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2014 October | Phil Holberton

Archives for October 2014

Speaking of Leadership® – If It Works at Google, Is It Right for Others?

The management practices of successful companies are often touted as ground breaking. Some like Zappos claim to have abandoned traditional management structures altogether in favor of “holacracy”.   Yahoo at one time allowed large numbers of employees to work from home (although the latest CEO Marissa Mayer quickly put an end to this upon taking the… [Continue Reading]

Speaking of Leadership® – Billy Beane in Your HR Department

In his best-selling book “Moneyball :The Art of Winning an Unfair Game”,  author Michael Lewis profiles Billy Beane, who was named manager of the Oakland A’s and given a mandate to cut team payroll.  Using  a form of analytics known as sabermetrics  he was able to find and field a competitive roster that ranked 24th out of 30… [Continue Reading]

Speaking of Leadership® – Keeping Your Business Models Relevant

Technology and demand for content are disrupting the entertainment business and making life tougher for other content creators and the middlemen.   Maybe you can learn how to change your own business model before time and circumstance make if a matter of life and death by absorbing the lessons of those who are already fighting a pitched… [Continue Reading]

Giving Feedback – Are you a Leader?

 “It is one of the severest tests of friendship to tell your friend of his faults. If you are angry with a man, or hate him, it is not hard to go to him and stab him with words; but so to love a man that you cannot bear to see the stain of a… [Continue Reading]

Gladwell on the Preconditions for Disruption

The great innovations that have become part of the fabric of our lives were once extraordinarily disruptive.  Check out this short article that summarizes remarks made by Malcolm Gladwell this week at the World Business Forum on the “preconditions” for  effective disruption; the first consisting of being somewhat  “disagreeable.”

If You Can’t Wait for Karma, Try This

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella garnered some unwelcome publicity this week when he suggested that women in tech should be patient and  wait for “karma” to bring their salaries in line with those of their male counterparts.  Social media quickly excoriated Nadella for his remarks and he has spent the past few days trying to walk back his… [Continue Reading]

May the Strategic Forces (all five of them) Be With You

Many companies are getting ready for their annual planning retreats and wondering how to create a winning strategy.  If one person can be associated with the development of strategy as a discipline in the past thirty years it’s Michael Porter whose book “Competitive Strategy” is the final word on understanding and creating strategy.  Porter held that… [Continue Reading]

“How We Got to Now”

The past 150 years has seen more innovation and invention since people started, well,  innovating and inventing.   But what made all this possible?   If you’re curious about how the world you live in came to be, check out this two page executive summary of a wonderful new book  “How We Got to Now: Six Innovations that… [Continue Reading]

Another Lost Art: Political Leadership

The price we pay for technology is that certain art forms go by the wayside.   Email and telephones virtually wiped out letter writing; keyboards made the cursive writing most of us learned a thing of the past. Former assistant director of the CIA looks at another lost art:  political leadership.   In a one page article, Meyer (who at great… [Continue Reading]

Four Reasons Your Strategic Plan Will Fail

We’re almost to the last quarter of the year and many organizations will begin their annual strategic planning ritual.  Before you launch whatever strategy planning process you use, check out this short article in Forbes that offers some cautionary tales about the things that usually take the planning process off the rails, including not understanding the difference… [Continue Reading]