LEAD ON PURPOSE


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  • How cloud is changing product management

    How cloud is changing product management

    Guest post by Mauricio Prinzlau A product manager is generally considered to be leading the product, as if the product were a business by itself. The product manager holds responsibility for various aspects related to product management, including de…
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  • Building effective communication channels

    Building effective communication channels

    The word ‘channel’ has various and differing meanings. I grew up on a ranch, and we had to get water to the grass and to the cattle. My dad and grandpa built ditches and canals to channel the water to … Continue reading →
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  • Why it pays to show gratitude

    Why it pays to show gratitude

    No matter what we are facing in life right now, there are things for which we can, and should, express gratitude. The act of focusing on the good things helps us keep moving forward during the tough times. In the … Continue reading →
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  • The value of hard work and perseverance

    The value of hard work and perseverance

    Recently I was reminded of a story about a young man who lived during the 1849 Gold Rush. An older, wiser man observed him passing by obvious ‘flecks’ of gold in the stream, and asked him why. The young man … Continue reading →
    - 26 days ago, 14 Nov 16, 5:00pm -
  • How Leaders Lead on Purpose in Crisis

    How Leaders Lead on Purpose in Crisis

    Guest post by James E. Lukaszewski One of the most common weaknesses I see in crisis response is the lack of specific roles and assignments for top management. The result of this gap in crisis management is mismanagement, lack of … Continue reading…
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800CEO READ


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  • The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds

    The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds

    The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds by Michael Lewis, W.W. Norton & Company, 368 pages, $28.95, Hardcover, ISBN 9780393254594Not a month goes by in my sifting through business books that I don't find reference to Daniel Kahneman…
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  • Inside the Longlist: Current Events & Public Affairs

    Inside the Longlist: Current Events & Public Affairs

    The Current Events and Public Affairs category is a new one for us this year. We've always felt that books in this space deserved a place in the business book conversation. After all, what's in the news or the political crosswinds can have profound e…
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  • The 2016 800-CEO-READ Business Book Awards Shortlist

    The 2016 800-CEO-READ Business Book Awards Shortlist

    The choices for this year’s shortlist reflect the general attitude and outlook of the staff here at 800-CEO-READ, and represent a continuing trend in business books toward a more humanistic and inclusive view of the business world. You will see a b…
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  • Business Books to Watch in December

    Business Books to Watch in December

    In order of their release date, here are some of the books we're excited about diving into in December. The MultiCapital Scorecard: Rethinking Organizational Performance by Martin P. Thomas & Mark W. McElroy, Chelsea GreenFor decades now, organiza…
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  • Rethink: The Surprising History of New Ideas

    Rethink: The Surprising History of New Ideas

    Rethink: The Surprising History of New Ideas by Steven Poole, Scribner, 352 pages, $26.00, Hardcover, November 2016, ISBN 9781501145605I’ve always found it curious that science fiction and fantasy are lumped together in the same genre. One imagine…
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GREAT LEADERSHIP


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  • Trying not to Lose is Different than Trying to Win

    Trying not to Lose is Different than Trying to Win

    Guest post from Michael G. Winston: Today’s winning leader is not just here to weather the storm; they are here to completely change the game.To survive and prosper in 2017, companies must adopt a way of managing that is based on their capacity to…
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  • Ask Not What Your Habit Can Do for You, but What Your Habit Can Do for Others

    Ask Not What Your Habit Can Do for You, but What Your Habit Can Do for Others

    Guest post from Michael Bungay Stanier:For those in a leadership role, the responsibility to lead and direct employees falls to you. Let’s assume that your employees respect you, like you and feel that you’re leading them down a good path. You wo…
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  • Don’t Just Lead – Guide!

    Don’t Just Lead – Guide!

    Guest post from Chris Maxwell:I’ve always been a fan of adventure stories, and some of the most engaging of these are about great mountaineers and the triumphs and tragedies they have experienced.  Business leaders, too, revel in inspiring stories…
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  • How Successful People Create Their Own Future

    How Successful People Create Their Own Future

    Guest post from Shawn Hunter:“Why waste time proving over and over how great you are, when you could be getting better?”– Carol DweckSticks and stones may break our bones, but words can change our brain.There is a scene in the new movie Dr. Str…
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  • “But, are they Happy?”

    “But, are they Happy?”

    Guest post from T.J. Jones:Does happiness at work matter? Is there value in a fun workplace? YES. In a twenty-year career, I had eighteen different bosses. Do that math, please. I experienced eight acquisitions (and thus, culture) changes in that…
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HOW TO BE A LEADER

CEO BLOG - TIME LEADERSHIP


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  • Password Fun

    Password Fun

    Please help my young videographer friend Liam who is doing his part to help Syrian refugees.  See his Indigogo campaign.  Speaking of helping refugees - I have learned though this process that rugs and carpets are as important to Syrians as kitchen…
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  • Our Reaction

    Our Reaction

    Most things that happen - positive or negative happen because of our reactions.  It is not what happens - it is our reaction to it that is important.I do not do politics. The Trump victory will cause massive reactions in the stock market, housing pr…
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  • Dealing with Conditions

    Dealing with Conditions

    I had a great COO working for me at SYNNEX who talked about "Conditions".  Conditions are those things which you cannot change - you can only choose how to react to them.  For example - the exchange rates or if an accident has already happened.  I…
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  • Daniel Charles Maisonneuve Born Sept 10/2016

    Daniel Charles Maisonneuve Born  Sept 10/2016

    Headline says it all.  Brother to Baby Elizabeth who now likes to be called big sister Elizabeth.Wondering what exciting things his life will bring.Must be colder in Ottawa than here - he is wearing a hat.
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  • Canadian Translator

    Canadian Translator

    Danby is Canadian.  People like to buy Canadian.  In Canada it means local.  In the US, it denotes quality and North American.  Everyone does not know Danby is Canadian and even if they do, they may not know our language.  We we put up a simple…
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BUSINESS WISDOM


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  • GIVE UP TO MOVE UP

    GIVE UP TO MOVE UP

    "All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves. We must die to one life before we can enter another."Anatole France, late 19th/early 20th century French poet/journalist/novelist.More o…
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  • STRONG TEMPTATION

    STRONG TEMPTATION

    "We gain the strength of the temptation we resist."Ralph Waldo Emerson, 19th century American essayist/lecturer/poet.(You think this pup would agree?)Temptation comes in many forms and is generally attributable to things not good for us.(Did you eve…
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  • WELL LET ME TELL YOU A THING OR TWO!

    WELL LET ME TELL YOU A THING OR TWO!

    "Before God we are all equally wise - and equally foolish."Albert Einstein, 20th century German-born theoretical physicist.Always good to remember, particularly the next time you decide you must answer some other fool's social media comment with whi…
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  • WHAT IT IS, NOT WHOSE FAULT IT IS

    WHAT IT IS, NOT WHOSE FAULT IT IS

    "It is wise to direct your anger towards problems - not people; to focus your energies on answers - not excuses."William Arthur Ward, 20th century American writer.While easy to get angry with the person(s) you believe caused the problem, that's just…
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  • THIS IS US

    THIS IS US

    "I claim that human mind or human society is not divided into watertight compartments called social, political and religious. All act and react upon one another."Mahatma Gandhi, late 19th/early 20th century leader of Indian independence.You can think…
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WOMEN ON BUSINESS


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  • 5 Easy Ways Busy Business Women Can Stay Organized

    5 Easy Ways Busy Business Women Can Stay Organized

    Sponsored by My Best Friend is a Bag: Nothing hurts your productivity more than being disorganized. For busy business women, staying organized is key to not just getting everything on our never-ending To Do lists done but it’s also essential to kee…
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  • What to Do When You’re Ready for a Healthy Lifestyle Change

    What to Do When You’re Ready for a Healthy Lifestyle Change

    We all know that dieting alone doesn’t work. Whatever the trendy new diet is, it just won’t work for the long-term unless you’re actually making lifestyle changes that enable you to eat better, get up and move, stop being negotiable with yourse…
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  • 4 Non-traditional New Year Goals that Can Transform Your Career

    4 Non-traditional New Year Goals that Can Transform Your Career

    You’ve had the same goals on your list for the last five years. BORING. Are you making the progress that you desire? It’s time to spice up your list of new year goals with activities that help you tap into your potential. Here are four non-tradit…
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  • Women on Business School Launches First Course

    Women on Business School Launches First Course

    I am thrilled to announce that Women on Business School is now open! I’ve been thinking about launching high-quality online courses for the Women on Business audience for years, and the first course is finally here! How to Write Messages that Conve…
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  • The Unspoken Rules of a Handshake that You Should Know

    The Unspoken Rules of a Handshake that You Should Know

    If you thought the handshake was just a customary way of greeting someone, think again. There is more to a handshake than the verbal interaction that takes place during the meeting of hands.  The concept of a handshake dates back at least as far as…
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FORBES NETWORK

MANAGING LEADERSHIP


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  • 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…
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  • 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…
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  • 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…
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  • 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…
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THE PRACTISE OF LEADERSHIP


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  • Leadership is Not Title or Position

    Leadership is Not Title or Position

    Many see leaders as those with power and position. This view of leadership assumes that leaders are the few people at the top of an organisation. Nothing could be further from the truth! “All the effective leaders I have encountered – both thos…
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  • Build Psychological Safety. It’s the Foundation of Team Performance

    Build Psychological Safety. It’s the Foundation of Team Performance

    Henry Ford is reported to have said, “Why is it that every time I hire a pair of hands, they come with a brain attached?” This thinking is a reflection of how work was managed in a manufacturing era, where the repetitive nature of tasks required…
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  • The Leaders Weekly Review

    The Leaders Weekly Review

    “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 cou…
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  • Google Identifies Five Norms that Make for Successful Teams

    Google Identifies Five Norms that Make for Successful Teams

    The competitive environment of today demands increased innovation. And innovation demands increased collaboration and teamwork. Yet effective teamwork remains elusive for the majority of organisations. Research published in the Harvard Business Re…
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  • Successful Leaders Create their Own Definition of Success

    Successful Leaders Create their Own Definition of Success

    “Until you ‘figure out what success means’ to you personally and to your organisation, leadership is an almost ‘pointless conversation’, Drucker Admonished, Success Built to Last Effective leadership requires a clear definition of success.…
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