Category: Leadership

The Book that Rebooted Microsoft

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has done a remarkable job in resurrecting the fortunes of the company since being named the head of the iconic firm nearly five years ago.  Many commentators point to the success of the Microsoft SurfacePro and the company’s focus on cloud computing, among other decisions, as

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Your Other Strategy

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When it comes to strategy, we usually think first of our marketing and sales strategies (whether intentionally created or not).  But in this economy,  you need to focus as much on your talent and human capital strategies as those designed to drive revenue.  If you haven’t reevaluated yours recently (or taken

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Triggers and Cycles

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Blogger Seth Godin offers a simple but powerful insight about behavior that,  if you’re aware of it, could put you on the road to breaking those vicious cycles that hold you back at best, or push you back,  at worst.  Take 30 seconds for some insights on “Triggers and Cycles.”   Just imagine, you

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In Search of Excellence is now the Excellence Dividend

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If you began your career in the 70’s or 80’s, the business book everyone read was Tom Peters’ “In Search of Excellence” which looked at how successful companies executed strategies in an enduring way. With several decades of additional study of successful companies under his belt, Mr. Peters is back with

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Paul Allen – A Nice Man, Gone Too Soon

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Sadly, we live too much in a “winner take all world” and this applies as much to fame in business as in other fields.   To wit:  the passing of Paul Allen who co-founded Microsoft and thereby the computer revolution of the past forty years.   Bill Gates (the other Microsoft co-founder)

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Days of Disruption (No. 10):America’s Retailer – Sears

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Sears has been struggling for many years but the speculation of the past few days that it may bypass Chapter 11 reorganization entirely and proceed to Chapter 7 Liquidation indicates just how hopeless many of its lenders believe the company’s situation has become.  This article from Business Insider tells in a

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Rookie Leader Mistakes

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We all make mistakes when undertaking a new activity and first-time leaders are no exception.  Two former Navy Seal Commanders believe that new leaders always make the same two mistakes.  This short article from Business Insider will tell you what they are.   See also the video link at the end of the article

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A Larger Ambition

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John Henry Newman once remarked that “history offers lessons, not rules.”  Imitating the path of one successful person is tempting because it’s easy, but is rarely the formula for success; we have to learn from many leaders with different stories in order to extract applicable principles as to what leadership really is. Presidential

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“Radically Traditional” (or how your company can endure for 100 years)

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Speaking of disruption…..most family businesses vanish by the third generation; public companies typically disappear in even less time.  But a few, both for profit and not,  somehow persist for a century or more.   One key according to research on this phenomenon is finding a way to be “radically traditional.”   Find out what the

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A Pocketful of Mentors

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Motivational speaker Jim Rohn famously remarked that  “you’re the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” ( Or, alternatively, as James Michener wrote, “Bad companions bring bad luck”)  The question is: who should these five people be?  One answer, and maybe the best one,  is “mentors.” Clearly, having

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