LEAD ON PURPOSE

  • How engaged are your employees?

    How engaged are your employees?

    Employee engagement means much more than employee happiness, and an engaged employee can have such a positive effect on the bottom-line of a company. Conversely, employees who are not engaged have a detrimental effect on a company. There seems to ……
    - 7 days ago, 24 Jan 15, 8:25pm -
  • How accountability leads to success

    How accountability leads to success

    Accountability leads to success. Why? When people take responsibility for their actions they make changes that lead them to do things differently, to do new things and/or to stop doing things that held them back. This may sound simplistic, but … Co…
    - 14 days ago, 17 Jan 15, 7:33pm -
  • The top 5 blog articles for 2014

    The top 5 blog articles for 2014

    Like many of you I like to take time at the end of the year to review what transpired and evaluate how I did—and that includes my blog. One of the things I do is review my top posts to … Continue reading →
    - 33 days ago, 30 Dec 14, 4:56pm -
  • Do you run your organization by ideas or hierarchy?

    Do you run your organization by ideas or hierarchy?

    One of the keys to a successful company is teamwork. When people to work effectivley together great things happen. Though it’s not recognized a key discipline in many organizations, companies that make it a top priority always come out ahead. … C…
    - 70 days ago, 23 Nov 14, 1:46am -
  • How do you win the war for talent?

    How do you win the war for talent?

    Guest post by Sarah Sladek About 40 years ago, shortly after the Baby Boomers (1946-1964) were born, demographers and industry leaders realized that someday this generation of 78 million Americans would retire and the nation would experience a shorta…
    - 85 days ago, 8 Nov 14, 5:50pm -

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…
    - 83 days ago, 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.…
    - 89 days ago, 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…
    - 89 days ago, 3 Nov 14, 9:39pm -
  • Authors on the Road – The New Generation of Philanthropy

    Authors on the Road – The New Generation of Philanthropy

    - 92 days ago, 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

  • How to Plan a Great Off-site Meeting

    How to Plan a Great Off-site Meeting

    This post recently appeared on Smartblog on Leadership: To start off the New Year, a lot of leaders will take their teams “off-site” for a day or more. An off-site meeting can be a great way to develop strategy, get creative, develop a team, lear…
    - 2 days ago, 29 Jan 15, 9:18pm -
  • Five Ways to Lead Product Teams More Effectively

    Five Ways to Lead Product Teams More Effectively

    In order to bring quality products to market that delight your customers and meet their needs, a company must have leaders that run the product teams effectively. Read Brian Lawley’s guest post over at About.com Management and Leadership for5 Wa…
    - 4 days ago, 28 Jan 15, 1:30pm -
  • How to Hang on to your Superstars

    How to Hang on to your Superstars

    The cost of turnover is often way underestimated. The obvious costs are hiring and training costs, but there is also lost opportunity, morale, reputation, customer relationships, and other intangibles that are harder to measure. The cost of turnove…
    - 6 days ago, 26 Jan 15, 1:30pm -
  • How to Become a Conscious Leader

    How to Become a Conscious Leader

    - 10 days ago, 22 Jan 15, 5:20pm -
  • Succession Planning Best Practices for all Levels of Management

    Succession Planning Best Practices for all Levels of Management

    Executive Coach Beth Armknecht Miller says  it is essential for companies to make succession planning a priority at all levels of management. From team leaders to the C-Suite, long-term sustainability is everyone’s responsibility. Read Beth’s g…
    - 11 days ago, 21 Jan 15, 4:47pm -

HOW TO BE A LEADER

CEO BLOG - TIME LEADERSHIP

  • Wilderness Deficit Disorder

    Wilderness Deficit Disorder

    Life is slowly returning to normal after the death of my father. I have a blogging rule to not blog when I am not "up".  Thinking now I may be able to get back to it.  Not that I am not still sad - just that I do not feel I can do anything but let…
    - 5 days ago, 27 Jan 15, 5:43pm -
  • Continued Inspiration from my father - Don Estill

    Continued Inspiration from my father -  Don Estill

    My father died exactly one week ago.  He was 87.Up to then and this week have been a blur.  Although I have grieved often since his diagnosis with pancreatic cancer in October 2014, I still grieve and actually look for "time" to grieve.I knew he wa…
    - 7 days ago, 25 Jan 15, 12:12pm -
  • Seven Disciplines of a Leader

    Seven Disciplines of a Leader

    I am once again back to posting book reviews.  The way the holidays fell, there was lots of "reading" time.I read Seven Disciplines of a Leader - How to Help Your People, Team, and Organization Achieve Maximum Effectiveness by Jeff Wolf.It starts wi…
    - 29 days ago, 2 Jan 15, 11:00pm -
  • Moving The Needle

    Moving The Needle

    I like the lull of Christmas week.  Less email.  Good family time.  And time for me to start reading again.  So I am way behind in posting book reviews.  So here goes the first one:I read Moving the Needle by Joe Sweeney.  It is a particularly…
    - 34 days ago, 29 Dec 14, 1:32am -
  • More Xavier Austen Pictures

    More Xavier Austen Pictures

    Xavier and I did Google hangouts yesterday.  He is a person of few words.  It means anything he does say has a lot of weight.+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++I like the long time (like 20+year) bike law in Idaho that allows cyclists to treat stop signs…
    - 70 days ago, 23 Nov 14, 1:30pm -

BUSINESS WISDOM

  • THE MIND'S "TRUTHS"

    THE MIND'S "TRUTHS"

    "The mind can assert anything and pretend it has proved it. "D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930) English writerSomething to think about the next time you're certain.
    - 2 days ago, 30 Jan 15, 2:00pm -
  • I INTENDED TO POST THIS YESTERDAY BUT . . .

    I INTENDED TO POST THIS YESTERDAY BUT . . .

    "I am sure of nothing so little as my own intentions."Lord Byron (1788-1824) British poetAs with offering to pay for groceries using money you intended but did not bring to the store, your intentions to do most anything are only valuable when you act…
    - 3 days ago, 29 Jan 15, 2:00pm -
  • I'LL THANK YOU NOT TO BE INGRATEFUL

    I'LL THANK YOU NOT TO BE INGRATEFUL

    "Too great a hurry to discharge an obligation is a kind of ingratitude."François de La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680) French writerRemember to thank those who helped you on your way up while you are on your way up.
    - 4 days ago, 28 Jan 15, 6:45pm -
  • THE MANAGER'S CREED?

    THE MANAGER'S CREED?

    "It is a pleasure to give advice, humiliating to need it, normal to ignore it."UnknownWere I to be cynical I'd say this applies to a lot of managers, possibly a small majority.Were I to be.
    - 5 days ago, 27 Jan 15, 4:19pm -
  • DID YOU KNOW . . . ?

    DID YOU KNOW . . . ?

    "Most ignorance is invincible ignorance. We don't know because we don't want to know."Aldous Huxley (1894-1963) British authorAnd I'll bet we usually don't know when we knowingly or otherwise choose not to know.You know?
    - 6 days ago, 26 Jan 15, 5:20pm -

WOMEN ON BUSINESS

  • Building Momentum to Become a Public Company Board Member

    Building Momentum to Become a Public Company Board Member

    Moving forward on your goal of becoming a public company board member requires a purposeful focus with dedicated time and effort. You can help shape your future with these four actions: 1. Separate Your Leadership Skills from the Crowd Think about wh…
    - 11 hours ago, 31 Jan 15, 7:45pm -
  • Financial Benefits of Diversifying Your Business Income

    Financial Benefits of Diversifying Your Business Income

    Sponsored by SBTLA: There are plenty of options for securing your business’ finances, but a sure-fire way to do so is to diversify your business income. As fancy or complicated as it may sound, it’s really just about ensuring your business has mo…
    - 2 days ago, 30 Jan 15, 2:08pm -
  • Know Your Rights: Workplace Injury

    Know Your Rights: Workplace Injury

    Sponsored by Sinnamon Lawyers: All people in the workplace, employers and employees alike, have particular rights regarding workplace injuries. Workplace safety must be a priority for every organization and for a workplace to be healthy and safe, own…
    - 2 days ago, 29 Jan 15, 7:42pm -
  • Give Your Office a Facelift

    Give Your Office a Facelift

    Sponsored by Super Amart: It’s hard to feel inspired when settling down to work in an uninspiring home office space. The sad reality is, if you don’t like your office, you’re very likely to try every excuse in the book to not get back to work.…
    - 3 days ago, 29 Jan 15, 2:58pm -
  • Ending Frustration At Work

    Ending Frustration At Work

    There are a growing number of reasons why individuals can experience frustration at work. If you’re experiencing budget cuts, longer work hours, unclear organizational direction, or a cranky boss, you might find it difficult to stay positive. A lot…
    - 3 days ago, 29 Jan 15, 12:59am -

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 -

FORBES NETWORK

THE ENLIGHTENED MANAGER

  • 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…
    - 31 days ago, 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…
    - 58 days ago, 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…
    - 86 days ago, 6 Nov 14, 10:41pm -
  • 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…
    - 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…
    - 19 Aug 14, 5:08pm -

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

  • 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…
    - 2 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…
    - 13 days ago, 18 Jan 15, 7:24pm -
  • Reading Keeps Leaders Smart, Creative and Social

    Reading Keeps Leaders Smart, Creative and Social

    You and I are spending more and more time on our digital devices and watching TV. Studies suggest that Britons spend more time on tech than asleep, Americans will spend more time on digital devices than watching TV , whilst the average American watc…
    - 15 days ago, 17 Jan 15, 9:30am -
  • Research Finds Leadership Quality is Barely Improving

    Research Finds Leadership Quality is Barely Improving

    Recent leadership research has revealed a disturbing trend, the quality of leaders is barely improving. This is the conclusion of two independent research studies. The World Economic Forum (WEF) report titled “Outlook on the Global Agenda 2015”…
    - 22 days ago, 10 Jan 15, 2:14pm -
  • Use Reading to Improve Your Leadership

    Use Reading to Improve Your Leadership

    It has long been known that successful leaders are readers. Billionaire investor Warren Buffett and his partner Charlie Munger, Berkshire Hathaway’s vice chairman, credit their success to a significant amount of reading. Warren Buffett says, “I j…
    - 24 days ago, 8 Jan 15, 4:59pm -