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The Fallout of CEO Narcissism

The Fallout of CEO Narcissism | digitalNow | Scoop.it
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CEOs themselves should be aware of the narcissistic dimension of their personality and take care to control it when making decisions, by taking into consideration experience of other board members. Whether CEO narcissism can be moderated over time by this self-awareness is yet to be proven.
Read more at http://knowledge.insead.edu/leadership-management/the-fallout-of-ceo-narcissism-3386?nopaging=1#UTw7TzT2hh9S6Bmp.99

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10 Principles of Leading Change Management

These time-honored tools and techniques can help companies transform quickly.
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Yet according to a 2013 Strategy&/Katzenbach Center survey of global senior executives on culture and change management, the success rate of major change initiatives is only 54 percent. This is far too low. The costs are high when change efforts go wrong—not only financially but in confusion, lost opportunity, wasted resources, and diminished morale. When employees who have endured real upheaval and put in significant extra hours for an initiative that was announced with great fanfare see it simply fizzle out, cynicism sets in.

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Lack of Appreciation

Lack of Appreciation | digitalNow | Scoop.it
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Want to drive off some of your best employees?

Take them for granted. Give no sign of appreciation. Never even hint that you've noticed their achievements.

After all, you don't have time for a five minute phone call, a brief visit, or a handwritten thank-you note.

They should know that if you didn't like them they'd be gone.

Wait, they're gone?

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The Power of Giant Sticky Notes

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We put two giant sticky notes -- maybe two feet high and a foot-and-a-half wide -- on the wall, and drew a very basic chart. (My handwriting has been described as “distinctive,” so I can’t take credit for that piece.) We were all standing, probably nobody more than four or five feet from the wall.  Knowing we were under time pressure, and knowing that we had a common interest in getting this done well, we were all constructive. Each suggestion built upon, refined, or improved upon something that was already there.  As happens in the best conversations, people actually put aside their own suggestions when a better idea came along.

Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/confessions-community-college-dean/power-giant-sticky-notes#ixzz36ZeeTdd8 
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Data: Consumers Spending More Time on Their Apps Than Ever Before | LJ INFOdocket

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Who spends the most time on apps now, and what are the opportunities for growth? Smartphone owners ages 25-44 use the greatest number of apps per month (29 apps, on average), but 18-24 year-olds spend the most time on them (37 hours, 6 minutes). Time spent does decrease with age, but apps are clearly playing a big role in the lives of all smartphone users. Case in point: Even those aged 55+ spend more than 21 hours across an average of 22 different apps per month.

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When looking at the types of apps that are competing for mobile users’ attention spans, social networking and search still rule, as people spent nearly 11 hours per month, on average, accessing these apps. Entertainment viewing, including video, audio, and gaming apps, grew 71 percent among mobile users over the prior year.

Each of the top app categories experienced growth in time spent per person from 2012 to 2013. Photography, for example, is ripe with apps to capture and edit the perfect candid pic, and this category saw a 34-minute per-person increase in time spent among active mobile users.

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025.431: The Dewey blog: Dewey by the Numbers

025.431: The Dewey blog: Dewey by the Numbers | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Here’s a brief snapshot of the DDC 23 EN database (the database associated with the English-language version of DDC 23) as of 1 July 2014:
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Giving Circles Popular With Minorities and Younger Donors, Says Study

Groups that pool donations offer entry-level philanthropy opportunities, says researcher.
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  • Over all, one in eight donors makes a contribution through a giving circle.
  • Nearly 40 percent of all giving-circle donors are under 40. But 64 percent of minority participants are that young, as are just 38 percent of non-Jewish whites.
  • Among non-Jewish whites, women make up two-thirds of all giving-circle donors. But men predominate among participants who are minorities (53 percent) or Jewish (58 percent).
  • More than 80 percent of both non-Jewish whites and minorities who participate in giving circles also belong to a religious congregation. However, only 53 percent of Jews who participate in giving circles belong to a synagogue.
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The Leadership 'X' Factor That Creates 'It' Companies

How do some companies evolve to "it company" status while others languish in relative obscurity? Whether you think of more mature companies like Google, Whole Foods, or Unilever, or early stage marvels like Warby Parker, Vendini, or RevZilla, the hottest companies on the planet understand it's not what they do [...]
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It Boils Down To Leadership
Nothing inspires change and innovation like great leadership, and likewise, there is no more costly legacy system to maintain than poor leadership. Put simply, the greatest testimony to the power of real leadership is what happens in its absence – very little.

A culture of leadership replaces rigid frameworks with loose communities of collaborative networks. Complex decisions are not reserved for someone sitting atop a hierarchical structure, but are driven down and across the organization to unleash new levels of engagement and productivity. The best way to create a culture of leadership is to value and reward authentic and effective leadership. Create a culture based upon an ethos that empowers, attracts, differentiates, and sustains. The only culture that flourishes over the long haul is a culture of leadership.

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Defining Presence As A Leadership Behavior

Defining Presence As A Leadership Behavior | digitalNow | Scoop.it
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Leadership embraces activism; it is the outcome of a purposeful pursuit of goals. Yet every one of us has experienced adversity in the form of loss, failure, or mistakes. How leaders respond to such crises is what defines them. And here is where presence takes hold. Presence gives the leader the wherewithal — authority and resilience — to battle the odds and endure through being, doing, and reflecting

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The Missing Leadership Competency

The Missing Leadership Competency | digitalNow | Scoop.it
There is one leadership trait that to me is critical, if not the most important of all leadership traits, one that gives meaning to all the rest...
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There is one trait that to me is critical, if not the most important of all leadership traits, one that gives meaning to all the rest.

And that one trait is…

COURAGE

You don’t find courage in the official Harvard Competency Dictionary, and unfortunately, courage is hard to find in business these days.  And what I mean by leadership courage is the willingness and the “guts” to:

  • stand up for the purpose and principles of good business
  • to expose the “elephant in the room” and open up difficult conversations
  • to do what’s right and not what’s expedient or easy
  • to call out bad behaviour rather than walk on by
  • to challenge poor decisions or poor leadership instead of turning a blind eye
  • to defend employees who are being bullied by supervisors or managers
  • to protect “whistle blowers” from retaliation by management
  • to encourage innovation, even at the expense of quarterly returns
  • to promote the best person for the job, not the “right” person
  • to put the customer first and the Wall Street analysts last

- See more at: http://www.n2growth.com/blog/the-missing-leadership-competency/#sthash.CmjvlZgQ.dpuf

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Courage ... arguably the single most necessary trait of people worthy of the title "leader."

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How to Build a Great Board of Directors

How to Build a Great Board of Directors | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Every board should have a strong sense of purpose.
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 Why do some board meetings leave me energized while others suck the very life out of me?

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Sleep as a Competitive Advantage

Sleep as a Competitive Advantage | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Too many of us live by the myth that one less hour of sleep gives us one more hour of productivity, Tony Schwartz writes in the Life@Work column. In reality, lost sleep not only leaves us more fatigued, but also takes a toll on our cognitive capacity.
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The most powerful short-term solution for insufficient sleep isn’t caffeine or sugar. It’s a brief nap. Sara C. Mednick, an assistant professor at the University of California, Riverside, has found, for example, that subjects given a visual task to practice at four intervals deteriorated in performance over the course of the day. Those permitted a half-hour nap after the second session kept up their performance through the third and fourth sessions. In another study that involved a memory challenge, Professor Mednick and other researchers found that a 60- to 90-minute nap led to just as much increased retention afterward as did eight full hours of sleep.

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How To Be The Leader They've All Been Waiting For

It takes maturity and humility to grasp that oftentimes the best thing you can do with the spotlight is to put it on those around you, so that they blossom in ways they didn’t realize were possible.
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Remember the power of collective wisdom. “None of us is as smart as all of us,” as the Japanese proverb goes. It’s been demonstrated by social scientists that multiple viewpoints and shared perspectives are crucial to solving the more complex problems of organizational life. The person who’s too busy or too vain to appreciate what “the masses” have to say is robbing himself and his organization of invaluable wisdom. But the leader who knows that gems of wisdom are present in others will always be on the lookout for those gems.

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Tenure

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My tenure was awarded when I was 32 years old and with the rules in effect at the time, I would have been a tenured faculty member for 33 years.  Without in anyway supporting an age determined leaving time, can we adjust the system to build in more turnover?  I believe we can.  I would like to propose for consideration, term tenure.  Specifically, when a person is awarded tenure, that tenure be in place for 35 years and of course, that would be regardless of the age of the person being awarded tenure.  For most of our tenure track full-time population, the 35 year term tenure would meet all their needs and their timetable.  There will, of course, be individuals who would like to remain longer than the 35 years and I believe they should also have that opportunity.  I therefore propose that a person who has served with tenure for 35 years, be eligible for reappointment, one year at a time. In that way, the person has the right to apply to stay longer and the department has the ability to agree or not agree.

Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/provost-prose/tenure#ixzz36ZfM9tDa 
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Principles of Learning

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In many ways, we have taken a design-based approach to creating the Leaders of Learning experience for HarvardX: design thinking begins with the premise that you can create a product or an experience for an audience, but you gain the most valuable information once the audience interacts with the design and provides feedback.

Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/higher-ed-beta/principles-learning#ixzz36Zf5vkcA 
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Physicians consider ways to thrive economically — and sometimes even to survive

Physicians consider ways to thrive economically — and sometimes even to survive | digitalNow | Scoop.it
As the costs of doing business soar, doctors are looking at different models of compensation to thrive — and sometimes even to survive.
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One of the big advantages, she said, is that matters such as insurance coverage are now out of her hands. “They do the negotiating for me,” Sack said. Her last insurance negotiation as a solo practitioner took 18 arduous months, she said.

“And no one’s telling me what to do,” she said, “or how to practice medicine.”

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Friends And Business Don't Mix

Friends And Business Don't Mix | digitalNow | Scoop.it

Real friends are priceless. Fake friends are cheap. Friends and business don't mix because one considers friends cheap while the other considers them priceless.

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Social networks have made the term “friend” cheap. Friends are a “penny per click”. Free technology will find friends for you even if you have no idea who these people are. Gathering followers (friends) has become a race to the bottom. The bottom being uselessness, meaningless and having no value, cheap. Yet everybody and especially every business is chasing friends in the race to the bottom, no value.

Real friends are priceless. Fake friends are cheap.  Friends and business don’t mix because one considers friends cheap while the other considers them priceless.

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The Collaboration Paradox: Why Working Together Often Yields Weaker Results

The Collaboration Paradox: Why Working Together Often Yields Weaker Results | digitalNow | Scoop.it
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The Secret Formula

Marriage therapists have an equation they use to evaluate relationships.

In a functional marriage, the arithmetic is simple. One plus one equals two. Each partner has their individual strengths and together, the pair is reasonably compatible. In unhealthy marriages, the math turns funny. Here, one plus oneequals one, and typically, it’s because one partner is holding the other back.

Successful marriages are different. Chances are you’ve seen one, or perhaps you’ve been lucky enough to experience it yourself. The husband is a talented chef, the wife a masterful gardener. He tutors the kids in grammar, she teaches them how to defuse arguments. He is a visionary, she is an organizer. Together, they are more than the sum of their parts, and it’s here that the arithmetic turns exponential.

For them, one plus one equals three.

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How to Be Lucky

How to Be Lucky | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Chance and luck are important parts of success. The best way to capitalize on this phenomenon? Leave yourself open to uncertainty.
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As creatives, we’ve fallen victim to the tyranny of the planners. Those who think an organized to-do list is bliss or that we need to have a carefully curated calendar of appointments to wring results from every minute of every day. But while all this planning, and the productivity advice that goes with it, makes for great blog posts, it serves merely as a Band-Aid to our long-term, more systemic issues. 

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5 Questions You’ll Need to Settle Workplace Disagreements

5 Questions You’ll Need to Settle Workplace Disagreements | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Most disagreements are the result of underlying assumptions, goals, and biases. Here's how to get past all that and get back to doing great work.
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A message pops up in the company chat channel: A new marketing idea “for discussion” from a colleague. You’re immediately irritated, because you’ve got a hundred other things on your plate and deadlines looming – but you also have strong opinions and want to ensure they’re heard. You compose a terse reply, aware that it’s lacking finesse but intent on getting back to your “real” work.

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Corporate, Philanthropic Leaders Pledge $1.5-Billion in Impact Investments

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More than 20 private-sector investors have committed to $1.5-billion in new investments designed to deliver positive social and environmental impact, in addition to profit, according to the White House.

The pledges came out of a roundtable on impact investing hosted today by the White House. They include a commitment from Prudential Financial to create a $1-billion impact-investing portfolio by 2020 to promote financial and social mobility, and promises from the McKnight Foundation and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund to dedicate 10 percent of their endowment assets to impact investments.

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How To Become A Visionary Leader (Without Really Trying)

Business is 80% people and 20% everything else. While it may help to be a business visionary, my own career clearly demonstrates that it is not necessary. But then again I might argue...
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Employees Who Stay In Companies Longer Than Two Years Get Paid 50% Less

Employees Who Stay In Companies Longer Than Two Years Get Paid 50% Less | digitalNow | Scoop.it
The worst kept secret is that employees are making less on average every year.
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Arguments for Changing Jobs

The average raise an employee can expect in 2014 is 3%. Even the most underperforming employee can expect a 1.3% raise. The best performers can hope for a 4.5% raise.  But, the inflation rate is currently 2.1% calculated based on the Consumer Price Index published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This means that your raise is actually less than 1%.  This is probably sobering enough to make you reach for a drink.

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Every Company is a Cloud Company

Every Company is a Cloud Company | digitalNow | Scoop.it
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I’m about to give you money and you don’t know who I am,” Nelson shared in the voice of a customer. His answer is to consider the balance between “internal automation versus external learning and engagement.” Customers expect you to know who they are, where they are, and not to have to conform to your old models in place today. They’ll simply move on if they have to.

Please take a moment to watch this invigorating conversation.

His vision and observations are at the very least…refreshing and inspiring. As he notes, we stand at the “intersection of the technology and telephony revolutions, which has brought businesses closer than ever before to customers and employees.”

Said another way, people first.

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