LEAD ON PURPOSE

  • One Compelling Question for Innovators

    One Compelling Question for Innovators

    - 3 days ago, 28 Sep 14, 4:47am -
  • 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…
    - 17 days ago, 13 Sep 14, 8:45pm -
  • 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…
    - 29 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…
    - 52 days ago, 9 Aug 14, 3:40pm -
  • How deep is your desire to succeed?

    How deep is your desire to succeed?

    - 59 days ago, 3 Aug 14, 12:28am -

800CEO READ

  • NewAn Excerpt from Growth Hacker Marketing

    An Excerpt from Growth Hacker Marketing

    TweetRyan Holiday opens Growth Hacker Marketing opens with a quote from the great David Ogilvy, author of the classics Confessions of an Advertising Man and Ogilvy on Advertising: I prefer the discipline of knowledge to the anarchy of ignorance. We p…
    - 49 mins ago, 30 Sep 14, 5:02pm -
  • The FT Press/McKinsey Business Book of the Year Shortlist

    The FT Press/McKinsey Business Book of the Year Shortlist

    TweetA shortlist for the 2014 Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award was announced yesterday. The books chosen focus very much on the big-picture issues of the day, “the most important trends shaping our world” as the press…
    - 5 days ago, 25 Sep 14, 7:38pm -
  • ChangeThis: Issue 121

    ChangeThis: Issue 121

    Tweet Work As We Know It Is Dead by Jacob Morgan “The idea that ‘work sucks’ is engrained in almost every aspect of our professional lives. Employees aren’t cogs, work should not be drudgery, and managers can no longer be slave-drivers. This…
    - 6 days ago, 24 Sep 14, 6:35pm -
  • Good Enough for the #Girlboss

    Good Enough for the #Girlboss

    TweetIronically, the reason I haven’t had a chance to write a recommendation of #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso, which released in May is because I’ve been busy being a #girlboss. It happens to be the first book I read upon receiving my promotion to…
    - 11 days ago, 19 Sep 14, 9:09pm -
  • 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…
    - 18 days ago, 12 Sep 14, 6:48pm -

GREAT LEADERSHIP

  • 7 Elements of a Compelling Leadership Vision for Change

    7 Elements of a Compelling Leadership Vision for Change

    This post was recently published at Smartblog on Leadership: Leading change starts with a compelling leadership vision for change. According to leadership expert John Kotter, a lack of leadership vision is one of the most common reasons why transfo…
    - 5 hours ago, 30 Sep 14, 12:30pm -
  • Dealing with the Slacker Employee

    Dealing with the Slacker Employee

    When one employee is not pulling their weight, it can have a devastating impact on productivity, customer service, or sales. Today’s lean organizations can no longer tolerate anything less than 100% effort from all of their employees. However, the…
    - 1 day ago, 29 Sep 14, 2:13pm -
  • Why Pope Francis is the World’s Most Effective Leader

    Why Pope Francis is the World’s Most Effective Leader

    Guest post from Jeffrey A. Krames: While I was writing my book on Pope Francis, I asked over 200 people who they felt was the most effective leader on the world stage today. I even gave many hints, such as "the person is living and doing well, does…
    - 5 days ago, 25 Sep 14, 12:30pm -
  • It All Starts With Leadership!

    It All Starts With Leadership!

    How can leaders create a workplace culture where employees are raving fans? It all starts with Leadership.Read  Beth Armknecht Miller's guest post over at About.com Management and Leadership to find out how.
    - 6 days ago, 24 Sep 14, 12:30pm -
  • 10 Nightmares That Cause Managers to Lose Sleep

    10 Nightmares That Cause Managers to Lose Sleep

    Management has its share of perks and rewards. You get a fancy title, maybe an office, and a big chair.However, there’s a price to pay for those extra rewards and perks. Being a manager means you also have to deal with the tough issues that can cau…
    - 8 days ago, 22 Sep 14, 12:30pm -

HOW TO BE A LEADER

CEO BLOG - TIME LEADERSHIP

  • 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…
    - 10 days ago, 21 Sep 14, 12:46am -
  • 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…
    - 19 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…
    - 27 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…
    - 56 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…
    - 80 days ago, 12 Jul 14, 12:53pm -

BUSINESS WISDOM

  • ULTIMATE ADAPTABILITY

    ULTIMATE ADAPTABILITY

    "He is happy whom circumstances suit his temper; but he is more excellent who suits his temper to any circumstance."David Hume (1711-1776) Scottish philosopher/economist/historianDo you know anyone who can consistently do this?The inclusion of "consi…
    - 4 hours ago, 30 Sep 14, 1:30pm -
  • (DO YOU) KNOW WHEN TO HOLD 'EM, WHEN TO FOLD 'EM(?)

    (DO YOU) KNOW WHEN TO HOLD 'EM, WHEN TO FOLD 'EM(?)

    "Nobody ever lost money taking a profit."Bernard M. Baruch (1870-1965) American financier/political consultantThis is more about timing with "profit" covering everything from making money to deciding when to leave one job for another.It's not as much…
    - 1 day ago, 29 Sep 14, 3:24pm -
  • HOWEVER A NICE TRICK IT MAY BE . . .

    HOWEVER A NICE TRICK IT MAY BE . . .

    "It is a cursed evil to any man to become as absorbed in any subject as I am in mine."Charles Darwin (1809-1882) English NaturalistThe problem is more often the reverse; NOT being as absorbed in whatever we're doing. But too much can be too much to.…
    - 4 days ago, 26 Sep 14, 3:58pm -
  • LET ME UNDERSTAND YOU

    LET ME UNDERSTAND YOU

    "Words are the money of fools."Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679) British philosopherLike so much money down the drain.Be careful not to spend more than you can afford.
    - 5 days ago, 25 Sep 14, 1:00pm -
  • (IS IT?) TIME TO GO

    (IS IT?) TIME TO GO

    "My evening visitors, if they cannot see the clock should find the time in my face."Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) U.S. poet/essayist/lecturerOverstaying one's welcome is not only a social issue but a business one as well.You need to know when it's…
    - 6 days ago, 24 Sep 14, 3:19pm -

WOMEN ON BUSINESS

  • The Profile of an Entrepreneur – Do You Match? [Infographic]

    The Profile of an Entrepreneur – Do You Match? [Infographic]

    Do you match the profile of an entrepreneur? TechnologyAdvice CEO Rob Bellenfant and his research team analyzed the defining personal characteristics and habits of entrepreneurs and compared the results to the general population. As the infographic b…
    - 2 days ago, 28 Sep 14, 5:47pm -
  • 1 Yottabyte: The WWW Information Smog

    1 Yottabyte: The WWW Information Smog

    Google, Bing, Yahoo and many of the other popular search tools are replete with pages and pages of information about any topic under the sun. However mining through this information dossier to find the most relevant, accurate, and original data has b…
    - 3 days ago, 27 Sep 14, 3:19pm -
  • 6 Tried and True Ways to Increase the Effectiveness of Your Website

    6 Tried and True Ways to Increase the Effectiveness of Your Website

    Your website can work for or against your mission, whether you’re an entrepreneur with a product to sell or simply looking to build your personal brand. With a mission that is clearly defined and presented throughout your website, you’re sure to…
    - 4 days ago, 26 Sep 14, 11:49pm -
  • Sponsored Video: Creating Opportunities for Others in Your Small Business

    Sponsored Video: Creating Opportunities for Others in Your Small Business

    Diverse teams are strong teams. When you build a small business team that includes people with different skills, different experiences, different educations, and different personalities, you’ll deliver better results. However, those results will on…
    - 4 days ago, 26 Sep 14, 2:00pm -
  • What are Newsletters and How Should You Use Them?

    What are Newsletters and How Should You Use Them?

    How many times have you signed up for a newsletter only to receive what appears to be nothing more than a sales pitch? This might leave you wondering why you bothered to sign up to this email list.  After all, this isn’t what newsletters are suppo…
    - 5 days ago, 25 Sep 14, 4:00pm -

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

  • NewRemittances: An Economist's Remedy for Organized Crime in Mexico

    Remittances: An Economist's Remedy for Organized Crime in Mexico

    Violent drug crime and inadequate enforcement have proven to be unshakeable problems in Mexico. While the country’s murder rate declined last year, it remains among the highest in the world. National borders have been unable to contain the negative…
    - 2 hours ago, 30 Sep 14, 4:09pm -
  • NewCentral Fund of Canada Becomes Oversold (CEF-A)

    Central Fund of Canada Becomes Oversold (CEF-A)

    Legendary investor Warren Buffett advises to be fearful when others are greedy, and be greedy when others are fearful. One way we can try to measure the level of fear in a given stock is through a technical analysis indicator called the Relative Stre…
    - 2 hours ago, 30 Sep 14, 4:05pm -
  • NewHSBC Holdings Becomes Oversold (HSBC)

    HSBC Holdings Becomes Oversold (HSBC)

    Legendary investor Warren Buffett advises to be fearful when others are greedy, and be greedy when others are fearful. One way we can try to measure the level of fear in a given stock is through a technical analysis indicator called the Relative Stre…
    - 2 hours ago, 30 Sep 14, 4:05pm -
  • NewGUESS ? Enters Oversold Territory (GES)

    GUESS ? Enters Oversold Territory (GES)

    Legendary investor Warren Buffett advises to be fearful when others are greedy, and be greedy when others are fearful. One way we can try to measure the level of fear in a given stock is through a technical analysis indicator called the Relative Stre…
    - 2 hours ago, 30 Sep 14, 4:04pm -
  • NewMelco Crown Entertainment is Now Oversold (MPEL)

    Melco Crown Entertainment is Now Oversold (MPEL)

    Legendary investor Warren Buffett advises to be fearful when others are greedy, and be greedy when others are fearful. One way we can try to measure the level of fear in a given stock is through a technical analysis indicator called the Relative Stre…
    - 2 hours ago, 30 Sep 14, 4:04pm -

THE ENLIGHTENED MANAGER

  • 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…
    - 12 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…
    - 42 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…
    - 64 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…
    - 78 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…
    - 82 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…
    - 49 days ago, 12 Aug 14, 7:48pm -
  • High expectations

    High expectations

    - 53 days ago, 8 Aug 14, 6:00pm -
  • 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…
    - 93 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…
    - 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…
    - 13 Jun 14, 11:04am -

THE PRACTISE OF LEADERSHIP

  • Leadership Starts With You

    Leadership Starts With You

    What’s the greatest challenge faced by any leader? It’s leading yourself! Most leadership failure is the result of poor self-leadership. Leading yourself – personal leadership – is the most important tasks of any leader. It’s the most impor…
    - 8 days ago, 22 Sep 14, 6:08pm -
  • 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…
    - 30 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…
    - 42 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…
    - 44 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…
    - 65 days ago, 27 Jul 14, 11:11am -