LEAD ON PURPOSE

  • What are your 5 whys?

    What are your 5 whys?

    One of the quickest, simplest approaches to performing root cause analysis (finding the answers for why something happened the way it did) is to use the 5 whys technique. Using this approach, you write a statement that contains the problem … Contin…
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  • What is the real driver of your success?

    What is the real driver of your success?

    Every so often something happens that brings into question long, and sometimes closely held beliefs. One of those happened this morning. An important topic, one that has—I thought—defined who I am and the way I work, was turned on its … Continu…
    - 17 days ago, 1 Sep 14, 5:11pm -
  • Six Channels of Influence: How to Navigate Them Effectively

    Six Channels of Influence: How to Navigate Them Effectively

    Guest post by Willy Steiner “The human being is a self-propelled automaton entirely under the control of external influences. Willful and predetermined though they appear, his actions are governed not from within, but from without. He is like a flo…
    - 40 days ago, 9 Aug 14, 3:40pm -
  • How deep is your desire to succeed?

    How deep is your desire to succeed?

    - 47 days ago, 3 Aug 14, 12:28am -
  • 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 →
    - 61 days ago, 19 Jul 14, 11:30pm -

800CEO READ

  • Jack Covert Selects – The Glass Cage

    Jack Covert Selects – The Glass Cage

    Tweet The Glass Cage: Automation and Us by Nicholas Carr, W.W. Norton & Company, 288 pages, $26.95, Hardcover, September 2014, ISBN 9780393240764 Nicholas Carr writes beautiful, big-picture books on the history and future of technologies that have ev…
    - 6 days ago, 12 Sep 14, 6:48pm -
  • Jack Covert Selects – How We Got to Now

    Jack Covert Selects – How We Got to Now

    Tweet How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World by Steven Johnson, Riverhead Books, 304 pages, $30.00 Hardcover, September 2014, ISBN 9781594632969 Not many writers can craft an engaging 250 page book around seemingly mundane subj…
    - 6 days ago, 12 Sep 14, 6:40pm -
  • Jack Covert Selects – The Happiness of Pursuit

    Jack Covert Selects – The Happiness of Pursuit

    Tweet The Happiness of Pursuit: Finding the Quest That Will Bring Purpose to Your Life by Chris Guillebeau, Harmony Books, 292 pages, $25.00, Hardcover, September 2014, ISBN 9780385348843 Chris Guillebeau didn’t know he had set out on a quest to tr…
    - 6 days ago, 12 Sep 14, 6:31pm -
  • Thinker in Residence: Jacob Morgan on Business and Books

    Thinker in Residence: Jacob Morgan on Business and Books

    Tweet “Will we have employees in the future? Will employees work with robots?” ~Jacob Morgan If you’ve like what you’ve been hearing on The Future of Work from Jacob Morgan over the last two days, and you want to be a part of building that fu…
    - 14 days ago, 4 Sep 14, 5:50pm -
  • Thinker in Residence: A Q&A with Jacob Morgan

    Thinker in Residence: A Q&A with Jacob Morgan

    Tweet “Everyone always talks about the customer but in my opinion change must start from the inside first. … Employees are the most valuable asset that an organization has and we need to spend more time focusing on them.” ~Jacob Morgan A Q&A wi…
    - 15 days ago, 3 Sep 14, 8:43pm -

GREAT LEADERSHIP

  • Learn to Speak Finance and Accounting!

    Learn to Speak Finance and Accounting!

    Managers need to be able to hold their own with the Bean Counters. See my latest post over at About.com Management and Leadership for a handy cheat sheet for some of the most commonly used finance and accounting lingo. You could also tell a couple of…
    - 2 days ago, 16 Sep 14, 1:17pm -
  • Do you Know the Difference Between a Performance Issue and a Pet Peeve?

    Do you Know the Difference Between a Performance Issue and a Pet Peeve?

    How would you like it if your manager told you that you were putting the toilet paper on the wrong way?Probably the same way your employees feel when you get on their case about your own personal pet peeves.Read my latest post at About.com Managemen…
    - 3 days ago, 15 Sep 14, 12:30pm -
  • Not Everyone Appreciates Your Type of Appreciation

    Not Everyone Appreciates Your Type of Appreciation

    Guest post By Dr. Paul White:One of the lessons that aspiring leaders must learn is:  to be an effective leader, you have to be able to lead individuals who are different than you.  If you don’t, you will only gather and lead those who are simil…
    - 7 days ago, 11 Sep 14, 12:00pm -
  • You're Just Not Strategic Enough for Me

    You're Just Not Strategic Enough for Me

    Have you gotten that feedback? Ouch! That's almost as bad as "let's just be friends".But have no fear, you can learn to be more strategic!Read my latest post over at About.com Management and Leadership to find out how. 
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  • You know You're a Micromanager When....

    You know You're a Micromanager When....

    No manager likes to think of themselves as a "micromanager"..... yet, working for a micromanager boss is one of the most frequently reported reasons employees hate their jobs or hate their bosses.Take my 20 questions quiz over at About.com Manage…
    - 10 days ago, 8 Sep 14, 12:00pm -

HOW TO BE A LEADER

CEO BLOG - TIME LEADERSHIP

  • Growing Ice Cream

    Growing Ice Cream

    From an email exchange with a friend on what makes successful entrepreneurs:listen - filter - learn - leadNot blind obedience.Work ethic - time management - energy - passion.And the appropriate mix of dreams and reality, focus and trying different th…
    - 7 days ago, 11 Sep 14, 12:33pm -
  • No Substitute for Time in - But Perfect Time in

    No Substitute for Time in - But Perfect Time in

    I love the early mornings.  So many things I love to do in these hours.  Cannot say I am a great fan of the darkness at 6 AM now though.One of my favourite thought leaders and authors, Malcolm Gladwell,  studied what made people experts in their f…
    - 16 days ago, 3 Sep 14, 10:34am -
  • Leading Surveys and the Power of Asking the Right Questions

    Leading Surveys and the Power of Asking the Right Questions

    When we ask questions - we get answers.This is why I like the How question.  Often when you ask why - you come up with reasons and excuses for why something happens or is not happening.  Why are sales down this year?  Competition is higher and we…
    - 44 days ago, 5 Aug 14, 2:23pm -
  • 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…
    - 68 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…
    - 86 days ago, 25 Jun 14, 11:15am -

BUSINESS WISDOM

  • SITTING IN JUDGMENT OF YOUR WIT

    SITTING IN JUDGMENT OF YOUR WIT

    "Less judgment than wit is more sail than ballast."William Penn (1644-1718) British religious leaderHowever you define "wit", without an appropriate amount of judgment, too much of (w)it is too much.
    - 9 hours ago, 18 Sep 14, 2:30pm -
  • HE SAID TACTFULLY

    HE SAID TACTFULLY

    "Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves."Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) President of the United StatesTact walks the line between truth and fiction, in the extreme, honesty and deceit.Do your best not to cross the line.
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  • I HOPE THIS FOR YOU

    I HOPE THIS FOR YOU

    "The phoenix hope, can wing her way through the desert skies, and still defying fortune's spite; revive from ashes and rise."Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616) Spanish novelist/dramatist/poetRelying solely on hope is every bit as bad as having no hope a…
    - 2 days ago, 16 Sep 14, 5:36pm -
  • PITY THE UNSATIATED

    PITY THE UNSATIATED

    "We never reflect how pleasant it is to ask for nothing."Seneca (4 BC-65) Roman philosopher/playwrightWhat if you could never be full, get enough sleep, have enough money, enjoy those you live and work with, or any number of other things you can name…
    - 3 days ago, 15 Sep 14, 1:30pm -
  • LUCKY PREPARATION

    LUCKY PREPARATION

    "In the field of observation, chance favors only the prepared minds."Louis Pasteur (1822-1895) French scientistLuck has something to do with it but those most prepared are luckier than those not.
    - 6 days ago, 12 Sep 14, 2:27pm -

WOMEN ON BUSINESS

  • How One Simple Networking Tip Can Build Business Relationships

    How One Simple Networking Tip Can Build Business Relationships

    This week I went to one of my favorite networking groups. Why is it one of my favorite groups? The women all support each other. This particular group has not met during the summer months, so it was great being able to catch up with everyone. There i…
    - 10 hours ago, 18 Sep 14, 2:02pm -
  • Building and Protecting Your Personal Brand

    Building and Protecting Your Personal Brand

    Your personal brand is the reputation you have built over time. It is what people say about you when you are not in the room. Did you know that your personal brand travels with you as you journey through life becoming more refined and defined through…
    - 1 day ago, 17 Sep 14, 9:40pm -
  • How To Employ The Right Person For the Job

    How To Employ The Right Person For the Job

    Sponsored by GlobalX: When you are looking to appoint high quality, high performing staff, you need to do more than considering their resume and job application, and relying on the impression they make at an interview. Regrettably for many businesses…
    - 1 day ago, 17 Sep 14, 2:09pm -
  • Is it Getting Tougher to Manage Home and Office?

    Is it Getting Tougher to Manage Home and Office?

    Sponsored by ChameleonJohn: Balancing work and home life is challenging for everyone, but it can be particularly challenging for working mothers. Often, working mothers make sure everyone else’s needs are met before their own, but ultimately, profe…
    - 3 days ago, 15 Sep 14, 2:07pm -
  • 3 Tips to Develop the Right Image in Business

    3 Tips to Develop the Right Image in Business

    Sponsored by Photius.com: Today, women are in every profession, including those that were limited to men in the past. Even better—women are excelling in every field. They run large corporation, fly planes and enlist in the army. The change took a l…
    - 4 days ago, 14 Sep 14, 3:47pm -

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…
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  • 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…
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FORBES NETWORK

  • NewSAP Acquires Concur--The Monoliths Fight Back
    In a move that leaves us in no doubt that the legacy monolithic vendors are focused on maintaining their market position, SAP today announced that it is acquiring Concur, a vendor that delivers cloud-based expense and travel management solutions.Th…
    - 2 hours ago, 18 Sep 14, 10:09pm -
  • NewDomaine De La Baume: French Luxury Like No Other

    Domaine De La Baume: French Luxury Like No Other

    Perhaps, like me, you’ve wondered what it’s like to be part of the old-world French aristocracy summering in the South of France. I envision days spent strolling amongst the heartbreaking natural beauty of hillside Provence within the private gro…
    - 2 hours ago, 18 Sep 14, 10:02pm -
  • NewLussory's 24-Carat Gold Suffused Alcohol-Free Wine Is All The Rage In Dubai

    Lussory's 24-Carat Gold Suffused Alcohol-Free Wine Is All The Rage In Dubai

    Finding alcohol can be tricky in Dubai, but for the thirsty, there’s a silver lining–or in this case, a 24-carat gold suffused sparkling beverage.Lootah Premium Foods, supplier to some of the most prestigious restaurants in the Emirates, has beg…
    - 2 hours ago, 18 Sep 14, 9:56pm -
  • NewEstate Planning 101: How Much Do You Have To Pass On?
    We don’t like to think of our own death, but given its inevitability, sooner of later, we need to be ready to pass along our worldly goods to others. Having a good estate plan is key. One of the smartest advisors in this area is Elizabeth P. Anders…
    - 2 hours ago, 18 Sep 14, 9:55pm -
  • NewMore CEO Changes: JetBlue And Clorox Get New Leaders
    Larry Ellison isn’t the only high-powered CEO leaving his post: in a pair of announcements released in the shadow of Ellison’s news Thursday afternoon, JetBlue and Clorox revealed that they, too, are getting new leaders.JetBlue said Thursday tha…
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THE ENLIGHTENED MANAGER

  • NewEye Contact (A Coaching Story)

    Eye Contact (A Coaching Story)

    “Go ahead Cheri.” I clutched my notebook to my chest like a shield. My black leatherette portfolio held two new pens, a yellow legal pad, and my notes from two weeks of meticulous preparation. It was my first day as a management coach, and I was…
    - 3 hours ago, 18 Sep 14, 9:10pm -
  • Turn Into the Skid

    Turn Into the Skid

    When I was fifteen and learning how to drive, I hit a patch of ice and started to slide off the road. My Dad’s voice was calm and steady. “Turn into the skid, Cheri.” It worked.  I turned my wheels in the direction that I was sliding and felt…
    - 30 days ago, 19 Aug 14, 5:08pm -
  • Don’t Be Too Positive

    Don’t Be Too Positive

    When does the power of positive thinking become positively annoying? I’ve been consulting with a company headquartered in France, and one of the small differences that I’ve noticed between French and American business culture is the way we comm…
    - 52 days ago, 28 Jul 14, 10:28pm -
  • 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…
    - 66 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…
    - 70 days ago, 10 Jul 14, 4:26pm -

MANAGING LEADERSHIP

  • Shape Shifting

    Shape Shifting

    Due to an inexorable change in the direction and nature of my activities, as well as certain effects these are having on my discretionary writing schedule, I must herein announce that I will no longer be publishing to this site. The nature of the wri…
    - 37 days ago, 12 Aug 14, 7:48pm -
  • High expectations

    High expectations

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  • 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…
    - 81 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…
    - 91 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…
    - 98 days ago, 13 Jun 14, 11:04am -

THE PRACTISE OF LEADERSHIP

  • Leading with the Past, Present and Future in Balance

    Leading with the Past, Present and Future in Balance

      As humans we exist in time. You and I are strongly influenced by the past, the present and our expectations of the future. As a leader you need to understand the influence of your past. Manage the pressures of today. Whilst you create a compelling…
    - 18 days ago, 31 Aug 14, 1:11pm -
  • Turbulent Times Require More Frequent Strategic Breaks

    Turbulent Times Require More Frequent Strategic Breaks

    “Here is Edward Bear, coming downstairs now, bump, bump, bump, on the back of his head, behind Christopher Robin. It is, as far as he knows, the only way of coming downstairs, but sometimes he feels that there really is another way, if only he coul…
    - 30 days ago, 19 Aug 14, 8:09pm -
  • Always Lead First, Manage Second

    Always Lead First, Manage Second

    How you as leader see your role has a significant impact on how you think, where you spend your time and how you act. How you see your role set’s you up for success, mediocrity or at worse failure. One of the biggest areas of confusion is in under…
    - 32 days ago, 17 Aug 14, 4:28pm -
  • Vision is What Separates Great Leaders

    Vision is What Separates Great Leaders

    Vision is the foundation of leadership. Whilst leadership starts with being the right person – the character of the leader, great leadership is sustained by a shared and compelling vision. A compelling vision is one that describes who you are, why…
    - 54 days ago, 27 Jul 14, 11:11am -
  • 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. Thus mindsets are the foundation of great leadership, as mindset forms the basis for action.…
    - 60 days ago, 20 Jul 14, 6:29pm -