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Mindfulness Helps You Become a Better Leader

Mindfulness Helps You Become a Better Leader | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it

"To keep your equilibrium, practice meditation (or something like it) every day."


...mindful leadership gives you tools to measure and manage your life as you're living it.   ...to pay attention to the present moment, recognizing your feelings and emotions and keeping them under control, especially when faced with highly stressful situations.


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Medical studies have found evidence of meditation's benefits, including ...emotional regulation, and perspective-taking — critical cognitive skills for leaders ...under constant pressure.

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The practice of mindful leadership gives you tools to measure and manage your life as you're living it. It teaches you to pay attention to the present moment, recognizing your feelings and emotions and keeping them under control, especially when faced with highly stressful situations.


…you must be able to quiet your mind. That is tremendously difficult and takes a lifetime of practice.


In 2012, I had the privilege of presenting my ideas on authentic leadership to his Holiness the Dalai Lama. When I asked him what it took to become an authentic leader, he replied, "You must have practices that you engage in every day."


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The important thing is to have a set time each day to pull back from the intense pressures of leadership to reflect on what is happening.

   

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…My most important introspective practice is meditation, something I try to do for twenty minutes twice a day.


In recent years, medical studies have found evidence of meditation's many benefits, including ...reducing stress, improving attention and sensory processing; and physically altering parts of the brain associated with learning and memory, emotional regulation, and perspective-taking — critical cognitive skills for leaders attempting to maintain their equilibrium under constant pressure.


it may not be for everyone. The important thing is to have a set time each day to pull back from the intense pressures of leadership to reflect on what is happening. ...I know leaders who take time for daily journaling, prayer, and reflecting while walking, hiking or jogging.

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

From my perspective,  mindfulness and "space for a quiet mind" elements exist in useful change models.  


The human element in change features managing transition by using practices like mindfulness as well as authentic leadership.  


It's what current in being a agile learner in today's complex and ever changing environment.  ~  Deb

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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's comment, January 13, 2013 2:39 PM
"IF* one wants to meditate in the context of wanting to be Free - that answer will come in the smaller context of the beginners' and observer's mind. Thanks for your perspective, Mo. I'll be sharing this stream with my meditation teacher in my neck of the woods.
Mo Riddiford's comment, January 13, 2013 4:09 PM
If I understood your comment correctly, then No the answer will absolutely not come within the context of the beginner's and the observer's mind. There is simply the direct recognition, in which the more limited cutting-up of existence that we call the observer's mind, is utterly irrelevant. Oh and by the way I am in your neck of the woods! The internet neck of the woods. (We can Skype if you want....)
Deb Nystrom, REVELN's comment, January 18, 2013 5:42 PM
I'm talking with my BCoach friend, Pat Milland, who knows you and highly recommends me talking with you. How about sometime in February when it is convenient for you. Pat and I have some amazing Synchronicity together. Perhaps there is something cool happening here too, including the amazing depth of understanding you have about mindfulness.
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Signs of Changes Taking Hold in Electronics Factories in China

Signs of Changes Taking Hold in Electronics Factories in China | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it
After the hardships of workers in China’s electronics factories were exposed to a global audience, working conditions have changed.
Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

After FoxConn & Apple made front page news and were parodied for their treatment of workers, there is now a shift globally in investment for staff.  The bottom line and social resposibility have gone global. ~ D

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Denmark's New Female Billionaire Goes with the Success of ECCO Shoes

Denmark's New Female Billionaire Goes with the Success of ECCO Shoes | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it
Hanni Toosbuy Kasprzak makes her debut among the world's richest, nearly 50 years after her father first started making shoes.


The story began nearly a half century ago. That’s when Hanni's father, Karl Toosbuy, gave up his secure job managing a shoe factory in Copenhagen to strike out on his own.


He had a clear vision, namely to make functional, comfortable shoes designed to fit the foot.


Toosbuy turned that simple idea into global shoe brand Ecco. He died in 2004 but his legend lives on in his company, thanks largely to his daughter, who is chairman and owner of Ecco

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

I was at one of the Ecco stores at the Venetian in Las Vegas this April.  It's easy to see why the Ecco brand has enjoyed such solid growth despite the economic downturn.  ~  D

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New Approaches on the Fed Fast Track: Did Charles Evans Save the Recovery?

New Approaches on the Fed Fast Track: Did Charles Evans Save the Recovery? | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it
Chicago Fed president Charles Evans has gone from dissenter to intellectual leader in just a year. The future of the recovery might be at stake
Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

When a post features statements like this, " just a year later, the Fed has fully embraced the so-called Evans rule by linking interest rates to the unemployment rate." - it's time to take notice of what captured minds, as well as hearts and the hands on the wheel of interest rates change."  ~  D

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Global Change Story Rooted in Behavior Change: Guinea Worm Nears Eradication

Global Change Story Rooted in Behavior Change:  Guinea Worm Nears Eradication | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it

"This story has been featured in change leadership work, due to the remarkable decline in cases, now approaching eradication in remote locations globally."


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Cases of Guinea worm are down by 50% of 2012. With just under 400 total cases and the majority concentrated in one country, South Sudan, the end appears to be near.


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The decline in cases of Guinea worm has been remarkable...and is well on its way to zero.   

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According to the WHO there were 3.5 million cases in 1986 which fell to 829,055 cases in 1986 and declined further to 25,217 by 2006.


The rapid rate of decline continues to today and is well on its way to zero.

396 reported cases in the first half of 12 is more than half the number of cases during the same period last year.


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...the Carter Center programs [used] community based health workers to spread information and help to identify cases.

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Eradication will be conferred on countries that do not have new cases for at least three years. Three countries stand on the precipice of eradication, Mali, Ethiopia and Chad, while South Sudan still has a little bit to go.


The Carter Center has been a leader in the campaign to eradicated Guinea worm. It started working on the under-address problem in 1986 by partnering with governments and NGOs. 

...the Carter Center programs [used] community based health workers to spread information and help to identify cases.

It means that more people are being reached who would have otherwise been neglected and that the information about the number of cases is stronger than it was when eradication efforts began a quarter of a century ago.


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'Employees cannot just be another means of production' - Hostess, Labor Policy, Jennifer Grandholm

'Employees cannot just be another means of production' - Hostess, Labor Policy, Jennifer Grandholm | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it
Larry Cohen, president of the Communications Workers of America, talks about what needs to happen to develop a flexible labor policy in the U.S.


What is the best way to have participation by ALL in the future planning and innovation of an industry?


"We are out of whack as far a global democracies go."


"It's not just about getting more education.  Too many people believe that will solve this."


"It's also about getting a voice...what stake do we each have in this country?"


Photo from former governor Jennifer Grandholm's Facebook stream.  "Walmart and Hostess could learn something from this."


Here are some posts by Deb on stakeholder events that involve everyone:


    

    
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Skipped a step? Judge orders Hostess to mediate with union, postponing shutdown

Skipped a step?  Judge orders Hostess to mediate with union, postponing shutdown | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it

"Twinkies won't die that easily after all."   How about a little mediation, folks?


Goes with my other ScoopIt Change Leadership Watch post today on taking different perspectives on fault-finding.  It's not all about the unions, it would seem, according to Forbes.


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The bankruptcy judge hearing the case says that the parties haven't gone through the critical step of mediation.

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Excerpted:


The news came Monday after Hostess moved to liquidate and sell off its assets in bankruptcy court citing a crippling strike last week.
    
The bankruptcy judge hearing the case says that the parties haven't gone through the critical step of mediation.


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DN:  This reminds me a bit of the Mel Brooks movie, "Springtime for Hitler," that had investors banking on failure, and then it didn't happen.  Made for quite the show.

With 18K jobs affected, the question is who is steering the ships for what preferred end?

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Target Managing Change, Unique & Standard, Starting With the CIO

Target Managing Change, Unique & Standard, Starting With the CIO | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it

"Target Corp. is among the top three or four U.S. retailers, ...a coveted position in such a volatile industry.  IT is a critical player in each move, if not a keystone."


The CIO of Target provides insight into how the giant retailer accomplished major change in the last 2-3 years.  For readers from larger companies with IT responsible for helping support major change, how does their story resonate with what you've experienced with IT as an accelerator or lever?

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We're making changes where [project] life cycle is a matter of days or weeks...

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Target brought over Beth Jacob from an operations post, an unconventional move. Jacob was vice president of guest operations when she was tapped to lead IT as executive vice president and CIO with a budget of over $1 billion.


She oversaw Target.com's switch from Amazon.com's e-commerce platform to one that was home-grown.


At the other end of the big-project spectrum, Jacob has introduced projects that capitalize on mobile computing, such as smartphone coupons.


CIO Insight: The nature or change has changed, hasn't it? It seems that change isn't always iterative... You can't attack fires the same way because the fire's never the same.


Jacob: You're spot on. …change management is …going to be more important than ever. ...Change is something we lean into.


Because of that, the TTS team has had to change almost everything, including the way it partners [internally and externally]. And the way it approaches different organizational change initiatives.


...In the last year or so, the pace of change has significantly increased. We're making changes where the [project] life cycle is a matter of days or weeks - think about the mobile capabilities we've implemented.


CIO Insight: ...days and weeks. Can you expand on that?


Jacob: We have to be ready to bring a company offering to our guests and staff, both of whom are more tech savvy. One example would...mobile [device] coupons. Last holiday, we created a mobile-coupon program tied to our toy catalog in just a few days. ...The coupons are very easy for guests to use, very easy for our team members to work with.


[Ed. note: Target claims to be the first national retailer to offer a scanable mobile-coupon program, in 2010. Shoppers who opt in get a text-message link to a mobile Web page that can contain multiple with offers, all accessible through a single bar code. Coupons are then redeemed by a cashier scanning the bar code on the shopper's phone at checkout.]


CIO Insight: You took a big gamble ...when Target decided to abandon Amazon.com's e-commerce platform for one you built yourselves. 


Jacob: It took us just over two years to get off the Amazon platform and onto our own. Overall, it went well.


Photo source:  Wikipedia.org (en)


Click on the title or photo to read the full article.


From Deb,  Change Management is an engagement focus. Exert too much control, and you stifle it. Here's more about control issues within a project implementation:


   
    
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Detroit on the List: 10 US Cities with the Best Job Growth Right Now

Detroit on the List: 10 US Cities with the Best Job Growth Right Now | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it

"The Career Builder study looked at jobs created in the most most populous metros from 2010 to 2012.  Detroit is number 4 on the list, jobs up 5%."


Great news to see Detroit listed in the #4 spot!  ~  Deb


Excerpts:


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...The rebound in manufacturing helped to land Detroit in the top ten.

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“There is a close correlation between the top locations for job growth and the concentration of fast-growing industries in those markets,” said Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder, in the study released Wednesday.
 

“Technology hiring is a big contributor for growth in the Bay Area and Raleigh and while Texas cities, Oklahoma and Salt Lake are benefiting from strong oil and gas activity.


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Detroit tops the nation ...as the area that's added the most manufacturing jobs in the country from January 2010 through 2011.

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...The rebound in manufacturing helped to land Detroit in the top ten while healthcare continues to thrive in Phoenix.”


The study looked at jobs created in the most most populous metros from 2010 to 2012.


4. Detroit, Mich.


Jobs added from 2010 through 2012: 92,407 (up 5 percent)


According to a report published by think tank Brookings Institution, Detroit tops the nation — coming second only to Charleston, SC — as the area that's added the most manufacturing jobs in the country from January 2010 through 2011.


Read the full article here.


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Influence, Service and the 100 Best Quotes on Leadership - Forbes

Influence, Service and the 100 Best Quotes on Leadership - Forbes | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it

"A great quote can provide personal inspiration and can be used to educate others. The contributor shares his top 100 leadership quotes of all time."


Excerpted (some of my own favorites taken from Kevin's list):


  • You don’t need a title to be a leader. –Multiple Attributions
  
  • A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way. —John Maxwell
  
  • My own definition of leadership is this: The capacity and the will to rally men and women to a common purpose and the character which inspires confidence. —General Montgomery
  
  • Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to high sights, the raising of a person’s performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations. —Peter Drucker
  
  • Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, concerned citizens can change world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has. —Margaret Mead
  
  • The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born-that there is a genetic factor to leadership. That’s nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true. Leaders are made rather than born. —Warren Bennis
  
  • To command is to serve, nothing more and nothing less. —Andre Malraux
   
  • He who has never learned to obey cannot be a good commander. —Aristotle


Deb:  It seems to be true, per another Scoop, that leadership, in a sense, doesn't really exist, from Peter Drucker's perspective.  It is about trust, respect, leader development opportunity, influence and community (relationship / networks / feedback.)   That's my perspective on the leadership-train-talk.


(Have a favorite quote that didn't make the list? Share it in the comments section below.)


Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge
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Trends and Predictions by Futurist Thomas Frey » 2 Billion Jobs to Disappear by 2030

Trends and Predictions by Futurist Thomas Frey » 2 Billion Jobs to Disappear by 2030 | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it

2 billion jobs disappearing (approx. 50% of the world's jobs) it was intended as a wakeup call about how quickly things are about to change.  Academia ~ the battle ahead will be taking place at YOUR doorstep.


A search for comments on The End of Work: The Decline of the Global Labor Force and the Dawn of the Post-Market Era, a non-fiction book by American economist Jeremy Rifkin reminded me of Bob Johansen, Futurist and also led me to another Futurist, Thomas Frey.


Here are excerpts from Frey's TEDx talk:


The article includes a brief overview of five (5) industries – where the jobs will be going away and the jobs that will likely replace at least some of them – over the coming decades.


1) Power Industry


Jobs Going Away

  • Power generation plants will begin to close down.
  • Coal plants will begin to close down.
  • Many railroad and transportation workers will no longer be needed.
  • Even wind farms, natural gas, and bio-fuel generators will begin to close down.
  • Ethanol plants will be phased out or repurposed.
  • Utility company engineers, gone.
  • Line repairmen, gone.


New Jobs Created

  • Manufacturing power generation units the size of ac units will go into full production.
  • Installation crews will begin to work around the clock.
  • The entire national grid will need to be taken down (a 20 year project). Much of it will be recycled and the recycling process alone will employ many thousands of people.
  • Micro-grid operations will open in every community requiring a new breed of engineers, managers, and regulators.
   

2) Automobile Transportation – Going Driverless

  

Over the next 10 years we will see the first wave of autonomous vehicles hit the roads, with some of the first inroads made by vehicles that deliver packages, groceries, and fast-mail envelopes.

    

3) Education

  • ...courses are becoming a commodity. Teachers only need to teach once, record it, and then move on to another topic or something else.
  • ...we are transitioning from a teaching model to a learning model. Why do we need to wait for a teacher to take the stage in the front of the room when we can learn whatever is of interest to us at any moment?

   

Teaching requires experts. Learning only requires coaches.

   

Jobs Going Away

  • Teachers.
  • Trainers.
  • Professors.

  

New Jobs Created

  • Coaches.
  • Course designers.
  • Learning camps
   
4) 3D Printers

Three-dimensional printing makes it as cheap to create single items as it is to produce thousands of items and thus undermines economies of scale. It may have as profound an impact on the world as the coming of the factory did during the Henry Ford era.

   
5) Bots

We are moving quickly past the robotic vacuum cleaner stage to far more complex machines.

   
Read more, Thomas Frey - Futurist Speaker (http://s.tt/1imN0)


Read about Deb's perspective on change planning, facilitating, organizing, implementing or sustaining especially when dealing with demanding deadlines and short staffing via a recent blog posts here (key word search-able.)



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Victoria Morgia Jamolod-Umbo's comment, October 7, 2012 12:19 AM
The worst is yet to come. Hopefully,we will still survive with this prediction. Indeed, the inventions of human beings are not totally beneficial to human beings. It is amazing, but sad to consider....
Deb Nystrom, REVELN's comment, October 7, 2012 9:36 PM
@Victoria, we will adapt, but we will not ALL adapt. Hopefully education in some areas will catch up sooner, rather than later, to help us make the changes we need, learning the skills at the right time.
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Female muscle, the Changing Politics & Economy of Gender, Women in Leadership

Female muscle, the Changing Politics & Economy of Gender, Women in Leadership | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it

"Insights into Leadership & the Politics of Gender via the book, The End of Men: And the Rise of Women by Hanna Rosin to be published in Britain in October"


At the local Women's Exchange of Washtenaw Forum 2012, one of our Open Space group discussions was on the Politics of Gender.  This intriguing book brings up good points about the shifts & changes in our disruptive, social media charged, globally connected world.    

   

The photo set, including several public photos, is here:  Women, Empowerment at WXW Open Space Exchange Forum2012   ~  Deb

  

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“All the things we need to be good at to thrive in the world…are things that my female friends and competitors are better at than me.”

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Excerpted - from the Economist, Sept. 2012:

   

Women dominate university attendance around the world.

   

  • In South Korea more women than men pass the foreign-service exam, which has sparked the foreign ministry to implement a minimum quota for men. 
   
  • In Brazil nearly a third of women earn more than their husbands, a phenomenon that has caused men to form church support-groups calling themselves “Men of Tears”.
   
Ms Rosin, an editor at Atlantic, whose book grew out of an article she wrote for the magazine in 2010, highlights how women today are excelling, while men founder.
   
As part of her research, she travelled to many corners of America, including Auburn-Opelika, Alabama, where women’s median income is 40% higher than men’s.
    

The financial crisis has been especially unkind to men: three-quarters of the 7.5m American jobs lost in the recession belonged to men and were in traditionally masculine industries, such as construction, manufacturing and finance.

   

  • “Probably no one has had their wife move up the ladder as far as I’ve moved down,” says one man.
   
  • Another, who is annoyed that his girlfriend earns more than he does, complains, “All the things we need to be good at to thrive in the world…are things that my female friends and competitors are better at than me.”

  

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The new service-based economy rewards communication and adaptation, qualities that women are more likely to have.

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Ms Rosin highlights the deterioration of the male-in-the-workplace condition.

    

  • The new service-based economy rewards communication and adaptation, qualities that women are more likely to have. 
    
  • Only about 3% of men have taken over raising children full-time while their wives support their families. 
    
  • Instead, many men, especially young ones, have retreated into a world of video games, drinking and prolonged adolescence—a phenomenon identified in “Guyland”, a 2008 book by an American sociologist, Michael Kimmel.

 

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Cautionary News: Bangladesh cancels licences of 6000 charities - AsiaOne

Cautionary News: Bangladesh cancels licences of 6000 charities - AsiaOne | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it

"Bangladesh cancels licences of 6000 charities" ~ Sep 11, 2012


On a day that the USA remembers terrorist acts, it's also useful to also remember what is going on in the world in some of our most impoverished areas of the world, where non-profits, NGOs hope to make a difference.


According to this post, thousands of charities are being shut down in Bangladesh over the past 3 years, attributed to power moves.  (See the Peter Drucker "There's no such thing as leadership" article for how effective that really is, long term.)


Excerpt:


Bangladesh has revoked licences for more than 6,000 charities over the last three years, an official said Tuesday, in a policy that critics slammed as a government attempt to extend its powers.


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"The government increasingly acts as though it is interested in controlling the NGO sector to a minute level detail, which will only stifle civil society activity."

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Masud Rana, spokesman for the social services department, said the licences for non-government organisations (NGOs) were withdrawn after charities were found to have collapsed or have changed their area of work.


"Most of these NGOs were sitting idle doing nothing or doing things other than they were permitted," Rana told AFP.


But the New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) group said the closures were a deliberate move by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's government.


"This is just a smoke screen to exert political control over civil society," said Brad Adams, Asia director at the HRW.


"The government increasingly acts as though it is interested in controlling the NGO sector to a minute level detail, which will only stifle civil society activity."


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Victoria Morgia Jamolod-Umbo's comment, September 14, 2012 11:02 AM
This is a very terrible act to cancel all these charitable institutions. Politics is in the air again, controlling the lives of people. It is bad enough that we have war in these districts, but what is worst is the fact that they all seem not to care for the those who have least in life.
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5 New Year's Resolutions For The Auto Companies (And Car Buyers) - Forbes

5 New Year's Resolutions For The Auto Companies (And Car Buyers) - Forbes | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it

1) Don’t wait — fix your mistakes.

  

2) Remember who buys your cars.   (Are you designing for other engineers or for the women and men who will be using the cas.  Ford Sync is the cautionary tale.

  

3) Customers are always changing. You must, too.

  

4) Tell us who you are, and what we can expect from you.

  

and

5) Consumers: read the owner’s manual.

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These 2013 resolutions are good reminders for any company that thinks they've got change leadership figured out.  If it is this challenging for the Big 3 coming back from the brink, are you SURE you are doing that much better in leading agile change?  ~  D

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J.C. Penny update: Too Much Change, Too Fast? Or Customer Connection failure?

J.C. Penny update:  Too Much Change, Too Fast? Or Customer Connection failure? | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it

It is less about how fast CEOs are willing to move than how quickly their most reliable customers are prepared to change.

   

Ron Johnson's bold overhaul of the sagging American retailing icon J.C. Penny went too far too fast.


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Failure simply means leadership went too fast or didn't go fast enough. That's rationalization, not insight.


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 When "reckless" moves succeed, they're retrospectively rebranded as "bold." When "timidity" triumphs, it's celebrated as "patient" and "safe."

  

Failure simply means leadership went too fast or didn't go fast enough. That's rationalization, not insight.

  

How fast are your customers willing to change?

 

Your own rate of change is determined less by the quality or price/performance of your offerings than the measurable readiness of your customers and clients.

  

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Electrolux's  70% rule helps identify and clarify their customers' readiness for change.


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Their internal readiness matters more than yours. Their inertia matters more than your momentum.

  

Electrolux, has implemented a new "70% rule" for testing its new product innovations to make sure it's not getting too far ahead or falling too quickly behind either its customers or competitors.

 

Electrolux CEO Keith McLoughlin has declared that new product prototypes have to enjoy at least a 70% customer preference rate in blind competition with best-selling rival products. "

 

Speed to market" isn't what's driving the change.

 

The goal is assuring that the firm's ability to innovate is effectively aligned with the customers' willingness to value them. The 70% rule helps identify and clarify their customers' readiness for change.

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

It's alluring, thinking it is about getting the amount of change just right.  Wrong focus.  It is about where and who the customers area, and how adaptable and ready they are for change.


On the individual level, it's also about preferences for change.  The assessment tool, iWam (the Inventory for Work Attitude and Motivation) has a "clock" feature that shows individual preferences for change.  

As goes the individual, probably so goes the customer culture, witness the articles overview of the tech market and the appliances market.  ~ D

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Which Leaders Succeed with Organizational Change?

Which Leaders Succeed with Organizational Change? | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it
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This model provides a perspective on which leaders are successful through change and which are not.   This curation stream is also about followership of change leaders.   Where have you seen this perspective in action?   ~  Deb

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Daimler: $120M investment in Redford plant, Detroit & 115 New Jobs

Daimler: $120M investment in Redford plant, Detroit & 115 New Jobs | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it

"President Obama gave a shout-out to Daimler Trucks for investing $120 million in the Daimler Detroit Diesel plant in Redford, Mich..."


Some good news for Detroit, including the spin-off jobs that come with new investments.


Excerpts:


Daimler Monday announced it was investing $120 million in the Daimler Detroit Diesel plant in Redford, Mich., that will create "115 good, new union jobs building transmissions and turbochargers right here in Redford," Obama said.


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Daimler Trucks North America is the only manufacturer ....with a fully integrated powertrain from its own production...

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With the investment, Daimler Trucks North America is the only manufacturer in the North America Free Trade Agreement Region with a fully integrated powertrain from its own production, the company said in a release.


The plant already turns out engines and axles. With the investment, the plant soon will be building all the key parts that go into a truck, Obama said.


"No one else is doing that," he said.

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You are most welcome Puneet.
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The fatal car crash that altered China's change of leadership

The fatal car crash that altered China's change of leadership | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it

The infamous, and fake:  “Thank you. I'm well. Don't worry,” on a Chinese social networking site marked the beginning of the end during  leadership succession last month. ~ The Scotsman


This cautionary tales provides an anatomy of fractured succession in the high echelons of Chinese political leadership. ~ D


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...the crash had more momentous consequences, altering the course of ...once-in-a-decade leadership succession  

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The brief comment, published in June, appeared to come from Ling Gu, the 23-year-old son of a high-powered aide to China’s president.  Tt helped quash reports that he had been killed in a Ferrari crash after a night of partying.


However, later it came out the message was false, posted by someone under Mr Ling’s alias almost three months after his death.


The ploy was one of many that tried to suppress news of the Ferrari crash that killed Mr Ling. It is now clearer that the crash had more momentous consequences, altering the course of the Chinese Communist Party’s once-in-a-decade leadership succession last month.


China’s departing president, Hu Jintao,  suffered a massive reversal of his own when party elders – confronted him with allegations that Ling Jihua, his closest protégé and political fixer, had engineered the cover-up of his son’s death.


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Changing the guard in China, the Princeling takes charge

Changing the guard in China, the Princeling takes charge | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it

"FOR the first time since 1976, China’s reins of power have been handed at one time to a single man, a “princeling” in command."


A major economic force in the world is now led by a single man: Xi Jinping (pictured, centre, above, the Economist's photo).


This is the second orderly transfer of power the country has seen in 63 years.


The new Head of China's ruling Communist Party may be married to one of the country's biggest popstars, but little is know about Xi Jinping and his rise to power. (Yahoo.News video clip here.)


The decision, revealed on November 15th, that Hu Jintao has stepped down not only as the Communist Party’s general secretary, but also as head of China’s army, was part of the biggest shake-up of the party’s leadership in a decade.


But, although Mr Xi now has the titles of power, his ability to use them will be heavily constrained.


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Really, now: Who Killed Hostess Brands and Twinkies? via Forbes

Really, now:  Who Killed Hostess Brands and Twinkies? via Forbes | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it

"I’m sure you have, by now, heard the news."


It was the demands of the union, so many say.  However, there are other perspectives to the Hostess story. It's time for a reality check on what's happening to the furture of the nostalgic Twinkie. ~  D


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Time for a reality check.

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Excerpts:


More than a few observers say they know who to blame: the union representing thousands of striking Hostess Brand workers who have refused to accept a new contract that would do everything from slash their salaries to their retirement benefits.

  

Time for a reality check.

  

  • Hostess has been sold at least three times since the 1980s, racking up debt and shedding profitable assets along the way with each successive merger.

      

  • The company filed for bankruptcy in 2004, and again in 2011.

      

  • Little thought was given to the line of products, which, frankly, began to seem a bit dated in the age of the gourmet cupcake. (100 calorie Twinkie Bites?  Really?)

  

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Little thought was given to the products, which, seem a bit dated in the age of the gourmet cupcake.

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Hostess Brands’ management gave themselves several raises, all the while complaining that the workers who actually produced the products...were grossly overpaid...

So now an estimated 18,500 workers will join the nation’s unemployment rolls. But ...it’s unlikely such a fate awaits such signature products as Twinkies. Company executives have already asked for ...permission to ...selling off their famed product lines to other companies.


Read the full article here.


Here's also a related, current article by Deb as arising out of failure offers great lessons from the wise:


Detroit & Vegas – A Tale of Two Cities as Our Comeback Kids

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Bumps or Falls? Apple Stock Declines After CEO Cook Overhauls Management Team

Bumps or Falls?  Apple Stock Declines After CEO Cook Overhauls Management Team | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it

All eyes on Apple Inc. ~ as stock prices decline after Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook embarked on a sweeping management overhaul at the world’s most valuable company.


These Apple top management changes were dramatic. The Bloomberg article has a tone of curiosity.  This could be bumps in the road, in the role of change navigation with leadership, or could signal decline.  Jobs was extolled in his product excellence.  Read about the man, however, and you'll see the complications and complexity.


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“While there will be concerns about future execution given Mr. Forstall’s departure, we note that Apple has navigated through past turnovers impeccably.”

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Time will tell, before too long with the next product launches.  Meanwhile, I cannot wait to get Google Maps back onto my updated iPhone, expected in December.  Thank goodness for my paid app:  Navigon  (Garmin app for my iPhone.)


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Apple Stock

Shares of Apple fell 2.7 percent to $587.70 at 9:44 a.m. in New York. Today is the first trading session since Apple announced the departure of mobile software head Scott Forstall and retail leader John Browett

   

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Cook dismissed Forstall after he refused to sign a public letter to Apple customers apologizing for the mapping software’s flaws...  Cook signed the letter instead.

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...“Both departures were likely forced by Apple’s CEO,” Amit Daryanani, an analyst at RBC Capital Markets, wrote ...  “While there will be concerns about future execution given Mr. Forstall’s departure, we note that Apple has navigated through past turnovers impeccably.”

   

Mapping Software

Forstall was responsible for the mapping software introduced last month that was widely faulted for bad directions and missing features, marring the debut of the iPhone 5. 


Cook dismissed Forstall after he refused to sign a public letter to Apple customers apologizing for the mapping software’s flaws, according to a person briefed on the matter. Cook signed the letter instead.


The management changes leave Ive, who already heads industrial design, with more authority over the vision and details of Apple’s products.  ...Before he died last year, Jobs controlled the experience, melding input from disparate teams. In the new structure, Ive takes on that role.


Retail ‘Mistake’

In August, after Apple had reduced staffing at some retail locations, cut hours and limited store transfers under Browett’s leadership, the company backtracked on the new policies, calling them a “mistake.”


See the full article, including a 9 minute video here.


Photo credit:  Bloomberg

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No More Waiting Room? Change Health Care is Implementing, as Learned From Toyota

No More Waiting Room?  Change Health Care is Implementing, as Learned From Toyota | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it

"Eliminating waiting rooms?  Medical Assistants that act as project managers for physicians?  The Toyota method reaches healthcare for increasing efficiency and reducing cost."


New healthcare efficiencies were featured in a special report on PBS this week.  Cleveland Clinic is shown eliminating waiting rooms.  


Virgina Mason is featured highligting the "flow director" status of medical assistants.  A crisis drove change at Virgina Mason, which brings up the idea of danger:  crises + opportunity.  How they fared:



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For... routine or uncomplicated back pain, Mecklenburg offered a surprising conclusion...“most of our care process was no help at all.”


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A crisis drove an innovative breakthrough at Virginia Mason Medical Center. Robert Mecklenburg, MD, was chief of medicine at the hospital in 2004 when the insurance company Aetna threatened to exclude Mecklenburg’s healthcare organization from an elite network.


Aetna was in a powerful position as a purchaser of care for such major companies in the Greater Seattle area as Starbucks, Costco, and Alaska Airlines, among others.


  • At Virginia Mason, the patient was at the top of the pyramid that embodied...its vision to transform health care. But ...employers paid the bills. ...Mecklenburg realized that neither he nor his physician colleagues had ever really considered the companies paying the bills as customers.


Mecklenburg invited Starbucks and Aetna to join with Virginia Mason in forming a marketplace collaborative to identify and solve the quality and costs issues around the treatment of routine or uncomplicated back pain.


Mecklenburg found that money and time were being wasted on expensive visits with primary care physicians and specialists that added little relief to the patients’ conditions.

  

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Mecklenburg found money and time were being wasted on expensive visits with ...physicians and specialists that added little relief to the patients’ conditions.

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Mecklenburg offered a surprising conclusion...“The value stream showed that most of our care process was no help at all.”

  

A Virginia Mason marketplace collaborative delivered the following benefits.


  • Increased patient capacity. By reducing the number of patients who obtained procedures and tests unnecessarily
  
  • Improved treatment pathways for other health conditions including migraine headaches; breast nodules; shoulder, knee, and hip pain; acid reflux; and cardiac disease.
   
  • Evidence-based scheduling of expensive imaging tests. Using a Toyota principle called “mistake proofing” patients check boxes on a questionnaire to determine their need for MRIs and other imaging tests.


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Photo credit:  frances1972 (Waiting Room) on Flickr.com


Excerpt is from Pursuing the Triple Aim: Seven Innovators Show the Way to Better Care, Better Health and Lower Costs by Maureen Bisognano and Charles Kenney. Copyright (c) 2012 by John Wiley & Sons Inc.

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Sustainability is about Impact! The Double Bottom Line > Letting Go to Let Come

Sustainability is about Impact!  The Double Bottom Line > Letting Go to Let Come | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it

"It's the double bottom line, baby!  ESPECIALLY if you are in non-profit leadership today."

  

I just heard Jeanne Bell, CEO and author of NonProfit Sustainability talk honestly about the double bottom line in her own business as well as in her consulting engagements.  Her fresh, tested perspective rings true.

  

In a nutshell:

  

  • ...in the mythic past it was possible to think first about strategic impact goals, and then about how to raise the money. ...today...you can't talk about what you're going to do without talking about how to get the money. And, you can't talk about how to get money without talking about what you're going to do.
  
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Cultivate direction, identify sacred cows. Name it. CHANGE it.
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Here are some gems from her presentation today in Flint, Michigan as well as a great Scooped article by her.  Flint is an appropriate setting; it's a place that has seen hard times and where the BEST Funders Collaborative brings in stellar talent to keep non-profits doing what they do best.
     
  • Declare change as constant.
  • Model change by turning down money not headed in the right direction.  We have some agency over this – don’t have to jump to funders. "
  • Cultivate direction, identify sacred cows. Name it. CHANGE it.
  • Use good tools, frameworks.
  • DO NOT confuse strategy and planning. 
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What is sustainable today may be unsustainable tomorrow.
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Excerpted gems from the article:
   
  • If the financial goal in a for-profit company is to maximize profit, should our goal as a nonprofit be to have $0 profit? Or should the goal be to grow an endowment of $10 million, or to have a surplus of 5%, or a deficit of no more than $50,000?
     
  • The financial goal of a nonprofit is to ensure that it has adequate working capital; that is, its financial goal is to have enough money to do its work over the long term. Today we often use the term sustainability...
     
  •  What is sustainable today may be unsustainable tomorrow. ...We never arrive at a mix of programs and revenue streams that can be described as permanently sustainable. But we can always be heading in the right direction.
      
   
Read about Jeanne's dual bottom line here.   
   

Related to this, read Deb's article on strategic agility (the end of strategic planning) here.
      
Now I'm hearing Paul Saginaw, co-founder of the very successful Zingermans community of businesses in Ann Arbor talk about founding Food Gatherers, feeding the hungry in Ann Arbor.  Quite the point.
   
Photo above: Jeanne Bell, Steve Zimmerman and Jan Masaoka (left to right in photo) are all former nonprofit CFOs and they all appreciate the environmental aspects of sustainability as well. Jeanne is now CEO of CompassPoint Nonprofit Services.
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The Balance of Fearlessness, Jacqueline Novogratz, CEO of Acumen Fund, Businesses Aiding the World’s Poor

The Balance of Fearlessness, Jacqueline Novogratz, CEO of Acumen Fund, Businesses Aiding the World’s Poor | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it

Jacqueline Novogratz of the Acumen Fund, which invests in businesses aiding the world’s poor, says, '...it’s holding that balance of not being reckless, but also having a huge element of fearlessness.'"

  

Insights into those working with the world's poor, including this leader, sheds light on moldering, out-of-date leadership practices and new ways of leading that have yet to take hold.

  

Jacqueline Novogratz is the chief executive of the Acumen Fund which invests in businesses aiding the world’s poor. This interview was conducted and condensed by Adam Bryant.


This also goes with this quote by Arianna Huffington:  


"Fearlessness is like a muscle. I know from my own life that the more I exercise it the more natural it becomes to not let my fears run me."

  

Excerpts:

  

Jacqueline Novogratz's approach to leadership:

  

Leaders can get stuck in groupthink because they’re really not listening, or they’re listening only to what they want to listen to, or they actually think they’re so right there's no listening. 

  

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Ask questions in a way that will elicit more nuanced answers...

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The kind of leaders we need....are really open to listening to solutions from people who are most impacted by the problems.

  

I’ll often say at Acumen that you’ve got to learn to listen with your whole body.

  

Lean in and pay attention to their body language and their level of comfort or discomfort. Ask questions in a way that will elicit more nuanced answers, rather than the answers you would like to get.


Q. What kind of culture are you trying to foster at Acumen?

  

We are building companies, and so we have to be really accountable. We’ve got to be tough, and yet we have to be very generous, since we’re working in communities where people make a dollar or two dollars a day.

  

We talk about the power of listening and we juxtapose it with leadership, because sometimes you’ve listened enough, and now it’s time to make a decision.

   

We think about our values [as] a tension or a balance. We talk about listening and leadership; accountability and generosity; humility and audacity.

  

You’ve got to have the humility to see the world as it is …working with poor communities, that’s not easy to do — have the audacity to know why you are trying to make it be different, to imagine the way it could be. And then the immutable values are respect and integrity.


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We’re building something no one has ever really built before, and so don’t be afraid of making mistakes. Let’s just make the decision to do something.

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Q. What are some other lessons you’ve learned about how to lead?

  

A. ...I have this mantra: Just start and let the work teach you. We’re building something no one has ever really built before, and so don’t be afraid of making mistakes. Let’s just make the decision to do something.

  

This goes back to audacity and humility. …If you start off talking about all the reasons that you’re not going to get there, you’re not going to get there. …It’s holding that balance of not being reckless, [and] having a huge element of fearlessness.

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Victoria Morgia Jamolod-Umbo's comment, October 20, 2012 12:45 AM
I am so happy there are still people like you who are making the lives of the poor easier. Today, as we wake up each morning, we think about what the future brings to us. We complain about bills, how tired are we i solving problems,Yet, all around the world, we did not realize that there are more pitiful and lost souls. We have to accept that we are still more lucky than those people who do not have homes, and are living in war zones.
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Adapting to Change, Leader Lessons From Jeff Weiner, CEO of LinkedIn - Forbes

Adapting to Change, Leader Lessons From Jeff Weiner, CEO of LinkedIn - Forbes | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it

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


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Today, 16 months after the LinkedIn IPO, employees continue to talk about their Next Play and stay focused on delivering results.

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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.

1) Define leadership : At LinkedIn, Leadership is the ability to inspire others and achieve shared results. ...to create economic opportunity for the 3.3 billion people in the global workplace by matching skills with job opportunities.

3) Prioritize your business goals: ...if we could only do one thing, what would it be? This is a lesson Weiner learned from Steve Jobs and practices every day. 

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!


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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's comment, September 19, 2012 11:42 PM
Thanks Lynn!
Manish Puranik's curator insight, July 10, 2013 12:25 AM

Few more lessons on Leadership...!