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The Power of Failure

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The always quoteable Malcolm Gladwell tackles failure in this NEW essay from The New Yorker.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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My failures have taught me far more than my successes.

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Excerpt from the article: "Creativity always comes as a surprise to us; therefore we can never count on it and we dare not believe in it until it has happened. In other words, we would not consciously engage upon tasks whose success clearly requires that creativity be forthcoming. Hence, the only way in which we can bring our creative resources fully into play is by misjudging the nature of the task, by presenting it to ourselves as more routine, simple, undemanding of genuine creativity than it will turn out to be."
John Michel's curator insight, June 26, 2013 3:42 PM

"Creativity always comes as a surprise to us; therefore we can never count on it and we dare not believe in it until it has happened. In other words, we would not consciously engage upon tasks whose success clearly requires that creativity be forthcoming. Hence, the only way in which we can bring our creative resources fully into play is by misjudging the nature of the task, by presenting it to ourselves as more routine, simple, undemanding of genuine creativity than it will turn out to be."

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 3, 2013 11:17 AM

I enjoy Gladwell's writing.

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Devilish Issues of Management-Led Buyouts - New York Times

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Devilish Issues of Management-Led Buyouts
New York Times
But both deals “illustrate the rising tide of shareholder power, as well as the devilish issues that emerge when management tries to buy a public company,” Steven M.
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To successfully win at a management-led buyout (where management buys the stock back from the shareholders), the shareholders must feel 1) that they are getting a better than market price for their shares, and 2) that they might be able to have an ongoing interest in the company's success -- this can take the form of A) a special dividend on imaginary stock, or B) giving them, as a group and each prorata with his or her former ownership percentage, a revenue-based royalty, based upon net revenues received by the company.

 

Either of these approaches tends to give the shareholders a continued ownership (in spirit) of the company, and gives the perception of a higher ultimate purchase "Value" to them. Psychologically, the shareholders in these cases, if the arrangement is properly explained, feel that they are still a part of the company and that they are still going to participate in the growth and future of the company being planned by management.

 

Psychologically, shareholders don't generally like to be thrown to the curb for a price. And this psychological factor must be addressed.

 

Approaches A and B above give the shareholders a sense of still being a part of the company, with the incentive of enjoying future profits. In this way a buyout feels much more like an incentive-based restructuring. It's much more palatable. and dipels that feeling amongst the shareholders that they are being taken advantage of.

 

Douglas E. Castle http://DouglasECastleBlog.com @DECastleAvisor

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When My Facebook Timeline Ends, Will I Die? | DOUGLAS E. CASTLE - The Daily Burst Of Brilliance™

When My Facebook Timeline Ends, Will I Die? | DOUGLAS E. CASTLE - The Daily Burst Of Brilliance™ | LEADERSHIP | Scoop.it
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Sometimes we worry about things which we really needn't worry about. But this -- this is NOT one of them. People are running to the stores and stocking up on "friends" and "likes". Next, it's potassium iodide and power generators...

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Great Leaders Talk With Their Hands

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Hands are used for more than shaking in business. Gestures convey enthusiasm, trustworthiness and emotional investment.
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In public speaking, your body language and other non-verbal communications speak far more loudly than the content of your communications or the meaning of your message.

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Women in Leadership Roles/

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It may seem strange to ask — at a time when women account for almost 40 percent of all managerial positions, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics — why so few women have made it to the very highest levels of corporations.


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Ladies! Please put on your crash helmets, as the 'glass ceiling' is about to crash in shards all around you, as is the tremendous disparity in compensation rates. Douglas E. Castle as Member, The Executive Advisory Committee, The CFI Group Of Companies.

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Where are the women in senior leadership roles?

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The PRH (Personal Responsibility for Health) Chronicles: 6 - Culture, Power, and Responsibility

The PRH (Personal Responsibility for Health) Chronicles: 6 - Culture, Power, and Responsibility | LEADERSHIP | Scoop.it
Our culture - at least the movie-going part of it- seems to have embraced the adage: with great power, comes great responsibility.
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Just liked the quotation. Those in Europe call this obligation born of great wealth or fortune "Noblesse Oblige."

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32 Lesser-Known Rules Of Management

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Not what your textbook taught you. (The 32 Lesser-Known Rules Of Management

http://t.co/h6hAf9yBaQ)
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Frankly, I was smitten with the photo. - DEC

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The Key Leadership Skill?

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Don Dea's curator insight, June 24, 2013 12:07 AM

The leadership lesson
Leadership may well be about vision and inspiration and charisma and motivation but at its heart leadership is about communication, and at least half of communication is about listening.

Particularly to the people who are keeping quiet.
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"at its heart leadership is about communication"

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How It Works | Holacracy

RT @michael_leber: If you want to learn more about true leadership and org innovation #pmcamp13vie http://t.co/pXW1t1uZ6P
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Cyrus Mistry wants more women at leadership roles in Tata group - Times of India

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Cyrus Mistry wants more women at leadership roles in Tata group
Times of India
"I look forward to seeing women in important roles and positions of leadership in the years ahead, as our company grows, prospers and transforms itself.
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How Should We Conduct a Cross-Training Session?

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How Should We Conduct a Cross-Training Session?. We want to conduct cross-training sessions to help some employees acquire new skills.

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Cross-training, especially in leaner, meaner, newer organizations, is absolutely critical. It can prevent disasters, and it often does.

 

- DC

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CROSS-TRAINING = to train (a worker, athlete, etc.) to be proficient at different, usually related, skills, tasks, jobs, etc...

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Tips for Perfecting Gentle Salary Negotiation - U.S. News & World Report (blog)

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Tips for Perfecting Gentle Salary Negotiation
U.S. News & World Report (blog)
When you read the word, "negotiation," what word pops into your mind? Perhaps "argument," "tough" or some such.
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Substitute the word "discussion" for negotiation, and the words "get together" for "meeting" and it sets a much friendlier scenario for friendlier productivity. -DC

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Tony Robbins: Quotes for Personal Power

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Check out Tony Robbins inspirational quotes to personal power and success. Allow the words of this motivational guru to inspire you in your quest for personal empowerment and in unlocking your true potential.
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I find Tony Robbins inspiring. But, like a sugary drink, his words have a propensity to wear off and fade away when the practical reality of one's immediate predicament (unemployment, debt, daily stressors and fears) sets in. I believe that what is needed is less 'transformational talk' and more in the way of practical planning -- step by step guidance to building a business, an income, financial security and all of the very real things that are a backdrop for a real, lasting rise in self-esteem and genuine personal power. I started The CFI Group Of Companies for the purpose of  taking entrepreneurs, startups and small businesses and giving them the plans, tools and monitoring keys for truly building something tangible, and something to be proud of. I enjoy a good pep talk, but I believe in proper training, tactically and strategically, to play the game and win.

 

-- Douglas E Castle

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DOUGLAS E. CASTLE - The Daily Burst Of Brilliance™

DOUGLAS E. CASTLE - The Daily Burst Of Brilliance™ | LEADERSHIP | Scoop.it
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There can be no excuse for this incredible horror -- the crime of all crimes, compounded. First a child is kidnapped, and then she is either sold into sexula slavery, or is beaten, drugged and forced into a miserable, threat-filled life of prostitution. If you suspect that this is happening anywhere, at any time (and there are telltale signs - we all 'sense' them), call the police; and keep calling them until they do their job. Individuals who traffic in Human bondage and suffering are not worthy of our consideration or of the benefit of the doubt. They must be stopped. Permanently. And this can only happen if we become a more vigilant civilization, and start accounting for these lost children. This happens in every country, and neither the United Nations, nor any national government can do enough to stop it. It is our job as a society, as Human Beings worthy of that latter designation, to put an end to this. Have you every asked yourself "How come no one is marching and picketing for the missing children?" I hadn't until recently. I've finally heard the stifled scream of the stolen innocents.

 

- Douglas E. Castle

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The Power of Failure

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The always quoteable Malcolm Gladwell tackles failure in this NEW essay from The New Yorker.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
Douglas E Castle's insight:

My failures have taught me far more than my successes.

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Kenneth Mikkelsen's comment, June 26, 2013 1:33 PM
Excerpt from the article: "Creativity always comes as a surprise to us; therefore we can never count on it and we dare not believe in it until it has happened. In other words, we would not consciously engage upon tasks whose success clearly requires that creativity be forthcoming. Hence, the only way in which we can bring our creative resources fully into play is by misjudging the nature of the task, by presenting it to ourselves as more routine, simple, undemanding of genuine creativity than it will turn out to be."
John Michel's curator insight, June 26, 2013 3:42 PM

"Creativity always comes as a surprise to us; therefore we can never count on it and we dare not believe in it until it has happened. In other words, we would not consciously engage upon tasks whose success clearly requires that creativity be forthcoming. Hence, the only way in which we can bring our creative resources fully into play is by misjudging the nature of the task, by presenting it to ourselves as more routine, simple, undemanding of genuine creativity than it will turn out to be."

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 3, 2013 11:17 AM

I enjoy Gladwell's writing.

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GOP leadership on DOMA: It's up to the states - Politico

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GOP leadership on DOMA: It's up to the states
Politico
Congressional Republican leaders are speaking with resounding unity: the same-sex marriage fight is ending on Capitol Hill.
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Let's let consenting adults have their privacy and dignity -- we have used this debate for too long as a political jousting pole. Doesn't the GOP leadership have something more important to do...or something more interesting to offer?

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How Power Affects Negotiators

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According to Dacher Keltner of the University of California at Berkeley and his colleagues , power affects two primary neurological regulators of beha (How Power Affects Negotiators http://t.co/jhak1jPmAd...
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A feeling of power absolutely affects individuals' ability to negotiate, and the effect of those negotiations on those who are either more or less powerful. There is a perceivable attitude change, body language shift, change in the tone of voice, change in audacity -- all of which are brought about by neurological changes which accompany increased self-confidence and position, whether real or perceived.  - Douglas E. Castle

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Kathleen Ayers | Press Release: Does Your Leadership Ability Influence Others?

Kathleen Ayers | Press Release: Does Your Leadership Ability Influence Others? | LEADERSHIP | Scoop.it
IBOtoolbox Press Release: Does Your Leadership Ability Influence Others? (Kathleen Ayers | Press Release: Does Your Leadership Ability Influence Others?
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Yes, indeed. The greatest leaders lead (and teach others to lead) by example. People are much more receptive to observing behaviors and their consequences than they are by listening and taking copious notes.

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The false theory of meritocracy: why women lose out - The Guardian

The false theory of meritocracy: why women lose out - The Guardian | LEADERSHIP | Scoop.it
The Guardian
The false theory of meritocracy: why women lose out
The Guardian
There has been a lot of talk about how to get more women on to the boards of companies. Good question, but why does it keep coming back?
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Meritocracy is a beautiful and productive ideal; sadly conformity (the cousin of mediocrity) often wins out. Few people want to rock the boat. Remember the book "The Peter Principle" from the 1970s?

 - DC

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Cavintek helps India SMBs with workflow management app - ZDNet

Cavintek helps India SMBs with workflow management app - ZDNet | LEADERSHIP | Scoop.it
Cavintek helps India SMBs with workflow management app
ZDNet
Cavintek provides cloud-based workflow management tool for SMBs to manage and automate business processes within the organization.
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The Unbelievable Importance of the Training Dia...

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Rahul Saxena's insight: Otherwise a year from now when you look back and say – ‘March 2013 was amazing for me – I really packed on muscle’, you won’t be able to repeat that success.
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The discipline required in dieting and excercise is actually wonderful training for leadership. An added advantage is that you can lead quite obviously by visible example. - DC

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