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Three Quick Ways to Improve Your Strategy-Making

Three Quick Ways to Improve Your Strategy-Making | Leadership | Scoop.it
The standard strategy processes at most companies share three common characteristics:1) you wait until the annual strategy review to revisit your strategy2) you put together a SWOT analysis as input to the start of the strategy process3) you start the strategy process with a long and arduous exercise to wordsmith a mission/vision statement or organizational aspiration.These activities are, no doubt, reassuring and familiar. They are also almost completely useless.
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Chris Brown's curator insight, June 18, 9:34 AM

Interesting article on strategy.  The three characteristics sound familiar...annual strategy review, SWOT, and vision statements...  These have been effective in developing a habit.  The suggestion here is that it shouldn't be a "once a year" effort, that SWOT analysis works best when focused on a strategy (not to find a strategy), and that a vision statement can be put together in short order and tweaked over time.

 

How do you see this working in your business? 

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Harnessing the Power of Networks for Social Impact

Harnessing the Power of Networks for Social Impact | Leadership | Scoop.it
Successful networks are designed - they don’t just happen. Knowing a network’s essential design issues - and how to make and when to change design choices - is a crucial part of the practice of building effective social-impact networks.
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Network determines how far we reach out - and how we view the World
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Is Integrity the Secret to Great Leadership?

Is Integrity the Secret to Great Leadership? | Leadership | Scoop.it
The actions of a business are its value statement. Actions speak volumes about what really matters most – not what should matter, not what we wish mattered, but what really does matter to us. They swamp mission statements, speeches or memos, and they eclipse intentions. Having the kind of integrity that leaves no room between what we say and what we do is really hard work. It’s much easier to follow the words of JR Ewing of the TV series Dallas, who said: “Once you lose your integrity, everything’s easy.” Lots of people have chosen this path. Others find it to be too much work to align their decisions and actions with what they claim as priorities.
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Chris Shern has a valid point here. I have personally worked with Chris and can vouch for his integrity. Or put bluntly: I would gladly work for - or with - him again
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10 Rules for Moving Forward without Permission

10 Rules for Moving Forward without Permission | Leadership | Scoop.it
“ The path of least resistance is a long path to mediocrity. All leaders press through resistance. If there’s no resistance you’re not reaching high enough. Don’t play dead if it really matters. 4 ru...”
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Do you aim for the stars? The you might reach the moon. Good tips if you are in pursuit of change
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20 Things Life is Too Short Not to Appreciate

20 Things Life is Too Short Not to Appreciate | Leadership | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living

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Be yourself. Be true. Be unique. And live life tomits fullest

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John Michel's curator insight, August 29, 6:31 PM

 You’re an original, an individual, a masterpiece.  Celebrate it!  Don’t let your uniqueness make you shy.  Don’t be someone other than the wonder you are.  Everyone has their own dreams, their own struggles, and a different path that makes sense for them.  You are YOU for a reason.  Own it.

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How to Rebrand Yourself as an Entrepreneur

How to Rebrand Yourself as an Entrepreneur | Leadership | Scoop.it
“ By: Pablo – CC BY 2.0 All entrepreneurship begins with rebranding. Maybe you’re leaving a corporate job to launch your own business. Or you were a tech entrepreneur and now want to start a retail venture.”
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Great insights on how to move from a corporate job into being an entrepreneur
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Know Yourself. Face Your Fear. Follow Your Heart.

Know Yourself. Face Your Fear. Follow Your Heart. | Leadership | Scoop.it
“ Regret is the most tragic thing in life. Here’s how to avoid looking back, shaking your head, and saying, 'Wish I knew then what I know now.'”
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So true. Follow your heart, Chris #happyliving
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How Can Entrepreneurs Create a Culture of Excellence?

How Can Entrepreneurs Create a Culture of Excellence? | Leadership | Scoop.it
“ 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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Very practical ways to be inspired by. Of course entrepreneurs can create a strong culture - the question is how to build one of excellence
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Schumpeter: Decluttering the company

Schumpeter: Decluttering the company | Leadership | Scoop.it

PETER DRUCKER once observed that, “Much of what we call management consists of making it difficult for people to work.” Nine years after the management guru’s death, his remark is truer than ever: employees often have to negotiate a mass of clutter—from bulging inboxes to endless meetings and long lists of objectives to box-tick—before they can focus on their real work. For the past 50 years manufacturers have battled successfully to streamline their factory floors and make them “lean”.


Today, businesses of all types need to do the same in their offices.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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So true. Too much cluttering - how can we remove it? Read XL R8 by John Kotter. One option?

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Tania Tytherleigh's curator insight, August 3, 6:57 AM

Organisations are filled with 'clutter'. From tiers of management, to increasingly complex corporate objectives, meetings and emails. Clutter takes a toll on morale and productivity. Organisations must set time aside to 'spring clean' the clutter - when will you do yours?

Graeme Reid's curator insight, August 5, 1:57 AM

There is a lot of decluttering to do in most organisations.

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10 Time Saving Tips For Social Media Marketing

10 Time Saving Tips For Social Media Marketing | Leadership | Scoop.it
You’ve heard the saying, “Time is Money.” This couldn’t be more true especially as we are increasingly involved in social media interactions online. With just 24 hours given to us each day, it is important to make the best use of time in order to become more focused and productive. Social media is a great way to promote your brand or business and make connections with high influencers in your industry. But there are approximately 300 different social platforms out there, with Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube at the top of the list. It’s easy to get lost in the sea of instant information, and lose the effectiveness of your marketing online.
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Personal tips to save time on social media
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6 People Who Will Do Amazing Things for Your Career

6 People Who Will Do Amazing Things for Your Career | Leadership | Scoop.it
“ If you're missing any of these six types of people from your network, you need to find them—stat.”
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How to get ahead. Contacts and people who can help you develop
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5 Must-Read Books for Every Entrepreneur This Summer

5 Must-Read Books for Every Entrepreneur This Summer | Leadership | Scoop.it
“ A reading list ranging from the cutting edge of social media to wisdom from decades past that is relevant for all time.”
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Young entrepreneurs do not have a lot of time to read - but sometime it pays off tombe inspired by others mistakes and shortcuts
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20 Habits Happy People Have (But Never Talk About)

20 Habits Happy People Have (But Never Talk About) | Leadership | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living
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The Best Startup Tools Collection from Steve Blank

The Best Startup Tools Collection from Steve Blank | Leadership | Scoop.it

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Startup tools on a practical level. Anything for you? #startups & #tools
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Success Will Come and Go, But Integrity is Forever

Success Will Come and Go, But Integrity is Forever | Leadership | Scoop.it
If I could teach only one value to live by, it would be this: Success will come and go, but integrity is forever. Integrity means doing the right thing at all times and in all circumstances, whether or not anyone is watching. It takes having the courage to do the right thing, no matter what the consequences will be. Building a reputation of integrity takes years, but it takes only a second to lose, so never allow yourself to ever do anything that would damage your integrity.
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Food for thought on morals and integrity - something for all to think about
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Personal Renewal

Personal Renewal | Leadership | Scoop.it

This is a speech delivered by John Gardner to McKinsey & Company in November 10, 1990.


Excerpt from the speech: 


We have to face the fact that most men and women out there in the world of work are more stale than they know, more bored than they would care to admit. Boredom is the secret ailment of large-scale organizations. Someone said to me the other day "How can I be so bored when I'm so busy?" And I said "Let me count the ways." Logan Pearsall Smith said that boredom can rise to the level of a mystical experience, and if that's true I know some very busy middle level executives who are among the great mystics of all time.


Learn all your life. Learn from your failures. Learn from your successes, When you hit a spell of trouble, ask "What is it trying to teach me?" The lessons aren't always happy ones, but they keep coming. It isn't a bad idea to pause occasionally for an inward look. By midlife, most of us are accomplished fugitives from ourselves.

 

The things you learn in maturity aren't simple things such as acquiring information and skills. You learn not to engage in self-destructive behavior. You leant not to burn up energy in anxiety. You discover how to manage your tensions, if you have any, which you do. You learn that self-pity and resentment are among the most toxic of drugs. You find that the world loves talent, but pays off on character. 

You come to understand that most people are neither for you nor against you, they are thinking about themselves. You learn that no matter how hard you try to please, some people in this world are not going to love you, a lesson that is at first troubling and then really quite relaxing. 

Those are things that are hard to learn early in life, As a rule you have to have picked up some mileage and some dents in your fenders before you understand. As Norman Douglas said "There are some things you can't learn from others. You have to pass through the fire.'


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Inspiration. I was deeply moved

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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, September 11, 4:18 PM

This is one of the most profound speeches I've come across in my life. I cannot recommend reading John Gardner's words strongly enough. 


John Gardner is the author of: Self-Renewal: The Individual and the Innovative Society.


Thank you Ilkka Kikko - @Serendipitor - for pointing me towards this speech. I'm grateful for your recommendation. 

Agnes Ng's curator insight, September 11, 11:32 PM

Interesting speech...read this.

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Want to Innovate? Become a "Now-ist"

Want to Innovate? Become a "Now-ist" | Leadership | Scoop.it
“Remember before the internet?” asks Joi Ito. "Remember when people used to try to predict the future?” In this engaging talk, the head of the MIT Media Lab skips the future predictions and instead shares a new approach to creating in the moment: building quickly and improving constantly, without waiting for permission or for proof that you have the right idea. This kind of bottom-up innovation is seen in the most fascinating, futuristic projects emerging today, and it starts, he says, with being open and alert to what’s going on around you right now. Don’t be a futurist, he suggests: be a now-ist.
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A new way of looking at creating value quickly. Fantastic insight
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Letter to a Young Entrepreneur: 3 Things to Remember

Letter to a Young Entrepreneur: 3 Things to Remember | Leadership | Scoop.it
“Important life and business lessons gleaned from an early 20th century poet.”
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I wish someone had told me this, when I was wondering what to think about in my younger age
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The Innovation Steering Committee as a Guiding Coalition to Change Culture

The Innovation Steering Committee as a Guiding Coalition to Change Culture | Leadership | Scoop.it
Today, meetings consume close to 40-50% of executive time. That’s 100 days per year! By some measures 80% of meeting time could be better invested in closing business, developing talent, recruiting new customers, conceiving new products or improving operations – just about anything other than gathering for another conversation without productive outcomes.
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Good tips. Too much of my time is spent on meetings or preparing meetings
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The Heart of Innovation: 24 Awesome Quotes on Good Communication | Future Visions And Trends! Lead The Way And Innovate.

The Heart of Innovation: 24 Awesome Quotes on Good Communication | Future Visions And Trends! Lead The Way And Innovate. | Leadership | Scoop.it
“ Creativity, Innovation, Team Building, Leadership, Brainstorming, Idea Champions (Heart of Innovation: 24 Awesome Quotes on Good Communication http://t.co/TsfQqHmI...)... (The Heart of #Innovation : 24 Awesome #Quotes on Good #Communication : via ...”
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Need for inspiration of how to communicate with the hearth. Here are good quotes for exactly that
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Top 10 Signs to Make you Extremely Happy & Inspire in Life

Top 10 Signs to Make you Extremely Happy & Inspire in Life | Leadership | Scoop.it
Infographic on being happy for life and best signs to make you happy with motivation and inspiration towards dreams of life with gratitude and helping nature

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YES, fantastic checklist on how to improve your happiness by being aware of what makes you happy. I sometimes forget - do you?

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Do not overlook the power of aligning personal needs with values and culture to enhance performance

Do not overlook the power of aligning personal needs with values and culture to enhance performance | Leadership | Scoop.it
Paul BarnettFounder & CEO at Strategic Management Forum and the Strategic Management Bureau"Many readers of this article will no doubt have heard of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, a theory in psychology proposed by Abraham Maslow in his 1943 paper A Theory of Human Motivation in Psychological" Read more at: https://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140720172309-190861715-do-not-overlook-the-power-of-aligning-personal-needs-with-values-and-culture-to-enhance-performance?trk=tod-home-art-list-large_0
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Yes, remember the values. Culture and corporate values goes hand in hand - but not just on the surface. Look beneath the surface
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The Skills Leaders Need at Every Level

The Skills Leaders Need at Every Level | Leadership | Scoop.it

Are some skills less important for leaders at certain levels of the organization? Or is there a set of skills fundamental to every level?



Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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Yes. Motivation and inspiration. Many leaders forget that in their attempt to control things too much

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Jerry Busone's curator insight, August 2, 7:18 AM

Core skills every leader needs

Jacob M Engel's curator insight, August 3, 7:31 AM

These skills are critical on every level and a great predictor of success!

Miss Write's curator insight, August 19, 10:35 AM

These seem to be common sense so why are so many companies getting it so wrong with their managerial placements

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How CEOs Should Use Personal Branding to Drive Business - ClickZ | #TheMarketingAutomationAlert

How CEOs Should Use Personal Branding to Drive Business - ClickZ | #TheMarketingAutomationAlert | Leadership | Scoop.it
“Given the ease of social media and other online channels, not using the CEO is a lost opportunity to cultivate the company\'s image in the minds of the media, prospects, and customers.”Key excerpt...• Objectives and strategy. What are the messages you need to communicate, and what are the best channels to reach your target market? Assuming there's already a general PR plan in place, start with a focus on online media and industry conferences. - - Blogs. Get on a regular schedule to contribute to the company blog, or possibly create a CEO blog. Identify important industry blogs, publications, and other websites where the CEO can become a regular contributor. - Conferences and other events. Create a strategy for speaking engagements at key industry events. - LinkedIn. Enhance the CEO's LinkedIn profile and use it as a daily personal branding tool. - The media. Identify primary and secondary media outlets. Create a plan to develop relationships with key media. (You or your agencies may already have relationships and media lists.)
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Is it possible to use the CEO for branding purposes also. And is it wise? This is one perspective on how to have a mutual effect on both company and CEO influence. How come so few CEO's are present on social media blogs and twitter? #leadership & #branding
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You work for the customer, not your company

You work for the customer, not your company | Leadership | Scoop.it
When I was about 7 years old, my dad used to complain about this one gas station on Schoenersville Road in my hometown of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He said it was an eyesore with over 200 signs

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The customer pays your wage - and you are merely there to make the customer feel good. Henry Ford was right on many things

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Why would your team follow you?

Why would your team follow you? | Leadership | Scoop.it
Leaders need to be real, and be clear about their goals

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Good reasons to behave well as a leader.  Great scoop, Ivan

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