LEAD ON PURPOSE

  • 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…
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  • One Compelling Question for Innovators

    One Compelling Question for Innovators

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  • 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…
    - 50 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…
    - 73 days ago, 9 Aug 14, 3:40pm -

800CEO READ

  • Friday Links

    Friday Links

    Tweet➻ There is no shortage of reporting about startups and innovation, but the vast majority of articles focus on companies in or around the 95014 zip code. Today we look at two unlikely innovators whose path to success wound through places very…
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  • Jack Covert Selects – The Innovators

    Jack Covert Selects – The Innovators

    Tweet The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution by Walter Isaacson, Simon & Schuster, 560 pages, $35.00, Hardcover, October 2014, ISBN 9781476708690 In the introduction to The Innovators, Walter Isaacs…
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  • Jack Covert Selects – Leading the Life You Want

    Jack Covert Selects – Leading the Life You Want

    Tweet Leading the Life You Want: Skills for Integrating Work and Life by Stewart D. Friedman, Harvard Business Review Press, 256 pages, $27.00, Hardcover, October 2014, ISBN 9781422189412 In 2008, I chose Stewart Friedman’s Total Leadership as the…
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  • Jack Covert Selects – Uncontainable

    Jack Covert Selects – Uncontainable

    Tweet Uncontainable: How Passion, Commitment, and Conscious Capitalism Built a Business Where Everyone Thrives by Kip Tindell, Grand Central Publishing, 272 pages, $28.00, Hardcover, October 2014, ISBN 9781455526857 At a time when the largest online…
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  • Jack Covert Selects – How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life

    Jack Covert Selects – How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life

    Tweet How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life: An Unexpected Guide to Human Nature and Happiness by Russ Roberts, Portfolio, 272 pages, $27.95, Hardcover, October 2014, ISBN 9781591846840 Many of my favorite books are about other books, whether it’s bo…
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GREAT LEADERSHIP

  • There's No Crying in Football!

    There's No Crying in Football!

    Crying at work is in the news again. The latest incident involved New York Giant’s Wide receiver Victor Cruz being driven off the field on a cart sobbing.Cruz’s unfortunate injury reignited the debate over the appropriateness of not only crying i…
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  • Why Mindfulness is for Leaders and Not Just Monks

    Why Mindfulness is for Leaders and Not Just Monks

    Guest post from Scott Eblin - a nice follow-up to my recent post at About.com, from someone that knows more about the topic than I do! Scott is the best at what he does - coaching and advising successful but overworked executives. Buy his new book!…
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  • 6 Simple Leadership Don’ts and Dos

    6 Simple Leadership Don’ts and Dos

    Sometimes we tend to "complexify" things. Things like leadership.That's why I love Bill Treasurer's guest post over at About.com Leadership and Management:6 Simple Leadership Don’ts and Dos.  
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  • 30 Definitions of Leadership

    30 Definitions of Leadership

    Leadership has always been an elusive concept to define. Perhaps that’s why it’s so hard to learn and great leaders are in such short supply.There really is no one “right” definition of leadership – so instead, I've published a collection…
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  • From Great Employee to Lousy Boss

    From Great Employee to Lousy Boss

    Why do great employees often turn out to be lousy managers?Read my latest post over at About.com Management and Leadership to find out why. 
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HOW TO BE A LEADER

CEO BLOG - TIME LEADERSHIP

  • 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…
    - 19 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…
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  • 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…
    - 40 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…
    - 48 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…
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BUSINESS WISDOM

  • THE UNIMAGINABLE IMAGINED

    THE UNIMAGINABLE IMAGINED

    "Moralities, ethics, laws, customs, beliefs, doctrines --these are of trifling import. All that matters is that the miraculous become the norm."Henry Miller (1891-1980) American authorThat last sentence would make a pretty good mission statement woul…
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  • YOUR LIFE'S CLOCK IS TICKING

    YOUR LIFE'S CLOCK IS TICKING

    "To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all."Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Irish poet/dramatistWe all need to just "exist" some to much of the time; we can't always be "living" in the way implied by Mr. Wilde.But for most "liv…
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  • THERE IS A DEADLINE, DON'T MISS IT

    THERE IS A DEADLINE, DON'T MISS IT

    "By the time a person has achieved years adequate for choosing a direction, the die is cast and the moment has long since passed which determined the future."UnknownMost of us over 40 know this.If you're not, ideally you'll either spend enough time f…
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  • THE MORE YOU KNOW THE MORE YOU KNOW YOU DON'T KNOW

    THE MORE YOU KNOW THE MORE YOU KNOW YOU DON'T KNOW

    "Who knows most believes least."ProverbYou know (or should know) this if you've invested in start-ups for which you did not do sufficient due diligence prior to making your investment. But this applies to every aspect of business.
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  • THE NEED TO BE NEW AND THE DANGER OF "TOTALLY"

    THE NEED TO BE NEW AND THE DANGER OF "TOTALLY"

    "To copy others is necessary, but to copy oneself is pathetic."Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) Spanish painterThe trouble with this quote is it is absolute, implying that copying others is always necessary and acceptable whereas copying ourselves is not.I…
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WOMEN ON BUSINESS

  • Boom in the Asset Finance Market Helps SMEs Grow

    Boom in the Asset Finance Market Helps SMEs Grow

    Sponsored by: Ultimate Finance Group plc Recent reports show that the asset finance market is growing at a healthy rate – July 2014 was the strongest month so far in the year and up 23 percent over July 2013, according to figures from the Finance &…
    - 5 hours ago, 21 Oct 14, 2:43pm -
  • How to Create A Financial Model for Your Business

    How to Create A Financial Model for Your Business

    Most entrepreneurs fall in love with an idea and spend a lot of time building out what it looks like. For example, a software developer will work on the features of his software product; a chef will work on the menu for her restaurant; and a service…
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  • 15 of the Best eCommerce Templates to Make a Selling Website

    15 of the Best eCommerce Templates to Make a Selling Website

    Today, an online store has is a necessity for companies. Whether your business is a large corporation or a small organization, it needs an appealing showcase for successful promotion and for selling its products online. Design is a crucial component…
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  • Active and Reactive Approaches to Get a Board Seat

    Active and Reactive Approaches to Get a Board Seat

    What really separates those who gain a board seat from those who terminate their goal of becoming a director? It boils down to two approaches – active or reactive. Let’s take a closer look. Active Approach You have a clear board-level value propo…
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  • Networking One To One

    Networking One To One

    One of the things I love about networking is the creative ways different groups have you interact with each other. For example, a group that I’ve been attending has started implementing what’s called the “One to One”. Here’s how it works. E…
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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…
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  • 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…
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  • 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

  • Spanx Inventor Sara Blakely On Hustling Her Way To A Billion-Dollar Business

    Spanx Inventor Sara Blakely On Hustling Her Way To A Billion-Dollar Business

    In the early days of Spanx, inventor Sara Blakely didn’t have the money to hire a patent lawyer, let alone a full team to support her new business. Her office was her Atlanta apartment. Her fulfillment center was her bathroom, filled with Jiffy env…
    - 3 hours ago, 21 Oct 14, 4:30pm -
  • A Security Upgrade For Google Chrome
    If you are the type of person who likes to keep things safely under lock and key, Google’s move to add security keys to Google Chrome will give you additional peace of mind.The USB-based keys, announced today, work on the principal of two-factor a…
    - 3 hours ago, 21 Oct 14, 4:25pm -
  • Sovereign Bond Reforms Could Do More Harm Than Good To Developing Nations

    Sovereign Bond Reforms Could Do More Harm Than Good To Developing Nations

    By Eliza Ronalds-HannonThe International Monetary Fund (IMF) has joined a growing sovereign debt reform movement that aims to prevent repeats of the default drama engulfing Argentina, mostly by limiting the power of the holdout creditors that demand…
    - 3 hours ago, 21 Oct 14, 4:23pm -
  • Six Take-Aways From The First Student-Govt Dialogue On Hong Kong's Protests

    Six Take-Aways From The First Student-Govt Dialogue On Hong Kong's Protests

    With Robert OlsenMore than three weeks into Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protest, the first round of dialogue between the Hong Kong government and student representatives of the movement finally took place on Tuesday. In the two-hour conversation, th…
    - 4 hours ago, 21 Oct 14, 4:16pm -
  • JPMorgan Chase Q3 Results: Dissecting The Earnings Call

    JPMorgan Chase Q3 Results: Dissecting The Earnings Call

    JPMorgan Chase offered an upbeat view on its business last week when it reported third-quarter earnings and Chief Executive Jamie Dimon expressed confidence that the U.S. economy can withstand the growth slowdowns in Europe and China.“We are still…
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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…
    - 33 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…
    - 63 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…
    - 85 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…
    - 99 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…
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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…
    - 70 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…
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  • 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…
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  • 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

  • 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…
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  • 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…
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  • 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…
    - 29 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…
    - 51 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…
    - 63 days ago, 19 Aug 14, 8:09pm -