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I recently sent a thank you note to a boss that I had back in 1995. I’ve had good bosses since then, but this particular person stands out as Number One for me. Working for him was an amazing learning experience, and when I reflect back on that time, I can readily say that what I learned from him I later used with my own teams.What makes him rise to the top of my list?
Here are three top-of-mind things that he taught me (from among the many I could mention):
To see all three, go to: http://charneycoachingconsulting.com/the-3-most-valuable-things-i-learned-from-my-favorite-boss.html
Via Charney Coaching & Consulting
There are many background similarities between Ken Lay, former CEO of Enron, and Jim Owens, former CEO of Caterpillar Inc, but how they handled mistakes was quite different. Owens achieved numerous successes in large part by learning from his own mistakes as well as the mistakes of others, In 2001 Lay attempted to hide his mistakes and those of others and as a consequence went from the top of the charts to ending as one of the most catastrophically flawed leaders in US business history.
So why is it that we don't we embrace challenges and become accepting of mistakes, learning from them and ultimately growing from them? And if learning from mistakes has so much value, why is it taboo to even talk about mistakes in the context of business and leadership? The answers aren't hard to find.
Via Bob Corlett
There is no practical tool that helps business people map, think through, discuss, test, and pivot their company’s value proposition in relationship to their customers’ needs.
The Value Proposition Canvas is like a plug-in tool to the Business Model Canvas. It helps you design, test, and build your company’s Value Proposition to Customers in a more structured and thoughtful way, just like the Canvas assists you in the business model design process
Via The Learning Factor
Robin Good: Watchitoo Playground is a low-cost, high-quality alternative video conferencing and collaboration tool allowing up to 25 participants to video chat and collaborate online.
Watchitoo meetings can be fully integrated and embedded in any web site and the service integrates document, screen, and link-sharing capablities while being 100% web-based.
Additional features include white labeling, event recording, live moderation, support for a broad range of document types, HD video quality, audio-bridge and analytics.
Playground is available in a free version as well as in a more powerful version starting at super-low rate of $3.80/per user/ per month.
Find out more / features: http://watchitoo.com/what_is_watchitoo
Sign up: www.plground.com
Via Robin Good
Our society has many great leaders - leaders who have something to say, who are respected and people trust in their opinion. But too many of them take themselves too seriously, they believe the own influence and press - they trust in BEING SOMEONE. They should never forget that they started at the bottom as a positional leader and they also started from zero.
Via Karin Sebelin
In this post from the brilliant website, Innovation Management, Leif Denti, a doctoral degree student of Psychology at the University of Gothenburg, look at something that all leaders who are students of creativity should know: how to harness the self-fulfilling prophecy as a tool to facilitate creativity.
Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
he nature of work is changing. What we do during working hours, how we interact, exchange information, and the activities we perform at work are leagues away from the white collar worker of decades past.
We have closed the door on the industrial economy and have entered the knowledge economy. Our raw material is no longer tangible, it is made up of ideas and information.
Traditional work environments, closed cells, dull aesthetics and inflexible work areas no longer support the activities we conduct in the office, and consequently, the face of the ‘standard’ workplace is changing.
Via Kenneth Mikkelsen, HR Trend Institute
More companies and B2B marketers are now recognizing the power of content marketing and the effect it is having on customer engagement and brand awareness. Even B2C Companies such as Coca Cola and American Express are embracing content marketing.
Why is content marketing so hot today?
As Jeff explains in his blog post, content publishing has been around quite some time. My partner and I have been blogging since it appeared on the Web. But it's only been in the last 6-9 months that the "distribution technologies" have made it possible to easily, quickly, and inexpensively distribute your content to your intended target audience.
Are you taking advantage of these "distribution technologies" Jeff refers to like Scoop.it?
Via Barry Deutsch
1. What does empathy mean?
Read more in the article:
Via Karin Sebelin
Jeff’s leadership style keeps the company focused on growing at the rate of two new members every second while reducing the business mantra to just two words: “Next Play.”
Leadership lessons lists abound on-line. Jeff's list of 10 lessons, however, is tied to a large, successful virtual platform company with real staying power, connected to jobs and career growth - LinkedIn.
He's obviously trending in the right direction as his inspires his "Next Plays" among his staff. ~ Deb
Weiner described how powerful the phrase, "Next Play" has been for the company.
On the day LinkedIn became a public company, employees received a black T shirt with the company’s name and stock ticker written across the front and Next Play emblazoned on the back of the shirt. Even today 16 months after the LinkedIn IPO, employees continue to talk about their Next Play and stay focused on delivering results.
6) Customers first: ... anytime the LinkedIn product team considers new enhancements the first question revolves around: Is this putting our members first, or is this putting the company first? “If it benefits members, it will ultimately benefit the company.
7) Remember To laugh: ...Weiner says he values his team members’ sense of humor and sometimes, on a tough day, that can trump their talent and expertise!
Read the full post here.
Via Deb Nystrom, REVELN, Robin Martin
An entrepreneur needs to be street smart, however many who commence businesses, have not had the time or experiences to be as street smart as they need to be in order to survive.
Fortunately, street smarts can be described as a series of disciplines that need to enacted, and it is possible to learn and apply these disciplines quickly, to avoid the problems that a lack of street smarts can cause for an entrepreneur.
This excellent article, identifies seven disciplines that can be learned and practiced, and it suggests that these may all be actually required of any business owner looking to succeed in business.
Via Daniel Watson
Change is not always easy. At least, not for me.
I’ve recently signed up at MyFitnessPal, a site that allows me to track how much I eat and how much I exercise. I’m hoping for the best, despite my history. I’ve not done very well with diet and exercise over the last few years, and that’s being very generous. Changing both my eating and fitness regimes (both what and when), has not been something that I’ve enthusiastically embraced or—let’s face it—accomplished. Something seems to be standing in my way.
I think it might be me.
Via Charney Coaching & Consulting, Robin Martin