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TEDxBayArea February 2011 - Mehrdad Baghai - As One: Individual action collective power

"As One: Individual action collective power" Every day, millions of people around the world collaborate. We join, share, and cooperate with others from diffe...
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The value if discretionary effort in turning the flywheel of your business. Great insights from former Chair of Deloitte, Jim Quigley. 

 

Article and http://www.journalofaccountancy.com/Issues/2013/Jun/20137313.htm and Ted video by the co-author featured.

 

1) The Ukranian wedding effect (culture that is defined and understood)

2) Collaboration is a means to an end

3) FInd the fire alarm - being able to shift and pivot quickly

 

and I love the title "As One: Individual action, collective power" which also captures a comment from Jim Collins, "We are moving form organziations well managed to networks well-led"

 

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The Google engineer teaching happiness in three steps

The Google engineer teaching happiness in three steps | Leadership - Social & Native | Scoop.it
To improve the well-being of its workers, Google employed one of its engineers to increase happiness. David G Allan tried out his three-step plan – does it work

Via Jay Cross
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Some great advice...

1. Calm your mind - take time for reflections amid the busyness.

2. Log moments of joy - notice this moments of joy and happiness.

3. Wish other people happiness - pay it forward, practice civility, volunteer, etc.

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Jay Cross's curator insight, November 12, 2014 2:20 PM

1. Calm your mind. 2. Log moments of joy. 3. Wish others to be happy. A talk by Google's Chaude-Meng Tan. Great advice, easy to remember. 

 

Never mind the photo of the menacing plane; it's from another article. Be happy about that.

 

I hope you're happy as you read this.

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Your Lawyer May Soon Ask This AI-Powered App for Legal Help

Your Lawyer May Soon Ask This AI-Powered App for Legal Help | Leadership - Social & Native | Scoop.it
Using the same IBM tech that let a computer beat humans at Jeopardy, a new tool could put an end to legal gruntwork.
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Gradual then sudden, that is how Digital Disruption happens. Airbnb and hotel industry, iPhone and Kodak, Uber and taxi cabs. Now there is Facetime your doc and this new AI app for lawyers - note: What is around the corner for CPAs


Peter Diamandis adds: "Its built-in LegalRank algorithm intelligently prioritizes results -- for example, Supreme Court cases rank higher than local decisions.

Why it's important: Law firms currently spend $9.5 billion on research per year, and attorneys spend nearly one-fifth of their working hours on legal research. Thanks to IBM Watson's open developer platform, this app uses cognitive computing and AI to demonetize these expenses and billed hours, dramatically accelerating the pace of research."


The flip side is that there are tremendous opportunities for CPAS who embrace these new Digital Tools and Cloud technologies to find new ways to add value. 

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How the Next Five Years Will Revolutionize Business - Brian Solis

How the Next Five Years Will Revolutionize Business - Brian Solis | Leadership - Social & Native | Scoop.it

The period between 2015 and 2020 is poised to redefine virtually every facet of how we live and work. It probably won’t bring jetpacks and hoverboards, but it will usher in other radical technologies, business models, customer experiences and even a new breed of entrepreneurs—a wave of so-called digital natives who think and act differently from every generation before them.

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Reminds me of our work with Daniel Burrus who said, "In the next five years we will transform how we market, sell, communicate, train, and educate." Yes that is transform, not change and certainly not change incrementally. It is what continues to drive us to work on helping CPAs, accountants and finance professionals be "future ready" and learn to become anticipatory.  Are we exaggerating this, what do you think?

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Inside MIT's Virtual, Robotic Workplace

Inside MIT's Virtual, Robotic Workplace | Leadership - Social & Native | Scoop.it
Imagine a world where a robotic workforce doesn't take our jobs, but instead allows us more flexibility and interaction.
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Who would think that a robot can actually make us more human?


We got our robot this past year and many were skeptical about its actual usefulness in a work environment. Our experience is like the article's the use of the robot actually creates a "telepresence" unlike other conference or even video interactions with remote workers. We are also using it to "beam" in our sponsors and to attend trade shows and conferences remotely. The article captures it right - it allows for more interaction and flexibility in connecting people. 


Come see for yourself and drive one at MACPA-BLI CPA Summit next Tuesday www.blionline.org/cpa-summit 

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Strategic Business Skills Are Not Just for the CFO Anymore - AICPA Insights

Strategic Business Skills Are Not Just for the CFO Anymore - AICPA Insights | Leadership - Social & Native | Scoop.it
A new era of business is dawning as organizations look for finance staff—from the C-suite to entry-level—with a broader mix of competencies that include the application of financial disciplines in the management of the business. Employers are looking for finance professionals with management accounting skills, business skills and the potential...
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The skills gap is widening and the War for Talent is escalating. That is what we are seeing across the profession and it is ultimately up to employers to decide to do something about it.


"Business leaders often lament skill gaps, and we believe demand will continue to exceed the supply of candidates who have an analytical mindset, technical skills, and a foundation for leadership.

So while skills in data analytics will be desired, we believe broader business acumen, global awareness, relationship skills, and leadership abilities will be just as coveted." - PWC report Data Driven, What students need to succeed in a rapidly changing business world


Our approach is the 4 C's: Competencies (skills), Career Path (and job levels), Curriculum (Content mapped to Career Path & Competency), and Cloud-enabled learning including blended, nano, e-learning, etc. Contact us at www.blionlineorg.

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How Google Sold Its Engineers on Management

How Google Sold Its Engineers on Management | Leadership - Social & Native | Scoop.it

Key traits of high-performing managers - WWGD - insights from Google's Project Oxygen.


"The key behaviors primarily describe leaders of small and medium-sized groups and teams and are especially relevant to first- and second-level managers. They involve developing and motivating direct reports, as well as communicating strategy and eliminating roadblocks—all vital activities that people tend to overlook in the press of their day-to-day responsibilities."


See Google VP, Ari Balogh at our upcoming Innovation Summit http://blionline.org/cpa-summit/

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How Google Plus Pages Can Boost Your Business

How Google Plus Pages Can Boost Your Business | Leadership - Social & Native | Scoop.it

Just recently, Scoop.it announced that Scoop.it curators will be able to connect their personal profiles for the purpose of Google Authorship, and at the same time, can now connect a Google+ Business Page for sharing curated content. This is really exciting news, as busy business owners and social media managers can now use Scoop.it to curate and share great content to all of their branded social media profiles - Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and now Google+.


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ConsejeriaValledupar1's curator insight, March 1, 2014 2:13 PM

Esta es su consejeria académica en Valledupar-UNAD

Nine0Media's curator insight, March 4, 2014 4:26 PM

Make sure to add your Google+ button to your Blog Posts #DIYSEO #Nine0Media 

Toni Ferraté's curator insight, March 9, 2014 6:17 AM

Hay que experiementar con Google Plus en un momento en que todos somos aprendices y no hay gurús.

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Company Culture: How to Keep Your Entrepreneurial Edge as You Grow

Company Culture: How to Keep Your Entrepreneurial Edge as You Grow | Leadership - Social & Native | Scoop.it
Leaders can shape-shift their company's culture as challenges arise.

Via Don Dea
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Love the quote, "Leaders can shape-shift their company's culture as challenges arise." That may require more changes considering the rapid pace of change and complexity we are all dealing with.

 

There is a saying that culture trumps strategy every time and another that shows the ROI of culture investment to be 20X (acccording to the book Information Masters). Yet we see many oprganization who have "culture by default" - culture that is different based on the leaders and managers, offices or divisions. In today's hyper-competitive world we need every advantage we can get and cannot leave culture unaddressed. How are you dealing with your culture?

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Don Dea's curator insight, September 19, 2013 11:47 PM

A company’s culture is like water: It’s an ecosystem that supports the life forms that occupy it. It adapts to those forms over time, and eventually turns into a mutually supportive environment. But unlike nature, a company’s culture has consciousness and control: The people who occupy it are aware of their environment every minute of every day, and the people who lead it have the power to influence and to change it.

The problems and challenges related to culture simply never go away. Leaders can, however, tackle the shape and context of those challenges.

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Creating a Company Vision Story

Creating a Company Vision Story | Leadership - Social & Native | Scoop.it
Do you have a vision of where your company will be in three years? In five? 10? Here’s a sure-fire way to get clear about the future you want.

Via Karen Dietz
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The power of vision is so compelling and absolutely necessary in today's ADD world. Captured well here in the article, "A great vision is inspiring. It gets you and everyone in the organization excited to come to work; it's the cathedral everyone is coming to work every day to construct. This is not mere wishful thinking. A vision must also be strategically sound. You have to have a reasonable shot at getting there."


Intereting that this article shows up the weekend after we (our Business Learning Institute team) helped falitate a visioing process for the State of Maryland with the Chamber of Commmerce's Maryland Competitiveness Coalition this past Friday. Even states and nations need inspiring visions.

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Ali Anani's curator insight, September 11, 2013 3:25 AM

A must read. Fabulous article

Karen Dietz's comment, September 11, 2013 8:54 PM
How cool Linda! That must have been a real treat. And thank you Freddy and Ali for your comments.
Debra Walker's curator insight, September 11, 2013 11:30 PM

Visioning is critical for ensuring everyone in the organization can "see" the orgn in the future.  Stories are powerful!

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Employee Engagement Does More than Boost Productivity

Employee Engagement Does More than Boost Productivity | Leadership - Social & Native | Scoop.it
Why do so many organizations get engagement wrong?
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It really is that simple - Start with Why "One way to simplify it is to focus on purpose. Communicate the purpose of the organization, and how employees' individual purposes fit into that purpose." and end with the four most important words in business, "what do you think" (Thanks Tom Peters). Apply MBSN (Management by Sticky Notes) to increase the impact. At BLI we call this ROP - Return on People.

 

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Are We Living in a Post-CEO World?

Are We Living in a Post-CEO World? | Leadership - Social & Native | Scoop.it

In a complex business environment, innovative companies must move from a guru model to one based on team leadership. 


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
Tom Hood's insight:

I think the CEO is moving from Chief Executive Officer to Chief Engagement Officer and will act more like CEOs of non-profits who are leading networks rather than managing organizations. I like the metaphor of "gardeners" and the idea of "network Leadership" which we are bringing to the CPA profession in our learning and development programs. 

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, June 22, 2013 11:51 AM

We could be. Don't tell bureaurcrats in education this. They are afraid because their jobs would evaporate.

Richard Dillard, PMP, SSBB, ABD 7.1's curator insight, June 22, 2013 1:42 PM

"Never let yourself be pursuaded that any one Great Man, any one leader, is necessary to the salvation of America. When America consists of one leader and 158 million followers, it will no longer be America."  Credited to Dwight D. Eisenhower in a September 3, 1976 edition of the National Courier, we could well adjust the quote to the context of this article thus:

 

Never let yourself be pursuaded that any one Great Man or Woman, any one leader, is necessary to the salvation of business in America. When Corporations consist of one leader and the rest followers, they will no longer be effective.

 

Borrowing from Marshall and Manuel in "The Light and the Glory", it is the most dangerous kind of corporate self-delusion to think that a CEO, regardless of how capable he or she is, can single-handedly reverse the bent of the organization's defensive culture and increase effectiveness. And when it becomes apparent that the CEO cannot, he or she will become the next in a long line of scapegoats. 

 

In stark contrast to this "one great leader" concept stands the Leadership-Culture-Performance connection.  REAL LEADERS understand and exploit this connection through the impact they have on those who choose to follow their lead.  By modeling visionary behaviors that are congruent with visionary messages and employing prescriptive rather than restrictive leadership strategies, their impact is one that produces greatness in, with and through others.  The result is an entire corporation of leaders who, through constructive relationships, exchange information vital to their individual and collective success.  Only then can their approach to one another in the process of working together create the culture whereby their vision can emerge, their effectiveness can increase and their performance improve.  

 

Indeed!  Companies intent on surviving and thriving will need to move into the Post-CEO World.

Carlos Fosca's curator insight, June 22, 2013 8:02 PM

Las opiniones, las ideas ingeniosas, y la experiencia de un simple líder no son suficientes para conducir exitosamente una organización en los tiempos actuales.   Una encuesta realizada por IBM el 2011 a 3,000 CIOs concluyó que tanto CEOs como CIOs están hoy más alineados que nunca a la estrategia de la organización. El paradigma del CEO exitoso, capaz de transformar la organización y cambiar el mundo, al estilo de Steve Jobs, está dejando paso a un paradigma de liderazgo en equipo. 

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You don't want balance you want control

You don't want balance you want control | Leadership - Social & Native | Scoop.it
Work life balance is a myth.   I wouldn't mind so much, I generally like mythology, but this particular myth was invented to create a sense of inferiority and that I find annoying. When you start f...
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I Agree - work-life balance is a myth. One or the other is always "out of balance" and it managing that wherin lies the secret. I really like Big Idea #1 whcih is really doing work that matters, having a say in your work, and aligning to an organization iwth purpose.


Or per Meg, "It is the ability for you to have a say in what you do and in having the ability to tune the mix to feed your own soul. While this can feel out of your ability to resolve, I encourage you to focus your energy here."

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A strategy for thriving in uncertainty - Bain Brief

A strategy for thriving in uncertainty - Bain Brief | Leadership - Social & Native | Scoop.it
At a time when most global markets are characterized by heavy uncertainty, traditional approaches to strategy—analyzing trends, making forecasts and committing to the "best" course of action—are often too rigid. The most effective teams balance commitment with flexibility, by isolating the uncertainties their companies face, analyzing the scenarios that could develop and identifying the critical trigger points that will signal change.
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This article sums up the idea of our new VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous) world well along the four dimensions of Macro, Ecosystem, Customer, and Technology. The Kodak story captures the challenges facing many legacy enterprises, including us as Associations. We would all be wise to take heed of the "wheel of change" described by Bain and the need for a collaborative approach to strategy and decision-making as no one person can possibly have all of the answers.


What will you do to prevent your Kodak moment?

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Why People Management is Replacing Talent Management

Why People Management is Replacing Talent Management | Leadership - Social & Native | Scoop.it
The Epic Shift: Away from "Talent" and now focus on "People." Talent scarcity is still a problem, but engagement, empowerment, and environment are now the real issues companies face. For the last t...
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Josh Bersin does it again with his comprehensive view of how talent management has shifted and we have moved to a new era of "engagement and retention" and the need for people education, training and development.


"We know this shift has happened because all our research shows that engagement and retention has become one of the biggest issues in business today (followed very closely by the need to give people education, training, and development). If we can’t create an environment that attracts you and others to the organization, you go elsewhere. This is why new tools to understand the drivers of engagement, analyze and predict retention, and manage flight risk are among the hottest new areas of HR. (The annual engagement survey is rapidly becoming obsolete.)"

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It's not about Uber: Beyond the W-2 vs. 1099 debate

It's not about Uber: Beyond the W-2 vs. 1099 debate | Leadership - Social & Native | Scoop.it

by Marina Gorbis and Devin Fidler, Institute for the Future. Following the Second World War, the anthropologist Margaret Mead famously wrote, "All of us who grew up before the war are immigrants in time, immigrants from an earlier world, living in an age essentially different from anything we knew before."Today many of us feel like immigrants again, as the very underpinnings of our society and institutions—from how we work to how we create value, govern, trade, learn, and innovate—are again being profoundly reshaped."

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Great article and I met Marina at the DigitalNow Conference in 2014 in Nashville.


The march of digital disruption continues even to the "higher skilled professions" like accountants. "While some of the platforms do not require high skill levels or provide high pay, increasingly this new mode of working is expanding to higher skilled occupations, e.g. accountants, doctors, financial planners, and others. It is precisely the flexibility and accessibility of the new work styles that make them so attractive to so many people."


and her closing point puts the exclamation mark on it, "Today we have a choice: we can be thrown into the new world of work as castaways, naked, dazed, and ill-equipped to cope with the new hostile landscape. Or we can arrive as enlightened immigrants, open to the new opportunities and ready to learn the new culture."

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Small Firms Shift Toward Cloud-Based Software

Small Firms Shift Toward Cloud-Based Software | Leadership - Social & Native | Scoop.it
Owners of small businesses are increasingly signing up for subscriptions to cloud-based software.
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This puts an exclamation point on why CPAs need to pay attention to the cloud and mobile technologies and reinforces Sage's research that 61% of SMBs want to move to the cloud and only 10% of CPAs are ready to help them. #notfutureready.


"Almost 37% of small businesses are “fully adapted” to cloud-based applications, said Steve King, a partner at Emergent Research, which tracks technology use by small firms. He expects that to increase to 78% of small businesses by 2020.


What’s changed, in large part, is the way many owners want to operate their nascent businesses more efficiently and often from multiple locations...But, rather than sitting in a backroom office, many owners today, such as Christina Ruiz, prefer to access business data from mobile devices, wherever they go—from sales trips and client meetings to a day at the beach."


Want help? Join us at our CPA Summit #MDSUMMIT15 on June 23rd live or via webcast http://blionline.org/cpa-summit/

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Will Your Job Be Done By A Machine?

Will Your Job Be Done By A Machine? | Leadership - Social & Native | Scoop.it
Will your job be around in the future? We take a peek at the research.
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Tax Prep has 98.7% chance of being automated, Accountants & Auditors only 97.6% chance!


Why we need to learn the competency of anticipation and an understanding of the hard trends facing us in the future.


NPR highlights the Oxford research from 2013 that covers the risk of automation replacing our jobs. I referred to this in the "Shift Change" work we did in 2013. 

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Social Business: Shifting From Noun to Verb

Social Business: Shifting From Noun to Verb | Leadership - Social & Native | Scoop.it

TheThere is No B2B or B2C: It’s Human to Human: #H2H" businesses are starting to behave and sound like real people dealing with other people, rather than "business" to "consumer."

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The future is about relationships...  The shift is on from Social Media to Social Business.


"There is No B2B or B2C: It’s Human to Human: #H2H" businesses are starting to behave and sound like real people dealing with other people, rather than "business" to "consumer."


We are at a unique point in time with the concepts of social business truly starting to gain a wider foothold, and as such we see companies at various points in the maturity curve for adopting social principles. They have reached their current state by taking varied paths, and yet these pioneers have one main thing in common: action. They are actively seeking information, methods, and practices that can harness the best of the people inside and outside of the organization.


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Combining Purpose With Profits | MIT Sloan Management Review

Combining Purpose With Profits  | MIT Sloan Management Review | Leadership - Social & Native | Scoop.it
Several organizing principles can help companies sustain both profitability and a sense of purpose.
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A well researched article on the power of purpose and link to profitability. In today's topsy-turvy world, people want to work for an organization with an inspiring purpose - yes it gets to that "vision thing" and MIT/Sloan digs into that concept in this article.


"Purpose, according to Ratan Tata, the recently retired CEO of the Tata Group, is “a spiritual and moral call to action; it is what a person or company stands for.”1 When such a purpose exists, it provides employees with a clear sense of direction, helps them prioritize and inspires them to go the extra mile — which, the argument goes, should ultimately be good for profit."



In a famous article in Time magazine, Robert Ajemian reported George H.W. Bush’s exasperated reaction to friendly suggestions that he invest time in carefully thinking about his prospective presidency: “Oh, the vision thing.”


The purpose of this article is to help you to understand why and how a corporate purpose matters and to show how it can be realized without sacrificing profitability — and indeed may result in higher profitability.


They introduce the research from goal-framing theory and a concept of pro-social goals. "Goal-framing theory shows that a company’s goals make a difference only when they work on the beliefs of employees, and that the most valuable goals are those that support collaborative work." Once again we see the power of collaboration in the co-creation of these goals that serve to set the "pro-social" firm-wide goals that sit above everything else like a guiding light.


The article goes on to emphasize that these goals must be kept in the forefront, lest they be driven out by individual and departmental goals.

 

"However, these goals compete with other goals for individual mind share and are easily driven out by gain and hedonic goals. As a result, corporate executives have to work doubly hard to affirm pro-social goals and to develop systems and structures that reinforce them. And, most fundamentally, establishing pro-social goals requires developing a tolerance for obliquity — that is, the paradoxical notion that if we follow pro-social goals we aren’t actually getting rid of gain goals. Instead, we are realizing them more effectively."

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Why You Must Have Leaders At Every Level

Why You Must Have Leaders At Every Level | Leadership - Social & Native | Scoop.it
“ You cannot be the only one holding power withing your organization. Begin looking for ways to create leaders at every level.”
Via John Lasschuit ®™
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More urgent than ever. I have been noticing a change in CPAs in all walks of life (small practice, large firms, mid-market CFOs, public company finance/accounting teams) talking about the need for leadership at all levels. It goes way beyond the obvious need for succession planning. It seems to be driven by the accelerating change and complexity and need for people who can anticipate what's coming around the bend and help mobilize the organization to make the turns and adjust the sails as necessary. It is this kind of leader that I am seeing becoming fast in-demand. What do you see?
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David Hain's curator insight, September 18, 2013 10:34 AM

The job of a leader is to create more leaders...

Don Cloud's curator insight, September 19, 2013 12:53 AM

David, thanks for sharing.  Your note says it all.

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Simon Sinek: How Extraordinary Leaders Evolve

Simon Sinek: How Extraordinary Leaders Evolve | Leadership - Social & Native | Scoop.it

Leadership writer and top TED speaker Simon Sinek explains how great leaders create a circle of safety for their teams.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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Sinek does it again - from the "golden circle" of "why" to the "circle of safety" for making an extraordinary organziation that can execute your why.

 

The circle of safety is about engagement, empowerment, and protection of your team. Do you just protect the senior team in your organziation or do all of your people feel safe and able to make decisions?

 

Another inspirational talk from Simon Sinek. Worth a reaad and watch.

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Cruise Line Class's comment, August 2, 2013 8:54 AM
Thank you Kenneth for sharing this video! I completely agree with John's statement:)
Cruise Line Class's curator insight, August 2, 2013 8:54 AM

Great video!

Cruise Line Class's comment, August 3, 2013 10:17 PM
Thank you Tom!!!
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Social business study: Shifting out of first gear

Social business study: Shifting out of first gear | Leadership - Social & Native | Scoop.it
How are some businesses reaping value from social business, and what is holding others back?
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Second study by Deloitte & MIT/Sloan about social business. In the last study they said you have two years to begin getting your business social. This study builds on that and say we are now enetring an era of differentiation as many successul companies shift into second gear with learnings about the power of social business practices.

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TEDxBayArea February 2011 - Mehrdad Baghai - As One: Individual action collective power

"As One: Individual action collective power" Every day, millions of people around the world collaborate. We join, share, and cooperate with others from diffe...
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The value if discretionary effort in turning the flywheel of your business. Great insights from former Chair of Deloitte, Jim Quigley. 

 

Article and http://www.journalofaccountancy.com/Issues/2013/Jun/20137313.htm and Ted video by the co-author featured.

 

1) The Ukranian wedding effect (culture that is defined and understood)

2) Collaboration is a means to an end

3) FInd the fire alarm - being able to shift and pivot quickly

 

and I love the title "As One: Individual action, collective power" which also captures a comment from Jim Collins, "We are moving form organziations well managed to networks well-led"

 

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7 Ways You Can Tap Into Your Inner Leader

7 Ways You Can Tap Into Your Inner Leader | Leadership - Social & Native | Scoop.it
Develop skills for tomorrow, today.
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Some great advice here for all leaders - Tom Peters has defined leadership as an ability to make people better than they believe they can be. Reinforces the concept of taking charge of your career and not letting it be in autopilot (making sure your L>C).


And I love the action steps:

1) Hang with smart people (Social media can amplify this)

2) Take initiative

3) Collaborate (The #1 skill for future)

4) Stay true to moral compass (focus on your values and strengths)

5) Treat everyone with RESPECT

6) Be proactive (I would say be innoavtive and agile)

7) Give your best every day


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