LEAD ON PURPOSE

  • Do you expect to win?

    Do you expect to win?

    The people I consider successful all have at least one thing in common…they expect to win. They see themselves as winners and whatever they put their minds to they accomplish. Their ‘win’ does not always happen in the way they … Continue read…
    - 3 days ago, 28 Feb 15, 6:35pm -
  • 6 Ways to Choose the Best Employees

    6 Ways to Choose the Best Employees

    Guest post by Jon Spivey The best employees help your company to thrive and achieve its greatest potential. So to reach your potential, you must put effort into finding and choosing the best employees for your company. Consider these six … Continue…
    - 3 days ago, 28 Feb 15, 6:10pm -
  • Great Leaders are Made, Not Born

    Great Leaders are Made, Not Born

    Guest post by Allen Kors While some may be born with an innate knack for great leadership skills like confidence, communication, and creativity, I’d like to argue that great leaders are made not born. Even if you are born with … Continue reading…
    - 10 days ago, 21 Feb 15, 9:03pm -
  • How engaged are your employees?

    How engaged are your employees?

    Employee engagement means much more than employee happiness, and an engaged employee can have such a positive effect on the bottom-line of a company. Conversely, employees who are not engaged have a detrimental effect on a company. There seems to ……
    - 38 days ago, 24 Jan 15, 8:25pm -
  • How accountability leads to success

    How accountability leads to success

    Accountability leads to success. Why? When people take responsibility for their actions they make changes that lead them to do things differently, to do new things and/or to stop doing things that held them back. This may sound simplistic, but … Co…
    - 45 days ago, 17 Jan 15, 7:33pm -

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…
    - 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.…
    - 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…
    - 3 Nov 14, 9:39pm -
  • Authors on the Road – The New Generation of Philanthropy

    Authors on the Road – The New Generation of Philanthropy

    - 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…
    - 23 Oct 14, 6:15pm -

GREAT LEADERSHIP

  • How to Deal with Difficult Employees

    How to Deal with Difficult Employees

    There's a workplace epidemic out there, and it's not the flu. It's difficult co-workers, and managers who don't seem to give a damn or are clueless as to how to deal with them.Read my latest post over at About.com Management and Leadership for a pro…
    - 23 hours ago, 2 Mar 15, 1:30pm -
  • How Managers can Become Awesome Coaches

    How Managers can Become Awesome Coaches

    Can a manager learn to be an effective coach? Yes! But they have to be willing to let go of some assumptions and pick up some new skills. Read my latest post over at About.com to find out how.
    - 6 days ago, 25 Feb 15, 1:30pm -
  • You Don’t Need a Position or a Title to be a Great Leader

    You Don’t Need a Position or a Title to be a Great Leader

    You don't need a formal position or a title to be a leader. Read Scott Edinger’s guest post over at About.com to find out what it takes to be a "hidden leader".
    - 9 days ago, 22 Feb 15, 9:11pm -
  • Don't Expect Your Employees to be Mind Readers!

    Don't Expect Your Employees to be Mind Readers!

    All employees want to know “what’s expected of me”, and any manager should be able to answer this question. Explaining performance expectations is important to employees, it improves productivity, and it doesn’t cost a dime. So then why are…
    - 13 days ago, 18 Feb 15, 1:30pm -
  • 11 Essential Employee Questions That Every Manager Should Know How to Answer

    11 Essential Employee Questions That Every Manager Should Know How to Answer

    There are 11 basic, fundamental, essential employee questions that every manager should be able to instantly answer. Go to About.com Management and Leadership to find out what they are.See if you can, and if not, maybe it’s time to find out for yo…
    - 15 days ago, 16 Feb 15, 1:30pm -

HOW TO BE A LEADER

CEO BLOG - TIME LEADERSHIP

  • Trackimo - GPS Track anything

    Trackimo - GPS Track anything

    We have been reviewing a new GPS tracker called Trackimo at DDE Media. In all honesty it’s a pretty good product. It is small (like a small post it note size).  Fits in or attaches to anything.  Then you can track it with your phone or computer.I…
    - 15 days ago, 16 Feb 15, 2:20pm -
  • Winter Wonderland and Empathic Acknowledging

    Winter Wonderland and Empathic Acknowledging

    I read a great little book by Lawrence Bookbinder PhD (Great name for an author) called Win Friends and Customers - Relationship and Business Success from Empathic Acknowledging.I like sales books and have read dozens of them.  Most of them have a s…
    - 29 days ago, 2 Feb 15, 10:51am -
  • Wilderness Deficit Disorder

    Wilderness Deficit Disorder

    Life is slowly returning to normal after the death of my father. I have a blogging rule to not blog when I am not "up".  Thinking now I may be able to get back to it.  Not that I am not still sad - just that I do not feel I can do anything but let…
    - 35 days ago, 27 Jan 15, 5:43pm -
  • Continued Inspiration from my father - Don Estill

    Continued Inspiration from my father -  Don Estill

    My father died exactly one week ago.  He was 87.Up to then and this week have been a blur.  Although I have grieved often since his diagnosis with pancreatic cancer in October 2014, I still grieve and actually look for "time" to grieve.I knew he wa…
    - 37 days ago, 25 Jan 15, 12:12pm -
  • Seven Disciplines of a Leader

    Seven Disciplines of a Leader

    I am once again back to posting book reviews.  The way the holidays fell, there was lots of "reading" time.I read Seven Disciplines of a Leader - How to Help Your People, Team, and Organization Achieve Maximum Effectiveness by Jeff Wolf.It starts wi…
    - 60 days ago, 2 Jan 15, 11:00pm -

BUSINESS WISDOM

  • IMPERFECT PERFECTIONISTS

    IMPERFECT PERFECTIONISTS

    "Have no fear of perfection-you'll never reach it."Salvador Dalí (1904-1989) Spanish surrealist painter.We refer to some as perfectionists and maybe you see yourself as one.You're not, I'm certainly not, no one is, they don't exist.A few of us striv…
    - 20 hours ago, 2 Mar 15, 4:25pm -
  • MOST LIKELY TO . . . ?

    MOST LIKELY TO . . . ?

    "Popularity? It's glory's small change."Victor Hugo (1802-1885) French poet/dramatist/novelist.Given a choice I think most of us would choose to be popular.Just don't let that be the only thing you choose to be.
    - 4 days ago, 27 Feb 15, 12:33pm -
  • WIN THE LOTTERY OR PLAN

    WIN THE LOTTERY OR PLAN

    "Planning without action is futile, action without planning is fatal."UnknownNot always; most people who buy winning lottery tickets do so without planning.But for the rest of us having a plan is a good thing.
    - 5 days ago, 26 Feb 15, 5:18pm -
  • EVOLVING FROM ONE TO THE OTHER

    EVOLVING FROM ONE TO THE OTHER

    "Sad people dislike the happy, and the happy the sad; the quick thinking the sedate, and the careless the busy and industrious."Horace (BC 65-8) Latin lyric poet.So if true, and I believe it is, the question is can you become one if you are already t…
    - 6 days ago, 25 Feb 15, 3:39pm -
  • BEWARE PRE JUDGEMENT

    BEWARE PRE JUDGEMENT

    "Always have your hook baited in the pool you least think there will be a fish."Ovid (BC 43-AD 18) Roman poet.This reminds me how often the business I thought my company would win didn't happen, while we frequently got that I was fairly certain we wo…
    - 7 days ago, 24 Feb 15, 4:57pm -

WOMEN ON BUSINESS

  • Working Women Make Business Happen

    Working Women Make Business Happen

    International Women’s Day (IWD) is on Sunday, March 8, 2015. It originates from International Working Women’s Day (IWWD), which I think is important to highlight. It is not a day where we simply celebrate being women because we think we are fabul…
    - 18 hours ago, 2 Mar 15, 6:31pm -
  • The Day Our CEO Told The Head of HR Her Ovaries Were Shriveling

    The Day Our CEO Told The Head of HR Her Ovaries Were Shriveling

    I still hear stories about male colleagues requesting meetings in gentleman’s clubs, women being laughed out of the boardroom for using the color pink in presentations, and female employees feeling uncomfortable because of their choice of attire. L…
    - 2 days ago, 1 Mar 15, 9:06pm -
  • 5 Things to Do After a Job Interview

    5 Things to Do After a Job Interview

    Even if you feel like you had the greatest job interview, you need to make sure that you continue to sell yourself until you get the job offer. There are five things you can and should do to help you stay top-of-mind and ultimately get the job. 1. Se…
    - 3 days ago, 28 Feb 15, 5:19pm -
  • 4 Ways to Kick Start Your Momentum

    4 Ways to Kick Start Your Momentum

    - 4 days ago, 27 Feb 15, 9:49pm -
  • 10 Ways LinkedIn Can Help You Get a Board of Directors Seat

    10 Ways LinkedIn Can Help You Get a Board of Directors Seat

    Everyone understands the potential for LinkedIn, but how much visibility can a board candidate expect to produce? How can LinkedIn help you get a board of directors seat? Despite the bad rap social media gets from time to time, LinkedIn simply cannot…
    - 4 days ago, 27 Feb 15, 2:18pm -

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

  • NewA Record 90 Indians On Forbes Billionaires List 2015

    A Record 90 Indians On Forbes Billionaires List 2015

    India’s rich are riding high on prime minister Narendra Modi’s electoral promise of “good times.” A record 90 Indians with a combined net worth of $295 billion, feature in Forbes Billionaires List 2015, of which 28 make their appearance for t…
    - 1 hour ago, 3 Mar 15, 11:21am -
  • NewDisappointed Much? Google Backs Down On Android Encryption Promise

    Disappointed Much? Google Backs Down On Android Encryption Promise

    Just when you thought Google was going back to the good old days of “don’t be evil”, it has backtracked on a promise to enforce default disk encryption across Android devices. Google had previously stated that every smartphone running the lates…
    - 1 hour ago, 3 Mar 15, 11:16am -
  • NewOracleVoice: As Mobile Malware Spreads, It's Time To Take A 'Data First' Tack On Security

    OracleVoice: As Mobile Malware Spreads, It's Time To Take A 'Data First' Tack On Security

    There’s good news and bad news when it comes to cell phones and security.First, the good news: Your phone is less likely to be stolen today than in the recent past. Cell phone theft is down dramatically since the industry implemented mobile “kil…
    - 2 hours ago, 3 Mar 15, 11:00am -
  • NewWhat IBM, Target, Keds And Unilever Marketing Execs Can Teach Us About Inspiration

    What IBM, Target, Keds And Unilever Marketing Execs Can Teach Us About Inspiration

    Building inspiring brands is not an easy task. But these four finalists in the Cojones Awards’ Courage to Inspire category have demonstrated that it is possible under all kinds of circumstances. In this post — the last in the five-part series lea…
    - 2 hours ago, 3 Mar 15, 11:00am -
  • NewKitchen Storage Ideas That Make Use Of Every Space

    Kitchen Storage Ideas That Make Use Of Every Space

    Joanna Simmons, Houzz ContributorKitchens have to accommodate a great variety of stuff. All but the biggest kitchens are under pressure to store utensils, pans, crockery, the food we eat and the appliances we use to cook it, and everything we need t…
    - 2 hours ago, 3 Mar 15, 11:00am -

THE ENLIGHTENED MANAGER

  • Healing the Past

    Healing the Past

    Why are your employees still complaining about events that occurred several years ago? It’s probably because they are suffering from a wound that never healed correctly in the first place. Let’s consider the metaphor of a broken bone. If you brok…
    - 26 days ago, 5 Feb 15, 1:41am -
  • January First

    January First

    Let’s welcome in the new year! Not with resolutions, but with a new state of mind. There’s nothing magical about the flip of two numbers on a calendar, but January first is a day filled with possibility. It’s the start to a brand new year, read…
    - 61 days ago, 1 Jan 15, 3:15pm -
  • 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…
    - 88 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…
    - 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…
    - 18 Sep 14, 9:10pm -

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…
    - 13 Jun 14, 11:04am -

THE PRACTISE OF LEADERSHIP

  • Take the Survey and Help Me Improve

    Take the Survey and Help Me Improve

    I need your help, and it will only take 3 minutes. Tell me what you like (or don’t like) about my blog. In taking part you’ll help me to know what’s important to you; and this’ll help me in deciding what to offer you and other readers in the…
    - 30 days ago, 1 Feb 15, 9:38am -
  • Rekindle Your Leadership with Rookie Smarts

    Rekindle Your Leadership with Rookie Smarts

    Leading successfully in a VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous) world demands rapid learning. As Jack Welch observed “an organization’s ability to learn, and translate that learning into action rapidly, is the ultimate competitive adv…
    - 32 days ago, 30 Jan 15, 9:28am -
  • Leaders Need a Daily Reading Habit

    Leaders Need a Daily Reading Habit

    It’s frequently said that those who lead, read. Research has shown that reading keeps leaders smart, creative and social. For those who want to lead, reading is not a nice to have or a luxury, reading is a habit successful leaders consider critica…
    - 44 days ago, 18 Jan 15, 7:24pm -
  • Reading Keeps Leaders Smart, Creative and Social

    Reading Keeps Leaders Smart, Creative and Social

    You and I are spending more and more time on our digital devices and watching TV. Studies suggest that Britons spend more time on tech than asleep, Americans will spend more time on digital devices than watching TV , whilst the average American watc…
    - 45 days ago, 17 Jan 15, 9:30am -
  • Research Finds Leadership Quality is Barely Improving

    Research Finds Leadership Quality is Barely Improving

    Recent leadership research has revealed a disturbing trend, the quality of leaders is barely improving. This is the conclusion of two independent research studies. The World Economic Forum (WEF) report titled “Outlook on the Global Agenda 2015”…
    - 52 days ago, 10 Jan 15, 2:14pm -