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10 Principles of Organizational Culture

10 Principles of Organizational Culture | Leadership Optimization | Scoop.it
Companies can tap their natural advantage when they focus on changing a few important behaviors, enlist informal leaders, and harness the power of employees’ emotions.
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By adopting the following principles, your organization can learn to deploy and improve its culture in a manner that will increase the odds of financial and operational success.
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10 Principles of Strategic Leadership

10 Principles of Strategic Leadership | Leadership Optimization | Scoop.it
How to develop and retain leaders who can guide your organization through times of fundamental change.
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The following 10 principles can help unlock the potential strategic leadership in your enterprise.
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Podcast: The Power of Persuasive Storytelling

Podcast: The Power of Persuasive Storytelling | Leadership Optimization | Scoop.it
Learn how stories hook your business audience and get them to take action.
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Storytelling is a key business skill worth cultivating. It can serve as an essential tool for closing a deal, impressing your boss, or making your brand more relatable to consumers
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Agility: It rhymes with stability | McKinsey & Company

Agility: It rhymes with stability | McKinsey & Company | Leadership Optimization | Scoop.it
Companies can become more agile by designing their organizations both to drive speed and create stability.
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Agile companies regularly rethink and, if necessary, redesign their structures, governance mechanisms, and processes to strike a balance between speed and stability
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Your Backlog Might Be Broken If...Part 1

Your Backlog Might Be Broken If...Part 1 | Leadership Optimization | Scoop.it
How does your team build and manage their backlog? Is your current process working well or does your backlog need a reboot? One of the most overlooked...

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Common problem - hope to avoid/fix this... 

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Rob Kingston's curator insight, October 27, 2015 3:55 PM

Got your priorities straight?

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Why Companies Have Stopped Outsourcing IT

Why Companies Have Stopped Outsourcing IT | Leadership Optimization | Scoop.it
Since the mid-1980s, when information-technology outsourcing began to take off, companies have been pursuing it as a means of cutting costs, reducing capital budgets and increasing efficiency. A broad range of IT services were frequently outsourced, from data-center operations to application development to user support. IT outsourcing still drives about 60% of the entire services sourcing industry, according to a Deloitte survey.

But it is a practice that is in decline for all but the most commoditized IT activities—and even the outsourcing of those is at risk.

Why has the tide turned against IT outsourcing? The idea only made sense when companies viewed technology as a cost of doing business. The rise of digitization, big data analytics and cognitive technologies has made IT strategic again. And it is often difficult to get innovative, differentiated outcomes when you turn IT over to someone else.

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Stop outsourcing IT and start developing your strategic digital advantage today... 

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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 | Leadership Optimization | 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...
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Efective leadership is a skill far more capable of being developed. It’s not a limited, finite resource reserved for a few. People can make significant changes. Through effective leadership, organizations can create a winning culture that enables all of its people to function at their best.
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18 Leadership and Career Lessons Learned from World of Warcraft

Do damage. Don't die. It's the one strategy to deal with every fight in the game.
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Never played the game but some of the lessons listed are valuable
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Lead by Doing, Not by Delegating

Lead by Doing, Not by Delegating | Leadership Optimization | Scoop.it
Leaders who pass hard problems to their subordinates create cynicism, not success.
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Leaders who have limited bandwidth, must start by asking themselves what is most important—right now - then do something about it...

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The Many, Many, Many Things You Should Say "No" To At Work

The Many, Many, Many Things You Should Say "No" To At Work | Leadership Optimization | Scoop.it
Forget having it all. NewBrand Analytics CEO Kristin Muhlner is having none of it. Look at all the things she says no to, and get inspired.
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A refreshing idea - I particularly like saying "No" to all nighters ... have done way to many of those ... 

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11 Leadership Lessons from John Wooden

11 Leadership Lessons from John Wooden | Leadership Optimization | Scoop.it
Coach John Wooden won 10 NCAA championships and is considered by many to be the best coach ever. In fact, his philosophy and process are even more impressive than his spectacular results. The book Wooden on Leadership is a treasure chest of advice, including the following 11 lessons that are useful for all leaders.
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Some great points - keep you eye on the ball or in retail - focus on your customer...
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Top 20+ change management mistakes to avoid

Top 20+ change management mistakes to avoid | Leadership Optimization | Scoop.it
Many change efforts fail. They can be traced to these common mistakes: Top 20+ change management mistakes to avoid - Torben Rick

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Nice article  on Change Management mistakes to avoid 

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Rob Kingston's curator insight, July 21, 2014 7:12 AM

Great list. Number 18 is a particular favorite of mine: Always build momentum with quick, small wins along the way. 

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3 TED Talks That Uncover the Secrets of Storytelling | Convince and Convert: Social Media Strategy and Content Marketing Strategy

3 TED Talks That Uncover the Secrets of Storytelling | Convince and Convert: Social Media Strategy and Content Marketing Strategy | Leadership Optimization | Scoop.it
Great stories inspire. They invoke wonder and provoke engagement. They spark the connection that lights the fire of passion. These three TED talks show you exactly what that means and how you can apply it to your own brand storytelling.
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Nice article on Story telling - Great stories inspire. They invoke wonder and provoke engagement. They spark the connection that lights the fire of passion.
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David Hain's curator insight, October 21, 2014 2:30 AM

We all need meaning and context It's hard to make meaning as a leader without telling stories. Some great perspectives here on how to do that.

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5 Leadership Behaviors You Want in a High Potential Employee

5 Leadership Behaviors You Want in a High Potential Employee | Leadership Optimization | Scoop.it
The leadership behaviors that you will need to identify in future leaders that will take your company forward.
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These five servant leadership behaviors ultimately lead to high performance in followers, great organizational cultures, and profitability long-term.
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Go Disrupt Yourself

Go Disrupt Yourself | Leadership Optimization | Scoop.it
There's a reason there are so few examples of large companies fundamentally altering their strategies on the fly -- it's extremely hard.
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“Changing the engine on an airplane while the plane is in flight.” is a good analogy for self disruption - I hope you have more then one engine... 
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Only 8% of Leaders Are Good at Both Strategy and Execution

Only 8% of Leaders Are Good at Both Strategy and Execution | Leadership Optimization | Scoop.it
But if you’re good at one, you’ll probably get better at the other.
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Here are five leadership activities that help companies close the strategy-to-execution gap
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7 Reasons Why Emotional Intelligence Is One Of The Fastest-Growing Job Skills

Here's why hiring managers say they often value emotional intelligence more highly than IQ.
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Here are seven of the top reasons why highly emotionally intelligent candidates are so valuable to companies
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Practical Project Best Practices for Successful BRM

Practical Project Best Practices for Successful BRM | Leadership Optimization | Scoop.it
What can be done during project execution to help successfully deliver intended project benefits? From getting change management in shape to testing for benefits, here are some ideas based on the writer's experience with IT projects and ERP-enabled transformations.

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Focus on and test for delivering business value. 

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Rob Kingston's curator insight, November 12, 2015 9:52 AM

PMs: Focus on delivering business value.

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Free Your Strategy from Annual Planning

Free Your Strategy from Annual Planning | Leadership Optimization | Scoop.it
“When your strategy is shackled to the annual planning process, you lose a uniquely powerful management tool.”
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Strategy is not annual planning - Strategy should answer: • What businesses should we be in, and how do we add value to them? • Who are our target customers, and what is our value proposition to them? • What capabilities make us best at how we add value to our individual businesses and how well they deliver their value propositions? It is all-too-common to have many plans and very little strategy, because strategy is difficult!
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Bureaucracy Must Die

Bureaucracy Must Die | Leadership Optimization | Scoop.it
“How the architecture and ideology of organizations need to change.”
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We must find a way to reap the blessings of bureaucracy—precision, consistency, and predictability—while at the same time killing it
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10 Trends Transforming Enterprise IT | TechCrunch

10 Trends Transforming Enterprise IT | TechCrunch | Leadership Optimization | Scoop.it
“When it comes to corporate IT, revolution is in the air. The way companies buy, build, manage, optimize and secure information technology is changing..”
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Can’t Picture Where You’ll Be in 5 Years? Find Your Strategy.

Can’t Picture Where You’ll Be in 5 Years? Find Your Strategy. | Leadership Optimization | Scoop.it
Strategies aren't just for big companies. To maximize the chance of professional success, treat your career like you would a startup and have a plan.
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Great article about Strategy and "Career Strategy" in particular - you will get a lot out of it ... 

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Creativity Drives Business Success

Creativity Drives Business Success | Leadership Optimization | Scoop.it

For years, business leaders have focused on things like employee productivity, process efficiency and workforce planning as the key success drivers for their companies. But over the past few years, the mindset has shifted. Leading companies recognize the importance of another key success driver – the need to infuse creativity into all aspects of business– from strategy and culture, to innovation and customer engagement.

Adobe and Forrester recently conducted a study that found that creative companies – those that encourage creative perspective, practices, and culture – outperform in both revenue growth and market share. 58% of respondents from creative companies said their revenues have strong growth (10%+ year-over-year), vs. only 20% of less-creative firms. And creative companies are 50% more likely to report a commanding market leadership position over competitors.

At the same time, over 61% believe they are working for companies that do not invest in the culture, people, processes or platforms that inspire greater creativity. So how do companies who are at a creative deficit begin adopting a more creative mindset? How do they infuse it into the culture? And how do they make it a part of their programs and practices?


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Russ Merz, Ph.D.'s curator insight, September 29, 2014 11:53 AM

An interesting article by Adobe highlighting the major findings from a recent research study that examined the market performance of self reported "creative" companies--the "creative dividend". They also suggest five key implications from their interpretation of the results.  

 

Of course, as with any research that relies solely on self reported data--how valid is it. At the end of the day it probably raises more questions than it answers from a brand strategy perspective.

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What’s the Secret to Leadership Presence?

Leadership presence—the skills and characteristics of a leader that can improve performance, both in the person and in the organization he or she oversees—is about to have a moment. Perhaps it’s just that the executive-in-the-hoodie fad has passed its sell-by date of coolness, even on the ragged edges of Silicon Valley. Or maybe the increasing diversity that characterizes companies today is setting off a search for alternatives to the square-jawed, deep-voiced, airline-pilot persona that once epitomized our common conception of a leader.  Whatever the reasons, Sylvia Ann Hewlett’s new book, Executive Presence: The Missing Link between Merit and Success, is likely to deepen the interest.


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People who give us their undivided attention most vividly manifest presence. Nice article check it out 

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Good Leadership Stories = Good Strategy

Good Leadership Stories = Good Strategy | Leadership Optimization | Scoop.it
“You’ve probably heard about the importance of corporate storytelling, as a way to connect with and engage your team and employees.”
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3 ways a good story can help you as a business leader
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