LEAD ON PURPOSE

  • How are you using your time?

    How are you using your time?

    A common response when you ask somebody for their help or their input is “I don’t have enough time.” This is an interesting response given that we all have the same amount of time – 24 hours in a day. … Continue reading →
    - 5 days ago, 19 Jul 14, 11:30pm -
  • How can leaders use 360-degree feedback to boost employee engagement?

    How can leaders use 360-degree feedback to boost employee engagement?

    Guest post by Steve Brown One of the popular approaches to improving performance and employee engagement is to set up 360-degree reviews. With this process, a person gets feedback from their peers, as well as their manager. Management people also ……
    - 19 days ago, 5 Jul 14, 10:00am -
  • The importance of leadership in effective management

    The importance of leadership in effective management

    There are many elements that make a good manager, however, one of the critical qualities is leadership. Leadership and management must go hand in hand, but they are not the same thing. Leadership and management are complementary, but it is … Contin…
    - 32 days ago, 22 Jun 14, 2:53am -
  • How you can inspire others to do great things

    How you can inspire others to do great things

    I’ve been thinking lately about how to motivate people and inspire them to step up, to take action, to do great things. I see so much opportunity for people, and yet so little motivation to make a difference. So what … Continue reading →
    - 47 days ago, 7 Jun 14, 6:15pm -
  • How Leaders Deal Effectively With the Security of Their Company and People

    How Leaders Deal Effectively With the Security of Their Company and People

    Guest post by Rebecca Gray Today, the most valuable commodity many companies have is not a product, but information – proprietary systems, processes, patents, or financial information, and the damage inflicted by a security breach goes far beyond i…
    - 61 days ago, 24 May 14, 7:06pm -

800CEO READ

  • ChangeThis: Issue 119

    ChangeThis: Issue 119

    Tweet The Most Important Company In the World: Intel, Moore’s Law, and the Heartbeat of Civilization by Michael S. Malone “We now live differently, learn differently, communicate differently, an ultimately, think differently. … We have internal…
    - 16 hours ago, 23 Jul 14, 7:30pm -
  • How Not To Be Wrong

    How Not To Be Wrong

    TweetI must preface this review by letting you know that I am not the kind of person inclined to read a book about mathematics. I have very little background in math—if I remember correctly, my undergraduate education required two courses. Despite…
    - 7 days ago, 17 Jul 14, 7:33pm -
  • Jack Covert Selects – The Intel Trinity

    Jack Covert Selects – The Intel Trinity

    Tweet The Intel Trinity: How Robert Noyce, Gordon Moore, and Andy Grove Built the World’s Most Important Company by Michael S. Malone, Harper Business, 560 page, $34.99, Hardcover, July 2014, ISBN 9780062226761 The Mark Zuckerbergs and Steve Jobs o…
    - 13 days ago, 11 Jul 14, 5:59pm -
  • Jack Covert Selects – How the World Sees You

    Jack Covert Selects – How the World Sees You

    - 13 days ago, 11 Jul 14, 5:55pm -
  • Jack Covert Selects – The Alliance

    Jack Covert Selects – The Alliance

    Tweet The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age by Reid Hoffman, Ben Casnocha, Chris Yeh, Harvard Business Review Press, 193 pages, $25.00, Hardcover, July 2014, ISBN 9781625275776 As I read The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age…
    - 13 days ago, 11 Jul 14, 5:50pm -

GREAT LEADERSHIP

  • What Makes Successful Senior Executives Tick?

    What Makes Successful Senior Executives Tick?

    Over the last few weeks I’ve been spending time with quite a few successful senior executives and have been asking them a lot of questions about what makes them tick.I’ve noticed they seem to have a lot in common in regards to the way they approa…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Jul 14, 12:00pm -
  • How to “Coach an Employee Out of a Job"

    How to “Coach an Employee Out of a Job"

    - 3 days ago, 21 Jul 14, 12:00pm -
  • Is Your Business's Digital Communication Culture Working?

    Is Your Business's Digital Communication Culture Working?

    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. Recently in Davos, Marissa Meyer, CEO of Yaho…
    - 7 days ago, 17 Jul 14, 12:00pm -
  • Top 2 Myths Leaders Have About Igniting Employee Passion

    Top 2 Myths Leaders Have About Igniting Employee Passion

    There is a lot of information out there about employee passion - and some of it's not so good!Regular guest contributor Beth Armknecht Miller debunks the Top 2 Myths Leaders Have About Igniting Employee Passion over at my About.com Management and Le…
    - 8 days ago, 16 Jul 14, 12:00pm -
  • 10 Models for Leading Change

    10 Models for Leading Change

    Change, change and more change. What's a leader to do? Try using a change model to give you a framework for organizational and individual change.Read my latest article at About.com Management and Leadership for an overview of 10 popular change mode…
    - 10 days ago, 14 Jul 14, 12:00pm -

HOW TO BE A LEADER

MANAGEMENT ISSUES

  • Principles before personalities
    During large-scale reorganizations, discussions can often become heated and turn personal. That's why it's important to keep in mind some techniques to ensure that your teams stay focused on the "why" and the "what" rather than getting bogged down wi…
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  • The benefit of the doubt
    When you mess up or miscalculate, do you tend to point to some external factor as an excuse rather than admit you were at fault? But when someone else messes up, how often do you point to some flaw in their character as the reason they behaved as the…
    - 14 Jul 13, 8:00am -
  • Technophobia, Roman-style
    If you're having trouble getting your team to embrace webinars, video-conferencing or any of the dozens of other technological marvels that are supposed to make our work easier, take a lesson from the Romans.
    - 1 Jul 13, 8:00am -
  • Cultural differences and workplace bullying
    Culture differences means that the country a company is based in has a direct effect on how much workplace bullying is accepted and where behavioural lines are drawn, new research has found.
    - 27 Jun 13, 8:00am -
  • Leadership, systems and knowledge
    Real leadership is about systems, not sound-bites. Leaders need to understand the relationships between systems. Every decision, every move, every hallway-passing interaction interconnects with other people's personal systems, with results that are s…
    - 24 Jun 13, 8:00am -
  • Boxing clever
    It's been argued that the invention of containerization led directly to the modern global economy. But it isn't just the packaging of goods that matters. How ideas are packaged is equally important.
    - 18 Jun 13, 8:00am -
  • Assessing cultural intelligence by how people talk
    You can tell a lot about someone's level of cultural intelligence (CQ) by what they say and how they say it and whether they adjust the way they speak in light of the people with whom they're communicating.
    - 17 Jun 13, 8:00am -
  • Web meetings stink before they even start
    If you knew something would disrupt the normal flow of your work and had about a 70 per cent chance of being a complete waste of time, how eager would you be to participate? Probably not very. Which is why most web meetings are doomed to failure bef…
    - 12 Jun 13, 8:00am -
  • Don't worry, be happy
    A happy face generally engenders a whole lot of other happy faces. And because there is a strong link between feeling good and doing good, these happy faces, in turn, can work wonders for the effectiveness of any project team.
    - 12 Jun 13, 8:00am -
  • The new normal. Do you get it?
    Are you happy with "business as usual"? Or are you part of the growing movement that equates it with living in a failed past? Here are five warning signs that someone is stuck in the old way of doing things and five sings that they realise "something…
    - 10 Jun 13, 8:00am -

CEO BLOG - TIME LEADERSHIP

  • The Goal - Reducing Stuff Quotient

    The Goal - Reducing Stuff Quotient

    I recently moved from a large home in Long Island to large home in Guelph - but a home that is half the size.    So now, everything is a mess with too much stuff.  So I am committed to a negative Stuff Quotient.  I commit to get rid of more stuff…
    - 12 days ago, 12 Jul 14, 12:53pm -
  • 99% of Marketing Spending is Wasted

    99% of Marketing Spending is Wasted

    John Wannamaker is credited with saying "50% of the advertising spending is wasted - the problem is I do not know which half".  But he was wrong.  99% or even more of the advertising $ that are spent are wasted but the 1% more than pays for the adv…
    - 29 days ago, 25 Jun 14, 11:15am -
  • Simplicity

    Simplicity

    “Simplicity is prerequisite for reliability.”Edsger W. Dijkstra  He wrote an all time classic book on programming called "A Discipline of Programming". I have not done much programming for a long time but most of the same principles apply today…
    - 43 days ago, 11 Jun 14, 12:42pm -
  • Accomplishment Guilt

    Accomplishment Guilt

    I suffer from accomplishment guilt - or perhaps better said - lack of accomplishment guilt.  I feel bad if I do not get enough done.  Some of this is good - it can drive great things.  It helps my self discipline.  It helps my productivity and ef…
    - 49 days ago, 5 Jun 14, 7:11pm -
  • With Love and Quiches

    With Love and Quiches

    I read an awesome and inspirational book by Susan Axelrod - With Love and Quiches - A Long Island Housewife's Surprising Journey from Kitchen to Boardroom.  Susan calls herself and "accidental success".  She simply had some time on her hands and st…
    - 52 days ago, 2 Jun 14, 9:57am -

BUSINESS WISDOM

  • BIG SMALL THINGS

    BIG SMALL THINGS

    "For the person for whom small things do not exist, the great is not great."José Ortega y Gasset (1883-1955) Spanish essayist/philosopherI'm not sure it as much a matter of not having as it is not paying attention to small things, details if you wil…
    - 20 hours ago, 23 Jul 14, 3:37pm -
  • ACCEPT, REDUCE, AVOID, TRANSFER?

    ACCEPT, REDUCE, AVOID, TRANSFER?

    "Hesitation increases in relation to risk in equal proportion to age."Ernest Hemingway (1898-1961) American WriterAnd not just for people; this is just as true for companies.The longer they've been around the more risk averse they become, often witho…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Jul 14, 3:27pm -
  • WHAT WAS, NOT IS OR WILL BE

    WHAT WAS, NOT IS OR WILL BE

    "Study the past if you would divine the future."Confucius (BC 551-BC 479) Chinese philosopherHe said "study", not "live in".Learn from the past, it has much to teach you, but what has been will not necessarily be.
    - 3 days ago, 21 Jul 14, 3:39pm -
  • REQUEST DENIED

    REQUEST DENIED

    "Although they posses enough, and more than enough, still they yearn for more."Ovid (BC 43-AD 18) Roman poetSounds like Ovid might have been a CFO, reacting to his company's budget requests.There's only so much, it's never enough; the trick is to all…
    - 6 days ago, 18 Jul 14, 6:28pm -
  • DIGGING DOWN DEEP

    DIGGING DOWN DEEP

    "Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents, which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant."Horace (BC 65-8) Latin lyric poetYour "silver lining" the next time you face difficult circumstances.
    - 7 days ago, 17 Jul 14, 4:45pm -

WOMEN ON BUSINESS

  • Why Your Trademark Registration Might Be Useless – Infographic

    Why Your Trademark Registration Might Be Useless – Infographic

    Did you know that registering a trademark doesn’t always mean you can protect your brand name, product name, logo, or other marks? Believe it or not, you can obtain a trademark registration but in the future, if someone infringes on your trademark…
    - 20 hours ago, 23 Jul 14, 4:06pm -
  • Apprenticeship: A Positive Solution for America’s Future

    Apprenticeship: A Positive Solution for America’s Future

    Sponsored by American University: For most people, attending college pays off in big ways: lifelong friendships, invaluable mentorships and better earning potential. However, not everyone wants to go to college, and not all jobs require the completio…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Jul 14, 2:16pm -
  • Are Staff Meetings a Waste of Time?

    Are Staff Meetings a Waste of Time?

    With more and more high-tech ways in which to communicate, some business owners are wondering whether face-to-face staff meetings are worth their time and energy. After all, can’t a text, e-chat or email accomplish the same thing in less time? The…
    - 3 days ago, 21 Jul 14, 2:23pm -
  • 70+ Experts Reveal How to Expand Your Business with Social Media

    70+ Experts Reveal How to Expand Your Business with Social Media

    Social Media Summit East is coming to the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Florida on November 3-5, 2014. Women on Business readers can register now and get a special 25% discount. Dozens of Sessions Led by Recognized Experts You’ll learn from Bri…
    - 5 days ago, 19 Jul 14, 2:21pm -
  • Increasing Board Effectiveness in Strategy and Risk Discussions

    Increasing Board Effectiveness in Strategy and Risk Discussions

    “How do we increase our board’s effectiveness in strategy and risk discussions?” I am often asked to provide insights and ideas to this question. Here are a few ideas: 1. Identify Training Needs Conduct a review of the board’s risk management…
    - 6 days ago, 18 Jul 14, 5:13pm -

CONSULTING NETWORK

  • Analysis of Microsoft – Nokia deal & and its implication on Microsoft’s Growth Strategy

    Analysis of Microsoft – Nokia deal & and its implication on Microsoft’s Growth Strategy

    Microsoft’s Windows Phone Operating System is one of the smaller players in the smartphone operating system market with a 3.70% market share in a market currently dominated by Android with nearly 80% market share, followed by Apple iOS at 13% marke…
    - 15 Feb 14, 8:01am -
  • What you didn't know about Google Glass

    What you didn't know about Google Glass

    Google Glass, which will most likely be the first product to hit the wearable-computer market has created quite-a-buzz, not all of which is positive. Tech analysts are divided over how successful Google Glass would actually be This big-hype isn’t s…
    - 14 May 13, 8:52pm -
  • Amazon Walmart Profits Margins ECommerce

    Amazon Walmart Profits Margins ECommerce

    For the past many quarters now, Amazon has been a darling of stock market analysts and investors with the stock currently trading at a P/E ratio of 187. This despite the fact that key metrics such as Income from Operations as a percentage of Sales (d…
    - 15 Mar 13, 12:12am -
  • Anti Big-Data strategy: Opportunity or Survival tactics?

    Anti Big-Data strategy: Opportunity or Survival tactics?

    In case you haven’t caught on to the new buzz word  in the business world, let me break it to you – it’s “Big Data”.  Consider the following fact – 90% of the data in the world today has been created in the last two years alone. This da…
    - 9 Mar 13, 7:32pm -
  • Womb to Tomb: Project Management is the Key

    Womb to Tomb: Project Management is the Key

    (Co-authored with S.Bhavani) Global competition is intensifying in its reach, complexity, pace and impact. To cope with it, organizations require carefully sifted knowledge and its prompt application not only to rescue organizations but to make them…
    - 31 Oct 12, 10:55am -

FORBES NETWORK

THE ENLIGHTENED MANAGER

  • What Ethical Leaders Do

    What Ethical Leaders Do

    What does it mean to be an ethical leader?  Let’s break it down. Ethics in Childhood One afternoon when I was about seven years old, my dad and I were playing Super Mario Brothers. He had promised me a turn to play after his character died, and s…
    - 10 days ago, 14 Jul 14, 9:44pm -
  • The Joy of Coworking

    The Joy of Coworking

    Working in a big room with a bunch of strangers.  It sounded like such a terrible idea until I tried it. It’s been an interesting month in the Baker household.  Over the course of two weeks we decided to downsize into a much smaller home, elimina…
    - 14 days ago, 10 Jul 14, 4:26pm -
  • The Financial Side of Employee Engagement

    The Financial Side of Employee Engagement

    Is there a relationship between employee engagement and personal finance? Darn straight there is. Employee engagement has been all the rage these last ten years.  Organizations want employees who actively care about the business and the quality of…
    - 43 days ago, 11 Jun 14, 7:43pm -
  • When You Are Verbally Attacked

    When You Are Verbally Attacked

    When someone unleashes their fury at you, how do you respond? Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones But Words Will Never Hurt Me. Were you taught this nursery rhyme as a child? I was, and my mother encouraged me to sing it like it was a deflection sh…
    - 48 days ago, 6 Jun 14, 7:45pm -
  • Facilitating Blind Participants

    Facilitating Blind Participants

    The first time I facilitated a retreat with a blind participant, I realized that I had a lot to learn. It’s easy to get complacent when running meetings.  We assume that the tools that worked before will work well in the future. But imagine att…
    - 66 days ago, 19 May 14, 7:00pm -

MANAGING LEADERSHIP

  • Here and there – everywhere

    Here and there – everywhere

    We’ve covered two key elements of the 5-paragraph order used by the modern US military to not only transmit operational instructions to subordinates, but to ensure they have the perspective and context necessary to properly and intelligently carry…
    - 25 days ago, 29 Jun 14, 5:57pm -
  • Putting it all in context

    Putting it all in context

    We’ve been working to offer concrete examples to explain why a primary management task is to impart perspective to the organization. Last week we looked at just one way the military does that through what is sometimes known as the mission-oriented…
    - 35 days ago, 19 Jun 14, 8:48pm -
  • Making sense of it all

    Making sense of it all

    We’ve been arguing that perspective is a principle managerial task. Of course managers need to have perspective themselves – but the actual point here is that a major responsibility they shoulder as managers is to make sure that the organization…
    - 41 days ago, 13 Jun 14, 11:04am -
  • Haste makes waste

    Haste makes waste

    When managers have worked hard to develop complex plans, and then even harder to get them approved for execution, they sometimes become a little over-eager to cross the starting line. Impatience at the prospect of any further delay sets in. No need t…
    - 49 days ago, 5 Jun 14, 6:50pm -
  • Actual work

    Actual work

    The previous series looked at the many fallacies in the unfortunate concept of individual leadership in organizations. This current series is intended to take a closer look at the actual role of management in them. We began by posing our broad defini…
    - 56 days ago, 29 May 14, 5:50pm -

THE PRACTISE OF LEADERSHIP

  • Great Leadership Starts with Mindset Not Skillset

    Great Leadership Starts with Mindset Not Skillset

    Leadership begins with mindset. What is mindset you may ask? Mindset refers to the ideas, beliefs and attitudes with which a leader approaches a situation. As such mindsets for the foundation of great leadership. Mindset forms the basis for action. T…
    - 4 days ago, 20 Jul 14, 6:29pm -
  • Why You Should Stop Working So Hard

    Why You Should Stop Working So Hard

    You and I have been led to believe that hard work produces great results. If you keep you head down, work hard the results will follow. The only problem is if you look around there there seems to be more and more people with high levels of activity b…
    - 38 days ago, 16 Jun 14, 7:15pm -
  • Lessons from a General for Leading in a VUCA World

    Lessons from a General for Leading in a VUCA World

    We are living in VUCA times. VUCA is military term that describes the challenging leadership context of today. The term VUCA stands for Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous. This is a helpful way to make sense of and understand the leadership c…
    - 54 days ago, 31 May 14, 12:35pm -
  • 5 Ways to Persuade with Character (Ethos)

    5 Ways to Persuade with Character (Ethos)

    When Nelson Mandela spoke people listened. When Winston Churchill spoke people listened. When Warren Buffet speaks people listen. When Jeff Bezos speaks people listen. When leaders speak people listen. When you speak do people listen? Do you have the…
    - 58 days ago, 27 May 14, 8:20pm -
  • Leader Provocation: What Can One Person Do?

    Leader Provocation: What Can One Person Do?

        Now. It’s in your hands.  
    - 68 days ago, 17 May 14, 10:03am -