When does the future of work begin?Time in the digital era is no longer linear but disembodied and associative. The past is not something behind us on the timeline but dispersed through the sea of information. Like a digital unconscious, the raw data sits forgotten unless accessed by a program in the future. Everything is recorded, yet almost none of it feels truly accessible. — Douglas Rushkoff, Present ShockWhen does the past stop and the future begin? What about that void, that in-between, we
The following post is a guestpost by Walter Chen, founder of a unique new project management tool IDoneThis. More about Walter at the bottom of the post. Ever go through a phase where you feel like every day is a Monday? You wake up, you hit snooze. Then you hit snooze again and you just don’t feel it? Yes, I know that negative emotions can eat away at my productivity, creativity, decision-making skills. And yet, I have to admit that sometimes it’s really difficult ...
With the arrival of this last month of the year, I’ve been finding myself in a mixed state of mental exhaustion and reflection, which considering the work involved in bringing my first leadership book out into the world alongside my regular workload is quite understandable. What’s interesting, though, is how many of the leaders I’ve spoken and worked with over the past year are also in this dualistic state. Unfortunately, for most of them, the mental exhaustion is far outweighing any notions of making efforts for reflection and review.
Josie Gibson's insight:
An thoughtful examination by Tanveer Naseer of the challenges of leadership in this digital age.
Your success as an entrepreneur is determined in large part by your ability to communicate. You can be the best at what you do, but if you’re not communicating effectively with clients, staff and the market, then you’re missing opportunities.
I’m often asked how iDoneThis has been featured so often in the press. Business Insider picked as one of 20 startups to watch, Bob Scoble tweeted about us, and Lifehacker, Netted, The Next Web, and The New York Observer have all written about our modest three-man band. For us, press has come from making a [...]
Josie Gibson's insight:
Slightly tongue in cheek, but some sensible tips to creating meaningful conversations.
Aspiring young executives dream of climbing the ladder in order to gain more authority. Then they can make things happen and create the change that they believe in. Senior executives, on the other hand, are often frustrated by how little power they actually have. The problem is that while authority can compel action it does little to inspire belief. Only leadership can...
It’s not you, it’s your company. Management Innovation eXchange founders Gary Hamel and Michele Zanini believe that continuous improvement requires the creation of change platforms, rather than change programs ordained and implemented from the top. A McKinsey & Company article.
Josie Gibson's insight:
Reflects the reality of why so many 'change' programs fail and the alternative, ecosystem-based approach.
This is a poem, a haiku by Matsuo Basho, the first great haiku poet. It is considered by some to be one of the greatest haikus ever written. Looking at it you might think, “Really? It’s just three lines. It’s a mere blip of words.” If that’s your thought, I can sympathize with you. The thing is, I want to like haiku, being a lover of poetry, and a poet myself. For some reason, however, I find it hard to sit myself down and really appreciate haiku. It seems like it’s done before I’ve started. After all, most haikus are around three lines. It feels useless to actually sit down and read haiku, unless you plan to read a string of them, but then are you really appreciating them if you read twenty haiku poems in a row
During the presidential election of 1864, when Abraham Lincoln ran against General George McClellan, he adopted a famous campaign slogan: "Don’t swap horses in midstream." The euphemism was an appeal to reelect Lincoln for his second term. But the underlying message was also to avoid flip-flopping politics no matter if it was challenging times.
The campaign slogan comes to mind when you read Great By Choice. The book is the result of a productive partnership between Jim Collins and Morten Hansen - two of the most influential management thinkers today. Jim Collins is a household name on bestseller lists worldwide. He has authored or coauthored six books that have sold in total more than ten million copies. Morten Hansen is the author of the critically acclaimed book Collaboration and a management professor at the University of California, Berkeley and Apple University.
The major theme of Great By Choice is that the ability of any company to not merely survive, but to thrive in the face of harsh business conditions, depends on the quality of decisions its leadership makes. Uncertainty, chaos and luck are constraints, and great leaders understand that these forces cannot be controlled, only managed to. And to achieve sustained success companies and leaders should avoid constant flip-flopping as a reaction to a radically changing world. In other words avoid swapping horses in midstream.
For years I’ve been working on helping companies to see how work, home, community, and self (mind, body, and spirit) can be mutually reinforcing; this is the “four-way wins” approach I describe in Total Leadership. I often encounter skepticism, but some companies get it. My experience with Target should bolster anyone’s case that you can be a committed A-player executive, a good parent, an attentive spouse, a healthy person with time for hobbies — yes, hobbies! — and a community life.
One of the most common and destructive daily habits that people get caught up in certainly must be the habit of worrying. It has been one of my biggest issues. And I know from my inbox that so many struggle with this.
No matter how much the world changes, there will be timeless truths about the best way to lead others to success.
Self-made industrialist Andrew Carnegie was the wealthiest man on the planet in the early 20th century and was a student of what it takes to achieve greatness. In 1908, he met with the journalist Napoleon Hill and decided that Hill would be the vehicle for sharing his strategies with the world. Take a look at the summary.
It was after midnight. I had just spent the day intensely focused on completing all of my book edits to return to my editor, the culmination of weeks of labor. Typically, I would be sound asleep when the clock strikes 12. But instead, due to the huge rush of excitement created by finishing such a major task, I found myself completely reorganizing a storage closet.
Josie Gibson's insight:
Great reminder about essential value of rest in productivity and creativity.
“A MAN WITH A CONVICTION is a hard man to change. Tell him you disagree and he turns away. Show him facts or figures and he questions your sources. Appeal to logic and he fails to see your point.” So wrote the celebrated Stanford University psychologist Leon Festinger, in a passage that might have been referring to climate change denial—the persistent rejection, on the part of so many Americans today, of what we know about global warming and its human causes. But it was too early for that—this was the 1950s—and Festinger was actually describing a famous case study in psychology.
Josie Gibson's insight:
How our brains fool us on climate, creationism, and the vaccine-autism link.
A true leader is one who inspires loyalty with no regard to rank or position.
David Ogilvy, the vaunted “Father of Advertising” and legend among the marketing community, has surely earned the designation of leader. While his true cunning lay in the craft of copywriting, throughout his book Confessions of an Advertising Man you will find deep insights on management, candor, and company culture.
The 21st century has brought much in the way of turmoil and change to the world of business. As a consequence, ways of doing business that were once universally accepted now seem outdated and inflexible in an age where knowledge drives economies and socially responsible corporate attitudes influence stakeholders and shareholders alike.
With such changes have come new priorities and responsibilities and it is in this environment that the theory of servant leadership has flourished as a management style for the redefined business world of today, one that can serve as a cornerstone for organisations wishing to build corporate structures based on stewardship, empowerment and trust.
Since writing “The Silent Language of Leaders” three years ago, and "The Nonverbal Advantage" a couple of years before that, I’ve spoken to over two hundred business, university, association, and government audiences -- and, in the process of preparing to address some very savvy professionals, I’ve discovered even more about the role of body language in business success. Here are ten tips.
The best CEOs do it. Effective entrepreneurs do it. Middle managers who become change agents do it. Individuals with passion do it. Weak leaders are too timid to do it. On September 20-22 former President Bill Clinton is doing it. Hold those scurrilous thoughts. “It” is convening large groups to tackle big issues and commit […]