LEAD ON PURPOSE

  • 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…
    - 8 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…
    - 29 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…
    - 57 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…
    - 57 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…
    - 64 days ago, 21 Feb 15, 9:03pm -

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

  • Learning from the Innovation Leaders

    Learning from the Innovation Leaders

    Guest post from Rowan Gibson: Not since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution has there been a greater need to learn the art of innovation leadership. In today’s hyper-accelerating, value-based economy the churn of “creative destruction” has…
    - 3 days ago, 23 Apr 15, 12:30pm -
  • 10 Tips for Hiring Awesome Employees

    10 Tips for Hiring Awesome Employees

    Management is easy when you have great employees! Invest the time in hiring the best people and you won’t have to invest the time later in in dealing with difficult employees. Read my latest post over at About.com Management and Leadership for 10…
    - 5 days ago, 21 Apr 15, 12:30pm -
  • Poor Listener Syndrome (PLS): 7 Causes and Cures

    Poor Listener Syndrome (PLS): 7 Causes and Cures

    One of the most important skills for any leader is listening. Listening demonstrates respect, concern, an openness to new ideas, empathy, compassion, curiosity, trust, loyalty, and receptivity to feedback – all considered to be qualities of an eff…
    - 6 days ago, 20 Apr 15, 12:30pm -
  • 8 Tips to Leading a Great Strategic Planning Session

    8 Tips to Leading a Great Strategic Planning Session

    Guest post from Patrick Thean: In business, a leader’s ability to strategically plan for the company’s future is of the highest importance. Your company will not be successful if you don’t have the strategies and execution plans in place to re…
    - 10 days ago, 16 Apr 15, 1:02pm -
  • 10 Things That Employees Can do to Annoy Their Managers.

    10 Things That Employees Can do to Annoy Their Managers.

    I recently published a list of 30 things that managers can do that are sure to annoy their employees. It only seems fair that I should give equal time to management, so read my latest post over at About Management and Leadership for a list of 10 th…
    - 12 days ago, 14 Apr 15, 12:30pm -

HOW TO BE A LEADER

CEO BLOG - TIME LEADERSHIP

  • 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…
    - 9 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…
    - 32 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…
    - 49 days ago, 8 Mar 15, 7:03pm -
  • And then there were 4 (Grandkids that is)

    And then there were 4 (Grandkids that is)

    I am not really a graphics designer.  I certainly have no training in the field.  So I suspect I break most design rules.That is why Creative Anarchy - How to Break the Rules of Creative Design for Creative Success appealed to me.This summary is fr…
    - 53 days ago, 4 Mar 15, 11:04am -
  • 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…
    - 69 days ago, 16 Feb 15, 2:20pm -

BUSINESS WISDOM

  • HOW CAN YOU NOT BE INTERESTED IN ME???

    HOW CAN YOU NOT BE INTERESTED IN ME???

    "Egotist. A person of low taste, more interested in himself than me."Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914) American newspaperman/short-story writer.Be careful; taken one way the speaker is not an egotist while taken another s(he) is.Which way would you take it?…
    - 2 days ago, 24 Apr 15, 3:35pm -
  • YOU MIGHT WANT TO RETHINK WHAT YOU THINK IF THIS IS WHAT YOU YOU THINK

    YOU MIGHT WANT TO RETHINK WHAT YOU THINK IF THIS IS WHAT YOU YOU THINK

    "Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look; he thinks too much; such men are dangerous."William Shakespeare (1564-1616) British poet/playwright.This thought Shakespeare attributed to Julius Caesar, reflects the management style of far too many.Good man…
    - 3 days ago, 23 Apr 15, 4:11pm -
  • THE PERILS OF PARTIAL ENTRENEURISM

    THE PERILS OF PARTIAL ENTRENEURISM

    "Definition of an entrepreneur: One who is willing to live a few years like most people won't, so they can live the rest of their life like most people can't."UnknownOne of the best partial descriptions of an entrepreneur I've ever come across.Howe…
    - 4 days ago, 22 Apr 15, 3:28pm -
  • WHAT IS YOUR DUTY?

    WHAT IS YOUR DUTY?

    "Without duty, life is sort of boneless; it cannot hold itself together."Joseph Joubert (1754-1824) French moralist.We all need to be responsible for something and what that is changes over time.Identify what is and will be for you.
    - 5 days ago, 21 Apr 15, 2:00pm -
  • HOW YOU WILL GET IT ALL DONE

    HOW YOU WILL GET IT ALL DONE

    "Do the duty which lies nearest to you, the second duty will then become clearer."Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) British historian/essayist.Good advice when you have much to do.
    - 6 days ago, 20 Apr 15, 5:25pm -

WOMEN ON BUSINESS

  • NewTop 50 Companies for Diversity in 2015

    Top 50 Companies for Diversity in 2015

    The annual ranking of the top 50 companies for diversity was released by DiversityInc this week, and for the second year in a row, Novartis Pharmaceuticals took the top spot. I always say, “A diverse team is a strong team,” but it’s important t…
    - 10 mins ago, 26 Apr 15, 3:27pm -
  • 3 Key Steps When Transitioning to Full Time Entrepreneur

    3 Key Steps When Transitioning to Full Time Entrepreneur

    Moving from a full-time job to becoming your own boss as an entrepreneur is both challenging and exciting. Here are three important things to keep in mind as you make the transition to ensure it’s smooth and successful. 1. Soak up Information Corpo…
    - 19 hours ago, 25 Apr 15, 8:37pm -
  • Take Control of Your Business Career with Self-Education

    Take Control of Your Business Career with Self-Education

    Sponsored by lynda.com: Mark Twain once said, “I have never let my schooling interfere with my education,” and that insightful quote is even more valid today than it was when Twain first stated it. Today, business people who focus on continuing t…
    - 2 days ago, 24 Apr 15, 2:09pm -
  • Does Your Website Need All the Bells and Whistles?

    Does Your Website Need All the Bells and Whistles?

    In this day and age everyone knows you need a website. The problem comes into play when you don’t know the first thing about website development. The other day I was working with a client who wants a new website. After I performed  a website revie…
    - 3 days ago, 23 Apr 15, 5:37pm -
  • Want to be a Freelancer? Read This First

    Want to be a Freelancer? Read This First

    Last year, the number of freelancers reached a 40-year high: 15% of the U.K. workforce identifies as freelancers. In September 2014, I joined the ranks of the 4.6 million people who choose to be their own boss. If you’re yearning for the greener pa…
    - 4 days ago, 23 Apr 15, 1:30am -

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…
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FORBES NETWORK

  • NewNVIDIA SHIELD: What You May Not Understand About The New 4K Streamer

    NVIDIA SHIELD: What You May Not Understand About The New 4K Streamer

    In the consumer space, NVIDIA has dedicated much of the last four years building up their gaming footprint by investing to improve the overall gaming experience, wherever the gamer wants to game. NVIDIA is currently delivering leadership products and…
    - 2 hours ago, 26 Apr 15, 1:31pm -
  • NewTeam USA Launches Crowdfunding Website, Reveals Costs To Be An Olympian

    Team USA Launches Crowdfunding Website, Reveals Costs To Be An Olympian

    “I guess it’s cool what you do,” said my 6-year old son after accompanying me on National Take Your Child To Work Day. “But it would be cooler if you were in the Olympics.”Ouch. But that’s what I get for bringing him along to meet 12-tim…
    - 2 hours ago, 26 Apr 15, 1:12pm -
  • NewAs Coal Jobs Go Up In Flames, New Energy Positions Will Emerge From Ashes

    As Coal Jobs Go Up In Flames, New Energy Positions Will Emerge From Ashes

    Coal-related jobs are going up in flames, but new ones will emerge from the ashes. That’s the conclusion of a new economic study that examines the Obama administration’s energy policy and its potential impact on the broader economy.Appalachia’…
    - 3 hours ago, 26 Apr 15, 1:05pm -
  • NewThe Taxation Confusion That Informs The 'Reform Conservative' Movement
    Last summer a very inside Washington collection of conservatives released an e-book titled “Room to Grow: Conservative Reforms For a Limited Government and a Thriving Middle Class.” It attracted a fair amount of attention, good and bad, including…
    - 3 hours ago, 26 Apr 15, 1:00pm -
  • NewGoogle Wants Your Help To Find The Loch Ness Monster

    Google Wants Your Help To Find The Loch Ness Monster

     Loch Ness, in the Scottish Highlands, is a relatively large and deep freshwater lake about 23 miles in length.  Sightings of its most famous resident, the Loch Ness Monster (affectionately referred to as “Nessie”), go back nearly 1500 years.…
    - 3 hours ago, 26 Apr 15, 12:49pm -

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…
    - 41 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…
    - 81 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…
    - 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

    - 8 Aug 14, 6:00pm -
  • 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

  • How to Use a Journal to Keep Focused 

    How to Use a Journal to Keep Focused 

    - 3 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…
    - 12 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…
    - 84 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…
    - 86 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…
    - 98 days ago, 18 Jan 15, 7:24pm -