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Steve Jobs: The Man In The Machine (Movie 2015) - Informit EduTV

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Jim Collins - Video/Audio

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Jim Collins on learning from young leaders
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This video series is aimed at young leaders (under 35), but Jim Collins says it is just as relevant for anyone who approaches it with a young mindset! It is organised around 7 questions with a short video clip for each one. It draws on the foundation of his research in Good to Great and Built to Last.
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The Future of Management Is Teal

The Future of Management  Is Teal | Growing a business | Scoop.it
Organizations are ready for their next evolutionary step: a step toward self-management, wholeness, and a new sense of purpose.
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Tony Hsieh of Zappos has proclaimed he will move Zappos to a 'Teal' organisation - despite his latest management structure having mixed success...
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How Patrick Llewellyn grew 99designs from a small Melbourne startup to a $80 million global company

How Patrick Llewellyn grew 99designs from a small Melbourne startup to a $80 million global company | Growing a business | Scoop.it

“Some founders manage to do it but others struggle because everything is reliant on them,” Llewellyn says.

“If everything was reliant on me it would be a basket case.”

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This founder cites learning to trust employees as one of the critical factors in his company's success.
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10 Guiding Principles of Organizational Culture

10 Guiding Principles of Organizational Culture | Growing a business | Scoop.it

How often have you heard somebody talk about the urgent need to change the culture? They want to make it world-class. To dispense with all the nonsense and negativity that annoys employees and stops good intentions from growing into progress. To bring about an entirely different approach, starting immediately. These culture critiques are as common as complaints about the weather — and about as effective.

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How do you succeed in making positive changes to your organisation's culture? The 10 principles described here are based on sound research into organisational culture and change.
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Leadership Behavior: The Power to Shape Culture

Leadership Behavior: The Power to Shape Culture | Growing a business | Scoop.it
No matter how you define workplace culture there’s no denying that relationship dynamics play a primary role in how we do things and how we get along. The most influential relationship in the workplace is the boss-employee relationship, and because of this even departmental leaders and middle managers can influence and dramatically shift culture in […]
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The triangle model (Persecutor-Victim-Rescuer) is very powerful. I recognise elements of all three in myself, but the Rescuer trait of "constant need to fix other people's problems" rang a particularly uncomfortable bell for me!

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The triangle model (Persecutor-Victim-Rescuer) is very powerful. I recognise elements of all three in myself, but the Rescuer trait of "constant need to fix other people's problems" rang a particularly uncomfortable bell for me!

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StartupSmart - Why your startup should build locally but always with an eye to world domination

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One Australian founder's advice on going global - and it's not 'born global'...

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Here's What Really Happened at That Company That Set a $70,000 Minimum Wage

Here's What Really Happened at That Company That Set a $70,000 Minimum Wage | Growing a business | Scoop.it
Dan Price decided to pay all 120 employees at least $70,000. Grown men cried. Profits soared. Then things got really crazy.
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Interesting study of the impact of sharing the upside on business growth and productivity - not shares or share options, but actual cash wages. 

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Here’s How 5 Companies Create Remarkably Innovative Cultures - The Lean Startup Conference

Here’s How 5 Companies Create Remarkably Innovative Cultures - The Lean Startup Conference | Growing a business | Scoop.it
Some businesses make innovation look easy. While most of us are struggling to find the right idea, certain brands (you know who you are, Apple, and yes, we’re jealous of you) seem to have everything together—steady streams of new products, never-before-seen branding concepts, and serious creative magic.
The untold story behind today’s most innovative brands, however, is what happens behind the scenes. While success stories are plentiful, what most people don’t see is the amount of trial, error,
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Staying innovative and agile while scaling up is a major challenge for entrepreneurs. These five examples show it can be done.

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Staying innovative and agile while scaling up is a major challenge for entrepreneurs. These five examples show it can be done.

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How to make your first million

How to make your first million | Growing a business | Scoop.it
What's the oft-forgotten barrier Kusal Goonewardena says we need to overcome to get to seven figures?
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Kusal has some interesting ideas about how to manage recruitment. Tip: don't start by asking for a resume!

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BigFastGrowth

BigFastGrowth | Growing a business | Scoop.it

Welcome to the world's first interactively written book. We're writing this book in real time — WITH YOU. In it, you'll learn how to grow your revenue by choosing the right go-to-market strategy for your product or service. If you get this right, Big, Fast Growth will be the result. 

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Co-author of this book, Jana Matthews now lives in Australia and consults to growth-oriented firms. I'm looking forward to browsing through this book.

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Stanford's Entrepreneurship Corner: Jennifer Pahlka, Code for America - Gaining Experience to Empathize

Stanford's Entrepreneurship Corner: Jennifer Pahlka, Code for America - Gaining Experience to Empathize | Growing a business | Scoop.it
Code for America Founder and Executive Director Jennifer Pahlka explains how fellows in her organization enrolled in California's food-stamp program to understand what recipients actually go through. Pahlka also says user data revealed the human dimension of the problem being addressed.
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This is a perfect example of :"walking in the shoes of your customer". Never mind the government context - every entrepreneur needs to understand this.

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Change leader, change thyself | McKinsey & Company

Change leader, change thyself | McKinsey & Company | Growing a business | Scoop.it
Anyone who pulls the organization in new directions must look inward as well as outward. A McKinsey Quarterly article.
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"Organisations don't change, people do". This thoughtful article highlights the importance of self-awareness, but goes beyond simple "profile awareness" such as MBTI and leadership styles. Leaders of growing organisations are almost by definition constantly in "organisational change" mode, so the ideas presented here are a useful guide.

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Entrepreneurs are Everywhere Show No. 36: Jim Semick and Peter Arvai

Entrepreneurs are Everywhere Show No. 36: Jim Semick and Peter Arvai | Growing a business | Scoop.it
Given all that I've seen in my career I don’t sweat the small stuff. We didn't talk about product; we didn't talk about organization or raising money. We talked about our values, we talked about our hopes and dreams for the world, and that helped us realize why we were doing this project together. Startups…
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The values aspect caught my attention, but there are messages for many other aspects of growing a business as well. You can skim this in 60 seconds, or go deeper and click on the links.
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Rewire your brain to embrace change

Rewire your brain to embrace change | Growing a business | Scoop.it
Understand your brain so you can set yourself up for success.
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How long does it take to break a bad habit and/or form a good one? No simple answer, but a few hints here.
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Why Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey had to fire a "superstar" employee - StartupSmart

Why Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey had to fire a "superstar" employee - StartupSmart | Growing a business | Scoop.it
An employee’s attitude and the culture they bring is much more important than their individual skills, Twitter and Square founder and CEO Jack Dorsey says. Speaking at a Square event in Melbourne earlier this week, Dorsey discussed how he has always put company culture above all else, even if this means having to let a
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Perfect illustration of the discussion we had in the last class.
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A culture of simplicity: Keeping it simple, the smart way

A culture of simplicity: Keeping it simple, the smart way | Growing a business | Scoop.it
Simple has been one of my mantras. You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end, because once you get there you can move mountains. ~Steve Jobs What Steve Jobs understood, that many others do not, is that it takes much more effort […]
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This article addresses several elements that we touch on in the Managing for Growth unit - relentless focus on what really matters, willingness to have difficult conversations and 'confront the brutal facts' among others.
Well worth a read
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Pinkcast 4. Advice from Bob Sutton: Do people leave encounters with you with more energy or less? | Daniel H. Pink

Pinkcast 4. Advice from Bob Sutton: Do people leave encounters with you with more energy or less? | Daniel  H. Pink | Growing a business | Scoop.it
LINKS: Rob Cross's research: What Creates Energy in Organizations? | Charged Up: Managing the Energy That Drives Innovation. Bob Sutton's last 3 books:
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Great tip for thinking about your own leadership goals and your personal learning task. Also links to some great research
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Great tip for thinking about your own leadership goals and your personal learning task. Also links to some great research
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How small shifts in leadership can transform your team dynamic | McKinsey & Company

How small shifts in leadership can transform your team dynamic | McKinsey & Company | Growing a business | Scoop.it
Simple tweaks in communication and role-modeling based on the latest behavioral research can nudge employees into top form and create a more productive environment for everyone. A McKinsey Quarterly article.
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Some useful specific examples of simple but effective changes anyone can make.

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The Culture Factor in Mergers and Acquisitions

The Culture Factor in Mergers and Acquisitions | Growing a business | Scoop.it
Have you ever been a part of a company merger, where your company acquired a competitor or your organization was acquired by another one? If so, you probably experienced the difficulty of such mergers or acquisitions to generate positive value for shareholders, owners, and employees. A well-quoted 1999 study by KPMG discovered that 83% of […]
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Good article with useful references to studies of success rates (or should that be failure rates) of mergers and acquisitions.

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Are You Ready for Culture Change? OR Culture Change Readiness

Are You Ready for Culture Change?  OR Culture Change Readiness | Growing a business | Scoop.it
There are plenty of articles that define culture, explain what a high performance culture looks like and gives angles on creating culture. The purpose of this article is to provide direction for anyone tasked with creating culture change. It is assumed that you understand what culture is, you have decided to make a change, and […]
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Great article that offers much-needed due diligence on culture change. Most culture change projects fail. This article makes it very easy to understand why, and what to do about it.

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The Art of Leadership & Riding a Bicycle

The Art of Leadership & Riding a Bicycle | Growing a business | Scoop.it
(AKA – Helping the Organization Get Where It Needs To Go!) Let’s demystify the art and practice of leadership. There are many parallels to the aspects of riding a bicycle and leading the team. First of all, the purpose or usefulness of the bicycle is to get from point A to point B. Clearly, leadership […]
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Great analogy for leading an organisation. Fits with the Clawson definition of leadership as management of energy.

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Goodbye Mission Statement. Hello Manifesto.

Goodbye Mission Statement. Hello Manifesto. | Growing a business | Scoop.it
Is there a difference between mission statements and manifestos? Yes and no. Their intentions may be the same but that’s where the similarity ends. In practice, the outcomes of mission statements and manifestos are miles apart. Though manifestos and missions are crafted to bring people together behind a cause, manifesto’s have a much better track […]
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Why a manifesto more powerful than a mission statement.

One of the best manifestos I have seen is iFixit's Repair Manifesto. It sums up their reason for existence and ties together everything they do. See http://ifixit.org/ ;

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"Leaders are paid to be scared"

Robin Sharma is the globally celebrated author of 11 international bestselling books on leadership including "The Leader Who Had No Title", the phenomenal #1...
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If you're paid to be a leader and you're not scared at least once a week, then you're not leading! 

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Best work and psychology articles of 2014

GRANTED: Highlights from this year

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Adam Grant, author of "Give and Take" compiled this list of top 10 articles. Verne Harnish (gazelles.com) recommends #3 in particular.

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