LEAD ON PURPOSE

  • How to deal with change effectively

    How to deal with change effectively

    Guest post by Matt Driscoll Photo courtesy of Shutter Stock Change has long been considered vital for businesses, which need to keep adapting to the times or risk being left behind in their respective industries. While it’s easy to accept … Conti…
    - 6 days ago, 25 Aug 15, 2:30am -
  • How do you develop product leadership?

    How do you develop product leadership?

    One of the most challenging aspects of any product organization is knowing what products to build or services to provide. There are so many ‘voices’ and distractions vying for your attention that make it difficult to know where you should … Con…
    - 29 days ago, 2 Aug 15, 2:17am -
  • The 8 Kinds of Leadership Your Team Needs from You

    The 8 Kinds of Leadership Your Team Needs from You

    Guest post by Victor Prince We hear the phrase “think outside the box” a lot. If “the box” is something that is stifling creativity, it sounds like something to avoid. But when “the box” is a framework that smart leaders … Continue read…
    - 64 days ago, 28 Jun 15, 3:37am -
  • How a Disengaged Workforce is Costing You Money

    How a Disengaged Workforce is Costing You Money

    Guest post by Jüri Kaljundi As a CEO, I make sure that at the end of the week I know what every member of my team is up to and they know that I know. Why? Because I believe that … Continue reading →
    - 71 days ago, 21 Jun 15, 1:39am -
  • 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 →
    - 10 May 15, 12:28am -

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

  • Are Your Employees Dressed for Success?

    Are Your Employees Dressed for Success?

    Guest post from Tom Pandola:Being a curious student of leadership, I find myself always noticing businesses that are doing things well, and those that are not.  One day while ordering my lunch at a well-established and famous hamburger chain – In-…
    - 4 days ago, 27 Aug 15, 11:30am -
  • How to Apply Lean Startup Ideas to Achieve Product-Market Fit

    How to Apply Lean Startup Ideas to Achieve Product-Market Fit

    Read Dan Olson’s guest post over at About.com to learn the six steps of the Lean Start-up Process, a way to improve the development and commercialization of new products using Lean principles.
    - 7 days ago, 24 Aug 15, 11:30am -
  • Responsible Leadership at Market Basket

    Responsible Leadership at Market Basket

    Guest post from Daniel Korschun:If your CEO got fired tomorrow, would anyone notice? Last year, the board of directors at one of New England’s largest supermarket chains fired CEO Arthur T. Demoulas. Instead of going about their business as usual,…
    - 10 days ago, 20 Aug 15, 6:24pm -
  • 10 Timeless Time Management Techniques

    10 Timeless Time Management Techniques

    It’s impossible to “manage” time. There are 24 hours in a day, 60 minutes in an hour, and 60 seconds in a minute. You can’t slow it down or speed it up.However, we can control where we spend our time and take actions to reduce or eliminate ti…
    - 13 days ago, 18 Aug 15, 11:30am -
  • How Good Managers Become Lousy Bosses

    How Good Managers Become Lousy Bosses

    Why are there so many bad managers? It’s because organizations are designed to create bad managers. Read my latest post over at About.com Management and Leadership to learn more.
    - 14 days ago, 17 Aug 15, 11:30am -

HOW TO BE A LEADER

BUSINESS WISDOM

  • I KNOW THIS MUCH

    I KNOW THIS MUCH

    "Imagination and fiction make up more than three quarters of our life."Simone Weil (1910-1943) French PhilosopherDon't know how Ms. Weil would know that and "three quarters" does sound like a convenient number regardless.But I do believe the concept…
    - 3 days ago, 28 Aug 15, 11:30am -
  • LISTENING FOR TRUTH IN DREAMS

    LISTENING FOR TRUTH IN DREAMS

    "Yet it is in our idleness, in our dreams, that the submerged truth sometimes comes to the top."Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) British novelist and essayist.We easily convince ourselves that our initial thought is correct, so much so we don't further ref…
    - 3 days ago, 27 Aug 15, 8:42pm -
  • BUSINESS WITHOUT LEADERSHIP? OUT OF BUSINESS

    BUSINESS WITHOUT LEADERSHIP? OUT OF BUSINESS

    "Unhappy the land that is in need of heroes."Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956) German writer.True for leaders as well as heroes.However, whereas most heroes are proclaimed a hero after actually doing something heroic, many "leaders" are put in positions of…
    - 4 days ago, 26 Aug 15, 4:26pm -
  • THE PERILS OF CERTAINTY

    THE PERILS OF CERTAINTY

    "I am an agnostic; I do not pretend to know what many ignorant men are sure of."Clarence S. Darrow (1857-1938) American lawyerBeing certain of something is not bad, in fact it's quite a good thing.Just make certain you are certain about that which yo…
    - 5 days ago, 25 Aug 15, 3:31pm -
  • THE SELF FULFILLING PROPHECY OF PESSIMISSIM

    THE SELF FULFILLING PROPHECY OF PESSIMISSIM

    "A misty morning does not always signify a cloudy day."ProverbThings may actually be as bad as they initially seem, but shouldn't you first verify they are before acting as though they are?
    - 6 days ago, 24 Aug 15, 3:39pm -

WOMEN ON BUSINESS

  • 4 Ways to be Productive at Work – Always

    4 Ways to be Productive at Work – Always

    Life at work is hectic. There is so much happening there—new projects, client meetings, internal discussions, etc. It’s good to be busy. It’s also essential for you to be productive at all times. However, there are times when you do encounter s…
    - 2 days ago, 29 Aug 15, 1:00pm -
  • When Branding Seems Like a Mammoth Task

    When Branding Seems Like a Mammoth Task

    If you’ve ever thought about branding or re-branding, you might be overwhelmed by the process and not sure where and how to start. If the idea of branding seems like a big job and you keep putting it off, there’s one thing to understand that will…
    - 3 days ago, 28 Aug 15, 12:45pm -
  • The Reluctant Entrepreneur

    The Reluctant Entrepreneur

    While for many, the career choice of entrepreneurship answers the call of destiny, for others there is no calling, until necessity knocks at their door. Often referred to as the ‘Necessity Entrepreneur’, (a purely descriptive term), those that fi…
    - 3 days ago, 27 Aug 15, 3:45pm -
  • Why Do I Need to Have an Ideal Customer? Here’s 2 Reasons

    Why Do I Need to Have an Ideal Customer? Here’s 2 Reasons

    It is so easy to think that you can market to the whole world. And you may even try to do it because you did that whole ideal customer targeting thing and it just took up a lot of time and you got absolutely nowhere with it. Each day, you would wake…
    - 5 days ago, 26 Aug 15, 1:16am -
  • How To Work Less and Accomplish More

    How To Work Less and Accomplish More

    It’s been eight years since Tim Ferriss penned the classic The 4-Hour Work Week that prompted millions of over-worked and under-satisfied workers all over the world to wonder if there was a better way to live their lives—a way to work less and ac…
    - 7 days ago, 23 Aug 15, 7:51pm -

FORBES NETWORK

  • NewWhy Helicopter Parents Aren't Going Away, No Matter How Much You Mock Them
    National Public Radio recently interviewed two authors with books that wrestle with the phenomenon of helicopter parenting, and all the ills it visits up children. At the end, Julie Lythcott-Haims, a former Stanford University dean and author of How…
    - 4 mins ago, 31 Aug 15, 2:26am -
  • NewThe Virtual Idol Phenomenon That Is Hatsune Miku Will Be Coming To PS4

    The Virtual Idol Phenomenon That Is Hatsune Miku Will Be Coming To PS4

    The hugely popular virtual idol Hatsune Miku is to have her first game released on the PS4 at the end of next year.This is by no means the first Hatsune Miku game either as there have been all manner of PSP and arcade games over the years.Based on…
    - 24 mins ago, 31 Aug 15, 2:06am -
  • NewAlibaba's Film Unit Posts $24 Mln First-Half Loss Amid Twists And Turns
    Alibaba Pictures Group, said on Friday it lost 151.8 million yuan, or almost $24 million, in the first six months of 2015 as it widened its business strategy following China e-commerce giant Alibaba Group’s investment in the company and its renamin…
    - 27 mins ago, 31 Aug 15, 2:03am -
  • NewThis Explorer Wants To Bring Madagascar's Lemurs Into Your Living Room

    This Explorer Wants To Bring Madagascar's Lemurs Into Your Living Room

    Ash Dykes heads to Madagascar this week where he’ll attempt a first-ever recorded trek from the island’s southernmost toe to its northernmost tip. (Photo Credit: Ash Dykes)Madagascar is an island of rarities. Exclusive home to the world’s lemu…
    - 27 mins ago, 31 Aug 15, 2:03am -
  • NewAmazon And America: A Report On Workplace Cultures
    Earlier this month, the New York Times created a firestorm with a description of what it’s like to work at Amazon, one of America’s most successful companies. The reporters described a brutal workplace culture where employees work long into the n…
    - 30 mins ago, 31 Aug 15, 2:00am -

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…
    - 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

  • Your Obsession with the News is Killing Your Leadership

    Your Obsession with the News is Killing Your Leadership

    You are what you read. As a leader you need to be careful about the quality of the information you choose to consume. News is like fast food, it’s addictive and it damages your mental and emotional health. “The fortunate among us have recognised…
    - 43 days ago, 18 Jul 15, 2:51pm -
  • The Top 5 Regrets of the Dying

    The Top 5 Regrets of the Dying

    Bronnie Ware is an Australian palliative care nurse who provides specialised medical care for people who are in the last 12 weeks of their lives. Whilst working with dying people, Bonnie recorded the dying thoughts of her patient on her blog Inspi…
    - 56 days ago, 5 Jul 15, 6:44pm -
  • How to Eliminate Time Wasting by Using the “Eisenhower Matrix”

    How to Eliminate Time Wasting by Using the “Eisenhower Matrix”

    In today’s fast paced world it’s critical for leaders distinguish between busy work and important work. I’m sure you’ve experienced days when you’ve been running around working hard, busy getting things done. Then at the end of the day…
    - 59 days ago, 3 Jul 15, 11:44am -
  • 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…
    - 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…
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