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The Root Word of Contemporary Is Temporary

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Business Career Leadership Learning change management constructive feedback disgruntled employee expert knowledge Great Resignation J.D. Sometimes I wonder if the advancing of age and a leaning toward old-fashioned values are a hindrance to relevancy in our contemporary workplace.

Air, Water, Food

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There’s no time like the present to set goals. Here’s a framework I use for myself and those I manage or advise. I generally try to classify projects into three levels of priority before I consider adding resources to anything on deck: Air, Water, and Food.

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You Can’t Fix Morale

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We talk about a lot of things: leadership talent, product quality, business model. Business Creativity Innovation Leadership Management authentic vision bad morale Battlefield promotions business model competitive advantage consistent execution customer experience demoralization employee engagement employee morale employee satisfaction executive management leadership talent mediocrity passion process product design product quality unicorns

Is Facebook the Next AOL?

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The sound of that alarm is the crying out of customers reminding the leadership of Facebook that they are not users as the descriptor goes, but human beings who have chosen to enter into a relationship with a brand. Facebook is now breaking many of its promises, real or presumed, and if the leadership there doesn’t do something material about it soon, they are rolling the dice against fate. I used to like AOL. Back in the day we called it by its full name, America Online.

Bridging the Gap: Implementing CIO Leadership in Project Management

Speaker: Clint Padgett, President & CEO, Project Success Inc.

You may have a visionary CIO and very capable project managers. You may have the best tech, the latest software, and stellar talent. But if you can’t establish a dynamic, collaborative team with a clear mission, then your project will slip through the cracks. It’s time for CIOs to unlock their "people potential" and learn the leadership skills that will lead to satisfied project managers and more than satisfactory project results. Join Clint Padgett, CEO and President of Project Success Inc., and bridge the gap between CIOs and Project Managers to create a passionate and successful team.

Moments of Clarity

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I like leadership teams who are never satisfied with themselves. I think working in a workplace rather than at home all the time is critical to collaboration, communication, and leadership development.

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A Beguiling 20%

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Between now and then, I can only hope that the nation’s leadership does embrace the gravitas of our current context. This month our nation celebrated its 242nd birthday. As I was sitting in the stands at Dodger Stadium on July 4 watching a spectacular and patriotic fireworks display (following a wonderful midseason win) something quite obvious but strange occurred to me: I have been alive for over 20% of our nation’s history. That may not seem curious to you, but it does to me.

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Who’s Really Sitting at the Top of Every Organizational Chart

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Business Leadership Management Talent battling business units Big Boss cross-functional teams functional departments Henry Ford hierarchies Industrial Revolution Information Age Mark Zuckerberg matrix management org charts personnel office product development zeitgeistFacebook moved into a new office complex earlier this year, which Mark Zuckerberg has described as “the largest open floor plan in the world.”

Leading Teams Toward Success Using People, Products and Profits

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When your team identifies a product concept that is worth pursuing, leadership becomes the championing of execution over the touting of an idea. Likewise, leadership is a choice. You have to decide if leadership is really something you’re ready to shoulder. This article originally appeared on Leadership Now. I’ve written the words People, Products, Profits (In That Order!)

Three Arguments Against Performance Reviews

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It’s not leadership. This article originally appeared on SmartBlog on Leadership. Photo: SmartBlog on Leadership. Business Career Leadership Management brand extension death march employee loyalty kick the can mentoring passive-aggressive performance improvemement plan performance review SmartBlog on LeadershipI don’t like performance reviews. I never liked giving them, and I never liked getting them.

The Many Lessons of Andy Grove

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Andy’s leadership at Intel took us from the 8086 to the Pentium chip, from monochrome to color displays, from floppy to CD disks, from no hard drive to software that could be installed. That was how Intel maintained design and manufacturing leadership for a generation, by always challenging assumptions, never accepting compromise or forging an unholy consensus simply to move on. We lost a great business leader earlier this year. His name was Andrew S.

The Leadership of Open Innovation

Speaker: Paul Sloane, Director, Destination Innovation

Paul Sloane is a well-known author and speaker on open innovation. In this session, Paul takes us through examples of successful open innovation programs to explore the breadth of what open innovation can be for organizations and the value it can bring. This was a great session you don’t want to miss.

Conversations with Entrepreneurs

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Business Entrepreneurs Innovation Leadership Startups Alan Mittelman Aurora Cady change the world Cross Campus Eagle Eyes entrepreneurial mission GMP Dreams Good Men Project Innovate Pasadena Promomash WaitNot Yuval SelikLast month we launched a new web video series at The Good Men Project. We call it Good Men Project Dreams: Conversations with Entrepreneurs.

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Rotten Choices, Rotten Jobs

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2) Amateur Leadership : I’ve said it many times in these articles—people don’t quit jobs, they quit bosses. Maybe I’m getting a tad older. Or maybe with a few added laugh lines I can see a tad more clearly. Here’s what I see: Too many people leaving too many jobs much too quickly. What might that mean?

It’s All Getting Personal

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My life became focused on technology, marketing, sales, finance, and team leadership. It’s a bit weird, this Author thing. Let me try to explain. For as long as I can remember, putting words on paper has been an integral part of my life. It started when I was a kid, with little plays and poems. Then in high school it became short stories and full-length plays. Then in college some more plays, some student films, and the occasional joke for a journeyman standup comic.

Dreaming and Doing

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Business Innovation Leadership Management dent in the universe hierarchies rallying cries Steve Jobs thick heads Walt DisneySome people focus on dreaming. Some focus on doing. The ones who find a way to bridge the gap make change happen. Every once in a while, as Steve Jobs would say, they put a dent in the universe. Many people elicit feedback. A few of them take something away from that feedback and apply it to what they are dreaming and doing.

Everyday Innovation

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Contact someone there in a leadership capacity. You don’t have to be an entrepreneur to be an innovator. Becoming a startup CEO may not be your thing, but changing the world is always within your reach. There is a frenzy of late among those longing to lead business startups, and that is exciting. Entrepreneurs are a special breed, and while the successful ones are rare, no one really knows who is going to be successful in advance.

Business Agile: A Roadmap for Transforming Your Management & Adapting to the VUCA Environment

Speaker: Peter Taylor, Speaker/Author, The Lazy Project Manager

Businesses everywhere are trying to “get business agile”—but it’s not easy to adapt to becoming this adaptive. How can conventional organizations succeed in this transformation? In this webinar, Peter Taylor will walk through the change process step by step, and look at a tried and tested transformation roadmap: benefits are outlined, solutions to common challenges offered, and tried and tested methods and tools provided. It will be a guide towards a decentralized and management style that offers more successful decision making through collaboration.

Elon Musk Blows My Mind

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Musk is doing that, which to me looks like real leadership, and it feels good to applaud him. I don’t know Elon Musk. I wish I did. This guy knows stuff. He’s the real deal. If there is a possible next Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, it could be him. He’s not goofing around with thin stuff that’s going to come and go. He already did consumer software engineering as his opening act as a cofounder of PayPal.

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On a Mission or Just Staying Awake

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Again I agree, if a mission is just a string of words — Buzzword Bingo without a juicy prize — it will not motivate, but let’s consider a few potential examples of applying a personal leadership mission in attempting to inspire a team. Real leadership means rallying people around a cause, to subordinate their own personal quirks to the shared agenda adopted. Still it is important to remember than the personal leadership mission can endure.

A Very Good Year for Good Men

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I started writing for The Good Men Project in its second year of life, offering to share some of my thoughts on business, creative leadership, and management also published on my own blog. In its third year I joined the board of directors and became a strategic advisor to the CEO. As we embark now on its fourth year, I continue onward, helping to accelerate our growth, invigorated by what our CEO and team have accomplished in driving, “The Conversation No One Else is Having.”

The 70% – Part 2

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It is jaw-dropping how many employees reflect on the lack of leadership and vision they receive from those who manage them, how starved they are for inspiration, and how little it takes to turn a bad day into a good day. Everyone can win — especially customers — if that’s the walk that leadership walks, leadership by example.

Navigating the VUCA World With Innovation Coaching

Speaker: Janet Sernack, Founder and CEO of ImagineNation

Join the founder and CEO of ImagineNationTM, Janet Sernack, to understand how developing an innovation coaching skill set can help lead the way in supporting people through the exponential change and disruption in our VUCA world.

How Fragile Is a Brand?

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Business leadership is managing part for today, part for tomorrow. Apple unveiled a bunch of new products last week, including numerous options in shape, size, and price point for a fuller line of iPads. Many of these products are desirable and will make great holiday gifts, but none comes close to pioneering a new category of experience. These are known as brand extensions, variations on a theme for already desirable existing successes.

Blog Begets 100

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I will continue to blog on the topics I cherish — innovation, creativity, imagination, leadership, vision, business ethics, smart marketing, well-reasoned investment strategy, creative destruction, and every so often politics (say it ain’t so!) — and I will also keep you posted as we take my novel from manuscript to release date on October 8, 2013. It’s hard to believe this is my 100th post on Corporate Intelligence Radio.

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Debate Takeaways Tallied Tactfully

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Business Leadership Politics authenticity Debate extemporaneous nonpartisan Obama Presidential Debates Romney sales call zingersI try hard in this blog to leave out my personal politics, which isn’t all that hard to do since I consider the topic of business innovation and its various threads to be about as nonpartisan a subject as there should be.

Too Busy To Save Your Company

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In leadership positions, we have to manage available time carefully, our “to-do” lists are rewritten each day, week, month, and year as a series of choices. Balance in leadership is critical, making good on today’s commitments while preparing for tomorrow, and it would be hard to maintain respect in an organization for a boss who neglected contractual obligations that paid the bills to wander aimlessly in dreamland.

Business Models Changing the Landscape of Growth and Innovation

Speaker: Cheryl Perkins, Founder and President, Innovationedge

Companies these days cannot afford to stand still! Cheryl Perkins, Founder and President of Innovationedge and a visionary business leader, will share best practices of companies who are defining and implementing new business models. These business models are used to create new pathways to value and deliver growth in today’s business climate. She will lead you on a journey through business model basics and describe how companies are taking innovation strategy to the next level while tackling the current challenges of talent management and innovation fatigue.

Brands In Memoriam 2012

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I invite those dear friends who offered their suggestions to include them in the comments below—as well as anyone else who can see what is certain to end badly—as internal politics and stagnating ideas cause those who should know better to obscure the mandate of leadership.

Our Real Work Begins

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In the workshop I teach on executive leadership, I spend a lot of time talking about how business is well advised to be pragmatic. You discuss, push back, respectfully argue and create reason to be heard, but to defy the leadership is not only to put the business at risk but also yourself at risk. It has been over a week now since our Presidential Election, a good time to reflect.

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Back to Business

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Collaborative compromise is guided by consensus, a combining of good ideas around an agreed set of goals articulated and guided by sound leadership. Demand leadership, demand shared vision. Last week more than eighty corporate CEOs signed and published a manifesto, agreeing that our nation needs both spending cuts and revenue increases to move forward.

Beware the Idle Question

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Business Innovation Leadership Theater CEO eBay Hamlet Shakespeare Tom Stoppard transformationIn his absurdist play Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead , playwright Tom Stoppard invents any number of ways for the courtiers to pass the time while Hamlet comes and goes: Rosencrantz : Do you want to play questions? Guildenstern : How do you play that? Rosencrantz : You have to ask a question. Guildenstern : Statement. One – Love. Rosencrantz : Cheating. Guildenstern : How?

The 5 Competencies of Highly Innovative Organizations

Speaker: Dr. Ankush Chopra, Professor of Strategy, School of Management Fribourg

Professor Ankush Chopra studied over 100 companies in North America and Europe to seek answers to the above questions. He found that companies across the world use the same set of competencies to become successful innovators. In this webinar, he shows how you can use these insights to develop and lead an innovative organization.

Creativity and Courage

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Business Creativity Government Innovation Leadership Beatles capitalist economy courage Martin Luther King Sorbonne teddy roosevelt Theodore RooseveltTeddy Roosevelt — who legend has it never wanted to be called by that name — is back in the news, at least to the extent that we are finding reason to quote him of late.