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A new study highlights the realities of donor behavior and how organizations can redesign their outreach strategies to be more effective.
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Use the natural wiring of your brain to your advantage and wrangle that illusive problem-solving insight by taking a break and being open to serendipity.
Playing to Win: How Strategy Really Works is a new book co-authored by management legend, A.G. Lafley, former CEO of Procter & Gamble and Roger Martin, Dean of the Rotman School of Management. The book uses P&G as full-length case study on strategy.
Especially in larger organizations, we're told to shift strategy without changing our processes - and the steps we take every day. This is why large companies fail to innovate. It is hard to take new steps because each one defies some rule or precedent for how we make day-to-day decisions.
Interesting comment by dean Doug Guthrie of the George Washington University School of Business. He predicts higher education institutions are standing on a cliff, and that more and more companies will turn to corporate universities when educating their employees.
I predict the business model of higher education institutions will come under tremendous pressure in the future. Free online course providers like Coursera is piling wood to that fire too. The underlying problem is that most professors and teachers use the academic institution to boost their credentials, while they make a great profit from consulting in private companies as subcontractors. It’s like feeding the snake its own tail.
Learn the truth about this weird word that exists only in Scandinavia: Arbejdsglæde! Or happiness at work...and find out why this is important!
SHERLOCK HOLMES once remarked that: “It is my business to know what other people don’t know.” These days, detective work is a huge business.
Achieving sustainable high performance for an enterprise is no easy feat. Building a culture of accountability and ownership means recognising where your company is on the Ladder of Engagement.
Great article by Bart Sayle, author of Riding The Blue Train: A Leadership Plan for Explosive Growth.
Here's 10 new business ideas that will provide entrepreneurs with plenty of inspiration in 2013. Spotted from countries all around the world, these businesses offer a taste of what’s ahead.
It began to happen a few short years ago with most brick and mortar shops feeling confident they could survive this disruptive innovation forever. Sadly their view was more hope than fact and little by little, web sales began to erode their revenues and profits. So what should shop owners and employees do?
What do you think it means to be an expert in hard-to-get elicitation? It means people tell you things. A competitive intelligence consultant discusses things that can help a business - at the expense of another.
This infographic is a list of some of the best Human Resource Blogs in the UK
Tracing the origins of the term "Big Data" shows how digital technology is changing the way words and ideas develop and spread, and how they are studied.
Photo credit” Gogrid
Stories have been used since the beginning of time to share knowledge, history, and ideas. Sure they contain facts, but often emotion is what makes them work. How often do you get beyond the facts in your pitch to customers and investors? If you want to kick your business up a level, maybe it’s time to add some stories to your message.
Ten basic principles for telling the right story, at the right time, and telling it right:
1. Select the right story for the right audience. The most successful story tellers are also attentive story listeners. They understand that it’s more important to be interested in their listener than to appear interesting. What does the audience want and need? Armed with this insight, you can tailor a story that will achieve both your goals.
2. Choose when the listener will be receptive. Getting to know your audience also means figuring out the place and time where they will be most receptive and least subject to interruption or distraction. They need to be able to give you your full attention, so you need to look, listen, and locate their optimal context.
3. Finding the source material for good stories. The key is not to expect to find a story fully born, perfectly framed, and read to be told, but to constantly stockpile fragments and metaphors that have the potential to become stories. The most effective story material comes from firsthand experience, infused with your personal feelings and emotions.
4. Make sure your call to action resonates. Every story needs something that will move the audience emotionally to hear your call to action. This may mean finding a hero or a villain in the story, showing your real passion and emotion, or describing the excitement and fear of others.
5. Get in the right state for your story. Getting in state isn’t just a mental, emotional, or physical process; it’s all three. This state is vital to telling a story because reading your intention is what signals listeners to pay attention to you. Intentions speak louder than words. Train both your body and your mind on your clear intention to succeed.
6. Tell the story with authentic contagious energy. Like intention, authenticity and energy cannot be faked. If you are telling a story you don’t believe in, your audience will sense it instantly. The good news is that they will pick up just as instantly on your genuine enthusiasm and conviction.
7. Demonstrate vulnerability and perseverance. Everyone has something in common with every other person, so open up and expose your fears and concerns, allowing others to do likewise. The trick to perseverance is not to eliminate fear, but to use it to ramp up your energy, heighten your passion, and intensify your sense of urgency.
8. Make the story experience interactive. You can make any business story more memorable, resonant, and actionable by asking for input or a response during the story, or getting an emotional interaction. Engage the audience physically or verbally, which makes them feel like part of your story, and that they have a stake in the outcome.
9. Engage the senses of your audience. Scientists tell us that words account for only the smallest part of human communication. The majority is nonverbal, more than half based on what people see and more than a third transmitted through tone of voice. The more the audience feels the story in their bodies, the more positive they will react to it.
10. Listen actively with all your senses. Even when you make the story a dialogue, rather than a monologue, how you listen as a teller is as important to your success as the actual words you speak. You must listen to gauge emotions, attention, and interest – moment to moment. More engaged listeners will be more likely to heed your call to action.
Big Al teach us that telling a story is the great, sorry...the BEST way to conduct an idea into a person mind.
Here is a great article re how to do it right.
Few companies put t“design thinking” at the top of their corporate agendas, even though an overall organizational design implementation can provide incredible benefits. Why is that?
Financial reform didn’t work. Banks today are bigger and more opaque than ever, and they continue to trade in derivatives in many of the same ways they did before the crash, but on a larger scale and with precisely the same unknown risks.
It's still early days in January so this list of ten things to do every day seems appropriate.
1) Get out in nature
3) Spend time with friends and family
4) Express gratitude
6) Get enough sleep
7) Challenge yourself
9) Touch someone
10) Be optimistic
2012 was the year for workforce innovation, with more companies experimenting with using social media to brand and market their organizations.
Well, it’s that time again—time to start rolling out the New Year’s resolutions. Some of us will vow to eat less, exercise more, live in the moment, be more grateful.
This column will be taking a hiatus during the holiday season. It will resume on Monday January 7, 2013. In the meantime, here’s some reading you might like to catch up on.
From reinventing resumes to harnessing the power of boredom, we collect our most popular content from 2012.