iron experiments measured and improved factory worker performance. Auto-analytics can be a platform for growth and innovation. How do you quantify your life?

Fixing the Euro Zone and Reducing Inequality, Without Fleecing the Rich

Harvard Business Review

So one solution suggested by a growing number of economists in Europe is for central banks to “helicopter drop” money , and directly finance private sector spending. Modest innovation to address the intertwined problems of deflation and inequality is needed.

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Entrepreneurs: You're More Important Than Your Business Plan

Harvard Business Review

As Amar Bhide said in " Bootstrap Finance: The Art of Start-ups " (a 20-year-old HBR article that is an uncanny precursor to today's "lean startup" meme), traditional business planning processes are less relevant to bootstrappers — where resilience trumps planning and energy trumps experience.

Why a Great Individual Is Better Than a Good Team

Harvard Business Review

Bill Taylor wrote the most recent of many interesting pieces, where he argued provocatively that " great people are overrated ," in response to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's comment that a great engineer is worth 100 average engineers. But with individuals, the opposite is true: The value of a contributor decreases disproportionately with each additional person contributing to a single project, idea, or innovation. earthquakes ), finance (i.e.,

Making Room for Reflection Is a Strategic Imperative

Harvard Business Review

In turn, reflection becomes the rocket fuel for experimentation, the lifeblood of high-level innovation, the spark of deeper meaning, and the wellspring of enduring purpose. Taylor s textbook about "productivity" squarely at my nose if youd like, but Id suggest: the sharpest implement you might not yet have in your toolkit is a set of reflection items. If youre here to "innovate" sugar water, then thinking in terms of orthodox buyers and suppliers might do the trick.