How to Build Confidence

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is an excerpt from an article written by Amy Gallo for the Harvard Business Review blog. To read the complete article, check out the wealth of free resources, and sign up for a subscription to HBR email alerts, please click here. * * * Very few people succeed in business without a degree of confidence. [.].

quickpoint: The Long Tail of Talent

Leading Blog

And these more informal organizations are much less constrained by geography; talented people can live anywhere and shouldn’t have to move to contribute." The labor markets are changing. With the Internet proximity is not an issue. Chris Anderson describes it this way in Makers: The New Industrial Revolution : "The Web allows people to show what they can do, regardless of their education and credentials.

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Cascades: 6 Principles for Creating Transformational Change

Leading Blog

As Niall Ferguson observed in The Square and the Tower , “Often the biggest changes in history are the achievements of thinly documented, informally organized groups of people.”. Information spreads not through best friends but casual acquaintances.”

VideoMonday: leading outside the lines


In many organizations, the informal organization is just as vital to getting things done as the formal organization. This book preview from Joel Katzenbach and Zia Khan explores how leaders can tap into the informal network and get more done.

What is Your Innovation Style?

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post from Shoya Zichy: Innovation is critical to an organization''s growth and competitive advantage. You contribute by organizing the new projects and developing efficient systems that ensure the work or product is completed with precision and accuracy.

Leading a Culture of Innovation


It’s a simple tool ( download PDF or download PowerPoint ) for defining the following dimensions of an organization’s innovation culture: Leadership – How leaders influence innovation through explicit decisions and subtle behaviors.

Best Leadership Books of 2010

Leading Blog

Leading Outside the Lines : How to Mobilize the Informal Organization, Energize Your Team, and Get Better Results by Jon R. The Why of Work : How Great Leaders Build Abundant Organizations That Win by David Ulrich and Wendy Ulrich. A crisis exposes character or the lack of it. Our reaction is important. Our recent history requires a response; a correction; a change in the status quo.

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What Every Successful Leader Needs To Know 

Lead from Within

They maintain preparation and stay well informed on every issue so they’re ready to make even difficult decisions on the fly. To be a great decision maker requires building consistent sources of good information, organizing that information in a way that allows you to access what you need to know and connecting the dots where you need to. The best leaders exhibit certain traits that make them hugely successful.

Evaluation and Control Best Practice 6 – Identify Data Relationships

Strategy Driven

Information is data that has been processed in such a way as to be meaningful to the person who receives it. Quality information supports effective decision-making. Data by itself, however, is not information. Organizations are frequently data rich and information poor.

Leaders, Your Words Matter

Next Level Blog

No matter what type of leader you are or what kind of formal or informal organization you lead, I encourage you to pause today and everyday to consider the possible impact of your words.

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Successful Startups Don’t Make Money Their Primary Mission

Harvard Business Review

That’s how Google managed to organize so much of the world’s information in a few decades, and Facebook managed to connect the wired world in just one. Larry Page and Sergey Brin grew Google to its current dominance by sticking to their information-organizing mission.

5 Behaviors of Leaders Who Embrace Change

Harvard Business Review

Part of the issue is how organizations view the human aspect of the closing date, which is usually treated as the end of the transaction, when it’s really just the start of change. Organizations, processes, and cultures will be integrated for weeks and months after the organizations come together, causing disruption and uncertainty. Leaders in the M&A environment are managing an organization that hasn’t existed before. Patrizia Savarese/Getty Images.

Making Matrix Organizations Actually Work

Harvard Business Review

Most discussions about matrix organizations usually quickly devolve into a debate between two sides: those who love to hate the matrix, and those who hate to love the matrix. From our two decades of experience with organization design, we tend to side with the latter.

Putting the Right Information on Twitter in a Crisis

Harvard Business Review

I became curious about what this impulse might mean for all the users hitting “refresh” on their feeds and for the crisis response managers feeding announcements and information into the stream. It doesn’t give enough information for people to know what to do.

Why Great Leaders Are in Short Supply

Harvard Business Review

As I see it, leaders in the past had the great advantages of: Privileged access to information. People naturally look for direction from someone they perceive to be in possession of more information about an evolving situation. It used to be that leaders were in a unique position to gain information, and to dole it out on a need-to-know basis. Now the world is awash in instantly accessible information of all types and on all subjects.

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