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David Keuning's thoughts on the role of CEO and the things that impact CEO life.
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Creativity Blocked? Try a Common Scents Solution -

Creativity Blocked? Try a Common Scents Solution - | CEO's Almanac | Scoop.it
David Keuning's insight:

smelling a scent caused subjects to remember issues better before bed.  creative ideas in REM sleep. 

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The Two Questions to Ask Before You Innovate

The Two Questions to Ask Before You Innovate | CEO's Almanac | Scoop.it
What's this project for, exactly? How are we measuring success?
David Keuning's insight:

Detail the following:

1. the project's strategic intent (the why),

2. specific goals (the how),

3. strategic options that are on and off the table,

4. critical uncertainties,

5. project resources (both people and money),

6. identification of who is responsible for making which decisions,

7. key strategic milestones,

8. the next project checkpoint.

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27 Ways to Refocus a Team

27 Ways to Refocus a Team | CEO's Almanac | Scoop.it
Last week it happened... I had a team that completely went off the deep end. I tried my normal ways to draw them back in and it didn't work. They seemed completely dysfunctional, always resorting b...

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HR Slang: NINA (The People You Want to Minimize Time With)

HR Slang: NINA (The People You Want to Minimize Time With) | CEO's Almanac | Scoop.it
HR slang time, people. Let's give you a term you can text your fellow HR Capitalists in response to hearing that they're stuck in a timesuck they shouldn't be in. The term/acronym? NINA. "No Influence, No Authority".
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The manager’s fear of delegating - FT.com

The manager’s fear of delegating - FT.com | CEO's Almanac | Scoop.it
A young chief executive who founded a thriving company appears to be at the peak of his success. But instead of enjoying his achievement, he is stress­ed and overwhelmed with responsibility. His problem is a failure to delegate work.
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How to Conduct a Layoff | Nolo.com

How to Conduct a Layoff | Nolo.com | CEO's Almanac | Scoop.it
What managers should do before, during, and after a layoff.
David Keuning's insight:

some good common sense info for employers. 

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Don't Fire An Employee And Leave Them In Charge Of The Corporate Twitter Account

Don't Fire An Employee And Leave Them In Charge Of The Corporate Twitter Account | CEO's Almanac | Scoop.it
Yesterday HMV, the beleaguered British entertainment retailer, laid off 190 employees, in an effort to cut costs and right its balance sheet. The company apparently pulled a large group into human resources and gave them the bad news.
David Keuning's insight:

I would have to agree. If you are going to fire someone, you shouldn't leave them in charge of the corporate Twitter account. 

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8 Start-up Perks for the Summer Months

8 Start-up Perks for the Summer Months | CEO's Almanac | Scoop.it
Members of the Young Entrepreneur Council dish on their favorite--and most effective--seasonal employee benefits.
Summer can be a hard season for start-ups. Employees who didn't mind being chained to their desks until 9 p.m.
David Keuning's insight:

Here are a few good (cheap) ideas that you can implement to make your office a more desireable place to work.  Why not pick one -- as a 90-day eval -- and roll it out in your company?

 

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A New Rule for Meetings

A New Rule for Meetings | CEO's Almanac | Scoop.it
Always be capturing. No one likes taking notes at meetings. But somehow you need to record what happens. How else will the ideas, assignments, and deadlines take hold? Here's the good news: You can capture what happens without reams of scrawl.
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Movie Blog: 'A Hijacking' Pits A CEO Against Pirates

Movie Blog: 'A Hijacking' Pits A CEO Against Pirates | CEO's Almanac | Scoop.it

Movie Blog: 'A Hijacking' Pits A CEO Against Pirates

As the hijacking goes down, the Danish shipping CEO (Søren Malling) is busy buying a Japanese company for a cool couple million.

David Keuning's insight:

Think your negotiation skills are first rate?  How is this for a challenge: the CEO of Danish shipping company takes on the Somali pirates that have taken over his ship.  This isn’t a film of gunfights and crazy plot twists, but one of anguish and conflict, indecision and suffering.

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A Performance-Appraisal Conundrum: What Would You Do?

A Performance-Appraisal Conundrum: What Would You Do? | CEO's Almanac | Scoop.it
After 30 years of consulting, I thought I had run across every question regarding performance management. But a client recently came up with an intriguing query that I hadn't encountered before.
David Keuning's insight:

interesting perspective.

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11 Ways to De-Clutter Your Day

11 Ways to De-Clutter Your Day | CEO's Almanac | Scoop.it
Do less and achieve more--starting today. Adopt some of these easy habits to make it happen.
Success tends to create clutter: more meetings, more projects, more decisions, more items on your to-do list.
David Keuning's insight:

This article had some great advice for decluttering your day. *sigh* Alas, some of these things require conviction in order to get it done.  What do you think?  Are you up to making meaningful change in your life?

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6 Ways To Talk Like a Leader

6 Ways To Talk Like a Leader | CEO's Almanac | Scoop.it

Effective leadership requires verbal discipline. 

Leaders need to care about and practice the quality, specificity, and power of their language.  Not enough of them do.
 
Communication is particularly crucial to entrepreneurs. A founder’s individual vision and presence is vital to his or her organization’s sense of itself and its direction.  There are several ways a leader can immediately improve his or her language and communication.

David Keuning's insight:

Some great take-aways in this article.  My favorite? Avoid "but" when "and" is better. Example: "Good work on this report but I'd like to change a few things."  Using "but" has the sometimes unintended consequence of negating everything that came before it in your listener's ear.  "Good work on the report but..." can sound like "Your report was terrible."  Better to avoid the "but" and use "and" instead. 

My other great take-away from this article is this: "Speak up".  As the leader you have to say what everyone else sees but no one else is saying.  Speak with clarity and don't shy away from fierce conversations.  As the article says, "Using clear language will increase your courage by more fully connecting you to what you need and want to say."

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The Urban Observatory: A New Way To Compare Cities, From The Creator Of TED

The Urban Observatory: A New Way To Compare Cities, From The Creator Of TED | CEO's Almanac | Scoop.it
This giant touchscreen installation (and a website you can play with at home) lets you compare the world’s urban centers, side by side.
David Keuning's insight:

check out "open spaces" in a side-by-side comparison of London, Paris and Tokyo.  Ouch.

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Avoid the Deadly Temptations that Derail Innovators

Avoid the Deadly Temptations that Derail Innovators | CEO's Almanac | Scoop.it
Any promising new initiative — a stand-alone business venture or an innovation in an established organization — hits roadblocks and unexpected obstacles.
David Keuning's insight:

That giant sucking sound you hear is the draining of time and energy from the core business by tempting almost-related opportunities.

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Are You Choosing to Be Average?

Are You Choosing to Be Average? | CEO's Almanac | Scoop.it
We all like to think we are special. Better than others. Doing better work. Excelling beyond our peers. Yet, by definition, most people are average. Are you choosing to be average? Average is What ...

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David Hain's curator insight, July 10, 2013 2:54 AM

Nobody is average at everything.  Find your above average and build on it.

Carolyn Williams's curator insight, July 10, 2013 8:07 AM

Are you?

Helena Gonçalves's curator insight, August 6, 2013 10:54 AM

Life is too short to be average.

Ask yourself if you are settling for the same as everyone else.

Choose to be more. Choose to be something better. Choose to be above average.

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Skype Bridges the Gap Between The Virtual And The Real With Stay Together Campaign

Skype Bridges the Gap Between The Virtual And The Real With Stay Together Campaign | CEO's Almanac | Scoop.it
Agency Pereira & O’Dell finds a way to unify those who rely on Skype to keep in touch with far-flung loved ones. They say absence makes the heart grow fonder. Distance, however, can be a real problem.
David Keuning's insight:
We use Skype it all kinds of ways in the office. What are your best practices around this technology?
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Are You A Hill-Finder Or A Hill-Taker?

Are You A Hill-Finder Or A Hill-Taker? | CEO's Almanac | Scoop.it
It's always exciting to hire someone who's talented and a good culture fit. But in my experience, it's easy to conflate that exciting person person's skill (and, importantly, passion) in planning and
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Social Media Begins Forcing the Totally Transparent Layoff

Social Media Begins Forcing the Totally Transparent Layoff. As the recent downsizing at Yahoo demonstrates, the once-private process of giving pink slips is becoming increasingly public, whether a firm likes it or not.
David Keuning's insight:

I love this quote:  “People tweet, people blog, people text. You are going to have a completely transparent workplace at all times. You can’t really spin it.”   My takeaway?  Stay ahead of the rumor mill.  Companies need to be candid.  Stand by your decisions and share the rational for your actions.  As CEO, you need to be the communicator. 

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CRM and Ecosystem - External Collaboration System Co-existence | SMALL BUSINESS CEO

CRM and Ecosystem - External Collaboration System Co-existence | SMALL BUSINESS CEO | CEO's Almanac | Scoop.it
Companies using CRM & MA systems to engage in ecosystem collaboration haven't been able to achieve desired target.
David Keuning's insight:

I love the idea of creating a collaborative ecosystem with your partners, customers, vendors and friends. 

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How Twitter Is Reshaping The Future Of Storytelling

How Twitter Is Reshaping The Future Of Storytelling | CEO's Almanac | Scoop.it
Editor’s NoteThis post is part of Co.Exist’s Futurist Forum, a series of articles by some of the world’s leading futurists about what the world will look like in the near and distant future, and how you can improve how you navigate future scenarios...
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Make Good Decisions Faster

Make Good Decisions Faster | CEO's Almanac | Scoop.it
In her recent HBR article "Transient Advantage," Rita Gunther McGrath describes how "fast and roughly right decision making will replace deliberations that are precise and slow." While most leaders couldn't agree more, the challenge is how?
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How Google Flu Trends Is Getting to the Bottom of Messy Data

How Google Flu Trends Is Getting to the Bottom of Messy Data | CEO's Almanac | Scoop.it
Churning through, tabulating, and modeling millions of search queries every day, Google Flu Trends can measure, a full two weeks before the CDC, the incidence of influenza-like illnesses (ILI) across the U.S.
David Keuning's insight:

Those smart minds at Google are sifting through search data in order to find trends that track the flu.  Impressively, they have been able to correlate flu with search for flu-related words on Google.  AND they are able to predict flu trends faster than the CDC.  The article highlights some of the challenges behind working with this kind of big data set. 

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5 Ways Managers Can Avoid Killing Employee Creativity

5 Ways Managers Can Avoid Killing Employee Creativity | CEO's Almanac | Scoop.it
Creativity can become stagnant in office settings. These tips will help encourage a creative work environment, ultimately leading to better productivity.
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5 Ways Busy Executives Can Stay Fit

5 Ways Busy Executives Can Stay Fit | CEO's Almanac | Scoop.it
As a matter of fact, you do have the time--and the obligation--to stay mentally and physically fit. Your organization depends on it.
My Nation expects me to be physically harder and mentally stronger than my enemies.
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