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2013 CEO Performance Evaluation Survey | Stanford Graduate School of Business

2013 CEO Performance Evaluation Survey | Stanford Graduate School of Business | Management | Scoop.it
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Top weaknesses of CEOs include "mentoring skills" and "board engagement". They are high in decision making, but low in people management. Accounting, operating, and stock price metrics are given high value by boards, while little weight is given to customer service, workplace safety, and innovation in CEO evaluations. 

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Porter’s Five Forces of Competitive Position Analysis - CGMA

Porter’s Five Forces of Competitive Position Analysis - CGMA | Management | Scoop.it
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In addition to a summary of Porter's five forces, gives a nice pro/con list. Includes: Can be used to consider the industry lifecycle stage, consider dynamic, changing characteristics of the industry, examine impact of government. Should not be used for an individual firm, is designed for use on an industry.

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The Conflicted Realities of Community College Mission Statements

betaSCUP semantic analysis summary: A counterargument to the exuberant supporters of mission statements posits that the weak or tentative relationship to positive organizational performance is not a result of the mission statement as a strategic...
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A academic article that examines the efficency of mission statements for community colleges. Ends up concluding that perhaps a shift toward broad perspectives would be better, with them highlighting what sets the college apart rather than restating elements common throughout United States community colleges.

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7 Myths About Ethics Which Will Hurt Your Business

7 Myths About Ethics Which Will Hurt Your Business | Management | Scoop.it
7 Myths About Ethics Which Will Hurt Your Business - The Huffington Post
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Interesting insights into common reasons why ethics in business can get neglected; in general, it implies a "it happens to them, not to me" or "it won't happen to me". These are myths that should be confronted, and exposure to why thoughts like these are wrong is yet another reason why ethics should be taught in college.

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Wal Mart: A model in motivation

Wal Mart: A model in motivation | Management | Scoop.it
Sam Walton, [CEO of Wal-Mart] whips out his primary tool of empowerment his tape recorder. I’m here in Memphis at store 950, and George has done a real fine thing with, this end cap display of Equate Baby Oil.
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This article talks about how Mr. Walton used to make a point to connect to all of his employees, and visit every walmart store every year...before the company got too big. Without this personal motivation, and the plateau of stock options, how does WalMart motivate it's employees? 

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Brad Sooter's comment, October 8, 2013 2:38 PM
Does Walmart really bring a family environment to the company? Walmart must bring some motivation to their employees in order to be such a successful company, right?
Khalil Abdul-Fattah's comment, October 8, 2013 8:51 PM
Walton made a statement in this article that really stood out to me: "Nobody gets anything out of just standing there going through the motions," -- but this is exactly how it seems when you walk into a Wal-Mart these days. There is a major lack of motivation and you can often feel it when you interact with the employees, but it's hard to know for sure when you don't work their yourself. Why did Walton's practices deteriorate after he died? Why would such a successful company let that happen?
Cory Madden's comment, October 9, 2013 10:28 AM
This article bring up one question, why would a company stop doing this such a good practice?? even if you visit a store every few years? you have to interact with employees to keep them motivated. and why does every other company want to be like walmart?
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Looking for Innovation in All the Wrong Places (SSIR)

Looking for Innovation in All the Wrong Places (SSIR) | Management | Scoop.it
Who consistently drives innovation in corporate America?
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Stresses the importance of two dimensional diversity - inherent (mainly represented in a workforce's numbers of women, minorities, and gays) and acquired (how you act as a result of what you've experienced or learned)

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Decision Making: Factors that Influence Decision Making, Heuristics Used, and Decision Outcomes

Decision Making: Factors that Influence Decision Making, Heuristics Used, and Decision Outcomes | Management | Scoop.it
Every day, people are inundated with decisions, big and small. Understanding how people arrive at their choices is an area of cognitive psychology that has received attention.
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This goes more into concepts like heuristics, anchoring, and the emotions and fallout that can happen after a decision is made; greater depth than we had time to cover in class. It also suggests an innovative decision-making approach that is based on goals and plans. 

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Why Local Businesses Don't Need Big Budgets for Their Content Marketing

Why Local Businesses Don't Need Big Budgets for Their Content Marketing | Management | Scoop.it
Time and again we hear the same old argument that we shouldn’t be building links, but that we should be focusing on developing exciting and unique content that encourages organic linking all by itself.
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Instead of using traditional marketing to get people talking about the business, infuse the business with personality and creativity to take advantage of word of mouth.

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Why Learning Through Social Networks Is The Future

Why Learning Through Social Networks Is The Future | Management | Scoop.it
Why Learning Through Social Networks Is The Future
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Management skills that can be learned from social media: decide on choice of application to aggregate content, managing time in viewing and responding, choosing who to follow, and how to deal with inappropriate posts/uploads/comments. Main perk: creates an independent learner who can adapt to changing contexts by engaging their network, and can confidently navigate the Internet. 

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Competitive Marketing Analysis: 14 Ways to Monitor and Beat Your Competitors - Business 2 Community

Competitive Marketing Analysis: 14 Ways to Monitor and Beat Your Competitors - Business 2 Community | Management | Scoop.it
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Suggests that instead of SWOT analysis (which often leaves people paralyzed) that they should focus on 1. Focus on Metrics: have a systemic review of your actions; 2. Repeat what works: translate highest-profit actions into a regular system; 3. Attack opportunities: always be willing to experiment with small things (emailing at different times, a presence on Pinterest, etc).

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Work More Efficiently by Identifying Your Unique Working Style

Work More Efficiently by Identifying Your Unique Working Style | Management | Scoop.it
There is nothing more frustrating than listening to people haggle over different definitions of what constitutes "work." Catty conversations about who's working harder, who's working smarter, or who's not working at all are more about judging...
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Interesting article from the author's personal perspective. References drawing on experiences with several different personality tests. Suggests that there are four general working styles: doing, leading, loving, and learning.

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Is Instagram a Valid Marketing Tool? - SEO.com

Is Instagram a Valid Marketing Tool? - SEO.com | Management | Scoop.it
Here is a horrible joke: as I was preparing to write this article about Instagram, I was told to use my best Instagrammar.
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This is an interesting perspective on Instagram's preexisting relationship with marketing; is there an ethical consideration in charging some people for advertising while allowing other people to basically use the service for free? Is the only difference a wider range?

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Why big American businesses fail in China

Why big American businesses fail in China | Management | Scoop.it
Some of America’s strongest corporations have ventured into the People’s Republic, only to stagger out battered a few years later. Here’s why.
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The story of how some of the biggest American companies tried to do business in China and went down in flames - in essence, nobody did their homework.

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About Us | Applied EarthWorks

About Us | Applied EarthWorks | Management | Scoop.it
General information about Applied EarthWorks
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This is a company that has a "big picture" that I value, as well as being something that would further my education and interest in the field. 

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On Creative Leadership

On Creative Leadership | Management | Scoop.it

This article talks about creative leadership and what it means to balance finesse and creative leadership when it comes to managing a team of creatives.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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In addition to talking about how to be more in touch with your creative side, this talks about the challenges of managing leaders, especially creative ones. 

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Carol Williams's curator insight, August 29, 2013 4:07 PM

Wonderful piece. Regarding the section on Music: I found that concentrating at times can be difficult when the office is constantly moving or at home when the TV in on, the dogs are playing or the kids are argueing. I've downloaded an app for $1.99 called the Sound Machine. Best two bucks I've ever spent. I customize the white noise to my liking and mood and after a few minutes, the whole world is tuned out and I can work for hours (or until someone needs me to solve a problem).

Shelby Stephens's curator insight, September 3, 2013 6:24 PM

The first section of this article is entirguing, saying that people are at their most creative potential in the shower after they wake up. Other points that are being made are: the science behand creativity, how to manage and channel creativity, and how it all relates to being a more creative and innovative leader versus management.