Kristi Hedges: An interview by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Kristi Hedges is a leadership coach, speaker and author. In her 20-year career working with leaders to help them communicate more effectively she’s encountered every personality type imaginable, yet remains more than a little passionate that anyone can learn presence. Her workshops and leadership coaching programs have been utilized by CEOs and teams of all [.].

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On Hedge Funds, Outside Investors, and Corporate Culture – (with a story about George Zimmer)

First Friday Book Synopsis

… Read More On Hedge Funds, Outside Investors, and Corporate Culture – (with a story about George Zimmer). It’s tough to maintain a good, everyone-wants-to-be-a-part-of, corporate culture. It’s tough to maintain this in the best of circumstances. It may be practically impossible when the leader who built such a culture, who nurtured it over the long haul, is no longer around. And, sometimes, “outside” investors can destroy what it took years to build.…

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The Prisoner’s (Hedge Fund) Dilemma

CO2

SAC Manager Arrested for Insider Trading at Hedge Fund. If you speak to most hedge fund managers, they will tell you what they create is efficient markets. The payoffs hedge fund employees are real, but the business has the feel of a game. by Gary Cohen.

Thoughts – From Fran Tarkenton, on the Value of Reading; and from a Hedge Fund’s Call to Action for Olive Garden

First Friday Book Synopsis

One of my “daily reads” is Business Insider. It is comprehensive, constantly updated, and deals with business, culture, news… so much. Recently, I read two articles that are especially worth noting. One was a piece by Fran Tarkenton, former NFL quarterback, now successful entrepreneur. His article was about “big” companies getting in trouble: Businesses Like […]. Randy''s blog entries

What If Google Had a Hedge Fund?

Harvard Business Review

Acutely aware of the competitive edges timely data offers sophisticated investors, the company's ever-entrepreneurial cofounder once proposed that Google launch a hedge fund. Google may not have a hedge fund, but it's unlikely that high IQ hedge funds aren't using Google's data to better manage their own situational awareness and risk. What kind of hedge funds might an Amazon set up (remember, Jeff Bezos actually came from a New York hedge fund)?

The Power of Presence: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

The Power of Presence: Unlock Your Potential to Influence and Engage Others Kristi Hedges AMACOM (2012) How and why powerful intentional presence can be a “personal game changer” As I began to read this book, I was reminded of one of my favorite songs in the musical and film, Chicago, sung by Amos Hart (played [.]. Reilly Kristi Hedges Mister Cellophane The Power of Presence: Unlock Your Potential to Influence and Engage Others

The Power of Presence: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

The Power of Presence: Unlock Your Potential to Influence and Engage Others Kristi Hedges AMACOM (2012) How and why powerful intentional presence can be a “personal game changer” As I began to read this book, I was reminded of one of my favorite songs in the musical and film, Chicago, sung by Amos Hart (played [.]. Reilly Kristi Hedges Mister Cellophane

The Man Who Is Changing The World.

Rich Gee Group

He started the Khan Academy as a way to tutor his cousins remotely — while he was a hedge fund analyst in Boston, and they were students in New Orleans.

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Next Level Tips for Women Leaders

Next Level Blog

Main | Leaders, Your Words Matter » January 07, 2011 Next Level Tips for Women Leaders Last month, I was interviewed by Kristi Hedges, executive coach and columnist for WomenEntrepeneur.com , on how women leading their own businesses can develop themselves for next level performance. 

How The Best Leaders Energize People Every Day

Eric Jacobson

Available starting Wednesday, June 1, it's called, The Inspiration Code , by Kristi Hedges. Kristi Hedges But, first, what exactly is inspiration? And, to be an inspiring leader , Hedges explains that you must: Be Present. Hedges recommends you use this language: "I see __in you."

A Good Story Contains These Seven Elements

Eric Jacobson

Eric Jacobson on Leadership and Management Kristi Hedges Leadership Stories Storytelling

Nick Gogerty: Part 2 of an interview by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Nick is the author of The Nature of Value: How to Invest in the Adaptive Economy (Columbia University Press 2014) and was involved in a technical confidential project with one of the world’s largest global macroeconomic hedge funds. He lectures in Columbia University’s MBA value investing program on innovation, macro-economic portfolio, and scenario risk management. […].

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When an Activist Hedge Fund Thinks a Company’s Salaries Are Too High, Who’s Right?

Harvard Business Review

The hedge fund founded and run by billionaire Paul Singer just announced that it now owns 6.2% Most activist hedge funds are simply pushing a less extreme version of the same basic idea. The activist approach is clearly good business for hedge funds; activist funds have dramatically outperformed their hedge-fund peers in recent years.

5 Things A Leader Should Pray For

Joseph Lalonde

Covering your family in prayer creates a hedge of protection around them. F aith plays a major role in my life. According to my reader survey, faith also plays a major role in your life as well. That’s cool! It’s exciting to see other leaders living out their faith as well.

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UNDERSTANDING IS A POOR SUBSTITUTE FOR CONVEXITY (ANTIFRAGILITY): A Conversation with Nassim Nicholas Taleb

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is another in the CONVERSATIONS AT EDGE series, in this instance a conversation with Nassim Nicholas Taleb. “The point we will be making here is that logically, neither trial and error nor “chance” and serendipity can be behind the gains in technology and empirical science attributed to them. By definition chance cannot lead to [.].

Purpose Point of View

Strategy Driven

Aside from hedge funds, risk arbitrage, FX traders and other derivatives solely established to make money on the margins, no company that sells a product or a service of any sort was founded strictly to turn a profit. No matter which way you turn, the focus on ‘purpose’ is everywhere.

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The Reciprocity Advantage

Leading Blog

In a VUCA World, partnerships are hedges against risk, but they will also be more attractive ways to innovate and grow scale. G IVE TO GROW. Partner for greater value for more players.

Leader Isolation: 6 Ways to Conquer Loneliness at the Top

RapidStart Leadership

As Kristi Hedges, writing for Forbes suggests , just as CEOs regularly assemble teams of trusted advisers to help them make tough decisions, you can do the same thing, regardless of your current level in the organization. We are not alone… …but sometimes it can feel that way.

Art of Managing-Hedging Your Bets Might Be Harmful to Your Firm’s Health

Management Excellence

The essence of strategy is choosing what not to do, yet as Lafley, Martin and Riel describe, the notion of giving up options or closing off familiar paths is uncomfortable for us. It’s our drive to eliminate this discomfort by keeping our options open and flexible that might just be limiting our success or even setting the stage for failure.

Self Made Nothing!

Dave Bratcher

You Can’t Get to the Top Without Assistance – One of the other problems with the ladder was being able to climb with the hedge trimmers in my hand. Have you ever been scared while climbing a ladder?

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The Different Roles Of A Coach And A Mentor

Eric Jacobson

Author Kristi Hedges , in her book, The Power of Presence , provides these explanations of the roles of a coach and of a mentor and how they differ from each other: The Coach shows empathy through a mixture of tough love and strong support.

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Using Storytelling To Craft And Communicate Your Strategic Vision

Tanveer Naseer

Here, I use the labels of the indispensable ‘Pixar Pitch’ to summarize Salman’s story: ACT I: Once upon a time, I was an analyst at a Boston-based hedge fund. The following is a guest piece by Jeremey Donovan.

How A Coach Differs From A Mentor

Eric Jacobson

Author Kristi Hedges , in her book, The Power of Presence , provides these explanations of the roles of a coach and of a mentor and how they differ from each other: The Coach shows empathy through a mixture of tough love and strong support.

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The “Next Practices” of Strategy-Setting

N2Growth Blog

By including a Culture By Design perspective in your planning approach you hedge the bet that the organization can succeed in the execution of its plans. Are your strategic planning practices flat and uninspired? Have you reduced your planning process to a once per year, budgeting exercise? Do your senior people feel disengaged and removed from your strategic planning? Does the rank and file even understand what’s in your strategic plan?

How Hedge Funds Create Criminals

Harvard Business Review

Hedge funds are playing the role of Wall Street villain again. Then came the November 22, 2010 raids of three hedge fund headquarters by FBI agents who seized documents and confiscated BlackBerries. Now authorities are serving subpoenas on other, larger hedge and mutual funds. These events raise suspicion that many hedge fund traders may have succeeded at beating the market not through careful research and original analysis but by breaking the law.

Happy 125th Year Birthday WSJ!

Coaching Tip

However, in this first WSJ edition, the Baltimore American put up a bulletin that there was a rumor to effect that Kilrain had won and Sullivan''s backer''s were holding the wire to hedge on bets. 125 years ago today, The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) published its first edition on July 8, 1889. Yes, sports were covered in the first Journal. Then champion John L. Sullivan took on Jake Kilrain in what would be the last world heavyweight championship bare-knuckled prize fight.

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Nick Gogerty: Part 1 of an interview by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Nick is the author of The Nature of Value: How to Invest in the Adaptive Economy (Columbia University Press 2014) and involved in a technical confidential project with one of the world’s largest global macroeconomic hedge funds. He lectures in Columbia University’s MBA value investing program on innovation, macro-economic portfolio, and scenario risk management. Meanwhile, […].

Negativity Loops Destroy Intention

Leading Blog

Kristi Hedges is an expert in executive presence. Hedges says, “People who maintain optimistic thoughts gain resilience. When you find yourself in a stressful situation and caught in a downward negative spiral, Hedges recommends that you: Stay vigilant and recognize when it’s purely pessimism and not constructive. When the stakes are high, negative thinking is a no-brainer; it comes naturally to any of us.

An Oxymoron: $1-to-2 Billion Penalty With No Wrongdoing

Coaching Tip

Hedge-fund group SAC Capital Advisors LP and federal prosecutors have agreed in principle on a penalty exceeding $1 billion in a potential criminal settlement that would be the largest ever for an insider-trading case, according to people familiar with the matter.

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Why the “F” Bomb Shouldn’t Be Dropped

N2Growth Blog

While both perspectives cover some of the same ground, the article in The Journal hedges a bit too much for my taste. By Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth. I read an interesting article on The Wall Street Journal today discussing the use of colorful language in business settings.

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Leadership Lesson from an Off-Road Champion Driver

CO2

He is a Minnesota hedge fund manager and an off-road racer who won the 2013 Dakar Challenge by posting the fastest adjusted time combined from two major desert races—the Tecate SCORE Baja 500 and the Eldorado HDRA Reno 500. by Gary Cohen.

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Lead with a Coherent Strategy

Coaching Tip

Hedging bets with multiple options, which reinforces complexity and raises costs. By Guest Authors from Booz & Company : Partner, Paul Leinwand and Managing Director, Cesare Mainardi .

Learn or Die

Leading Blog

A particularly fascinating and eye-opening chapter is on Ray Dalio’s Bridgewater Associates, the largest hedge fund in the world. Our ability (and willingness) to learn impacts our personal and business growth, operational excellence, and our capacity to innovate. More than ever, it truly is learn or die. Learning is impacted by our “reflexive ways of thinking, the rigidity of our mental models, and the strength of our ego defense systems.”

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The Marketing Strategy: What You REALLY Need To Know

Strategy Driven

It is tempting to go for every avenue so you can hedge your bets, but it is the corporate equivalent of spreading yourself thin. Your business thrives on how effective its marketing strategy is. Marketing is a concept that can almost consume a business that hasn’t got its strategy in order.

The Differences Between A Coach And A Mentor

Eric Jacobson

Author Kristi Hedges , in her book, The Power of Presence , provides these explanations of the roles of a coach and of a mentor and how they differ from each other: The Coach shows empathy through a mixture of tough love and strong support.

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5 Essential Communications Skills to Catapult Your Career

Harvard Business Review

In this interactive Harvard Business Review webinar, communications expert Kristi Hedges teaches aspiring executives five must-have communication skills: creating an intentional presence; being able to get buy-in; delivering executive briefings; connecting with distributed teams through virtual leadership; and giving and receiving direct feedback. Developing great communication skills is a key to professional success. Communication skills have always been instrumental for senior leaders.

What If Investors Who Held Their Shares Longer Got More Voting Power?

Harvard Business Review

But I long for actions that go beyond admonitions to managers and boards to do better, that give both parties a better chance to stand up to capital markets players, like activist hedge funds, pressuring them to become too short-term focused. An activist hedge fund, for example, can exert massive pressure to change the strategy and/or investment approach of the company based on its ownership of a sufficient share of the company’s equity.

Guest Post: An Entrepreneur's Thoughts on Market Incentives & Foreign Aid

Mills Scofield

One of his main tasks was to structure a hedging derivative that negated foreign exchange risks so that Microfinance institutions could take safer loans from the developed world. This is a guest blog by Chia Han Sheng, Brown University '14, co-founder of MedInternational.

Today, Economic Confidence is Fragile

Coaching Tip

Over the last three weeks or so, hedge fund managers have been betting that stocks will fall further. As the Dow Jones industrial average plunged 513 points last Thursday, then gyrated wildly on Friday, all of Wall Street seemed to be asking the same question: What the heck is going on?

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GM’s Stock Buyback Is Bad for America and the Company

Harvard Business Review

” But the only real wins are a victory for the hedge funds, and a Pyrrhic victory for GM in that it managed to keep Wilson off its board and reduced the size of the buyback from the $8 billion the investors had been demanding.