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How to See Your Current Leadership Reality

How to See Your Current Leadership Reality | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Do you know how people currently experience leadership in your organisation? Is your organisation on the path to creating a step change in...
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A common mistake organisations make is to discuss changes in leadership before resolving differences of opinion over what leaders are actually doing.  Without a common understanding of where leadership stands today and is falling short, a forceful case for change cannot be made. Achieving this common understanding is the objective of the first step.
Read more at http://knowledge.insead.edu/leadership-management/how-to-see-your-current-leadership-reality-3616#pVT6qBJfV1vciHMx.99

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5 Things You Can Do To Improve Your Relationship With Your Boss (And Your Next Boss)

5 Things You Can Do To Improve Your Relationship With Your Boss (And Your Next Boss) | digitalNow | Scoop.it
As offices across the country close out a week marked by celebrations of "Boss's Day," now is a great time to consider your relationship with your current boss--could it be improved, or maximized in some way?--or what kind of notes you might want to strike with your next one.
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Personal lives are a bigger part of the workplace now–but not all bosses are on board.

Both Williams and Palazzolo emphasize that bosses and employees that get to know each other tend to form more supportive teams.

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“College for All” Isn’t a Cure-All for Inequality

“College for All” Isn’t a Cure-All for Inequality | digitalNow | Scoop.it
In a time of increasing inequality and plummeting social mobility, expanding access to higher education has become an urgent policy issue in the...
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To address inequality in higher education, policymakers could start by cracking down on for-profits that cynically exploit the savvy gap. But root causes need attention as well. Broadening disadvantaged students’ access to university education through aggressive class-based affirmative action is an important piece of the puzzle, but not a solution in itself. Restoring savvy to the public sphere, where children from all backgrounds can benefit from it, should be an urgent goal.
Read more at http://knowledge.insead.edu/economics-politics/college-for-all-isnt-a-cure-all-for-inequality-3658#mEG5Q8IoRLB2Puy5.99

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How to Cultivate Trust in Your Work Relationships

How to Cultivate Trust in Your Work Relationships | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Why trust is essential for a team to function effectively.
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When you have to work interdependently — and in this day and age, who doesn’t? — the degree of trust you have with others can make or break your efforts. If you’re looking for ways to up your performance quotient, reduce your stress level and get more satisfaction out of your work, look for opportunities to build more trust with those around you.

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The Future CEO's Answer To 'Profit Or Purpose?'

Earlier this year, I revealed the full details of a five-year survey of participants on one of our Executive Education Leadership Programmes. These respondents are squarely within Generation Y and, as importantly, are more qualified and likely to be in the C-suite of the future by virtue of their companies’ nominating [...]
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Would you focus on:
• How business is trading 11.5%
• The global impact of the business 11.5%
• Retaining an entrepreneur’s point of view: ‘How’s my baby doing today?’ 33%
• Renewing personal mission: ‘How do I make my organisation and world a 43%
fundamentally better place?’
• The financial worth of the business 1%

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The Danger of Neglecting Your Brand Story on Social Media

The Danger of Neglecting Your Brand Story on Social Media | digitalNow | Scoop.it
In 1967 Maytag aired its "lonely repairman" TV commercial, telling the first of many tales of a Maytag repairman with nothing to do and nothing to repair. The Maytag repairman b...
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The lesson is this. A brand has a responsibility to ensure that the story it tells its customer is congruent across all channels. If your company has spent ample resources on building a brand story, invest in the entire company knowing how to carry out that story in their interactions with customers. Each channel, from sales to customer service to creative to legal, must embrace the brand story or you risk a costly incongruent customer experience.

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How to Know If Becoming a Manager Is Right for You

How to Know If Becoming a Manager Is Right for You | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Being the boss has its perks, but it also comes with a lot of responsibility and stress. Here are a few things to consider.
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How are your feedback skills?

One of the most important things a manager does is provide feedback to his or her employees. And, I’m not talking about a simple “Thanks for your help on those TPS reports, Bob.” I’m talking about meaningful, relevant, and timely feedback that will actually help your staffers improve and let them know you see them kicking ass and taking names.

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If You Don't Tell Your Story, Someone Else Will

Whether you’re an individual or the leader of a company, you must tell a brand story that accurately paints your role in the world and you must share that story frequently and consistently. In a digital world, you need to take control of your narrative before someone else does.
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Whether you’re an individual or the leader of a company, you must tell a brand story that accurately paints your role in the world and you must share that story frequently and consistently. We live in a fragmented world where much of your story is in bits and pieces in the digital universe.  Take control of your narrative before someone else does

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Is Rapid Decline Of For-Profit Colleges Good For Education?

Though most for-profit college programs will remain open under the new Obama administration gainful employment regulations, the brand value of the for-profit college industry has been significantly hurt by intense scrutiny at all levels of government. Investigations by 37 state attorneys general, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the SEC and [...]
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As the pendulum of public opinion swings hard against even the notion of for-profit education, the ultimate casualties could be the high-risk pool of academic rejects and dropouts – the perennial “structurally unemployed” — that the for-profit education industry was created, in part, to serve. It is hard to imagine how this high-risk population will be better served by nonprofit institutions, which lack the market leverage – especially as state governments cut spending – to pick up the slack.

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By The Numbers: Superior Leadership Produces Higher Return Than Superior Talent

By The Numbers: Superior Leadership Produces Higher Return Than Superior Talent | digitalNow | Scoop.it
While conventional wisdom would argue that success comes from being in the right industry, creating economies of scale, being at the forefront of technology, being a low cost provider or assembling extremely talented people; these companies had done just the opposite, and their results speak for themselves.
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Ending the Battle between Leadership and Management

Historical and fictional accounts of King Henry V show how powerful the two disciplines can be when used together.
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Management is the “what” and leadership is the “why.”  

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HJJP's curator insight, October 31, 2014 11:50 AM

The old argument... Leaders... managers... etc, etc... are they complimentary? Antagonistic?

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Are You Ready to Get Creative?

Are You Ready to Get Creative? | digitalNow | Scoop.it

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At the heart of the Innovation Accelerator is an online attitudinal survey. It asks employees questions about what they do, and evaluates the answers accordingly. For example: “How does your company acquire customer insights?” Or, “What do you do to encourage creative thinking?” The way you answer these questions, and others, sheds light on your innovation readiness and how effective your investments will be.

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E-Books By The Numbers

E-Books By The Numbers | digitalNow | Scoop.it
This chart gives an overview of the e-book industry.
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Even though the global e-book industry is worth $8.5 billion, this still pales in comparison with print's $53.9 billion. The pace of the digital reading revolution has slackened considerably with growth plumetting to just 5 percent in 2013. Meanwhile revenue stagnated between 2012 and 2013 at just over $3 billion

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Leading by Serving—5 Essential Ingredients to Becoming a Leader People Want to Follow

Regardless of their formal title or position, people who want to be great leaders must embrace an attitude of service to others. That’s the message that Ken Blanchard and Mark Miller share in the 1...
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  1. See the Future. The ability to envision and communicate a compelling picture of a preferred future. Leaders must help the people they lead see the destination, as well as the advantages of going there. Everybody needs to see who they are, where they are going, and what will guide their journey.
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Are You Enabling A Dysfunctional Company Culture? Four Questions to Ask Yourself

In his new book, The Culture Engine: A Framework for Driving Results, Inspiring Your Employees, and Transforming Your Workplace, author Chris Edmonds identifies a common problem that keeps many lea...
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  1. Are you overly insulated? Over time, leaders unintentionally find themselves depending on a select group of people closest to them at the top of the organization to give them information about what is happening throughout all the different layers of the organization.  Edmonds’ suggestion?  Increase the number of your sources inside the company. Get out of the office to learn from different people throughout the organization to ensure you’re getting a bigger, more accurate picture.
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Gap InternationalVoice: Why Knowledge Isn't Power, And Not Knowing Is

Gap InternationalVoice: Why Knowledge Isn't Power, And Not Knowing Is | digitalNow | Scoop.it
When Sara Blakely came up with the idea for Spanx, she had never taken a business course, had failed the LSAT twice and was selling fax machines door-to-door to make a living. She knew nothing about business, inventing things, or hosiery. And because she knew nothing, she changed the industry.
Don Dea's insight:

Embracing the unknown isn’t a role for just anyone. It’s the job of leadership to tap into the disruptive power of not knowing. While a well-run organization maintains its current reality on its own, leaders must take on the task of envisioning and inspiring the unknown future. But it’s not necessarily an easy job.

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David Hain's curator insight, November 1, 2014 5:50 AM

As a coach and consultant, asking 'stupid' questions is a critical part of my tool set. Curiosity is at least as powerful as knowledge.

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Why Culture Could Beat Strategy In These Turbulent Times

At a time when we have grown used to the notion that change is as dramatic as it has ever been it is hard to believe that culture is the key to survival. After all, it surely cannot be the case that organizations facing oblivion should focus on “how we [...]
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 Using case studies from a range of organizations from business and beyond, they set out a route towards becoming what they call a “superconducting” organization. There are four aspects:

  • Strategy and culture fuel each other through leaders continually translating strategy into “specific, well-defined, on-the-ground actions and behaviors”.
  • Hidden assets are leveraged through leaders valuing the courage of people thtoughout their organizations.
  • Interests are negotiated openly so that agendas are made explicit and people can see when and how their contributions have power.
  • Decision making takes behavior into account so that people are clear about what to do and can learn from errors and make adjustments quickly.
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New Research: Strong Team Intelligence Equates To High Profitability

New Research: Strong Team Intelligence Equates To High Profitability | digitalNow | Scoop.it
New research from New York-based Dr. Solange Chara shows it is now possible to predict the success and profitability of any given team participant or collective team in advance.
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 Charas pointed out that even when companies choose the best individually qualified people for a board or C-suite position, if the members can’t work effectively as teams, the result is not only low outcome for the team, but also measurably lower profitability for the entire organization (by as much as 20%, according to her report, which won Best Paper acknowledgement at the Engaged 

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The Surprising Truth About Where New Jobs Come From

The Surprising Truth About Where New Jobs Come From | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Over the last 25 years, existing firms have been net job destroyers, losing on average 1 million jobs net combined per year.
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Where do new jobs come from?

Amid the political maneuvering, there is, happily, some serious work being done by theKauffman Foundation and the Institute for Competitiveness & Prosperity to figure out where new jobs actually do come from. The surprising truth is that over the last twenty five years, almost all of the private sector jobs have been created by businesses less than five years old.

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Reserve wants to be like Uber for dining out, with help from Uber's cofounder

Reserve wants to be like Uber for dining out, with help from Uber's cofounder | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Reserve, an app that launched Tuesday, promises to change how users choose restaurants, make reservations and pay for their meals.
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Reserve launched an iPhone app on Tuesday that promises to change the experience of dining out by helping users find restaurants, reserve tables and pay for meals (including the tip) in advance with a few taps in the app. It's essentially like OpenTable, but with a sleeker user interface and an Uber-like emphasis on eliminating the need to ever take out your wallet.

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5 Things Managers Should Never Say Aloud

5 Things Managers Should Never Say Aloud | digitalNow | Scoop.it
These are things that may seem like normal office chatter — but over time, can undermine your authority and effectiveness as a leader
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My Boss Has No Idea What She's Doing"

Just like your employees may occasionally get frustrated with you, there are probably times when you get frustrated with your boss. And since you mainly interact with your direct reports, it becomes easy to commiserate with them about your shared disdain for the higher-ups.

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What is your biggest dream?

What is your biggest dream? | digitalNow | Scoop.it
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What is the biggest dream you have for yourself? Is it to travel the world? Is it to be the first person in your family to attend college? Or it is to get a big promotion at work or even start your own business?

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Leaders Need To Decide When To Co-operate And When To Go It Alone

Android, the smartphone operating system that emerged almost from nowhere as a rival to Apple’s iOS, is perhaps the best known example of “open innovation”. Others are Linux, the software platform to which Android owes so much, and the online encyclopedia Wikipedia. But, while Linux and Wikipedia can be seen [...]
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Traditionally, of course, business leaders have known that the way to succeed in such a situation was to keep your thoughts to yourself until you were ready to launch what in today’s parlance might be called the “killer app”. Now, it looks like the stakes are so high that only a very few can afford to go it alone.Traditionally, of course, business leaders have known that the way to succeed in such a situation was to keep your thoughts to yourself until you were ready to launch what in today’s parlance might be called the “killer app”. Now, it looks like the stakes are so high that only a very few can afford to go it alone.

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The Surprising Facts About How Much Time People Spend On The Major Social Networks

The Surprising Facts About How Much Time People Spend On The Major Social Networks | digitalNow | Scoop.it
All the important statistics on social media engagement. Americans spend more time on social media than any other major Internet activity, including email.
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The Demographic Trends For Every Social Network

The Demographic Trends For Every Social Network | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Older social networks are reaching maturity but there are still distinct demographic skews, as newer messaging apps pick up users.
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Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/2014-social-media-demographics-update-2014-9#ixzz3Hh8jsgpU

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