Leading Through Uncertainty

Leading Blog

In times of great uncertainty, we must be leaders. In Leading Through Uncertainty , Ray Davis writes, “Effective leadership is motivating, and it can and should be the energy that propels a company through inevitable waves of change. Leading through uncertainty means leading with the truth. The negative energy created by worrying is replaced with positive, productive actions and attitudes.”

How to Use Uncertainty and Surprise for Breakthroughs

LDRLB

Most leaders are taught to avoid uncertainty. Creating game changers – whether products, services, or new business models – requires leaders to live with uncertainty, embrace ambiguity, and respond to both good and bad surprises along the way.

Leaders Stand in the Gap of Uncertainty to Help Others Across

Let's Grow Leaders

Productive leaders remove barriers. Productive leaders spend their time minimizing or totally removing barriers. Widespread uncertainty marks a failure of leadership.

096: Bringing the Lean Startup into Your Organization: Leadership in the Age of Uncertainty | with Jeff Dyer

Engaging Leader

Perhaps it was an idea for a new product or service, or a process change to solve a complex problem. Perhaps it was an idea for a new product or service, or a process change to solve a complex problem.

Using SWOT During Times of Economic Uncertainty

Six Disciplines

During times of economic uncertainty, strategy refinement and execution need to become the top priority for business leaders. The factors may include all of the 4Ps (product, price, place, promotion) as well as personnel, finance, manufacturing capabilities, and so on. BOTTOMLINE: While it''s important to regularly conduct a SWOT analysis on your business, it''s critical to revisit SWOT during times of economic uncertainty. Tough times require tough decisions.

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Using SWOT During Times of Economic Uncertainty

Six Disciplines

During times of economic uncertainty, strategy refinement and execution need to become the top priority for business leaders. The factors may include all of the 4Ps (product, price, place, promotion) as well as personnel, finance, manufacturing capabilities, and so on. BOTTOMLINE: While it''s important to regularly conduct a SWOT analysis on your business, it''s critical to revisit SWOT during times of economic uncertainty. Tough times require tough decisions.

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Using SWOT During Times of Economic Uncertainty

Six Disciplines

During times of economic uncertainty, strategy refinement and execution need to become a top priority for business leaders. The factors may include all of the 4Ps (product, price, place, promotion) as well as personnel, finance, manufacturing capabilities, and so on. BOTTOMLINE: While it's important to regularly conduct a SWOT analysis on your business, it's critical to revisit SWOT during times of economic uncertainty. Tough times require tough decisions.

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Using SWOT During Times of Economic Uncertainty

Six Disciplines

During times of economic uncertainty, strategy refinement and execution need to become a top priority for business leaders. The factors may include all of the 4Ps (product, price, place, promotion) as well as personnel, finance, manufacturing capabilities, and so on. BOTTOMLINE: While it's important to regularly conduct a SWOT analysis on your business, it's critical to revisit SWOT during times of economic uncertainty. Tough times require tough decisions.

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Decision Making & Uncertainty of Work. How you Handle it is What Makes you Money.

Mike Cardus

Decision Making has to do with human uncertainty. Uncertainty is inherit in human work, the feeling of doubt about the decision made, closing your eyes and losing sleep as you agonize over your decisions.

How To Simplify The Way We Work

Tanveer Naseer

Rather, the idea behind this is to remove distracting tasks that tap into their employees’ limited time, energy, and focus, impeding their ability to do meaningful and productive work.

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Book Review: “Great by Choice: Uncertainty, Chaos, and Luck – Why Some Thrive Despite Them All”

The Practical Leader

In the turbulent times after 9/11, they talked further about their strong sense that "uncertainty is permanent, chaotic times are normal, change is accelerating, and instability will likely characterize the rest of our lives."

Leveraging Leadership R&D

Lead Change Blog

With increasing demands in our time, one of the challenges that leaders continually face is that of productivity. Nothing frustrates me more than the amount of time, energy, and resources that we waste on a daily basis simply because we are not effective and productive and don’t have efficient, aligned business practices in place. My productivity index has plummeted as I have navigated the uncertainty of all the events conspiring around me.

The Industries Plagued by the Most Uncertainty

Harvard Business Review

It’s a cliché to say that the world is more uncertain than ever before, but few realize just how much uncertainty has increased over the past 50 years. Although uncertainty is accelerating, it isn’t affecting all industries the same way. How much uncertainty does your industry you face?

Moving From ‘Good Enough’ To Greatness

Tanveer Naseer

So even though we may believe that our assumptions are unbiased and accurate, the truth is that these decisions and choices we make serve more to validate how we choose to see and understand our world because that helps to reduce uncertainty in our brain’s decision-making process.

You Can’t Make Good Predictions Without Embracing Uncertainty

Harvard Business Review

With exquisite mock precision, they describe these highly specific futures, shrugging off uncertainty on the grounds that the future is ultimately unknowable. But the uncertainty of the future is no excuse for less rigor or clarity.

Just Start: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Just Start: Take Action, Embrace Uncertainty, and Create the Future Leonard A. Kiefer evaluate the results and build on what has been learned from them Gallup Towers Watson get others actively and productively involved Harvard Business Review Press Just Start: Take Action [comma] Embrace Uncertainty [comma] and Create the Future Leonard A. Schleshinger and Charles F. Kiefer with Paul B.

To Hear the Truth, You Have to Listen

N2Growth Blog

I’m not recommending questions that prove how smart you are, but the probing questions that indicate your interest and uncertainty. Communications Leadership Productivity Communicating as a Leader Leadership and Listening Leadership Communication Listening and Leadership

If Greece Embraces Uncertainty, Innovation Will Follow

Harvard Business Review

“Culture” can sound like a catchall, a convenient way to place the blame outside the realm of policy, but I am talking about one specific dimension of culture: avoiding uncertainty. Greece tops this index of uncertainty-avoidance across all countries, scoring 100 out of 100.

Give the Gift of Time

N2Growth Blog

Don’t let your team wade in uncertainty. Leadership Miscellaneous Productivity Rants Success Brian Layer leadership and time management managing your time Marissa Mayer marissa mayer late marissa mayer shows up late N2growth Time Management

Price-Sensitive Customers Will Tolerate Uncertainty

Harvard Business Review

This enables them to charge a range of prices for the same product—higher to those wearing designer clothes compared to those who dress down. Of course, negotiating price with each individual customer is labor intensive, so most products and services can’t viably be sold this way.

Why Great CEOs Embrace the Uncontrollable

LDRLB

With the exception of tampered product recalls, oil spills, or factory explosions, these types of trials never face the captains of industry. Progress may be represented by top-line sales, market share, productivity, innovation, new product launches, or expanding distribution.

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Five Tips for Coping with Uncertainty — and Finding Opportunity

Harvard Business Review

Clouds of uncertainty hover over the Western world. Safe harbors have uncertainty, too. Uncertainty is one of the primary reasons that people resist change. Here are five tips for managing under uncertainty. A calendar filled in with communication dates can reduce some of the anxiety of uncertainty. Uncertainty makes it tempting to let things deteriorate (maybe we won't keep this office going or live in this place any longer).

Placing Strategic Bets in the Face of Uncertainty

Harvard Business Review

Contrary to popular opinion, strategy is not about turning uncertainty into certainty. The reality is that strategy is about making choices under competition and uncertainty. No choice made today can make future uncertainty go away.

Do You Speak the Language of Performance Driven Execution?

N2Growth Blog

If you are responsible for leading teams, how can you be sure that the work being done throughout the day will innovatively increase impact and productivity to make tomorrow a better place? Or, if you are responsible for managing Solopreneur projects, how can you be sure that the work will increase impact and productivity? Isn’t that what productivity should be doing? Leadership Productivity Success Damian Pitts Innovation management By Damian D.

Lean startup, lean company

Lead on Purpose

“I explained the theory of the Lean Startup, repeating my definition: an organization designed to create new products and services under conditions of extreme uncertainty.” The Lean Startup delivers a lot of great insight for leadership and product management. Here are some of the things that struck a chord with me: Success can be learned: Successful startups and great new products aren’t just luck. The question is not ‘Can this product be built?’

Big Data In Your Shampoo?

Mills Scofield

In the case of the former, they typically would want to know why and how could they innovate their current product to regain their position as number one. Product Intelligence: What Is It? Product Intelligence makes the stars align, ensuring that the relevant signals (i.e.:

How to Keep Your Team Focused and Productive During Uncertain Times

Harvard Business Review

Uncertainty is uncomfortable for everyone. Most of us feel overwhelmed, upset, and anxious when faced with uncertainty. On a team, these feelings, and the resulting hit to productivity, can be contagious. ’” Acknowledge the uncertainty. Some of your team members may be looking around and wondering how their colleagues are keeping it together while they’re losing sleep and unable to be productive. “People don’t like uncertainty.

How Many Versions of a Product Do Consumers Really Want?

Harvard Business Review

Consumers almost always tell researchers that they prefer to have many versions of a product from which to choose. For retailers, that difference has big implications for the problem of assortment — how many variations of a single product to offer. But when seeking to meet a utilitarian need with the same product, they are less inclined to see their preferences as being greatly different from those of other people. Holger Weitzel/Getty Images.

Bad Writing Is Destroying Your Company’s Productivity

Harvard Business Review

And the whole organization drowns in productivity-draining blather. Clear leadership, expressed in writing, creates alignment and boosts productivity. So marketers and the rest of the company can move forward in a united and productive way. In the end, these uncertainties caused the citizens and political leaders of Boston to reject an Olympic bid. A culture of clear writing makes managers more productive. Business writing Productivity Digital Article

How Big Companies Can (and do) Innovate Like a Start-Up

Leading Blog

The best strategy when facing high degrees of uncertainty is to hedge and build options for the future.”. Such “all-in” bets make for great business headlines, but they are actually pretty foolish if you face high levels of uncertainty.

‘Tis the Season of Prophecies, Forecasts, and Predictions

The Practical Leader

He points to all the uncertainty swirling around us today and observes, “we’ve always been certain about two things: (1) predictions are never accurate, and (2) plans are obsolete the moment they are made.” We made it through yet another doomsday prediction!

Make Constant Change Work For You: Increase Your Confidence and Performance During Organizational Change

Kevin Eikenberry

And there is plenty of research (as well as personal experience) that shows that if there is too much change and uncertainty in our world, we tend to shut down; become more stresses and frustrated – and less productive. Change is all around us. Especially at work.

Cultivate an Open Mindset

Lead Change Blog

There is a lot of uncertainty these days with political polarization of historic proportions, a surge in racial violence, and technological and global developments impacting organizations. OASIS is an acronym for moves or steps to ensure positive and productive conversations.

How to Harness the Power of Your Intuition

Leading Blog

More fearful of uncertainty than open to possibility. The tension between certainty and uncertainty. From our uncertainty, we need to learn to ask the right questions. Examine a product that you really love.

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First Look: Leadership Books for January 2015

Leading Blog

Driven to Distraction at Work : How to Focus and Be More Productive by Ned Hallowell. Make Change Work for You : 10 Ways to Future-Proof Yourself, Fearlessly Innovate, and Succeed Despite Uncertainty by Scott Steinberg. Here''s a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in January. Fairness Is Overrated : And 51 Other Leadership Principles to Revolutionize Your Workplace by Tim Stevens.

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The Right Kind of Conflict Leads to Better Products

Harvard Business Review

When partners in an alliance come into conflict, it can be just what is needed to produce a technically and commercially successful product. ” Lilly recently analyzed fourteen years of data to understand the relationship between the health of these alliances (as evidenced by the ratings on the survey) and the technical and commercial success of the products on which they worked. ” This idea that disagreement and conflict between groups can be productive is not new.

Are Summer Vacations Becoming A Thing Of The Past?

Tanveer Naseer

Vacations allow your employees to renew their productivity and sense of purpose By now, we’ve all read about how valuable it is to take time in your day for breaks to sustain your productivity as well as to nurture those much sought-after creative breaks. business communication culture leadership Recent Posts creativity goals opportunities perception productivity shared purpose stress teamwork vacation work-life balance

Are Summer Vacations Becoming A Thing Of The Past?

Tanveer Naseer

Vacations allow your employees to renew their productivity and sense of purpose By now, we’ve all read about how valuable it is to take time in your day for breaks to sustain your productivity as well as to nurture those much sought-after creative breaks. business communication culture leadership motivation creativity goals opportunities perception productivity shared purpose stress teamwork vacation work-life balance

3 Ways To Harness The Power Of Differences

Lead Change Blog

He abhorred dissent, uncertainty, and pens with red ink. All great experiences that engage us have an element of uncertainty at their core. Diversity of thought, opinion, and perspective yields richer and more productive outcomes.

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Building Trust Through Behavioral Integrity

Great Leadership By Dan

Employees are more proactive, more present, and more productive with the application of their discretionary energy. ? Guest post from S.

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Identify Blue Oceans by Mapping Your Product Portfolio

Harvard Business Review

This despite Wall Street’s uncertainty since the death of the company’s founder and visionary, Steve Jobs. This past quarter Apple once again crushed its earnings report.

Trust, Management, Complexity, Organization Development and Team Building…Charts

Mike Cardus

Uncertainty as to where your manager actually sits on the org chart. Managers uncertainty as to where their subordinates actually sit on the org chart? In the ‘ Mastering Organizational Complexity and Change ’ process many people find the charts below to be helpful.

Could Fewer Products Lead to More Profits?

Harvard Business Review

Although dampened somewhat by the economic climate and job uncertainty , the five+ weeks from late November through the end of the calendar year represent more than $500 billion in sales — or approximately 40% of the entire year's retail revenue in the U.S. To take advantage of this surge in shopping interest, most companies traditionally add to or modify their product offerings at this time of year.