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Great Companies Are Led By Missionaries, Not Mercenaries - Forbes

Great Companies Are Led By Missionaries, Not Mercenaries - Forbes | Business change | Scoop.it

Since 2000, famous billionaire investor John Doerr, partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, has often discussed an important aspect of the world’s greatest entrepreneurs.


In an interview reported by Knowledge@Wharton, Doerr described the five characteristics that distinguish truly great ventures.

- The greatest companies are led by missionaries, not mercenaries;
- They have top-notch, passionate leadership;
- They operate in large, rapidly growing and under-served markets;
- They have reasonable levels of financing; and most importantly,
- They work with a sense of urgency.

Burke Alder, VP of marketing for Lendio, emphasizes the following points in a missionary leadership: 

- The concept of missionary leaders starts with the “why” of the organization.
- In a missionary culture, people matter. A missionary-focused company wants to make people’s lives better.
- Missionary leadership is about building a company based on solving a problem that needs to be solved—a problem big enough that you’re willing to focus on it for the very long term.
- Missionary leaderships focuses on collaboration. A missionary style company appreciates two-way feedback. Much of the company’s desire is to help people and to improve their lives. In a missionary culture you can make a mistake and still be okay.


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http://www.forbes.com/sites/davidkwilliams/2013/03/29/great-companies-are-led-by-missionaries-not-mercenaries/

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The First 90 Days: Your Road Map For Success at a New Job

The First 90 Days: Your Road Map For Success at a New Job | Business change | Scoop.it
How to establish rock-solid relationships and catapult yourself to success when you're the newest team member.
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That's All Folks: Why the Writing Is on the Wall at Microsoft - Forbes

That's All Folks: Why the Writing Is on the Wall at Microsoft - Forbes | Business change | Scoop.it
This a guest post by Philippe Silberzahn, professor of strategy and innovation at EMLYON Business School, and Milo Jones, professor of strategy at IE Business School.

Via F. Thunus
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Interesting perspective, maybe the era of the controller, like the dinosaur, is coming to an end?

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F. Thunus's curator insight, March 29, 2013 6:43 AM

I tagged this as ArtOfHosting, because it goes way beyond ms. This explains why companies NEED AoH

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What's Better for Business: Logic or Emotion? Answers From Neuroscience - Forbes

What's Better for Business: Logic or Emotion? Answers From Neuroscience - Forbes | Business change | Scoop.it
Part 1 of a series on neuroscience and innovation Humans are animals.  While we like to think we're captains of our destiny, we're far more driven by instinct than we know.  In many ways, we’re just glorified apes, even in business.
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Laura Goodrich's comment, April 3, 2013 6:27 PM
Yes, a blend of both is powerful Tom Wojick
Cris Popp's curator insight, April 4, 2013 6:26 PM

I think you do better in life, and at work, if you accept that better than 85% of our behaviours are driven by unconscious drivers.  You just have to look at politics to see that often, decisions are made first, and justified afterwards.  This is fine when you're making a decision just for yourself – but if you're making decisions that affect others, they need to be made from a more rational basis.
This is especially the case, when through technology, a leader can have a much longer lever of control and reach over others.  That reach ranges from beiong as small as authority over someone elses job adn job happiness, all the way to the leaders of North Korea and the nuclear threat they wield over millions of people.
This is why, leaders especially, need to be aware of their own motives, and drivers, and to be humble about their perspective.  Their decsions may be perfectly rational - they need to accept they may not.  When I judge leaders, this capacity is one of the most important factors that I use.

Cris Popp's comment, August 29, 2013 6:48 PM
I agree Tom, it's about how to use both, And how to use each to develop the other. For example , testing your gut feel to see how accurate it is.
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The Myth of Marketing: How Research Reaches For The Heart But Only Connects With The Head

The Myth of Marketing: How Research Reaches For The Heart But Only Connects With The Head | Business change | Scoop.it
Marketers are supposed to be the experts on connecting emotionally with customers.
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Fascinating and resonates strongly with me.  People change behaviour (one goal of marketing?) with their hearts not their heads...

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5 Lessons in Learning and Leadership - Forbes

5 Lessons in Learning and Leadership - Forbes | Business change | Scoop.it
Here in the Boston, Cambridge we are lucky, there’s a college around every corner. Harvard, M.I.T., Wellesley, Boston University, the list goes on and on.

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Tom Hood's comment, March 26, 2013 7:31 AM
Very re-affirming of our L>C - your rate of learning needs to be greater than the rate of change and yes, even leaders... "So whether you’re a leader, manager, employee or freelancer, it’s time to start actively learning to maintain career momentum." And "Stay focused on two things: first, what will help you bolster your strengths, up your performance, and grow as a leader; and second, what excites you." See our video theBounce http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0l4NXk_F2o
Tom Hood's curator insight, March 26, 2013 7:32 AM

Very re-affirming of our L>C - your rate of learning needs to be greater than the rate of change and yes, even leaders... "So whether you’re a leader, manager, employee or freelancer, it’s time to start actively learning to maintain career momentum." And "Stay focused on two things: first, what will help you bolster your strengths, up your performance, and grow as a leader; and second, what excites you." See our video theBounce http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0l4NXk_F2o

Rim Riahi's curator insight, March 27, 2013 1:49 AM

Here in the Boston, Cambridge we are lucky, there’s a college around every corner. Harvard, M.I.T., Wellesley, Boston University, the list goes on and on.

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How to Build Bridges when Communicating Across Cultures - Sherwood Fleming's Intercultural Communication Insights

How to Build Bridges when Communicating Across Cultures - Sherwood Fleming's Intercultural Communication Insights | Business change | Scoop.it
How to Build Bridges when Communicating Across Cultures
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4 Elements of Epic Storytelling

4 Elements of Epic Storytelling | Business change | Scoop.it

"When I’m immersed in fantasy, a trance envelopes me. There’s something about great fantasy storytelling that trumps all other genres in drawing me into the world and story.

 

Call me crazy, but I think I’m onto something here. And that something is the recipe for the domination of the imagination. Much like The Hero with a Thousand Faces, I think epic storytelling has a certain formula that can produce a killer product."


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John Purificati's curator insight, March 30, 2013 10:47 AM

Good insight.

Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, April 9, 2013 8:40 PM

The key elements of story.

Sarah McElrath's curator insight, April 10, 2013 8:34 AM

I think these could hold true for any storytelling. Sure, world-building is something fantasy and sci-fi writers talk about, but building a unique realistic world can be equally engrossing. That world would be internal or personal, but still....

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Sherlock Holmes and the case of the terminated PMO

Sherlock Holmes and the case of the terminated PMO | Business change | Scoop.it
“Tch, tch,” clucked Holmes, shaking his head. “What a tragedy, Watson,” he continued, “yet another project management office cut down in its prime.”Watson said nothing; he knew his friend did not l...

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The European Commission has released The Smart Guide to Service Innovation | Product2Service Event

The European Commission has released The Smart Guide to Service Innovation | Product2Service Event | Business change | Scoop.it
The European Commission has released The Smart Guide to Service Innovation... http://t.co/OhCeB783VU #p2s #Servitization

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To Become More Adaptable in Business, Take a Lesson from Biology

To Become More Adaptable in Business, Take a Lesson from Biology | Business change | Scoop.it
It's easy to make your company more adaptable: Stop giving orders and start issuing challenges. (Excellent!

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Maya Mathias's curator insight, March 16, 2013 6:10 PM

An eloquent piece on the business lessons we can learn from biological systems.  Applying just one of these ideas can take your company from good to great.

John Michel's curator insight, March 17, 2013 11:05 AM

Even the best of us are horrible at predicting the future. That's too bad, because our world is full of risk that we'd love to avoid and opportunity that we'd love to seize.

Fortunately, there's a rich source of lessons on how to thrive in an unpredictable world, and it has been cranking out success stories for 3.5 billion years. It's called biology.

All of Earth's successful organisms have thrived without analyzing past crises or trying to predict the next one. They haven't held "planning exercises" or created "predictive frameworks." Instead, they've adapted. Adaptability is the power to detect and respond to change in the world, no matter how surprising or inconvenient it may be.

While there's much chatter in the management world about the need to be adaptable, only a few creative companies and innovative managers have probed the natural world for its adaptability secrets. But when they have, they've been remarkably successful. A study of nature offers straightforward guidance through four key practices of adaptable systems.

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John Michel, experienced leader, humanitarian, visioneer, and renown status quo buster, is the author of the ground breaking book, Mediocre Me: How Saying No to the Status Quo will Propel you from Ordinary to Extraordinary. Check out his blog at www.MediocreMe.com or drop him a note at johnmichel@MediocreMe.com


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Shift Happens Updated in Did You Know 4.0

Shift Happens Updated in Did You Know 4.0 | Business change | Scoop.it
The trouble with trivia-packed presentations on the state of the world is that the trivia has changed by the time it is presented to a mass market. Add to that the possibility that much of the triv...
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Classic video about the pace of change, in various versions to suit several audiences.

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On Cultivating a Culture of Innovation

On Cultivating a Culture of Innovation | Business change | Scoop.it

Innovation, the endless effort to find a better way, cannot be achieved by robotically lining up best practices and imitating them. The real catalyzing agent for innovation is the ground from which these best practices spring -- the confluence of purpose, people, and processes better known as culture.

 
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John Michel's curator insight, March 15, 2013 8:14 AM

Innovation, the endless effort to find a better way, cannot be achieved by robotically lining up best practices and imitating them. The real catalyzing agent for innovation is the ground from which these best practices spring -- the confluence of purpose, people, and processes better known as Culture.

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6 Distractions Leaders Need To Resist

6 Distractions Leaders Need To Resist | Business change | Scoop.it
Do you get distracted? Everyone does. You do. I do. Distractions are everywhere. Social media has made distractions the norm.
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Work. Distraction. Work. Distraction. Work. Distraction. Distraction.

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Change Management Is Bigger Than Leadership

Change Management Is Bigger Than Leadership | Business change | Scoop.it
It took a complete work system overhaul to rejuvenate Hyundai. Catholic Church, take note.
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Thinking about How I Think

Thinking about How I Think | Business change | Scoop.it
A prospective client asked me to come talk with a few board members about how I think about transformative change and how I might help their organization work through some significant short-term an...

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christine koehler's comment, March 29, 2013 7:25 AM
Yes, it's a good tool, that can be integrated to many others and that enable to ask powerful questions.
Tom Hood's curator insight, March 29, 2013 8:25 AM

Some great insights in this article for me, reaffirmations and reinforcement of principles around leading change and innovation.

 

Change is about people, not organizations or systems. Organizations are really about People. I use the term Return on People.

 

Transformation is about creation and destruction. I say transformation is creating what isn't rather than improving what is.

 

Paradox and the ability to hold onto completely opposite ideas (also from Jim Collins and the power of AND versus OR).

 

What do you think?

Orianne Corman's comment, April 3, 2013 5:43 AM
Hello Tom, for me it's very interesting to connect opposite ideas, it's the soil of creativity.
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Do better or differently

Like many people, I have been really impressed by the Meaning Conference that Will McInnes and his colleagues at NixonMcInnes recently organised. I followed on Twitter. If I was sensing such positive energy from afar, imagine what the atmosphere must have been like to be there.

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JFDI - be the change...

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Ditch the Fad-Surfing, Model the Universal Truths!

Ditch the Fad-Surfing, Model the Universal Truths! | Business change | Scoop.it
Too many organisations are desperately searching for the magic bullet that makes change stick. They should be promoting timeless and universal principles first.
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This is my small contribution to the amazing body of work that is @toddbnielsen Leadership Blogathon.  To lead change well, focus on key behaviours rather than magic bullet answers!

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Reconising Resistance to Change ― Leadership Thoughts

Reconising Resistance to Change ― Leadership Thoughts | Business change | Scoop.it
In this post we introduce the four main forms of resistance to change and provide tips for managing those who resist your change efforts.
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Useful models for diagnosing your change challenges...

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Why Organizations Are So Afraid to Simplify

Why Organizations Are So Afraid to Simplify | Business change | Scoop.it
While most managers complain about being overloaded with responsibilities, very few are willing to give up any of them.

Via Jesse Jacoby & Emergent
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To bring the right changes about, we need to say no more to the wrong changes.

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Sayadi Fouad's curator insight, March 29, 2013 7:13 PM

résistance au changement ?

 

Kristen E. Sukalac's comment, April 13, 2013 11:22 AM
We're working with a client trade association to overhaul their governance, which has been pieced together over the years and never re-thought in a coherent way. One of our observations was that the working committees should be taken out of the governance and report to a governing body instead since there had been confusion about when activities were truly mandated and ready for public consumption. Immediate reaction: but how will the committee chairs feel about being demoted?????
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Creative Thinking: How to Be More Creative (with Science!)

Creative Thinking: How to Be More Creative (with Science!) | Business change | Scoop.it
Creative thinking is an important part of producing things that people love. Here's the science behind creative thought and ingenuity.

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The Best Companies Combine Marketing and Strategy

The Best Companies Combine Marketing and Strategy | Business change | Scoop.it
My dear friend AG Lafley and I have written a book called Playing to Win: How Strategy Really Works and we are gratified by all of the positive reviews — The Economist, the Financial Times, Fortune, etc.

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Creative Thinking: How to Be More Creative (with Science!) | Wise Leadership

Creative Thinking: How to Be More Creative (with Science!) | Wise Leadership | Business change | Scoop.it
Creative thinking is an important part of producing things that people love. Here's the science behind creative thought and ingenuity. (RT @wiseleader: Creative Thinking: How to Be More Creative (with Science!
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How to Be a Highly Innovative Company

How to Be a Highly Innovative Company | Business change | Scoop.it
Innovation isn't just one person's job. A highly innovative company makes innovation the norm throughout the organization, from top to bottom.

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Seth Godin on the 3 Essential Skills Every Entrepreneur Should Cultivate

Seth Godin on the 3 Essential Skills Every Entrepreneur Should Cultivate | Business change | Scoop.it
Changing your way of thinking can change your whole approach to your business. Here's how.

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Monika Zands's curator insight, March 16, 2013 3:11 PM

I love Seth Godin.  He is part of my TRIBE.  His book TRIBES is so incredible on many levels but most importantly it left me feeling a part of the things that allow me to express my purpose and my passion on this planet.

 

Have you ever felt lost, alone or misunderstood and not fitting in?

 

My response is...find your tribe.  They are out there, those people who believe in what you believe in, love what you love, and want to share in building the memories that shape your life and impact many.  We perpetuate aloneness when we get stuck in our stories about our circumstances rather than looking for our tribes.

 

Be your greatness,

Monika Zands

Healthy Life Coach

 

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