LEAD ON PURPOSE

  • Do you run your organization by ideas or hierarchy?

    Do you run your organization by ideas or hierarchy?

    One of the keys to a successful company is teamwork. When people to work effectivley together great things happen. Though it’s not recognized a key discipline in many organizations, companies that make it a top priority always come out ahead. … C…
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  • How do you win the war for talent?

    How do you win the war for talent?

    Guest post by Sarah Sladek About 40 years ago, shortly after the Baby Boomers (1946-1964) were born, demographers and industry leaders realized that someday this generation of 78 million Americans would retire and the nation would experience a shorta…
    - 40 days ago, 8 Nov 14, 5:50pm -
  • What is the value in perseverance?

    What is the value in perseverance?

    Throughout my life I’ve been a big believer in the value of hard work—it’s one of three lessons I was taught from my youth. Everyone who takes an idea and makes it into something valuable does it through hard work. … Continue reading →
    - 54 days ago, 25 Oct 14, 2:33pm -
  • What is your level of positivity?

    What is your level of positivity?

    “The most successful companies and businesses understand that their greatest asset is their people. When businesses take care of their people the businesses and their people thrive. When they don’t take careof this incredibly valuable resource, t…
    - 75 days ago, 4 Oct 14, 2:37pm -
  • One Compelling Question for Innovators

    One Compelling Question for Innovators

    - 82 days ago, 28 Sep 14, 4:47am -

800CEO READ

  • Thinker in Residence: Nicholas Carr

    Thinker in Residence: Nicholas Carr

    Tweet “All too often, automation frees us from that which makes us feel free.” ~Nicholas Carr About Nicholas Carr I wrote in my recent Jack Covert Selects review of The Glass Cage that “Nicholas Carr writes beautiful, big-picture books on the h…
    - 38 days ago, 10 Nov 14, 2:01pm -
  • An Excerpt from Chinese Rules

    An Excerpt from Chinese Rules

    TweetTim Clissold’s Mr. China, released almost a decade ago, is one of the great books on China’s rise as an economic power. An in-the-trenches account of the business boom that he was in the belly of during his more than twenty years there, Mr.…
    - 44 days ago, 4 Nov 14, 6:58pm -
  • The Best Books of 2014, strategy+business Edition

    The Best Books of 2014, strategy+business Edition

    TweetIf you’re a regular 800-CEO-READ reader or follower, you know that we always look forward to strategy+business revealing their picks for best business books of the year, in part because the s+b list is decidedly different than most other list…
    - 45 days ago, 3 Nov 14, 9:39pm -
  • Authors on the Road – The New Generation of Philanthropy

    Authors on the Road – The New Generation of Philanthropy

    - 48 days ago, 31 Oct 14, 10:12pm -
  • ChangeThis: Issue 122

    ChangeThis: Issue 122

    Tweet The Entrepreneur’s Journey by Kevin Kruse “This manifesto both celebrates and encourages entrepreneurship because we need entrepreneurs to fight the dragons that roam the globe: civil wars, extreme poverty, disease, water scarcity, domestic…
    - 56 days ago, 23 Oct 14, 6:15pm -

GREAT LEADERSHIP

  • The Currency of Relationships

    The Currency of Relationships

    Guest post from Erica Peitler:Today all work involves engaging and collaborating with others. If you lead anysize team and relationships are a problem for you, your plans will most definitely derail. Be attentive and ensure that your relationships a…
    - 6 hours ago, 18 Dec 14, 1:30pm -
  • 50 Ways to Develop Leaders

    50 Ways to Develop Leaders

    I've been writing a series of posts over at About.com Management and Leadership covering use of the 9 box performance and potential matrix for succession planning and leadership development.The latest installment is how to use the 9 box to diagnose…
    - 1 day ago, 17 Dec 14, 1:30pm -
  • 7 Ways to Assess Leadership Potential

    7 Ways to Assess Leadership Potential

    There is more than one way to skin a cat, or in this case, to assess for leadership potential using the performance and potential 9 box matrix.Read my latest post over at About.com Management and Leadership Development to find out how.  
    - 2 days ago, 16 Dec 14, 6:21pm -
  • 7 Traits That Indicate You Might Not Be Leadership Material

    7 Traits That Indicate You Might Not Be Leadership Material

    Guest post from Rosalinda Randall: Are you ready to consistently set a good example? Can you be engaging, good-humored, tactful, available, considerate, courteous, honest, reliable, and understanding, every day, all day? Being an effective leader i…
    - 7 days ago, 11 Dec 14, 1:30pm -
  • All About the Performance and Potential Matrix

    All About the Performance and Potential Matrix

    Regular Great Leadership readers are already familiar with the performance and potential matrix, otherwise known as the "9 box".In case you'd a refresher, I'm writing a series of posts on the 9 box over at About.com Management and Leadership.Here's…
    - 10 days ago, 8 Dec 14, 1:30pm -

HOW TO BE A LEADER

CEO BLOG - TIME LEADERSHIP

  • More Xavier Austen Pictures

    More Xavier Austen Pictures

    Xavier and I did Google hangouts yesterday.  He is a person of few words.  It means anything he does say has a lot of weight.+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++I like the long time (like 20+year) bike law in Idaho that allows cyclists to treat stop signs…
    - 25 days ago, 23 Nov 14, 1:30pm -
  • Xavier Charles Estill Austen

    Xavier Charles Estill Austen

    I am once again a proud grandfather.  Mother Laura and baby are both doing well and healthy.Xavier Austen. 5 lbs 15 oz, 19.5 inches, born 19 November 2014 at 1:46 pm.  He arrived about a month early.  He already is trying to be punctual - a skill…
    - 28 days ago, 20 Nov 14, 11:05am -
  • Statistical Success Yes - But Long Term Measurements are Tougher

    Statistical Success Yes - But Long Term Measurements are Tougher

    The advent of the internet and internet advertising seemed to push a move towards measuring direct results.  Spend $1000 on ads and see if it yields $1000 in results.    Statistically experiment with small tests to see if it pays more to advertise…
    - 31 days ago, 18 Nov 14, 3:23am -
  • Efficiency vs Health

    Efficiency vs Health

    I have to admit to being a bit of a Fitbit addict.  Fitbit tracks steps and it has a social media component that allows people I am "connected" to see how many steps I do and I can see what they do.  And my kids and brothers all have them.  Not…
    - 77 days ago, 2 Oct 14, 8:54pm -
  • Article Clipping at its Best

    Article Clipping at its Best

    My mother is an article clipper.  When I stop by, she often has articles she clipped from a newspaper or magazine for me.  And she does this for everyone else in her life. I realize I have become the same way.  The difference is most of what I rea…
    - 89 days ago, 21 Sep 14, 12:46am -

BUSINESS WISDOM

  • NewNOT NECESSARILY

    NOT NECESSARILY

    "The philosophy of one century is the common sense of the next."Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887) American politicianNot unless the root of the philosophy actually is common sense.And it's the same with your ideas.Just because you have them doesn't mean…
    - 2 hours ago, 18 Dec 14, 5:38pm -
  • SOMETHING IS TRYING TO TELL YOU SOMETHING

    SOMETHING IS TRYING TO TELL YOU SOMETHING

    "Every calamity is a spur and valuable hint."Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) U.S. poet/essayist/lecturerBut only if you recognize it as such.Many, maybe most things happen for a reason.Do your best to learn what that is and then plan to deal with it.…
    - 23 hours ago, 17 Dec 14, 8:03pm -
  • AND RUINS THEM TOO

    AND RUINS THEM TOO

    "Fortune befriends the bold."John Dryden (1631-1700) British poet/dramatist/criticI don't advocate being risk averse nor so certain you will succeed you fail to acknowledge you well could fail.Planning will reveal how close you are to each.
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  • PAY ATTENTION START-UPS

    PAY ATTENTION START-UPS

    "You believe easily that which you hope for earnestly."Terence (195/185 BC-159 BC) Roman Republic playwrightThe more you want something the more you should question the validity of what makes you want it.It may be real, often it's not.Be sure which i…
    - 3 days ago, 15 Dec 14, 4:36pm -
  • LESS REALLY IS MORE

    LESS REALLY IS MORE

    "The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do."Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) Third president of the United StatesDisclaimer: I've often been guilty of being anything but to the point, so to some extent this is do…
    - 6 days ago, 12 Dec 14, 5:59pm -

WOMEN ON BUSINESS

  • Why Compassionate Objectivity is Important

    Why Compassionate Objectivity is Important

    Have you noticed leaders who have mastered the art of compassionate objectivity? Do they stand out in your mind? What is it about their style of leadership that proves so very effective? When dealing with people, employees or customers, they seem to…
    - 21 hours ago, 17 Dec 14, 10:30pm -
  • What To Consider When Starting Your Own Business

    What To Consider When Starting Your Own Business

    Sponsored by Elbowroom: Whether it’s been your life-long ambition or you’ve only recently been daydreaming about working for yourself, starting a business can be a daunting and challenging undertaking. There are so many factors standing in the wa…
    - 2 days ago, 17 Dec 14, 12:23am -
  • 10 Signs you Need a Career Change

    10 Signs you Need a Career Change

    Sponsored by Evocca College: People often think that when they enter the work force, that’s it. Yes, you might gradually move up the chain of command, but is this even the industry you want to be in? Below are 10 signs that you actually might need…
    - 2 days ago, 16 Dec 14, 11:48pm -
  • To Ensure Business Growth Keep Asking Yourself This Question

    To Ensure Business Growth Keep Asking Yourself This Question

    It is so easy to get stuck in your business and forget about taking a break from it every now and then. A lot of the clients I work with have forgotten what it means to go away on holiday, vacation, whatever you call it. In fact, they have not taken…
    - 2 days ago, 16 Dec 14, 8:11pm -
  • Smart Risk-Taking Tips for Entrepreneurs

    Smart Risk-Taking Tips for Entrepreneurs

    Launching a business is already risky – many entrepreneurs leave a full time job with a good salary, benefits and security, to venture off into the unknown – no salary, no benefits and certainly no security. But they do it because they are, well,…
    - 3 days ago, 15 Dec 14, 6:37pm -

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…
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FORBES NETWORK

  • NewThe Sydney Hostage Incident Was Grassroots Terrorism
    By Scott StewartSome media outlets are reporting that the Sydney hostage situation was the work of a lone madman rather than an act of terrorism, but an examination of the perpetrator’s motives reveals that the case exhibits many of the elements…
    - 2 hours ago, 18 Dec 14, 5:37pm -
  • NewS&P 500 Analyst Moves: TXT
    The latest tally of analyst opinions from the major brokerage houses shows that among the components of the S&P 500 index, Textron (TXT) is now the #121 analyst pick, moving up by 3 spots.       This rank is formed by averaging the analyst o…
    - 2 hours ago, 18 Dec 14, 5:36pm -
  • NewDick Clark's Estate Finally Sells 'Flintstone House' In Malibu

    Dick Clark's Estate Finally Sells 'Flintstone House' In Malibu

    After languishing on the Malibu housing market for two-and-a-half-years, the estate of the late, great Dick Clark has finally sold his beloved Flintstone-esque home atop a bluff.Originally listed for $3.25 million, the home’s price came tumbling d…
    - 2 hours ago, 18 Dec 14, 5:36pm -
  • NewCEOs Have Obligations To CMOs Too, And They're Critical For Mutual Success
    This article is by Mark Stevens, CEO of MSCO and author of “Your Marketing Sucks.”Let’s stop and think about Starbucks for a moment. Not for the usual reasons we think about the coffee juggernaut, but for a rather shadowy issue that lies in…
    - 2 hours ago, 18 Dec 14, 5:24pm -
  • NewLuxurious and Environmentally Friendly: House Of Marley Headphones and Speakers

    Luxurious and Environmentally Friendly: House Of Marley Headphones and Speakers

    Plastic bottles, cups and bags are what we typically think of when guilt-ridden over our damage done to Mother Earth. But speaker systems, not so much.House of Marley portable and home audio systems offers high-end quality sound and sleek designs, b…
    - 2 hours ago, 18 Dec 14, 5:24pm -

THE ENLIGHTENED MANAGER

  • Outlook vs Paper Planner

    Outlook vs Paper Planner

    One of my clients came up to me last week to show me his color-coded Outlook calendar. I loved this, because it’s working for him, and because I used to LOVE color coding my calendar.  It was cool to see at a glance how I was spending my time. I…
    - 14 days ago, 5 Dec 14, 1:01am -
  • When Small Companies Get Big

    When Small Companies Get Big

    “We used to feel like a family,” she said. “But now it’s all about business, and I’m not sure if I want to be here anymore.” I was a newcomer to the company, in an HR role, and I thought that the employee sitting across from me was being…
    - 42 days ago, 6 Nov 14, 10:41pm -
  • Eye 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…
    - 91 days 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…
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  • 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…
    - 28 Jul 14, 10:28pm -

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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
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THE PRACTISE OF LEADERSHIP

  • 8 Essential Beliefs About Purpose

    8 Essential Beliefs About Purpose

      Each of us approach the idea of purpose from a different place in our life journey. Our ideas about purpose are shaped by our experiences, beliefs, culture and education. You may be asking “why does this matter?”. Well, what we believe about p…
    - 12 days ago, 6 Dec 14, 12:01pm -
  • The Power of Purpose Driven Leaders

    The Power of Purpose Driven Leaders

    It was the German philosopher Frederick Nietzsche who observed that “he who has a why can endure any how”. Leaders who know their why are better able to navigate and achieve success in the fast changing and uncertain world of today. Consider…
    - 18 days ago, 30 Nov 14, 6:25pm -
  • How to Create a System for Goal Getting

    How to Create a System for Goal Getting

    To be an effective leader you have to master both goal setting AND goal getting. Too often we focus on goal setting at the expense of goal getting. It’s one thing to set big, hairy and audacious goals (BHAGs), but without commitment to a system –…
    - 47 days ago, 1 Nov 14, 2:47pm -
  • The Secret of a Productive Morning Routine

    The Secret of a Productive Morning Routine

    You wake up as a blank slate every morning. Each morning you have a new opportunity live a happy, healthy, productive and successful day. So how are you using your mornings? If you’re like me, not very well. One of the big lessons I learnt from stu…
    - 67 days ago, 13 Oct 14, 7:12am -
  • 5 Personal Leadership Lessons from Benjamin Franklin

    5 Personal Leadership Lessons from Benjamin Franklin

      Benjamin Franklin was a man who got things done. Benjamin Franklin “was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States and in many ways was “the First American”. A renowned polymath, Franklin was a leading author, printer, political theor…
    - 75 days ago, 4 Oct 14, 9:20am -