LEAD ON PURPOSE

  • Getting the Results You Want – 7 Things to Consider

    Getting the Results You Want – 7 Things to Consider

    Guest post by Paul Axtell One of the toughest jobs in the universe is to be a product or project leader with people who do not work directly or exclusively for you. Every team leader has faced these two questions … Continue reading →
    - 17 days ago, 10 May 15, 12:28am -
  • Are You Building ‘Best’ Teams?

    Are You Building ‘Best’ Teams?

    Guest post by Bernie Bulkin, author of Crash Course The central competency of any corporate (or charity or political or sports) leader is the ability to build a great team. But how? What are the key elements? And while sometimes … Continue reading…
    - 38 days ago, 18 Apr 15, 2:22pm -
  • How to turn your small idea into a big success

    How to turn your small idea into a big success

    “Creators build toward where they are going, not where they are.” What if you had a key that could unlock tremendous growth and success in your life and business? How would you change your goals and desires with this knowledge? … Continue readi…
    - 59 days ago, 28 Mar 15, 6:47pm -
  • 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…
    - 87 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…
    - 87 days ago, 28 Feb 15, 6:10pm -

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

  • NewThe Individual Development Plan and Discussion: The Employee’s Viewpoint

    The Individual Development Plan and Discussion: The Employee’s Viewpoint

    Most of us have good intentions when it comes to improving ourselves, but good intentions often fall by the wayside.An individual development plan (IDP) is a great way to turn good intentions into specific, written plans and a two-way commitment betw…
    - 2 hours ago, 26 May 15, 11:00am -
  • 6 Ways to Earn & Maintain Your Staff’s Respect

    6 Ways to Earn & Maintain Your Staff’s Respect

    Guest post by Rosalinda Randall: “You can’t lead anyone else any further than you have gone yourself.” –Unknown Can’t get your staff to do what you tell them to do? Do you live by the old adage, “Do as I say, not as I do?”  Leading a…
    - 5 days ago, 21 May 15, 11:00am -
  • This is Post Number 1000!

    This is Post Number 1000!

    Woo hoo, post # 1000! 1000 posts and 8 years are big numbers, especially in blogging, where the average blog life expectancy is about the same as a flea. I guess that makes me either persistent or stubborn. In any case, it seems like a good time to p…
    - 6 days ago, 20 May 15, 11:30am -
  • Smells Like Team Spirit: How To Foster Team Culture In A Virtual Work Environment

    Smells Like Team Spirit: How To Foster Team Culture In A Virtual Work Environment

    Read Beth Armknecht Miller’s new guest post over at About.com Leadership and Management for some great tips for bringing a dispersed workforce together as a productive team: Smells Like Team Spirit: How To Foster Team Culture In A Virtual Work Envi…
    - 7 days ago, 19 May 15, 12:30pm -
  • What is Great Leadership?

    What is Great Leadership?

    Guest post from Ted Bagley: All organizations worry about leadership, from the mom and pop community businesses to the giant global entities both domestic and international. There is still a propensity to use the word manager verses leader which ca…
    - 12 days ago, 14 May 15, 12:30pm -

HOW TO BE A LEADER

CEO BLOG - TIME LEADERSHIP

  • Dare to Serve

    Dare to Serve

    I am loving this weather.  It is hard to restrain myself from planting a garden.  I know the hard way that that would be foolish.  May 24 is the earliest planting date for me.++++++++++++++++++++++++++I read a great book today - Dare to Serve - Ho…
    - 23 days ago, 3 May 15, 1:40pm -
  • Shadow Work

    Shadow Work

    I spent much of my weekend doing Shadow Work.   Shadow Work is all the little things that need doing but you are not paid for.  For example, today I went through my mail.  Then lots of it needed recycling and sometimes separating before going in t…
    - 30 days ago, 26 Apr 15, 9:34pm -
  • The High-Speed Company Review

    The High-Speed Company Review

    I was inspired today by a book (as I often am) called The High-Speed Company: Creating Urgency and Growth in a Nanosecond Culture by Jason Jennings and Laurence Haughton.I was attracted to the title.  I am a big believer in sense of urgency as one p…
    - 39 days ago, 17 Apr 15, 2:13pm -
  • Really Great Mentors

    Really Great Mentors

    I would like to be a really great mentor so I was attracted to Stephen Kohn and Vincent O'Connell's book:  9 Practices of really Great Mentors - How to Inspire and Motivate Anyone.The book  is a self-actualizing and highly motivational read that p…
    - 62 days ago, 25 Mar 15, 2:11pm -
  • Sales See Saw

    Sales See Saw

    We are new (since Dec 1/2014) in our new business - DDE Media.   We have almost 10 full time writers working at our office now (plus the bookkeeper, Graphics Designer, etc).  So the office has a bit of life.I now am suffering for a start-up syndrom…
    - 79 days ago, 8 Mar 15, 7:03pm -

BUSINESS WISDOM

  • WHOSE RESPONSIBILITY ARE YOU?

    WHOSE RESPONSIBILITY ARE YOU?

    "The mould of a man's fortune is in his own hands."Francis Bacon (1561-1626) British statesman/philosopher.You may not have had the best opportunities in life or what you see as luck enjoyed by others.Too bad.You have what you have, which includes wh…
    - 4 days ago, 22 May 15, 2:54pm -
  • FOR FAR TOO MANY, THE NEVER-BEGINNING TASK

    FOR FAR TOO MANY, THE NEVER-BEGINNING TASK

    "The never-ending task of self improvement."Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) U.S. poet/essayist/lecturer.None of us are anything close to perfect, a goal we will never achieve.However that doesn't mean we can't or shouldn't work to become so.Create yo…
    - 5 days ago, 21 May 15, 3:21pm -
  • DO YOU REALLY KNOW WHAT YOU THINK YOU REALLY KNOW?

    DO YOU REALLY KNOW WHAT YOU THINK YOU REALLY KNOW?

    "A speculator is a man who observes the future, and acts before it occurs."Bernard M. Baruch (1870-1965) American financier/political consultant.I don't have a problem with this when it comes to investing.It's when the speculation is about another pe…
    - 6 days ago, 20 May 15, 4:21pm -
  • THE TRUE YOU

    THE TRUE YOU

    "Our lives teach us who we are."Salman Rushdie (1948-?) Anglo-Indian novelist.We do our best to project the person we want others to believe we are but it's what we do and say that decides that.And I'm not so sure it does teach us regardless; the pow…
    - 7 days ago, 19 May 15, 3:24pm -
  • MORE THAN WANT IT, YOU GOTTA EARN IT

    MORE THAN WANT IT, YOU GOTTA EARN IT

    "Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice, and is never the result of selfishness."Napoleon Hill (1883-1970) American speaker and motivational writer.If there is anything worth doing that does not require sacrifice, I don't know what it w…
    - 8 days ago, 18 May 15, 4:42pm -

WOMEN ON BUSINESS

  • What I Learned by Leaving a Big Career to Take a Sabbatical at 30

    What I Learned by Leaving a Big Career to Take a Sabbatical at 30

    It is a couple of weeks before my 6 month sabbatical comes to an end. I am walking my little dachshunds (i.e, daxies) at 11 a.m. in the local park. While sitting on the park bench embracing my last hours as a free agent, I realize one of the hounds h…
    - 16 hours ago, 25 May 15, 9:03pm -
  • What Does “What do you do?” Really Mean?

    What Does “What do you do?” Really Mean?

    “What do you do?” It’s a question you’re asked on almost a daily basis. And if you own your own business, it’s the most important question you’re asked. Every time you’re asked that question you have the chance to shine, to stand out fr…
    - 2 days ago, 24 May 15, 7:14pm -
  • 10 Biggest Productivity Myths

    10 Biggest Productivity Myths

    There are many who would consider themselves gurus of productivity, an endless source of wisdom on the matter, ready to dispense advice to all who ask. And, those who don’t. While they may be correct in many of their tips, there are a number of com…
    - 3 days ago, 23 May 15, 2:29pm -
  • Giving Teenagers the Lowdown on Smarter Saving

    Giving Teenagers the Lowdown on Smarter Saving

    Sponsored by Heritage Bank: Entering the workforce as a teenager is often an exciting and liberating experience. With this eagerness, though, also comes a lack of smarts in regards to how important it is to save and to have long-term goals. In order…
    - 4 days ago, 22 May 15, 2:30pm -
  • 5 Steps for Going from Concept to Creation

    5 Steps for Going from Concept to Creation

    There’s no doubt about it. Ideas are all around us. Have you ever watched the show Shark Tank where people come in with fantastic ideas that actually work? For most, taking those ideas from concept to creation is difficult. Let’s discuss a few st…
    - 5 days ago, 21 May 15, 11:05pm -

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 -

THE ENLIGHTENED MANAGER

  • Signing Off! (The Final Post)

    Signing Off! (The Final Post)

    One door closes, another opens. Dear Enlightened Managers, This blog has been an adventure! And as write this final post, I am both smiling and sad. Letting go of something wonderful can be hard, even when the time is right. I’m wrapping up this…
    - 71 days ago, 16 Mar 15, 5:58pm -
  • 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 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 -

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

  • Leadership Develops When You Escape Your Comfort Zone

    Leadership Develops When You Escape Your Comfort Zone

    Successful leaders know that they must get out of their comfort zone to succeed. Great leaders from history are those who have spent a large amount of their time outside their comfort zone. Leaders who take risks and step into their learning zone are…
    - 16 days ago, 10 May 15, 8:46am -
  • One Thing You Can Do Every Day to Improve Your Creativity

    One Thing You Can Do Every Day to Improve Your Creativity

    Many people will tell you they do their best thinking and are most creative when walking. Steve Jobs was famous for his walks around the Palo Alto. Jobs would often go on long walks for problem solving and was well-known for hosting “walking meetin…
    - 22 days ago, 4 May 15, 9:07pm -
  • How to Use a Journal to Keep Focused 

    How to Use a Journal to Keep Focused 

    - 33 days ago, 23 Apr 15, 6:59pm -
  • 5 Proven Principles of Effective Goal Setting

    5 Proven Principles of Effective Goal Setting

    When it comes to achieving our New Years resolutions the statistics are pretty dismal. Research from the University of Scranton as published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology found that only 8% of people are successful in achieving their New Y…
    - 42 days ago, 14 Apr 15, 10:32am -
  • 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…
    - 1 Feb 15, 9:38am -