LEAD ON PURPOSE

  • 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 →
    - 9 days ago, 19 Jul 14, 11:30pm -
  • How can leaders use 360-degree feedback to boost employee engagement?

    How can leaders use 360-degree feedback to boost employee engagement?

    Guest post by Steve Brown One of the popular approaches to improving performance and employee engagement is to set up 360-degree reviews. With this process, a person gets feedback from their peers, as well as their manager. Management people also ……
    - 24 days ago, 5 Jul 14, 10:00am -
  • The importance of leadership in effective management

    The importance of leadership in effective management

    There are many elements that make a good manager, however, one of the critical qualities is leadership. Leadership and management must go hand in hand, but they are not the same thing. Leadership and management are complementary, but it is … Contin…
    - 37 days ago, 22 Jun 14, 2:53am -
  • How you can inspire others to do great things

    How you can inspire others to do great things

    I’ve been thinking lately about how to motivate people and inspire them to step up, to take action, to do great things. I see so much opportunity for people, and yet so little motivation to make a difference. So what … Continue reading →
    - 52 days ago, 7 Jun 14, 6:15pm -
  • How Leaders Deal Effectively With the Security of Their Company and People

    How Leaders Deal Effectively With the Security of Their Company and People

    Guest post by Rebecca Gray Today, the most valuable commodity many companies have is not a product, but information – proprietary systems, processes, patents, or financial information, and the damage inflicted by a security breach goes far beyond i…
    - 65 days ago, 24 May 14, 7:06pm -

800CEO READ

  • Friday Links

    Friday Links

    Tweet➻ Ted Coiné is on a mission to perpetuate the idea that ethical leadership practices will lead companies to the promise land. In a piece on Switch & Shift titled “Leadership Ethics: It doesn’t depend”, Coiné writes that Ethics today s…
    - 3 days ago, 25 Jul 14, 7:42pm -
  • ChangeThis: Issue 119

    ChangeThis: Issue 119

    Tweet The Most Important Company In the World: Intel, Moore’s Law, and the Heartbeat of Civilization by Michael S. Malone “We now live differently, learn differently, communicate differently, an ultimately, think differently. … We have internal…
    - 5 days ago, 23 Jul 14, 7:30pm -
  • How Not To Be Wrong

    How Not To Be Wrong

    TweetI must preface this review by letting you know that I am not the kind of person inclined to read a book about mathematics. I have very little background in math—if I remember correctly, my undergraduate education required two courses. Despite…
    - 11 days ago, 17 Jul 14, 7:33pm -
  • Jack Covert Selects – The Intel Trinity

    Jack Covert Selects – The Intel Trinity

    Tweet The Intel Trinity: How Robert Noyce, Gordon Moore, and Andy Grove Built the World’s Most Important Company by Michael S. Malone, Harper Business, 560 page, $34.99, Hardcover, July 2014, ISBN 9780062226761 The Mark Zuckerbergs and Steve Jobs o…
    - 18 days ago, 11 Jul 14, 5:59pm -
  • Jack Covert Selects – How the World Sees You

    Jack Covert Selects – How the World Sees You

    - 18 days ago, 11 Jul 14, 5:55pm -

GREAT LEADERSHIP

  • How to Reorganize in a Way That Won't Create Cynicism, Anxiety, and Complete Chaos

    How to Reorganize in a Way That Won't Create Cynicism, Anxiety, and Complete Chaos

    Reorganizations can be disruptive and fraught with challenges and risks. They should never be taken lightly, and should always have a shelf life of at least a few years. Read my recent post at About.com Management and Leadership to find out how to …
    - 19 hours ago, 28 Jul 14, 12:00pm -
  • Leading Change – Lessons for New Leaders from Satya Nadella

    Leading Change – Lessons for New Leaders from Satya Nadella

    Guest post from Randy Ottinger:  Today’s Microsoft is not the same company we saw a year ago when Steve Ballmer was at the helm. Since Ballmer’s successor, Satya Nadella, took over the CEO role in February of this year, change at Microsoft has…
    - 5 days ago, 24 Jul 14, 3:15pm -
  • What Makes Successful Senior Executives Tick?

    What Makes Successful Senior Executives Tick?

    Over the last few weeks I’ve been spending time with quite a few successful senior executives and have been asking them a lot of questions about what makes them tick.I’ve noticed they seem to have a lot in common in regards to the way they approa…
    - 7 days ago, 22 Jul 14, 12:00pm -
  • How to “Coach an Employee Out of a Job"

    How to “Coach an Employee Out of a Job"

    - 8 days ago, 21 Jul 14, 12:00pm -
  • Is Your Business's Digital Communication Culture Working?

    Is Your Business's Digital Communication Culture Working?

    Guest post from Daniel Patrick Forrester:Too often leaders of companies fail to recognize the Pavlovian habits of constant connection and the opportunity cost of think time and ingenuity that it creates. Recently in Davos, Marissa Meyer, CEO of Yaho…
    - 12 days ago, 17 Jul 14, 12:00pm -

HOW TO BE A LEADER

MANAGEMENT ISSUES

  • Principles before personalities
    During large-scale reorganizations, discussions can often become heated and turn personal. That's why it's important to keep in mind some techniques to ensure that your teams stay focused on the "why" and the "what" rather than getting bogged down wi…
    - 14 Jul 13, 8:00am -
  • The benefit of the doubt
    When you mess up or miscalculate, do you tend to point to some external factor as an excuse rather than admit you were at fault? But when someone else messes up, how often do you point to some flaw in their character as the reason they behaved as the…
    - 14 Jul 13, 8:00am -
  • Technophobia, Roman-style
    If you're having trouble getting your team to embrace webinars, video-conferencing or any of the dozens of other technological marvels that are supposed to make our work easier, take a lesson from the Romans.
    - 1 Jul 13, 8:00am -
  • Cultural differences and workplace bullying
    Culture differences means that the country a company is based in has a direct effect on how much workplace bullying is accepted and where behavioural lines are drawn, new research has found.
    - 27 Jun 13, 8:00am -
  • Leadership, systems and knowledge
    Real leadership is about systems, not sound-bites. Leaders need to understand the relationships between systems. Every decision, every move, every hallway-passing interaction interconnects with other people's personal systems, with results that are s…
    - 24 Jun 13, 8:00am -
  • Boxing clever
    It's been argued that the invention of containerization led directly to the modern global economy. But it isn't just the packaging of goods that matters. How ideas are packaged is equally important.
    - 18 Jun 13, 8:00am -
  • Assessing cultural intelligence by how people talk
    You can tell a lot about someone's level of cultural intelligence (CQ) by what they say and how they say it and whether they adjust the way they speak in light of the people with whom they're communicating.
    - 17 Jun 13, 8:00am -
  • Web meetings stink before they even start
    If you knew something would disrupt the normal flow of your work and had about a 70 per cent chance of being a complete waste of time, how eager would you be to participate? Probably not very. Which is why most web meetings are doomed to failure bef…
    - 12 Jun 13, 8:00am -
  • Don't worry, be happy
    A happy face generally engenders a whole lot of other happy faces. And because there is a strong link between feeling good and doing good, these happy faces, in turn, can work wonders for the effectiveness of any project team.
    - 12 Jun 13, 8:00am -
  • The new normal. Do you get it?
    Are you happy with "business as usual"? Or are you part of the growing movement that equates it with living in a failed past? Here are five warning signs that someone is stuck in the old way of doing things and five sings that they realise "something…
    - 10 Jun 13, 8:00am -

CEO BLOG - TIME LEADERSHIP

  • 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…
    - 17 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…
    - 34 days ago, 25 Jun 14, 11:15am -
  • Simplicity

    Simplicity

    “Simplicity is prerequisite for reliability.”Edsger W. Dijkstra  He wrote an all time classic book on programming called "A Discipline of Programming". I have not done much programming for a long time but most of the same principles apply today…
    - 48 days ago, 11 Jun 14, 12:42pm -
  • Accomplishment Guilt

    Accomplishment Guilt

    I suffer from accomplishment guilt - or perhaps better said - lack of accomplishment guilt.  I feel bad if I do not get enough done.  Some of this is good - it can drive great things.  It helps my self discipline.  It helps my productivity and ef…
    - 53 days ago, 5 Jun 14, 7:11pm -
  • With Love and Quiches

    With Love and Quiches

    I read an awesome and inspirational book by Susan Axelrod - With Love and Quiches - A Long Island Housewife's Surprising Journey from Kitchen to Boardroom.  Susan calls herself and "accidental success".  She simply had some time on her hands and st…
    - 57 days ago, 2 Jun 14, 9:57am -

BUSINESS WISDOM

  • LEAST OF ALL BECAUSE I SAID SO

    LEAST OF ALL BECAUSE I SAID SO

    "Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true."Honore de Balzac (1799-1850) French novelist"Striking true"; a euphemism for doing and saying what is right.Making sure you are before you speak or act is the optimum expression…
    - 10 hours ago, 28 Jul 14, 8:11pm -
  • HOW AS MUCH AS WHAT

    HOW AS MUCH AS WHAT

    "He gains everyone's approval who mixes the pleasant with the useful."Horace (BC 65-8) Latin lyric poetNote to engineers: How something works is every bit as important as what it does. A parachute will get a person from an airplane to the ground but…
    - 4 days ago, 25 Jul 14, 5:52pm -
  • JUST IN CASE . . .

    JUST IN CASE . . .

    "Doesn't anybody stay in one place any more?"Carole King, 20th century American recording artistfrom the song "Far Away"You might ask this if primary your career goal is to stay with just one company.Maybe you can but be prepared if you can't.
    - 5 days ago, 24 Jul 14, 3:27pm -
  • BIG SMALL THINGS

    BIG SMALL THINGS

    "For the person for whom small things do not exist, the great is not great."José Ortega y Gasset (1883-1955) Spanish essayist/philosopherI'm not sure it as much a matter of not having as it is not paying attention to small things, details if you wil…
    - 6 days ago, 23 Jul 14, 3:37pm -
  • ACCEPT, REDUCE, AVOID, TRANSFER?

    ACCEPT, REDUCE, AVOID, TRANSFER?

    "Hesitation increases in relation to risk in equal proportion to age."Ernest Hemingway (1898-1961) American WriterAnd not just for people; this is just as true for companies.The longer they've been around the more risk averse they become, often witho…
    - 7 days ago, 22 Jul 14, 3:27pm -

WOMEN ON BUSINESS

  • Working With Your Easy Brilliance

    Working With Your Easy Brilliance

    Feeling that you have a purpose and a passion is what moves us to create our own businesses. There is something that we are here to do; something bigger than ourselves. So, off we go. Right, I’m going to create my own business, change the world and…
    - 17 hours ago, 28 Jul 14, 1:27pm -
  • Sponsored Video: Women Find Freedom as Entrepreneurs

    Sponsored Video: Women Find Freedom as Entrepreneurs

    Did you know that there are more than 9.1 million women-owned businesses in the United States in 2014? According to the National Association of Women-Owned Businesses (NAWBO), those companies employed nearly 7.9 million people in 2014. In short, the…
    - 18 hours ago, 28 Jul 14, 1:00pm -
  • Developing a Career in Information and Communication Technologies

    Developing a Career in Information and Communication Technologies

    Sponsored by Chandler Macleod: Research has shown again and again that there are not enough women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) careers. While women make up half of the workforce, they only make up a quarter of STEM workers. Th…
    - 2 days ago, 27 Jul 14, 2:39pm -
  • Women on Business Welcomes Mary Isabale as a Contributing Writer

    Women on Business Welcomes Mary Isabale as a Contributing Writer

    Please join me in welcoming Mary Isabale to the Women on Business contributing writer team. Mary is an HR professional who specifically writes for working women.  She’ll be sharing her unique insights, advice, and more in her articles, so stay tun…
    - 3 days ago, 26 Jul 14, 3:14pm -
  • 3 Ways Board Directors Can Keep up with Governance Issues

    3 Ways Board Directors Can Keep up with Governance Issues

    How does a director stay abreast of a variety of corporate governance issues in a time of change? Directors and director candidates tell me they want to achieve impact in the boardroom, enhance their director-level education and competencies, and cre…
    - 4 days ago, 25 Jul 14, 1:34pm -

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

  • NewHow Students Can Be Entrepreneurial In Their Job Search

    How Students Can Be Entrepreneurial In Their Job Search

    Students can no longer sit around and hope that a job opportunity is going to come their way. In order to explore how students were building their career in college, my company worked with InternMatch on a new report called ”College Career Center…
    - 3 days ago, 1 Aug 14, 1:00pm -
  • NewCharles Barkley Offers To Pay Funeral Costs For Youngest Carjacking Victims

    Charles Barkley Offers To Pay Funeral Costs For Youngest Carjacking Victims

    On July 25, fifteen-year-old Keiearra Williams, 10-year-old Joseph Reed and 7-year-old Terrence Moore, were selling fruit for a church fundraiser in Philadelphia when they were mowed down by a sport utility vehicle. Joseph died at the scene; Terrence…
    - 2 hours ago, 29 Jul 14, 4:36am -
  • NewPPG Factory Buyer Fuyao Reports Gain In 2nd-Qtr Profit
    Fuyao Glass Industry Group, a big China automobile and industrial glass maker that has been stepping up its investments in the U.S. of late,  has reported a double-digit increase in second-quarter profit.  Revenue by rose by 11% to 3.3 billion y…
    - 3 hours ago, 29 Jul 14, 4:09am -
  • New4 Reasons the Poorest 4 Billion Matter to Business

    4 Reasons the Poorest 4 Billion Matter to Business

    The base of the pyramid (BoP) is the foundation upon which our global economy is built. But today it is weak. Current market practices and inefficiencies have left the 4 billion people at the BoP earning less than $10 per day without access to stable…
    - 3 hours ago, 29 Jul 14, 4:00am -
  • Microsoft, IBM Surge Ahead of Amazon In Cloud Revenue Growth, Analysts Say
    Cloud computing may be a disruptive force, but two of the leading establishment vendors appear to be surging ahead in the market for online infrastructure services. Its also become a highly lucrative space, now worth more than $13 billion a year.D…
    - 4 hours ago, 29 Jul 14, 2:49am -

THE ENLIGHTENED MANAGER

  • 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…
    - 8 hours 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…
    - 14 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…
    - 19 days ago, 10 Jul 14, 4:26pm -
  • The Financial Side of Employee Engagement

    The Financial Side of Employee Engagement

    Is there a relationship between employee engagement and personal finance? Darn straight there is. Employee engagement has been all the rage these last ten years.  Organizations want employees who actively care about the business and the quality of…
    - 47 days ago, 11 Jun 14, 7:43pm -
  • When You Are Verbally Attacked

    When You Are Verbally Attacked

    When someone unleashes their fury at you, how do you respond? Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones But Words Will Never Hurt Me. Were you taught this nursery rhyme as a child? I was, and my mother encouraged me to sing it like it was a deflection sh…
    - 52 days ago, 6 Jun 14, 7:45pm -

MANAGING LEADERSHIP

  • 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…
    - 30 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…
    - 39 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…
    - 46 days ago, 13 Jun 14, 11:04am -
  • Haste makes waste

    Haste makes waste

    When managers have worked hard to develop complex plans, and then even harder to get them approved for execution, they sometimes become a little over-eager to cross the starting line. Impatience at the prospect of any further delay sets in. No need t…
    - 53 days ago, 5 Jun 14, 6:50pm -
  • Actual work

    Actual work

    The previous series looked at the many fallacies in the unfortunate concept of individual leadership in organizations. This current series is intended to take a closer look at the actual role of management in them. We began by posing our broad defini…
    - 61 days ago, 29 May 14, 5:50pm -

THE PRACTISE OF LEADERSHIP

  • 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…
    - 2 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.…
    - 9 days ago, 20 Jul 14, 6:29pm -
  • Why You Should Stop Working So Hard

    Why You Should Stop Working So Hard

    You and I have been led to believe that hard work produces great results. If you keep you head down, work hard the results will follow. The only problem is if you look around there there seems to be more and more people with high levels of activity b…
    - 42 days ago, 16 Jun 14, 7:15pm -
  • Lessons from a General for Leading in a VUCA World

    Lessons from a General for Leading in a VUCA World

    We are living in VUCA times. VUCA is military term that describes the challenging leadership context of today. The term VUCA stands for Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous. This is a helpful way to make sense of and understand the leadership c…
    - 59 days ago, 31 May 14, 12:35pm -
  • 5 Ways to Persuade with Character (Ethos)

    5 Ways to Persuade with Character (Ethos)

    When Nelson Mandela spoke people listened. When Winston Churchill spoke people listened. When Warren Buffet speaks people listen. When Jeff Bezos speaks people listen. When leaders speak people listen. When you speak do people listen? Do you have the…
    - 62 days ago, 27 May 14, 8:20pm -