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The Importance of a Mission Statement !

The Importance of a Mission Statement ! | Strategy & Governance | Scoop.it
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Chance Crossword and Luck are not sufficient to identify a Corporate Mission ;()

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The Behaviors that Define A-Players !

The Behaviors that Define A-Players ! | Strategy & Governance | Scoop.it

Individual contributors sometimes ask themselves, “What will it take for others to recognize my potential?” They may simply want acknowledgement of the importance of the work they do. Or they may aspire to move into management. In some cases, they’ve been told that they’re doing fine and have been advised, “Just keep doing what you are doing.”  Yet they see others being promoted ahead of them !

Fouad Bendris's insight:

If you are a manager with individual contributors reporting to you, consider periodic coaching to encourage them to adopt more of the behaviors that will help them stand out from the crowd. It will strengthen their careers and will also help them to benefit your organization even more than they already do ...

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The Key to Lasting Behavioral Change: Think Goal, Not Tactic !

The Key to Lasting Behavioral Change: Think Goal, Not Tactic ! | Strategy & Governance | Scoop.it

Cultivate habits that go with your natural tendencies, not against them. 

Yes, habit change takes discipline, patience, and practice. But no, it shouldn’t feel like you’re constantly trying to force yourself to do something you really don’t want to do. That’s unsustainable. To make new habits stick, they must work with the reality of who you are and what’s best for you. To identify tactics that will actually work for you and keep your focus on your big objectives, start by determining where you’re stuck. Identify a few areas where you’ve seen little-to-no behavioral change despite your best efforts ... 

Fouad Bendris's insight:

By staying focused on the goal and experimenting with tactics, I’ve seen people who have never kept routines start to exercise consistently, make progress on priority projects, get on top of e-mail, and accomplish all sorts of other goals. Keep these principles in mind, and you can—and will—achieve lasting behavioral change !

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No matter the philosophy - There is no real barrier with technology !

No matter the philosophy - There is no real barrier with technology ! | Strategy & Governance | Scoop.it
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A sort of Butterfly Effect Virality of Big Data ;()

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Where to Find Authentic Entrepreneurs

Where to Find Authentic Entrepreneurs | Strategy & Governance | Scoop.it

Many people come to the Silicon Valley in search of nonconformist entrepreneurs, looking for the next big thing. But here’s the problem: here, entrepreneurship is the norm. The way to conform in the Silicon Valley is to act like an entrepreneur. I’ve often been told by spectacularly intelligent Stanford students, sheepishly, that they have accepted a well-paying job at a big established company. That such great news is delivered with embarrassment says something about the culture of the Silicon Valley. In places where entrepreneurship is all the rage, you can’t tell the loners from the poseurs. It makes it really hard to figure out who really means it !

Fouad Bendris's insight:

Incredibly true - Nonconformist thinking has the best potential for genius. Those who follow the herd may or may not be right, but for sure they are predictable. The loners, those willing to go against the consensus, are anything but predictable. They may well be wrong, in which case they look the fool. But when the loners are right, we think of them – later, with hindsight – as geniuses.

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Les 24 styles de management dans le monde - cadreo.com

Les 24 styles de management dans le monde - cadreo.com | Strategy & Governance | Scoop.it

Les styles de leadership et de management varient selon les pays. On ne dirige pas une entreprise de la même manière en Allemagne, au Japon, aux Etats-Unis, en Suède ou en France. Tout est une question de culture.

Dans son livre "When culture Collide", publié en 1996, le linguiste britannique Richard D. Lewis a classé les différences de culture du leadership selon les pays. Cette méthode, (résumée dans les 24 schémas ci-dessous) il la dispense désormais lors de séminaires pour de grandes entreprises. Elle permet de mieux s'y retrouver dans des organisations culturellement différentes !

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Les Anglais diplomates, les Français autocrates ;()

On y apprend notamment, comme le résume Business Insider, que les Britanniques sont plutôt "diplomates", ils aspirent à trouver un compromis juste, tout en étant parfois rudes en affaires. Mais aussi que le poids de la tradition les empêche parfois de comprendre des valeurs différentes des leurs. De leur côté, les managers américains sont plutôt agressifs et orientés vers les résultats avant tout. Ils sont ouverts au changement, fortement tournés vers le travail d'équipe et le côté corporate, mais sont aussi guidés par la liberté individuelle qui gouverne leur carrière ///

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Two Ways to Reduce "Hurry Up and Wait" Syndrome !

Two Ways to Reduce "Hurry Up and Wait" Syndrome ! | Strategy & Governance | Scoop.it

Have you ever been asked to drop everything to complete a seemingly urgent task, and then found that the task wasn’t so urgent after all?

Not long ago, one of our clients gave us three days to put together a proposal to help with a very large and complex reorganization. Although we had been talking about the possibility of working on this project for months, the client suddenly felt that it was time to get started. We didn’t want to miss the opportunity, so we put in some late nights and did what was needed to craft a reasonably good document. And then we waited.

Fouad Bendris's insight:

When everything is urgent, nothing is !

Given the desire for speed that permeates today’s business culture, we’ll all probably experience hurry up and wait syndrome at one time or another. If we can do a better job of prioritizing, however, we might face it less often ...

 

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Why Good Managers Are So Rare !

Why Good Managers Are So Rare ! | Strategy & Governance | Scoop.it

Bad managers cost businesses billions of dollars each year, and having too many of them can bring down a company. The only defense against this massive problem is a good offense, because when companies get these decisions wrong, nothing fixes it. Businesses that get it right, however, and hire managers based on talent will thrive and gain a significant competitive advantage !

Fouad Bendris's insight:

The good news is that sufficient management talent exists in every company – it’s often hiding in plain sight. Leaders should maximize this potential by choosing the right person for the next management role using predictive analytics to guide their identification of talent ...

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Do You Need to Lighten Up or Toughen Up?

Do You Need to Lighten Up or Toughen Up? | Strategy & Governance | Scoop.it
Feedback needs to be carefully tailored or it will likely backfire.

Which has helped your career more?

A. Positive Feedback
B. Negative Feedback

If you’re like most of the people we’ve recently surveyed, you answered “B.” Praise is always good to hear, but 57% preferred to hear constructive criticism. There’s no mystery why. Practically three quarters of them thought their performance would improve and their careers advance if their managers gave them corrective feedback !

Fouad Bendris's insight:

National culture seems to have an influence here as well. In the U.K. and the U.S., 53% prefer negative feedback. But an equal percentage in Australia and even more (56%) in Canada, prefer positive input. The countries with the strongest preference for negative feedback were Mexico, New Zealand, France, Switzerland, and Brazil, who report a 60%-plus preference for negative feedback ...

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Why Are Some People So Critical?

Why Are Some People So Critical? | Strategy & Governance | Scoop.it

Harsh critics are often talented, intelligent, and productive people. Unfortunately, they have a flaw that compels them to disparage others – almost, at times, as though they are diagnosing an illness in need of eradication. It seems they’re living according to the famous quip by Mark Twain: “Nothing so needs reforming as other people’s habits.” In the language of the self-help and recovery movements, these folks are often suffering from a disorder known as, “If You Spot It, You Got It [IYSIYGI].” It works like this: You notice that colleague X has what is, in your mind, is an affliction. You then take it upon yourself to castigate him for his affliction — irrespective of whether or not it impairs his on-the-job performance or has a negative effect on group morale !

Fouad Bendris's insight:

Why not try to free yourself to soar by adopting the wisdom of Mahatma Gandhi: ‘Hate the sin, love the sinner.’ If you do, you’ll be amazed at how rarely your direct reports interfere with your flight plan ...

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Secret Weapon for Secret Goals !

Secret Weapon for Secret Goals ! | Strategy & Governance | Scoop.it
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Strategic Management or Secret Weapon Philosophy ;() 

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Three Mistakes to Avoid When Networking

Three Mistakes to Avoid When Networking | Strategy & Governance | Scoop.it
Don't sabotage yourself.

We all know networking has the potential to dramatically enhance our careers; making new connections can introduce us to valuable new information, job opportunities, and more. But despite that fact, many of us are doing it wrong — and I don’t just mean the banal error of trading business cards at a corporate function and not following up properly. Many executives, even when they desperately want to cultivate a new contact, aren’t sure how to get noticed and make the right impression !

Fouad Bendris's insight:

Networking is possibly the most valuable professional activity we can undertake. But too often, we’re inadvertently sabotaging our own best efforts by misreading power dynamics, failing to give first, and not making our value proposition clear. Fixing those crucial flaws can help us connect with the people we want and need to meet to develop our careers ...

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Do Millennials Believe in Data Security?

Do Millennials Believe in Data Security? | Strategy & Governance | Scoop.it

Millennials have a reputation for being the most plugged-in generation in the workplace. Experts have even suggested “reverse mentoring” so that younger workers can inculcate their “tech-savvy” habits in older generations. But a new survey from Softchoice shows that those may actually be bad habits when it comes to keeping data secure.

For instance, 28.5% of twenty-somethings keep their passwords in plain sight, compared with just 10.8% of Baby Boomers.  They’re also significantly more likely to store work passwords on a shared drive or word document that isn’t itself password-protected, and more likely than older workers to forget their passwords.

And it gets worse! They’re more likely to email work documents to their personal accounts, move documents via cloud apps that IT doesn’t know they have, and lose devices that would give whoever found them unrestricted access to company data. Basically, in every way that Softchoice measured, the youngest workers were the most likely to lose data or leave themselves open to hacking.

Fouad Bendris's insight:

And it’s not in this survey, but I suspect Millennials and IT workers just have a different take on the ROI of spending time on data security. When major data breaches and password hacks are announced regularly by major corporations, when the NSA is listening in on your phone calls, when absolutely everyone, from your dentist to your hairdresser, asks for your Social Security number –  does it really matter if your password is taped to your screen?

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Your Big Data Is Worthless if You Don’t Bring It Into the Real World !

Your Big Data Is Worthless if You Don’t Bring It Into the Real World ! | Strategy & Governance | Scoop.it

If the big-data evangelists of Silicon Valley really want to “understand the world” they need to capture both its (big) quantities and its (thick) qualities. In a generation, the relationship between the “tech genius” and society has been transformed: from shut-in to savior, from antisocial to society’s best hope. Many now seem convinced that the best way to make sense of our world is by sitting behind a screen analyzing the vast troves of information we call “big data.

Fouad Bendris's insight:

To really understand people, we must also understand the aspects of our experience — what anthropologists refer to as thick data.

No single tool is likely to provide a silver bullet to human understanding. Despite the many wonderful innovations developed in Silicon Valley, there are limits to what we should expect from any digital technology ...

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CEO's Tough Life !

CEO's Tough Life ! | Strategy & Governance | Scoop.it
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Lessons learned - Life is hard for every one ! no matter what you 're ;()

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Stop Trying to Control People or Make Them Happy

Stop Trying to Control People or Make Them Happy | Strategy & Governance | Scoop.it
To boost productivity, give them autonomy and foster cooperation

Yet managers continue to follow Taylor’s “hard” approach — creating new structures, processes, and systems — when they need to address a management challenge.  Hence, the introduction of, say, a risk management team or a compliance unit or an innovation czar. And when managers need to boost morale and get people to work better together, they still follow Mayo’s “soft” approach — launching people initiatives such as off-site retreats, affiliation events or even lunchtime yoga classes.  If these approaches made sense in the first half of the twentieth century (and that’s open to question), they make no sense today. Indeed, if anything, their continued use is making things worse.

Fouad Bendris's insight:

No amount of structures, processes, and systems are ever enough to anticipate the kinds of problems employees face everyday on the front line of the business. So, instead, companies need to give their employees more autonomy and, at the same time, encourage them — impel them, even — to cooperate with each other. Only then, when they are liberated in this way, will employees be able to make critical judgments, balance complex trade-offs, and come up with creative solutions to new problems ...

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What Is Your Winning Aspiration?

What Is Your Winning Aspiration? | Strategy & Governance | Scoop.it

A winning strategy absolutely must begin with a winning aspiration. Too doctrinaire? Allow me to explain the premise the way I learned it from Roger Martin, one of the best strategists on the planet. The operative word is “winning,” for the simple reason that if you’re not winning, you live in fear of the competitor in your space that is. If they’re winning and you’re just participating, they can use the greater resources that derive from winning to beat you up. The only place in competitive endeavors with any degree of safety is that of the winner. If you’re not winning or attempting to unseat the winner, you’re simply playing a game that will leave you bruised and battered with only marginal gain to show for it ! 

Fouad Bendris's insight:

Lesson: if you don’t have winning aspiration, you won’t do the things you need to do in order to win. Sounds simple, but if a ginormous company run by very smart people can spend a gazillion dollars going to market with what sounds good but is in reality a losing strategy, anyone can ...

The sine qua non of strategy is to have a winning aspiration !

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Great Leaders Build A Culture of Courage In A Climate Of Fear !

Great Leaders Build A Culture of Courage In A Climate Of Fear ! | Strategy & Governance | Scoop.it

Fear is a potent human emotion that can sabotage success for even the brightest minds and biggest organisations. It can also undermine an organisations ability to harness the potential of those within it. Learning how to create a ‘culture of courage’ in which employees feel safe to push back, take risks and explore new possibilities is becoming an ever more valuable skill in today’s marketplace,  creating a ‘culture of courage’ that emboldens employees to rise above their fears is vital to creating and sustaining competitive advantage !

Fouad Bendris's insight:

When leaders are committed and actively working to engage, inspire and embolden – they unleash untapped potential and raise the bar not just on productivity, but on the value their organization contributes to all its stakeholders ...

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Angie Tarasoff's curator insight, March 27, 5:52 PM

Before leaders can create such a culture, they must tackle their own fears. If leaders are afraid of failure, it will not be possible for them to create a culture that faces fear, embraces innovation, and accepts the possibility of failure.

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Brilliance for Dummies ...

Brilliance for Dummies ... | Strategy & Governance | Scoop.it
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What else - Nothing to add this time ;()

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Holacracy - New Strategic Management Paradigm ?

Holacracy - New Strategic Management Paradigm ? | Strategy & Governance | Scoop.it
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Well - Still wondering about more Sociocraty would be a smart move to efficient Holacracy ;()

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The Irresistible Power of Storytelling as a Strategic Business Tool !

The Irresistible Power of Storytelling as a Strategic Business Tool ! | Strategy & Governance | Scoop.it
It might seem old-fashioned. But that's what makes it so effective.

Shakespeare had mastered this structure, arranging his plays in five acts to include an exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and a dénouement—or final outcome. The “Best Buds” story also uses these elements to great effect. The more of the acts each version of the ad had, the better it performed. Storytelling evokes a strong neurological response. Neuroeconomist Paul Zak’s research indicates that our brains produce the stress hormone cortisol during the tense moments in a story, which allows us to focus, while the cute factor of the animals releases oxytocin, the feel-good chemical that promotes connection and empathy !

Fouad Bendris's insight:

The most successful storytellers often focus listeners’ minds on a single important idea and they take no longer than a 30-second Superbowl spot to forge an emotional connection...

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The Dilemma of Choice !

The Dilemma of Choice  ! | Strategy & Governance | Scoop.it
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Choice between two existential questions ? 
No valid answers as such  ;()

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The strength of ‘weak signals’ !

The strength of ‘weak signals’ ! | Strategy & Governance | Scoop.it

As information thunders through the digital economy, it’s easy to miss valuable “weak signals” often hidden amid the noise. Arising primarily from social media, they represent snippets—not streams—of information and can help companies to figure out what customers want and to spot looming industry and market disruptions before competitors do. Sometimes, companies notice them during data-analytics number-crunching exercises. Or employees who apply methods more akin to art than to science might spot them and then do some further number crunching to test anomalies they’re seeing or hypotheses the signals suggest. In any case, companies are just beginning to recognize and capture their value.Snippets of information, often hidden in social-media streams, offer companies a valuable new tool for staying ahead. A McKinsey Quarterly article.

Fouad Bendris's insight:

At most companies, weak signals will be unfamiliar territory for senior management, so an up-front investment in leadership time will be needed to clarify the strategic, organizational, and resource implications of new initiatives. The new roles will require people who are comfortable navigating diverse, less corporate sources of information ...

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Angie Tarasoff's curator insight, March 5, 6:29 PM

Attending to weak signals is one strategy for managing complexity. Social media affords us an unique opportunity to listen for changing sentiment and respond accordingly.

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Keeping It Simple Doesn't Mean You're Stupid

Keeping It Simple Doesn't Mean You're Stupid | Strategy & Governance | Scoop.it

“Genius is the ability to reduce the complicated to the simple.” C. W. Ceran I consider myself to be a somewhat intelligent person, but when someone explains a new concept to me in terms that are overly complex and unfamiliar, I struggle to easily grasp it. To learn a new concept, I need things described in a way that I can relate them to something I am already familiar with ! 

Fouad Bendris's insight:

“If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself.” – Albert Einstein

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Using Big Data And Game Play To Improve Mental Fitness

Using Big Data And Game Play To Improve Mental Fitness | Strategy & Governance | Scoop.it

Games have been part of human culture for millennia. It is no surprise that elements of play can be powerful digital tools to grab our attention and keep us on a path to taking care of ourselves and others.

Big data is already behind brain games. The use of big data is becoming increasingly mainstream in health play applications. Once we are drawn in, game play (with big data under the hood) can help us to:

Stay sharp,Stay well, andOvercome illness !
Fouad Bendris's insight:
Staying Happy

New digital tools are helping us to stay happier by making it easy and fun to track emotions, mood, sleep, and states of mind ...

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Martin (Marty) Smith's curator insight, February 28, 7:22 PM

Important ideas here about games, game theory and environment design for CrowdFunde:

"Using machine-learning algorithms, the games keep you interested by using feedback to deliver personalized questions for your engagement and by finding your learning sweet spot; not too easy but not too hard.

With over 50 million users and 1 billion game plays, Lumosity’s Human Cognition Project has launched 43 ongoing studies, exploring topics such as age-related cognitive decline, interventions for PTSD, and the relationship between physical exercise and Lumosity brain training."