My Fictional BFF: Forrest Gump

In the CEO Afterlife

I met Forrest Gump in the movie, a couple of years before I read the book. Befriending and spending time with Forrest would be a fascinating ride of insight, laughter, and admiration.

Forrest Gump for President

First Friday Book Synopsis

However, after carefully considering the current candidates, I have decided to vote for Forrest Gump. Bob's blog entries All-American football play on Alabama’s national championship football team Forrest Gump for President Medal of Honor New Hampshire Paul ("Bear") Bryant President Lyndon Baines Johnson Tom HanksIn 1972 during the presidential primary campaigns, a reporter asked a little old lady in New Hampshire whom she was going to vote for. Her reply? “I I never vote.

Complimentary Resource – Forrester Research Report: The Business Impact of Mobile Engagement

Strategy Driven

Forrester Research Report : The Business Impact of Mobile Engagement. Click here for more information on Forrester Research Report : The Business Impact of Mobile Engagement. Relate Articles: Complimentary Resource – Forrester Report: E-Signatures Q&A.

OPTIMISM, PERSEVERANCE: Forrest Mims, III

Building Personal Strength

One of my favorite columns in the San Antonio Express-News is "The Country Scientist," written by Forrest Mims III, who lives about 20 miles from my house. I found it so inspiring that I've decided to share it with you here (copyright 2010, Forrest Mims III, quoted with permission): Twenty years ago, the editor of the Scientific American said that the columns I wrote for his magazine were "fabulous.great.first-rate." Character Heroes Science Perseverance Forrest Mims III Optimism

Is Your Business's Digital Communication Culture Working?

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post from Daniel Patrick Forrester : Too often leaders of companies fail to recognize the Pavlovian habits of constant connection and the opportunity cost of think time and ingenuity that it creates. Author Bio: Daniel Patrick Forrester is the Founder and CEO of THRUUE.

Forrester’s Social Technographics Shows Decline in Online Social (and Forum) Activity in 2010

Managing Communities

Jackie Rousseau-Anderson of Forrester has a run down of the 2010 update of their Social Technographics data. In short, they poll U.S. conumers based on their online social activity and then place them into categories. These categories are: Creators: Publish a blog, publish your own web pages, upload video you created, upload audio/music you created and/or [.].

R “Ray” Wang: An interview by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

R “Ray” Wang is the Principal Analyst and CEO of R “Ray” Wang is the Principal Analyst and CEO of Silicon Valley- based Constellation Research. He’s also the author of the popular business strategy and technology blog, “A Software Insider’s Point of View” The blog provides insight into how disruptive technologies and new business models… Read More R “Ray” Wang: An interview by Bob Morris.

Eric Siegel: An interview by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Eric Siegel, PhD, founder of Predictive Analytics World and Text Analytics World, and Executive Editor of the Predictive Analytics Times.com, makes the how and why of predictive analytics understandable and captivating. In addition to being the author of Predictive Analytics: The Power to Predict Who Will Click, Buy, Lie, or Die, he is a former […].

Are You Making the Most of Mobile Communication? The Time Is Now.

Engaging Leader

In their recent book, The Mobile Mind Shift, authors Ted Schadler, Josh Bernoff, and Julie Ask of Forrester […]. Guest post by Joe Loya. Communication is changing rapidly.

Erik Qualman: An interview by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Called a “Digital Dale Carnegie,” Erik Qualman is the author of Socialnomics: How Social Media Transforms the Way We Live and Do Business and, more recently, Digital Leader: 5 Simple Keys to Success and Influence. Socialnomics made Amazon’s #1 Best Selling List for the US, Japan, UK, Canada, Portugal, Italy, China, Korea and Germany. Socialnomics was a finalist for the “2010 Book of the Year” [.].

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Lead Change Blog

Forrest Gump once shared that his mama told him “Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” I think that “Great leaders are like avid gardeners. They know what crops they intend to grow, and plan accordingly.”. Leadership Development Garden Growth Nurture

Consider: Harnessing the Power of Reflective Thinking in Your Organization

Leading Blog

Author Daniel Patrick Forrester states, “ Stepping away from the problem—and structuring time to think and reflect—just may prove the most powerful differentiator that allows your organization to remain relevant and survive …. But what emerges from Forrester’s research is the fact that we can’t afford not to. Forrester interviewed Sarah Sewall who worked with General Petraeus and others to rewrite the military’s counterinsurgency doctrine.

‘Good’ Is Not Enough

Lead Change Blog

Prior to joining Forrest Performance Group (FPG) in his current role as human performance strategist, Jamey served in a senior leadership capacity with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. Nearly three-quarters of a customer’s loyalty is determined by how that customer is treated.

Sales And Marketing Out Of Alignment? You're Not Alone

Six Disciplines

According to a new report by Forrester Research , only 8% of B2B (business-to-business) companies surveyed by Forrester Research said they have tight alignment between sales and marketing. The greatest obstacles to achieving tighter alignment between sales and marketing? 58% said long-term thinking by marketing vs. short-term thinking by sales. 46% said different goals and measurements between marketing and sales. and 45% said "not enough time".

Think SoLoMo or SoCoLoMo – Social Commerce, Local & Mobile – For Digital Success

Modern Servant Leader

Forrester Research: US Cross-channel Retail Forecast 2011 to 2016. Forrester Research: US Online Retail Hits $200 Billion. Forrester Research: US eCommerce to Reach Nearly $300 Billion by 2015. In an evolving digital work place, it is critical for leaders to think of their products, services and leadership in terms of SoCoLoMo. This is a take off of the popular SoLoMo, which stood for So cial Lo cal and Mo bile, with the Co addition standing for Co mmerce and / or Co ntent.

Transformation Trends in 2019 HRs Need To Watch

HR Digest

A forecast by American Research Company Forrester for 2019 suggests that the year will come along with many business transformations. A lot of workplace inventions will take place in the business sector considering the rapid growth of technology, Forrester warns. About 7% of physical manpower jobs will be lost to automation, Forrester suggests.

Complimentary Resource – Top 10 Trends in Email, Mobile & Social Marketing

Strategy Driven

Relate Articles: Complimentary Resource – Forrester Research Report: The Business Impact of Mobile Engagement. Top 10 Trends in Email, Mobile & Social Marketing. by Emailvision, Inc.

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One CEO???s Reflections On Measuring Impact And Purpose

Tanveer Naseer

The following is a guest piece by Daniel Patrick Forrester. Daniel Patrick Forrester is the Founder and CEO of THRUUE. Over the last ten years I have seen a movement happening within for-profit organizations.

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Best Leadership Books of 2011

Leading Blog

Consider : Harnessing the Power of Reflective Thinking In Your Organization by Daniel Patrick Forrester. W E HAVE more recorded information about leadership now than at any other time in history. Most of it deals with the surface turbulence, which is important but not complete. In all of this information there is the sense too, that perhaps we have lost the wisdom we need and that maybe some new thing will help us to avoid what we already know and don’t want to do.

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'Good' Is Not Enough

Lead Change Blog

Prior to joining Forrest Performance Group (FPG) in his current role as human performance strategist, Jamey served in a senior leadership capacity with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. Nearly three-quarters of a customer’s loyalty is determined by how that customer is treated. Research conducted by McKinsey and Company found the customer experience, the more likely they will be to return and directly refer you to others.

Taking Another Look: Leading Minds on Reflection Part 4

Leading Blog

Daniel Patrick Forrester, Consider —Daniel Patrick Forrester, Consider. * * *. In the final part of this series, Marshall Goldsmith explains the relevancy of reflection in today’s world.

Complimentary Resource – 2011 Trends Report: Customer Relationship Management

Strategy Driven

Complimentary Resource – Forrester Report: E-Signatures Q&A. 2011 Trends Report: Customer Relationship Management. by Focus. Focus Experts share their 2011 predictions for CRM. Effectively and efficiently managing customer relationships is job No. 1 in most businesses.

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The Power of Reflective Thinking

CEO Blog

Consider Harnessing the Power of Reflective Thinking in Your Organization by Daniel Forrester. This is what Forrester argues (successfully) actually can hurt the business more than help it.

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Voting is the Hallmark of Freedom

Strategy Driven

Complimentary Resource – Forrester Report: E-Signatures Q&A. In the United States, we are privileged to have the right to elect those who represent us in our federal, state, and local governments. This hallmark of our freedom, however, is not without a price.

Taking Another Look: Leading Minds on Reflection Part 2

Leading Blog

Daniel Patrick Forrester, Consider In part two of this series, Tom Asacker philosophizes about the nature of reflection. His insights help us to understand that until we start to see our connection to reality, core changes rarely happen.

Complimentary Resource – The Effect of Poor Customer Service and What to Do About It

Strategy Driven

Relate Articles: Complimentary Resource – Forrester Research Report: The Business Impact of Mobile Engagement. The Effect of Poor Customer Service and What to Do About It. by Compare Business Products.

Are We Experiencing A Technology Tsunami?

Rich Gee Group

What’s the impact on organizations like Symantec (virus), Gartner/Forrester (advisory), HP (printing), and Microsoft (operating systems)?

Taking Another Look: Leading Minds on Reflection Part I

Leading Blog

Daniel Patrick Forrester, Consider. John Kotter begins this series on reflection by talking about the need to develop a reflective habit and why we don’t. Are we spending our time on the right issues?

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Taking Another Look: Leading Minds on Reflection Part 3

Leading Blog

Daniel Patrick Forrester, Consider In part three of this series, James Strock talks about the importance of taking time “off” from one’s customary activities. He also gives insight into gaining perspective through reflection.

2018 Workforce Forecast | Herman Group

Chart Your Course

In a recent study, Forrester Research reported “close to 15 million new jobs will be created in the US alone over the next decade as a result of automation and smart machines.” Every year at about this time, The Herman Group issues its annual forecast.

Persist Like a Tomato Seed

CEO Blog

John Travolta said no to Forrest Gump , and Gwenyth Paltrow told James Cameron that The Titanic , was not her cup of tea. The garden is great. A bit dry even with the rain but overall doing great. I transplanted a dozen volunteer tomato plants today. I compost and tomato seeds not only survive composting (just like the weeds it seems)but they thrive. Next year, I am simply going to prepare my tomato garden and plant no seeds but spread compost.

Integrated Marketing and Social Networks

Coaching Tip

Sources: The Wall Street Journal, [link] and Forrester Research, Inc. Borders Group Inc.,

The Definitive Guide to Enterprise-wide Analytics Alignment

The Kini Group

In fact, Forrester Research shows that 20% of companies have transitioned to cloud-based accounting and financial tracking systems. Is the next statement true or false? Enterprise-wide analytics is REALLY difficult.

Mars Incorporated: A Sweet Place to Work

Coaching Tip

It is still 100% family-owned -- now by the three elderly offspring of Forrest Mars Sr., With about $33 billion in global revenue last year, Mars would be in the top 100 of the Fortune 500 , ahead of McDonald's, Starbucks, and General Mills. It employs 72,000 people, more than a third of them in America. .

The Unconscious Magic of Music

Building Personal Strength

I recently watched the movie, "Finding Forrester," starring Sean Connery and Rob Brown. The Connery character is a well-known but reclusive novelist (hints of J. Salinger) who reluctantly mentors a young basketball player who has literary talent.

B2B Salespeople Can Survive If They Reimagine Their Roles

Harvard Business Review

“Death of a B2B Salesman,” a new report from Forrester Research , lends urgency to the need for companies to rethink and radically transform their sales models by incorporating digital media into their processes.

The Epilogue to the Epilogue of the Epilogue

Steve Farber

Past winning screenplays include Akeelah and the Bee , Arlington Road , and Finding Forrester. I’m thrilled to report yet another epilogue in the continuing story of Greater Than Yourself. The previous installment was in this post I wrote on April 9, 2009: The epilogue at the end of Greater Than Yourself is a case study of a GTY challenge I issued to the students and staff of Up with People. There’s a little film snippet of the experience over at greaterthanyourself.com ).

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I Love/Don't Love Christmas…You?

You're Not the Boss of Me

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Morning Advantage: If You Mean It, Measure It

Harvard Business Review

Forrester). As Brian Hopkins notes in his Forrester blog, "in many cases we are finding clients talking about big data, but needing something different like some good old-fashioned data governance. For all the mantras, encouragement, and even training companies provide in the name of improving customer service, the wrong performance metrics will undermine good intentions every time.

84% of B2B Sales Start with a Referral — Not a Salesperson

Harvard Business Review

Sales reps, according to Forrester , tend to prioritize a sales agenda over solving a customer’s problem. If organizations don’t change their outdated thinking and create effective sales models for today’s digital era, Forrester warns that 1 million B2B salespeople will lose their jobs to self-service e-commerce by 2020. Outbound B2B sales are becoming less and less effective.

Morning Advantage: You're Too Busy to Innovate

Harvard Business Review

Seriously, Governments Should Be Playful (Forrester). Einstein famously said that if given an hour to solve a problem, he'd spend 55 minutes defining it and 5 minutes on the solution. That's "exactly opposite of what the vast majority of executives today would do," writes Jeffrey Phillips in the blog Innovate on Purpose. Most of them would simply define a solution, implement it and have 15 minutes to spare for checking email." The problem, he argues, is that we've become too efficient.

Morning Advantage: Obama and Romney Give Outsourcing a Bad Name

Harvard Business Review

Strategy: The First Step Towards Creating A Great Customer Experience (Forrester Blogs In demonizing outsourcing, both Obama and Romney are playing a stupid political game with the U.S. economy, says Daniel Altman in Foreign Policy. While it's true that some forms of outsourcing have "sinister ends" like allowing companies to avoid paying a fair domestic wage, its biggest economic effect may be encouraging specialization — and that can be an important form of progress.

Requiring Companies to Disclose Climate Risks Helps Everyone

Harvard Business Review

In the movie Forrest Gump , the protagonist becomes a very rich man due to a natural disaster and its unforeseen business consequences. When he first enters the shrimp boating business, Forrest catches no shrimp. His fortunes change when a hurricane strikes and his boat is the only one to survive the disaster. Facing no competition, he becomes a multimillionaire.