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How Much Traction is Enough for Investors?

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Besides the famed "hockey stick" adoption rate, here are a few ideas for showing investors why they should pay attention to your startup. (RT @jetswain: Investors: How much traction is enough traction?
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50 Things About Millennials That Make Corporate America Sh*t Its Pants

50 Things About Millennials That Make Corporate America Sh*t Its Pants | How to set up a Consulting Services Business | Scoop.it
We don’t do drug tests.
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Well, with over a million 'likes' I guess the tide really is turning.

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The Evolution Of The Employee

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This concept and the visual was taken from my new book which came out today called, The Future of Work: Attract New Talent, Build Better Leaders, and Create a Competitive Organization.

 

One of the things I have been writing about and have tried to make clear over the past few months is that work as we know it is dead and that the only way forward is to challenge convention around how we work, how we lead, and how we build our companies. Employees which were once thought of expendable cogs are the most valuable asset that any organization has. However, the employee from a decade ago isn’t the same as the employee who we are starting to see today. To help show that I wanted to share an image from my upcoming book which depicts how employees are evolving. It’s an easy way to see the past vs the future.

 


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Tom Hood's curator insight, September 6, 5:27 AM

Nice graphic that captures the essence of how work and the employee is changing / needing to change. It is very close to an exercise we did with our team as we prepared for our move and our "workplace" consultants (Avance') had our entire team map how work was, how it is now, and where they see it going... Here are some of the key areas:

 

From individual work to group work

From hierarchy to flat structure

From Independent group to interdependent group

From internally focused to external (customer/member and brand)

From planned connections to spontaneous connections

From single work point to multiple workpoints

From structured to fluid

 

This also reinforces our approach to what we are calling the "shift change" and how the interplay of technology, workplace, leadership, learning, and culture are all in need of intentional thoughtful planning to get the most out of the new world we are facing...

Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, September 18, 12:35 AM

Wow, like it...:-)))

Hélène Introvigne's curator insight, September 18, 11:39 AM

the future of work !

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Leadership Dashboards: How managing the past can hurt your future

Leadership Dashboards: How managing the past can hurt your future | How to set up a Consulting Services Business | Scoop.it
What metrics do you use to manage your business?

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Futurology ..... the process.

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Stuart Goode's curator insight, September 11, 1:23 AM

We all look back, how can we become more forward looking

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3 Signs You Should Not Become an Entrepreneur

3 Signs You Should Not Become an Entrepreneur | How to set up a Consulting Services Business | Scoop.it
There are plenty of reasons why most should not start businesses. Below are three significant signs that the risks of entrepreneurship are not for you.
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Bosses are not necessarily leaders

Bosses are not necessarily leaders | How to set up a Consulting Services Business | Scoop.it

Why should anyone be led by you wrote Goffee and Jones (HBR) in 2001. Indeed. Often new leaders spent so much time on goals and targets and using “climbing skills” shall we call them, that when they arrive where they wanted to get to they think more of the same will work.


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Are you 'doing things right' or 'doing the right thing'?

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How Can Entrepreneurs Create a Culture of Excellence?

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“ Why leaders who embrace and harness change attract and create a culture of excellence within their organizations. How serving leaders build a great business”


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Moving Beyond Marketing

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The 2014 research report by MIT Sloan Management Review and Deloitte finds clear evidence that companies across industries are creating value with social business.


A key finding is that social business value is a function of social business maturity.


This year’s report details the drivers of that maturity and how companies are using social business to transform their organizations and reap greater gains from their social business efforts.


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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, July 16, 6:47 AM

Download the full report here

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How mature is your business in terms of managing #SocialCapital?@RobPeters @thomaspower

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What Is the World's Actual Lowest Hanging Fruit?

What Is the World's Actual Lowest Hanging Fruit? | How to set up a Consulting Services Business | Scoop.it
A linguist and top pomologists attempt to answer what should be a simple inquiry.

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A bit of scientific discovery for a 'meeting bingo' category and a lesson on 'framing the question' all in one!

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4 Characteristics Of Learning Leaders

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4 Characteristics Of Learning Leaders

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 7, 7:25 AM

Peter Vaill suggested learning and leading are intertwined. Teaching is about learning and leading being intertwined with it.

Vilma Bonilla's curator insight, July 7, 10:26 AM

I love this analysis of a learning leader! It is spot on.  ~ V.B.

 

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The Employee Engagement Hoax - Forbes

The Employee Engagement Hoax - Forbes | How to set up a Consulting Services Business | Scoop.it


Somewhere around the late 1980s or early 1990s we stopped talking about employee morale and started talking about Employee Engagement instead.


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Frank J. Papotto, Ph.D.'s curator insight, July 7, 7:01 AM

      I like the engagement concept, but it has been twisted to suit a management perspective that is unhelpful. It is helpful to think of engagement as behavioral and emotional commitment; this results in loyalty to the company a willingness to stay and provide discretionary effort. A prerequisite to engagement is employee satisfaction and positive morale.

 

      The problem with engagement arose because it was presented in many instances as a tool for driving performance. Consultants and pollsters latched onto the idea that if you measured engagement you could then take various actions to change it with a variety of employee focused HR tools. All of sudden then HR had the means, it believed, to drive, employee performance-- and, of course, how could this not be valuable for business and management.

     In fact, engagement is useful because it begins to address the complexity of motivating organizational behavior. It helps us understand that both intrinsic and extrinsic factors should be considered, that the social conditions are important as well. Engagement points to the fact that a whole person approach is needed to fully enlist individual efforts on behalf of the organization.

 

      To obtain a truly engaged workforce, enterprises must start with choosing people who see it as more than simply a place to work;who see it as a valuable, useful means to a positive end for themselves and the broader community of which they are a part. Enterprises must come to the realization that supporting individuals in reaching their goals is the cost of getting individuals to support the organization's.

 

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 7, 7:08 AM

The one that gets me is the empowerment racket. As if we have the power to give someone else power. I hear this in education all the time. We are going to empower students as if we do their learning for them. Creating a positive and healthy learning environment with reciprocal relationships is the key.

Miguel Paul Trijaud Calderón's curator insight, July 9, 3:38 AM

Engagement - 12 ideas to listen to your employees

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4 Ways to Help Take Your Team From Good to Great

4 Ways to Help Take Your Team From Good to Great | How to set up a Consulting Services Business | Scoop.it

“No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking.”— Voltaire, French writer and philosopher While perfection may not be possible, there’s no reason not to strive for it …


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Key to avoiding 'abysmal to mediocre to sufficient' !

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Traits of Truly Agile Businesses

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Many organizations, in pursuit of growth, understand the need to be agile in every aspect of their business—from faster decision making to more flexible operations to collaborative ventures. Yet, there is often a gap between that awareness and cohesive action. The Accenture study on agility explores the common characteristics of agile businesses.

 


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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, June 23, 11:24 PM

Read Accenture’s research to understand how leaders act to become more agile.

Lisa McCarthy's curator insight, June 24, 3:47 AM

Good article on the "Agile Organisation".

Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, June 27, 12:43 PM

Agile explained.

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7 Leadership Lessons from Game of Thrones -

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Here are 7 leadership lessons from Game of Thrones as blogged by Chris Gaborit.

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Five Trends Shaping the Future of Work - Brian Solis

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When it comes to the future of work “late adopter is equivalent to out of business.” The question that you should be asking yourselves is what is your organizations doing about these five trends to make sure that you can succeed in the new world of work? If your organization doesn’t think about and plan for the future of work then your organization will have no future.


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Kill your performance ratings

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Neuroscience shows why numbers-based HR management is obsolete.

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Burn those spreadsheets now ..... 

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Liking Work Really Matters

Liking Work Really Matters | How to set up a Consulting Services Business | Scoop.it

But while we know intuitively that tasks we find interesting can feel effortless, what does it actually do to our mental gas tank? Can interest help us perform our best without feeling fatigued?

 

Research by psychologists Paul A. O'Keefe and Lisa Linnenbrink-Garcia of Michigan State University, which were recently published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, suggests that it can.

 


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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, September 8, 2:26 PM

Being interested in a task is essential to being good at it.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, September 8, 4:53 PM

It does. When I went into the classroom, it was a place of great creativity for me. As time progressed and School managers decided they knew more than those who inhabited the classroom ecosystem. it was harder to enjoy what we did in the classroom.

 

 

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16 Clues That the Future of Work Is Already Here - Workshifting

16 Clues That the Future of Work Is Already Here - Workshifting | How to set up a Consulting Services Business | Scoop.it
How we work, when we work and even whom we work with are changing. Here are 16 clues that prove that the future of work is already here.

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Carol Rine's curator insight, August 24, 6:35 PM

Powerful article...I see it happening already.

Rebecca Renck's curator insight, August 25, 6:43 AM

This is a wake-up call to something we already know.  Our world is changing drastically and this means in ever increasing relation to how we make a living and how our children will make a living in the not so distant future.  There are two points that need addressed now to support these changes and provide the best way to prepare our chidren.  Point one: we need to continue to modify education so that children get not only a basic skill set but also some specialized education as they become closer to the working age. 

Second,and maybe most important to us as parents, is that without the traditional office where most of us learned our work ethics and personal responsibility, along with many social skills as we came of age and entered the workforce, these things will need to be taught at a younger age.  Whether it be at home, school, church or organizations, a concentrated effort and / or instruction on integrity, self confidence, social skills, personal responsibility and time managament are needed.  Value based personal awareness curriculum need to be as important as math and writing skills. Even more important is the need to integrate more specialized skill and creative arts into their lives. Otherwise a young adult entering the workforce will not only have a difficult time being able to integrate socially and responsibly from a home office but will not have a skill set that he can market as a contractor.

Tracey Vickery's curator insight, September 5, 8:21 PM

The pace is faster than we have the ability to adapt.  Accelerated, self-directed learning will become the new norm.

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5 strategies for keeping a startup vibe in a rapidly growing company - The Next Web

5 strategies for keeping a startup vibe in a rapidly growing company - The Next Web | How to set up a Consulting Services Business | Scoop.it
5 strategies for keeping a startup vibe in a rapidly growing company
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When rapid growth is fueled by this startup mindset, the natural need comes to hire more staff.
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Were you born to lead? - The Age (blog)

Were you born to lead? - The Age (blog) | How to set up a Consulting Services Business | Scoop.it

The Age (blog)Were you born to lead? The Age (blog) But when they're all combined, it becomes clear that leadership development programs “produce substantial results”, especially in regards to improving the knowledge and skills of those who...


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Nature or nurture. What do you think?

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3 Greatest Myths about Owning a #Business

3 Greatest Myths about Owning a #Business | How to set up a Consulting Services Business | Scoop.it

When I was younger I wanted my own business, but I didn’t know how to begin. Should I buy a franchise, join a multi-level marketing company, or start my own business?

 

I went to seminars, presentations, and sales pitches on selling everything from milk additives to fuel additives, from soap to jewellery.

 

A lot of the presentations were very high-pressured. They were designed to get you to buy, sign, and commit. It was all about selling the dream of a life of leisure; you could live like a king and enjoy life without hard work. You could be different from the average Joe—no longer serving the man but living the dream.

 

Having started and run three successful businesses myself and spoken to hundreds of small business owners I can look back over 35 years and say, “Yep, that was definitely a bunch of crap!”

 

These are the three great myths:


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Bill Brown's curator insight, July 23, 2:21 AM

So true! Yes, you do have to get real when you think about starting your own business. All those overnight successes you hear about, well, there are very few of them and with hindsight most people's idea of "overnight" tends to foreshorten over time!

 

Read and get real.

MichaelJDay's curator insight, July 24, 10:46 AM

Truth!

annie garfoot's curator insight, August 8, 6:26 AM

Having started and run three successful businesses myself and spoken to hundreds of small business owners I can look back over 35 years and say, “Yep, that was definitely a bunch of crap!” These are the three great myths...

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Leadership Challenges With Remote-Based Workers

Leadership Challenges With Remote-Based Workers | How to set up a Consulting Services Business | Scoop.it

Whether small, medium or large in size, organizations have been or are set to grapple with remote-based leadership issues. I believe there are some compelling reasons why this is going to snowball quite soon, and leaders will want to prepare themselves to augment or adapt new leadership styles as workers begin to work from anywhere.


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You too can move to Halifax!

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David Hain's curator insight, July 10, 10:34 PM

"The traditional, physical water cooler will become all but empty because no one is around anymore to refill it, so the way in which people are leading must also change." ~ Dan Pontefract

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Nine HR Policies That Drive Good People Away

Nine HR Policies That Drive Good People Away | How to set up a Consulting Services Business | Scoop.it

There is a particular, awful feeling you get working in a company that is sinking. You can tell the minute you walk in the door that the energy is off.  If you pay attention to the vibe you get on a job interview, you’ll know when a company is broken. People don’t look you in the eye. No one wants to be there, but you might take the job regardless if you’re out of other options.


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Are you working properly?

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Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's curator insight, July 6, 12:47 AM

Here are 9 HR policies rooted in fear and guaranteed to drive smart and capable people into the arms of competitors.

Cindy Riley Klages's curator insight, July 7, 5:25 AM

Are we doing all we can to keep our good ones?  This definitely applies to education, too.

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Social Leadership: Crossing Boundaries

Social Leadership: Crossing Boundaries | How to set up a Consulting Services Business | Scoop.it

Our lives today weave between formal and social spaces, no longer defined by the four walls of the office or a clear distinction between technologies and communities. Social Leadership is a style suited to the Social Age: it’s about building reputation that leads into authority.

 


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Leadership Jim but not as we know it ...

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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, July 3, 2:05 PM

Excerpt from the blog post:


Within formal spaces, authority is hierarchical, often embedded in team and management structures and through official channels. 


Social authority communicates through social channels and communities and is socially moderated: granted and removed contextually. It’s reputation based and often crosses into social technologies: that which sits within our pockets and plays by the rules of Facebook and Twitter.

David Hain's curator insight, July 4, 2:52 AM

#SocialCapital or #RelationshipCapital builds networked communities through technology, but only when underpinned by trustful behaviours. PS: @julianstodd a #mustfollow!!

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 4, 9:56 AM

Leading should occur on the boundaries (eco-tones) in organization. Anthony Bryk and others suggested the role of School leadership was to work on the boundaries between School and community rather than micro-managing what went on in School. That almost sounds like John Dewey.

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Building a business not just an app? Start with the revenue model

Building a business not just an app? Start with the revenue model | How to set up a Consulting Services Business | Scoop.it

The number of app developers using business models that don’t rely on app store payments is increasing. In some cases this is sophisticated app developers adapting to the market.


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Forget Command and Control--Try Connect and Inspire

Forget Command and Control--Try Connect and Inspire | How to set up a Consulting Services Business | Scoop.it
Without open, inclusive, collaborative leadership, innovation simply can't thrive.

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John Michel's curator insight, June 25, 3:23 AM

Without open, inclusive, collaborative leadership, innovation simply can't thrive.

Lisa McCarthy's curator insight, June 25, 5:30 AM

While there are certainly things leaders themselves can do to adapt their leadership style, individual change is not enough. We need to shift not only individual leaders but entire large organizations away from a culture of command and control to a more inclusive one that requires coordinated, sustained attention and commitment.

Lisa McCarthy's curator insight, June 25, 5:54 AM

While there are certainly things leaders themselves can do to adapt their leadership style, individual change is not enough. We need to shift not only individual leaders but entire large organizations away from a culture of command and control to a more inclusive one that requires coordinated, sustained attention and commitment.