LEAD ON PURPOSE

  • What is the value in perseverance?

    What is the value in perseverance?

    Throughout my life I’ve been a big believer in the value of hard work—it’s one of three lessons I was taught from my youth. Everyone who takes an idea and makes it into something valuable does it through hard work. … Continue reading →
    - 5 days ago, 25 Oct 14, 2:33pm -
  • 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…
    - 26 days ago, 4 Oct 14, 2:37pm -
  • One Compelling Question for Innovators

    One Compelling Question for Innovators

    - 32 days ago, 28 Sep 14, 4:47am -
  • 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…
    - 47 days ago, 13 Sep 14, 8:45pm -
  • 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…
    - 59 days ago, 1 Sep 14, 5:11pm -

800CEO READ

  • 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…
    - 7 days ago, 23 Oct 14, 6:15pm -
  • 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…
    - 13 days ago, 17 Oct 14, 7:31pm -
  • 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…
    - 17 days ago, 13 Oct 14, 3:46pm -
  • 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…
    - 17 days ago, 13 Oct 14, 3:19pm -
  • 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…
    - 17 days ago, 13 Oct 14, 3:09pm -

GREAT LEADERSHIP

  • Let's Kill off our Best Employees!

    Let's Kill off our Best Employees!

    Organizations don’t always do a good job when it comes to nurturing, developing, rewarding, and retaining their high potential employees. In fact, it often seems like they are going out of their way to sabotage their best employees.Read my latest o…
    - 1 day ago, 29 Oct 14, 12:30pm -
  • 10 Ways to Take Charge of Your Own Leadership Development

    10 Ways to Take Charge of Your Own Leadership Development

    This post was recently published at Smartblog on Leadership.When I first started in the field of leadership development (when gas was 89 cents a gallon), the model we used looking like this: When someone got promoted to team leader, supervisor, or…
    - 2 days ago, 28 Oct 14, 12:30pm -
  • What NOT to Delegate

    What NOT to Delegate

    Most managers understand the importance of delegation, and probably already know how to delegate. However, what about the other extreme end of the delegation continuum- the handful of things a manager should never delegate?Read my latest over at Abo…
    - 3 days ago, 27 Oct 14, 12:30pm -
  • Why Leaders Don’t Listen

    Why Leaders Don’t Listen

    - 7 days ago, 23 Oct 14, 12:30pm -
  • Informal Coaching and Feedback

    Informal Coaching and Feedback

    "Performance feedback and coaching shouldn’t just happen once a year during a formal performance review. In order to create real, measurable, and meaningful change, it is also important to supplement those formal, documented meetings with continuou…
    - 8 days ago, 22 Oct 14, 12:30pm -

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…
    - 28 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…
    - 40 days ago, 21 Sep 14, 12:46am -
  • 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…
    - 49 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…
    - 57 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…
    - 86 days ago, 5 Aug 14, 2:23pm -

BUSINESS WISDOM

  • NOT ALL THINGS, JUST YOUR THINGS

    NOT ALL THINGS, JUST YOUR THINGS

    "Things without remedy should be without regard; what is done is done."William Shakespeare (1564-1616) British poet/playwrightYou know this. This is what you advise others to do.What about when it's you?
    - 1 day ago, 29 Oct 14, 1:30pm -
  • FEAR THE ACCIDENTAL CAREER

    FEAR THE ACCIDENTAL CAREER

    "The great art of life is sensation, to feel that we exist, even in pain."Lord Byron (1788-1824) British poetObviously about life in general but think about this relative to your career.You don't want to only "exist" in whatever job you do, which you…
    - 2 days ago, 28 Oct 14, 5:24pm -
  • IF ONLY HOPES WERE RESULTS

    IF ONLY HOPES WERE RESULTS

    "We promise according to our hopes and perform according to our fears."François de La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680) French writerWhich often isn't good enough.While fear may motive us to perform, our lack of preparedness often results in subpar performa…
    - 3 days ago, 27 Oct 14, 3:41pm -
  • MAKE DO

    MAKE DO

    "Arrange whatever pieces come your way."Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) British novelist/essayistShe's talking about opportunity and the need to do the best with what you have.
    - 6 days ago, 24 Oct 14, 4:06pm -
  • BE OVER IT

    BE OVER IT

    "To mourn a mischief that is past and gone is the next way to draw new mischief on."William Shakespeare (1564-1616) British poet/playwrightParticularly if the "mischief" you suffered was done purposely.Don't give whomever harmed you the added satisfa…
    - 7 days ago, 23 Oct 14, 3:04pm -

WOMEN ON BUSINESS

  • Are You in Business or Do You Just Own a Job?

    Are You in Business or Do You Just Own a Job?

    Leverage is one massive key to successful business. And leveraging the skills and experiences of people who work with and for you is absolutely essential if you want to reach the dizzying heights of business success. It is also a skill that a lot of…
    - 2 days ago, 28 Oct 14, 2:39pm -
  • As a Woman in Business, Can You Really Have It All?

    As a Woman in Business, Can You Really Have It All?

    As an executive creative director in advertising, being a woman is apparently a rare thing. I recently found out that I am one of three percent of women creative directors. Being a single mom makes my distinction even more rare or at least seemingly…
    - 4 days ago, 26 Oct 14, 2:39pm -
  • When is a Director Independent?

    When is a Director Independent?

    When is a board director independent? This question is on the minds of many in the corporate governance arena. The world’s two biggest and most powerful proxy firms, ISS and CGI Glass Lewis, are weighing in for no votes on directors they feel are n…
    - 6 days ago, 24 Oct 14, 5:30pm -
  • The Strength of Approachability in Business

    The Strength of Approachability in Business

    In the business environment today, women often fight for leadership opportunities. It’s been a man’s world, and according to recent statistics, it still is. So, for many women, climbing the corporate ladder and claiming an office in the C-Suite r…
    - 6 days ago, 24 Oct 14, 1:15pm -
  • Meeting Of The Minds

    Meeting Of The Minds

    What if you could have a group of business owners at your disposal? A group that could help you with challenges you might be facing in your business. Better yet, wouldn’t it be a wonderful experience to help another business owner with their challe…
    - 7 days ago, 23 Oct 14, 2:30pm -

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

  • NewIsraeli IPOs Continue to Impress in 2014

    Israeli IPOs Continue to Impress in 2014

    Fresh after celebration of the Jewish New Year, it looks like it could be a record year for investors in Israeli technology companies.So far in 2014, according to Globes, 7 Israeli firms have raised $3.5 billion in US markets, lead by some very succ…
    - 3 hours ago, 30 Oct 14, 10:43am -
  • NewMovie Theaters Introduce Blanket Ban On Google Glass

    Movie Theaters Introduce Blanket Ban On Google Glass

    The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and the National Association of Theater Owners (NATO) have announced a zero-tolerance policy for Google Glass and other wearable devices.In an update to their rules, agreed at the ShowEast industry co…
    - 3 hours ago, 30 Oct 14, 10:41am -
  • Why Ebola Quarantines Will Grow Larger -- And More Troubling
    The critical reckoning over forced quarantines is still to come.Consider this scenario.Sometime in January or February – as the Ebola epidemic explodes out of West Africa – we’ll start experiencing larger, more frequent outbreaks in American…
    - 3 hours ago, 30 Oct 14, 10:22am -
  • Robo-Advisor 2.0: A Brave New Financial Services Industry
    Simply put, today’s robo-advisors are computer programs that will create and manage an investment portfolio less expensively than flesh-and-blood investment advisors. Let’s call these robo-advisors, Version 1.0.In many respects, robo-advisor 1.0…
    - 3 hours ago, 30 Oct 14, 10:21am -
  • When The Super-Talented And The Super-Rich Are Super-Stupid
    The Ultra-Wealthy Almost Always Make Bad Situations Worse When They “Duck And Cover”Accidents happen. Errors in judgment are made. Some blunders are so embarrassing that the first inclination is to crawl into a hole somewhere and disappear until…
    - 3 hours ago, 30 Oct 14, 10:12am -

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…
    - 42 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…
    - 72 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…
    - 94 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…
    - 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…
    - 79 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…
    - 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

  • 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…
    - 17 days ago, 13 Oct 14, 7:12am -
  • 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…
    - 26 days ago, 4 Oct 14, 9:20am -
  • 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…
    - 38 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…
    - 60 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…
    - 72 days ago, 19 Aug 14, 8:09pm -