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Are You Your Employees’ Worst Enemy?

Are You Your Employees’ Worst Enemy? | Strategy & Governance | Scoop.it

In almost all organizations, some leaders pave the way for their employees to do their best work, and others inadvertently make things much harder than they should be. Where do you fall on this continuum? Do you help or do you hinder? In all probability, it’s the latter. According to our research, your employees are more likely to view you as an obstacle to their effectiveness than as an enabler of it—and that holds true whether your organization is successful or stumbling !

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It can be challenging for individual leaders to get a clear picture of how they are hindering performance, especially when some of what they do is probably helping. Very few of us are pure helpers or hinderers. Asking the three guiding questions of yourself and other leaders is an important starting point. Using external facilitators to pose the questions to employee focus groups can also be particularly effective in identifying hindrance traps throughout organizations ...

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Even during vacations we need Plan B !

Even during vacations we need Plan B ! | Strategy & Governance | Scoop.it
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No matter the situation - To adapt is a theme ;()
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Michel CEZON's curator insight, July 20, 5:08 AM

Enjoy the Summer break :-)

 

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Looking for the best Candidate ?

Looking for the best Candidate ? | Strategy & Governance | Scoop.it
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Once again - In Business the best resume can not compete with a determined woman ;()

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Intel, Dell, Samsung & co team up to rule the Internet of Things !

Intel, Dell, Samsung & co team up to rule the Internet of Things ! | Strategy & Governance | Scoop.it

Yet another bunch of big tech firms has made a play for the Internet of Things. This time around the quintet of Amtel, Broadcom, Dell, Intel and Samsung has teamed up to create the “Open Interconnect Consortium”, in a bid to promote a unified standard for IoT. The consortium spells out its mission as thus: “[We] will seek to define a common communication framework based on industry standard technologies to wirelessly connect and intelligently manage the flow of information among devices, regardless of form factor, operating system or service provider !

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In light of that, the Open Interconnect Consortium’s statement seems a little odd, but we’ll have to wait and see where it goes. It’s certainly starting at a disadvantage though, with just five members on board compared to the fifty-odd members that have already jumped on the Allseen Alliance...

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Everything You Need to Know About Giving Negative Feedback !

Everything You Need to Know About Giving Negative Feedback ! | Strategy & Governance | Scoop.it

There’s a lot of conflicting advice out there on giving corrective feedback. If you really need to criticize someone’s work, how should you do it? I dug into our archives for our best, research- and experience-based advice on what to do, and what to avoid.

We’ve published a lot about it ...

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There’s one important caveat here, however, and that’s the ideal praise-to-criticism ratio. While we may not be willing to admit it to ourselves, we do need to hear praise. And studies of both the most effective teams and the most happily married couples have shown that the ideal ratio is about five compliments to every criticism ...

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Michel CEZON's curator insight, July 3, 2:48 AM

Good to read about providing feedbacks !

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Morning People Are Less Ethical at Night !

Morning People Are Less Ethical at Night ! | Strategy & Governance | Scoop.it
And night owls cheat more in the morning, according to new research. Employees face many temptations to behave unethically at work. Resisting those temptations requires energy and effort. But the energy that is essential to exert self-control waxes and wanes. And when that energy is low, people are more likely to behave unethically. This opens up the possibility that even within the same day, a given person could be ethical at one point in time and unethical at another point in time.
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Managers should try to learn the chronotype (lark, owl, or in between) of their subordinates and make sure to respect it when deciding how to structure their work. Managers who ask a lark to make ethics-testing decisions at night, or an owl to make such decisions in the morning, run the risk of encouraging rather than discouraging unethical behavior ...

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Noncompete Clauses Punish the Wrong Party !

Noncompete Clauses Punish the Wrong Party ! | Strategy & Governance | Scoop.it
It’s cheaper to sue a person than a company.

Intellectual property and trade secrets are increasingly seen as the heart of competitive advantage, and the easiest way to get that information from a competitor is to hire one of their key employees.  The concern about losing that information rightly drives many employers nuts, and the use of noncompete agreements to keep that information seems to be expanding considerably, as recent reports suggest.  Perfectly understandable, right?

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Noncompete agreements clearly are private sanctions, not legal mandates, and one reason why employers impose sanctions on their employees who leave rather than waiting to sue competitors for stealing trade secrets is because the former is so much cheaper and easier to do ...

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Communication 2.0 ...

Communication 2.0 ... | Strategy & Governance | Scoop.it
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... New Strategy and more than Secret Weapon ;()

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Millennials Are Cynical Do-Gooders

Millennials Are Cynical Do-Gooders | Strategy & Governance | Scoop.it
t’s tempting to caricature Millennial workers as bright-eyed idealists, given their loudly stated preference for having a social impact through their careers. Either that or as narcissists only out for themselves. But neither is quite true, according to a new paperfrom The Brookings Institution. It’s easy to cherry-pick from the data to verify a stereotype about Millennials one way or the other, but the holistic picture painted by the paper is more subtle.

The generation born in the 80’s and 90’s does have an earnest belief that companies should care about the environment and other social issues, but they’re also the least trusting generation on record. And those two impulses aren’t contradictory ... 

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Today’s younger workers aren’t seeking a revolution. They’re too practical for that. Instead, they’re taking jobs in corporate America and, in the process, insisting that average companies clean up their act. For decades, Wall Street has driven corporations to prioritize shareholder value above employees, the environment, social issues, and sometimes even customers. Now a wary, pragmatic generation is asking for those priorities to change !

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When mentoring or coaching is needed?

When mentoring or coaching is needed? | Strategy & Governance | Scoop.it
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We see that a friend is safe when our situation is not !

Cicero ;()

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Does the CFO Need to Become a Technologist?

Does the CFO Need to Become a Technologist? | Strategy & Governance | Scoop.it

Technology like big data analytics is disrupting roles throughout the enterprise, including the CFO role. Today's CFOs need to understand how technology can help them do their jobs. Even the CFO role is not immune !

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Data Should Be an Asset on the Balance Sheet

As more and more businesses tap the power of their data, Olson predicts that data itself will become an asset on the balance sheet that CFO's will have to reckon with ...

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Help Leaders Be Less Useless at Strategy !

Help Leaders Be Less Useless at Strategy ! | Strategy & Governance | Scoop.it

At some point in the formulation of a strategy, its creator must review his or her work with the leader, either by choice or by procedure.

If the strategist is a CEO, the reviewer is the board (or a committee thereof). If the strategist is a business unit head, the reviewer is the CEO, and so on down the organization. Regardless of the specific players, the process looks much the same; typically, we wait, and wait, and wait until the strategy feels iron tight. Once it is ready, we go in to the meeting with a perfect slide deck and lots of points in defense of our view ... Begin a discussion -- don't ask for an evaluation !

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If these leaders are in their positions legitimately (and if they are not you have a much bigger problem), then strategists should want to use the leader’s judgment and experience to the maximum to improve the strategy ...

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Conventional Is Too Conventional ...

Conventional Is Too Conventional ... | Strategy & Governance | Scoop.it

This may seem obvious, but the problem with conventional thinking is that it does not lead to truly new ideas, creativity or innovation. Yet most of us individually and collectively -- in our families, organisations and communities -- think and behave conventionally. Even business creativity tends to be conventional. Teams use conventional brainstorming to generate 100 conventional ideas that lead to conventional improvements in product and process. These conventional ideas are little different to those generated in a similar brainstorm in a similar company down the road !

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To Be a Winner, You Need to Be Unconventional

The thing is, you see, if you really want to be creative. If you want your toothpaste to stand out and scream, “check me out!” to customers; if you want to launch the disruptive innovation that changes the face of your industry; if you want to implement the business plan that becomes the legendary case study every MBA course uses, you simply cannot think conventionally. You need to flush conventions down the toilet and begin thinking unconventionally ...

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To Create a Real Connection, Show Vulnerability ...

To Create a Real Connection, Show Vulnerability ... | Strategy & Governance | Scoop.it
A single honest conversation is better than a hundred trust falls.

The hardest part of my business failing was not the loss of the business. It was the loss of the identity that came with being a successful entrepreneur. I had become so attached to this identity that when others asked how the non-existent business was doing, I said, “Great!” The chasm between the image of being financially set for life and owning a failed business was painful. I felt like a fraud.

When I finally got up the courage to start telling the truth, I could feel a weight lift off my shoulders. I had no idea how much stress I had been causing myself. To my huge surprise, instead of shunning me, people actually treated me with more respect and confided in me with their challenges. I wondered how had I been so wrong in judging other people’s reactions !

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The mistaken assumption is that if people find out who we really are underneath, they’d remove themselves from our lives. The reality is that if we share the ups and downs of our human experience in the right way in the right context, we build deeper connections. In so doing, we can break down the roles we play (e.g., client/customer, boss/employee, fundraiser/philanthropist) and connect with each other as humans ...

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How to Explain a Career That Looks Stalled !

How to Explain a Career That Looks Stalled ! | Strategy & Governance | Scoop.it

Don't blame the economy !

Whatever the reason, if you’ve stayed in a role long after your growth and learning in that role plateaued you need a plan for presenting your experience to recruiters and hiring managers. If this is the flavor of your resume – if your last decade sounds like the same year repeated 10 times — you’ll face tough questions as you look for a new job. When asked about your learning, your challenges, and your career plan, your answer cannot be a variant on “I played it safe.”

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Prepare a convincing, short, upbeat answer to the question, “Why haven’t you moved on earlier?”

Discuss valid reasons such as wanting to see a project to its conclusion, team loyalty, picking the best time to make a career change. Show your career is in your control, not steered by events ...

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Wanted: Big data unicorns to wrangle unruly data !

Wanted: Big data unicorns to wrangle unruly data ! | Strategy & Governance | Scoop.it
Big data skills remain hard to find, and confusion about how to define what a data scientist does is just adding to the headaches.

The skills needed to wade through the rising tide of big data are in short supply, according to employers, although their unrealistic expectations may be part of the problem of finding the right staff.

On top of this, managers said they found it hard to explain their needs to HR managers and recruitment agencies, and to assess the skills of candidates...

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However, it admits that this is a rare set of abilities. "Some say that looking for them is like 'chasing unicorns', because people able to master all those skills are so rare, while others complain that the data scientist label has become too vague a description of an occupation to be useful."

 

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5 Common Questions Leaders Should Never Ask !

5 Common Questions Leaders Should Never Ask ! | Strategy & Governance | Scoop.it

Questioning is undoubtedly a valuable leadership tool. Asking the right questions can help business leaders to anticipate changes, seize opportunities, and move their organizations in new directions.But how you question is critical. Questions can be great for engaging and motivating people , but they can just as easily be used to confront or blame, and can shift the mood from positive to negative. “We live in the world our questions create,” says David Cooperrider, a professor at Case Western Reserve University and a pioneer of “Appreciative Inquiry,” which holds that questions focusing on strengths and using positive language are far more useful to organizations than questions with a negative focus !

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Looking beyond this list of specific questions, there are other tests you can use to assess whether the question on the tip of your tongue is a good one. In general, a leader should avoid questions “asked in a spirit of advocacy instead of inquiry ...

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Need to leave a message?

Need to leave a message? | Strategy & Governance | Scoop.it
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 Professional through and through ;()

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When Business rhymes with Health !

When Business rhymes with Health ! | Strategy & Governance | Scoop.it
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Excellent complementarity - Move more for your Health ;()

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What to Do When Success Feels Empty !

What to Do When Success Feels Empty ! | Strategy & Governance | Scoop.it

Why do career “wins” often leave people feeling empty and dissatisfied? And — more important — how can you avoid that problem? We recently asked HBR readers to share their thoughts, and several of the responses call to mind Douglas T. Hall’s classic model of psychological success.

Hall’s model suggests a number of reasons that a success might feel like a failure ...

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The concept of generativity was first defined by Erik Erikson, who saw it primarily as a midlife concern: Do we succumb to thoughtless routines and selfish pursuits?  Or do we make lasting contributions by teaching, mentoring, participating in social systems, raising children, or creating things that will outlast us and benefit future generations?

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MOOCs Won’t Replace Business Schools — They’ll Diversify Them !

MOOCs Won’t Replace Business Schools — They’ll Diversify Them ! | Strategy & Governance | Scoop.it

Over the past few years, business school administrators — like other university officials — have been losing sleep over Massive Open Online Courses (or MOOCs), worrying that these low-cost digital alternatives will cannibalize their business model.

As elite business schools have started to offer their own courses through platforms like Coursera, commentators have pointed out that it’s now possible to cobble together an elite MBA for free. Others have argued that executive education programs are likely to be disrupted, as companies weigh the savings they could achieve by directing executives to MOOCs instead !

Fouad Bendris's insight:

MOOCs are undoubtedly disrupting higher education. Business schools, like other university institutions, will need to strategically adapt to changing circumstances. But the MOOC disruption may not necessarily be the threat everyone is worried about. In fact, it looks more like an opportunity ...

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If Euclid Played Video Games, This Is The App He'd Build To Teach Geometry !

If Euclid Played Video Games, This Is The App He'd Build To Teach Geometry ! | Strategy & Governance | Scoop.it

VideoThere's a simple way to learn geometry over the summer. It is easy and fun. Imagine Euclidean geometry: the video game. If your experience in high school geometry was anything like mine, it probably sounds like torture. But games make learning fun. These days, game and app developers are constantly designing [...] ! Consider the work of Jean-Baptiste Huynh. He’s the guy who impressed so many people with his ingeniously simple “DragonBox Algebra” app. By replacing algebraic variables with cute pictures, he proved that even little kids could get excited about Algebra ... 

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Huynh reminds us, once again, that game based learning is not so much about changing what we learn. After all, Euclid’s elements is 23 Centuries old. However, with the exception of one-on-one tutoring, we’ve never been able to provide learners with as much instant feedback as video games can. Plus, by playing the game, learners understand how cummulative mastery results in leveling-up–an understanding that’s not only motivating, but also empowering ...

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Google Can’t Forget You, But It Should Make You Hard to Find !

Google Can’t Forget You, But It Should Make You Hard to Find ! | Strategy & Governance | Scoop.it
“The Right to Be Forgotten” sounds catchy. And, yes, the language of “erasure” laws and “disappearing” messages is captivating. Unfortunately, these popular words are fatally inaccurate in the privacy context. As a result, critics risk tackling irrelevant arguments about unattainable perfection while advocates and consumers are invited to place their hopes in a technology that is doomed never to be fully successful.
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So how about we make a pact to resist using language like “the right to be forgotten,” “eraser” laws, and “disappearing” messages !

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Board before the Age !

Board before the Age ! | Strategy & Governance | Scoop.it
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The well-born souls value does not expect the number of years ;()

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People Management in the Digital Age !

People Management in the Digital Age ! | Strategy & Governance | Scoop.it
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Big Data - OpenData and Personal Data without smart Governance ! Definitively the triumvirat of absolute  Virality ;()

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With Flextime, Bosses Prefer Early Birds to Night Owls !

With Flextime, Bosses Prefer Early Birds to Night Owls ! | Strategy & Governance | Scoop.it

Employees love these programs because they help them avoid compromises between home and at work. Yes, there are often boundaries within which a work day must begin and end, and at least some chunk of core hours that remain common across employees. But within those constraints, workers can schedule their office hours around the various other demands on their time, giving them greater control over their lives and allowing them to accomplish more. And because employees love the programs, companies have learned to love them, too. Research shows that in general, flexible work practices lead to increased productivity, higher job satisfaction, and decreased turnover intentions ... 

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One way or another, team leaders must come to accept that the people who use flextime to start their day late are not necessarily lazier than their early-bird colleagues. Otherwise, flextime policies that could serve both employees and employers well will become known, and avoided, as routes to dead-end careers !

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