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Does Articulating Your Corporate Values Matter?

Does Articulating Your Corporate Values Matter? | Long Term Thinking | Scoop.it

Corporate values are commonplace. They are stated on corporate literature and easily found on company websites so that visitors can get a sense of what is important to the organisation.  Stating values is also a way to shape internal stakeholders’ understanding  of the company and an attempt to influence their behaviours. 

 


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Gallup reports employee engagement at 32% as an improvement, best since 2000!  Perhaps if organization leaders put more effort into reflecting on, communicating effectively and actually living the values they espouse.  People want to know that they are involved in something greater than themselves.  Corporate values, properly followed, lays the foundation for healthy cultures and higher performance.

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Ron McIntyre's curator insight, July 5, 2015 3:06 PM

Values are always more valuable when they are lived rather than relegated to a shelf for display.  Too many companies values are on shelves only.

Jill Pineault's curator insight, July 13, 2015 10:33 AM

Social Responsibility is a core value at Red Payments and we seek to attract talent with similar values.  Through donations to charities with each new merchant that is brought on and environmentally conscious to reduce carbon footprints are two of our main values.

Dana K. Dwyer's curator insight, August 25, 2015 4:14 AM

Begin by articulating your personal values.

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When it comes to culture, tolerance is no virtue

When it comes to culture, tolerance is no virtue | Long Term Thinking | Scoop.it
Leaders will often ask me what they can do to accelerate a change in their culture. As someone who likes to find ways to provide simplicity on seemingly complex and theoretical topics, I’ve long been searching for that mythical ‘one thing’ that will make the most difference. I think I’ve found it. I’ll be interested […]
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Thoughtful commentary that parallels with "Permissiveness is Neglect of Duty"
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Goldman Sachs Dumps Numerical-Ranking System for Employees

Goldman Sachs Dumps Numerical-Ranking System for Employees | Long Term Thinking | Scoop.it
Goldman Sachs is eliminating numerical rankings in employee reviews starting next month, and this fall will experiment with an online system where employees can give and receive continuous feedback on their performance.
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Glad to see organizations focused on continuous constructive feedback!
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Leadership Summed Up on a Paper Napkin

Leadership Summed Up on a Paper Napkin | Long Term Thinking | Scoop.it
The best business strategies are simple enough to fit on the back of a napkin. How executives sum up their approaches to achieving career heights.
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KISS...great concepts neatly summarized

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John Thurlbeck, FCMI FRSA's curator insight, January 16, 2016 11:58 AM

Very catchy way to sum up some great ideas!

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This Is Richard Branson's Vision for the Hotel Bed of the Future

This Is Richard Branson's Vision for the Hotel Bed of the Future | Long Term Thinking | Scoop.it
Can a new bed design boost business traveler productivity? That's the promise behind Virgin Hotels's latest patent.
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Wonder how much Sir Richard looked at the Feng Shui aspects of his new bed?

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Finding Balance In Business Education

Finding Balance In Business Education | Long Term Thinking | Scoop.it

Too many business schools have produced leaders that derailed badly. Obviously, asking our students to take some classes in business ethics is not good enough.

 

The fault-lines in management education are deep and may be invisible at first sight. Of course, management theory and practice can - in theory - work hand in hand. Unfortunately, all too often, academic studies are “lost before translation” - based on theoretical ideas that may be irrelevant to practice.

 

 

 


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With so much conversation today about culture, business education needs to dive more deeply into helping future leaders understand concepts of Mission, Vision, Values and Emotional Intelligence.  Those that do will deliver leaders better prepared to create value for their future organizations. 

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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, November 10, 2015 11:12 AM

To create responsible leaders of the future, business schools need to adopt a more holistic approach to education.


Steve Bax's curator insight, November 11, 2015 5:03 AM

A thought provoking piece by Manfred Kets De Vries scooped by Kenneth Mikkelsen. The article states "Perhaps it’s time business schools asked themselves, ‘Do we have a holistic approach to business education or are we merely training technocrats?". To teach leadership we need to consider both the theory and the application in the real world. Helping individuals to understand leadership styles and which are appropriate for them is important. Encouraging them to discover more about themselves matters too. There is an argument for testing emotional intelligence and providing coaching to address gaps also here. 

 

Davell Logan's curator insight, November 29, 2015 6:42 PM

This is something some of us should look at.

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BlackBerry Priv Review: BlackBerry May Win You Back With Android

BlackBerry Priv Review: BlackBerry May Win You Back With Android | Long Term Thinking | Scoop.it
It finally happened: There is now a modern-looking BlackBerry that has, thanks to Android, a modern operating system.
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Blackberry has struggled, but many people still miss the QWERTY hard keyboard.  Can they get back in the game with this model and others to follow?  Could there be a lot of pent up demand?

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A Health-y Definition of Employee Engagement | Grovo

A Health-y Definition of Employee Engagement | Grovo | Long Term Thinking | Scoop.it
Physical well-being holds the key to truly understanding a complex concept. Here’s why engagement to a business is like health to your body.
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Engagement is an outcome of culture.  The author does a good job of describing what engagement looks and feels like and what the organizational body needs to do to maintain a healthy state. Organizations that properly align Mission, Vision and Values get a culture that produces engagement.

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Reinforce Candor or Speak Truth to Power? |

My Leadership model for building trust has a central element entitled “Reinforce Candor.” This is the ability to make people glad they expressed a concern with a leader’s inconsistency. Usually, people are punished for expressing a concern with the leader’s actions. When high trust and transparency are present, the leader can set aside his or…
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Leaders show courage in many different ways.  Reinforcing candor is one of them, Organizations in which leaders do this will find large measures of engagement and trust.

 

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Dell Envisions VMware Sales Gains - WSJ

Dell Envisions VMware Sales Gains - WSJ | Long Term Thinking | Scoop.it
Dell’s proposed $67 billion purchase of storage vendor EMC includes a key role for VMware’s virtualization software, which the companies expect to contribute $1 billion in new revenue synergies.
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Is anybody thinking about culture?  Once again, a huge opportunity for synergy going forward.  Will Dell be able to integrate their acquisition successfully, or will it end up with a thud like an overwhelming number of M&A efforts?

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The Data-Driven Rebirth of a Salesman - WSJ

The Data-Driven Rebirth of a Salesman - WSJ | Long Term Thinking | Scoop.it
Silicon Valley startups are automating sales departments for a shot at the more than $23 billion companies spend each year on sales software. Some of these startups mine sales staff emails, calendars and customer databases for patterns that help them predict the likelihood of a sale or the behavior of potential buyers.
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It's a brave new world out there.  Data analytics give users important edges.  How we use them will change the way effective businesses operate.

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Are you a micromanager or a macromanager? | @Julie_WG

Are you a micromanager or a macromanager? | @Julie_WG | Long Term Thinking | Scoop.it
Micromanager. It’s one of the least flattering labels one can be tagged with in business today. It connotes an unproductive level of involvement in the wor
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Constructive leadership written simply and concisely.  Imagine the level of engagement if every manager adopted at least one more of these attributes?

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7 Benefits of Using Public Speaking to Build Your Brand Authority

7 Benefits of Using Public Speaking to Build Your Brand Authority | Long Term Thinking | Scoop.it
Ok, so you did it. You developed, designed, and cultivated your idea while giving 150% dedication and you managed to procure a brand that you feel, well, is exceptional. So now what? Of course the answer is simple, right?
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 Super piece on why public speaking is a compelling brand-building tool.

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How Company Culture Helps (or Hinders) Digital Transformation

How Company Culture Helps (or Hinders) Digital Transformation | Long Term Thinking | Scoop.it
Many companies struggle with digital transformation. It goes against the grain of established ways of working and is a threat to management practices that have existed for decades.
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The author convincingly lays out the cultural norms needed for organizations to thrive in a digital environment.  Constructive cultures will have an enormous advantage because they support the key attributes of these new behaviors and activities,

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Financial services is leading the way on corporate culture

Financial services is leading the way on corporate culture | Long Term Thinking | Scoop.it
Defining corporate culture is still an issue at many companies, new research has revealed. 
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Smart strategy leads to more focused approaches.  Auditors trying to measure culture?  Why not a data driven approach?
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Banking's Uber Moment: Digi-Banking

Banking's Uber Moment: Digi-Banking | Long Term Thinking | Scoop.it
Digital technology will change the banking industry in underdeveloped markets in ways that are truly revolutionary.
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Banking could deliver breakthrough opportunities in the underdeveloped world.

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Honda's Revolutionary Mini Private Jet

Honda's Revolutionary Mini Private Jet | Long Term Thinking | Scoop.it
It's a Civic for the skies.
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Pretty cool! Honda Moving forward with a paradigm stretcher...

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Meritocracy and Culture

Meritocracy and Culture | Long Term Thinking | Scoop.it
All cultures have their blind spots, those commonly-held beliefs that become so ingrained no one bothers to challenge their truth. One of the most common blind spots I see in my work might be called the meritocratic presumption. For many senior executives, their own success confirms the essentially meritocratic nature of their enterprises, proof positive […]
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Interesting look at Meritocracy and Culture. as millennials become increasingly important at work.  Good bye, forced ranking and over-reliance on data driven performance measurement systems.  Strong analysis of an embedded blind spot in existing review processes.  

 

How would you make this work in your organization?

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Canadian Researchers Break "Blood-Brain Barrier" with new Ultrasound Treatment

Canadian Researchers Break "Blood-Brain Barrier" with new Ultrasound Treatment | Long Term Thinking | Scoop.it
Canadian scientists have made history with a world first, successfully using focused ultrasound to break through one of the human body's final frontiers -- the blood-brain barrier. The researchers have unlocked a non-invasive way to deliver medication deep into the brain.
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Non-invasive treatments open a whole host of healing opportunities.  Terrific news.

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IoT Mapped: The Emerging Landscape of Smart Things

IoT Mapped: The Emerging Landscape of Smart Things | Long Term Thinking | Scoop.it
No one really knows how many “things” there are deployed today that have IoT characteristics. IDC’s 2013 estimate was about 9.1 billion, growing to about 28 billion by 2020 and over 50 billion by 2025. You can get pretty much any other number you want, but all the estimates are very large. So what are all these IoT things doing and why are they there? Here’s our attempt to map out the IoT landscape (click to enlarge).
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Coming soon to a smart tool near you!  Easy way to "see" IoT

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Google's Eric Schmidt on Leadership, Success, and Being a CEO

Google's Eric Schmidt on Leadership, Success, and Being a CEO | Long Term Thinking | Scoop.it
Eric Schmidt of Google and Alphabet recently spoke about his thoughts on leadership, management, and being CEO of the company.
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Saying little, Google's Schmidt says a lot.  Well worth noting

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How the Internet of Everything is Transforming the Food Supply Chain

How the Internet of Everything is Transforming the Food Supply Chain | Long Term Thinking | Scoop.it
From ground to grocer and every step in between, the Internet of Everything is driving a Connected Food movement that is transforming the way food is grown, produced, sold and purchased.
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This adds a whole new meaning to the phrase "from farm to table." Straying locavores will now be able to assuage their guilt by knowing exactly where their food came from and how it got to them.  More seriously, this can be a tremendous help in quality assurance efforts by producers.  The user will naturally benefit.

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Fully Transparent Solar Cell could Transform Windows and Screens into Power Sources

Fully Transparent Solar Cell could Transform Windows and Screens into Power Sources | Long Term Thinking | Scoop.it

Researchers at Michigan State University have created a fully transparent solar concentrator, which could turn any window or sheet of glass (like your smartphone’s screen) into a photovoltaic solar cell. Unlike existing “transparent” solar cells, this is fully transparent.

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Pretty interesting growth opportunity to create "everyday" solar.  Now if they can just get the electro-voltaic conversion efficiency up 

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DDI Blog | When Outside Mentoring Matters Most | DDI

DDI Blog | When Outside Mentoring Matters Most | DDI | Long Term Thinking | Scoop.it
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Sometimes organizations struggle with the ROI of getting outside coaching.  In this blog, the author provides some hard data on the effectiveness potential for different situations that an organization might face.  It comes as no surprise that the organization needs to be fully introspective for much of this to work.

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How Much Has Our Perception Of Great Leadership Shifted Over The Past Decade And What Has Changed?

How Much Has Our Perception Of Great Leadership Shifted Over The Past Decade And What Has Changed? | Long Term Thinking | Scoop.it
What we conceive of as great, inspiring leadership has significantly changed over the past decade.
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Authenticity, a must have for leaders in today's (and tomorrow's) competitive environment.  Very interesting insights on the changes in leadership.

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BMW 7 is first car with Gesture Control. See how it works.

BMW 7 is first car with Gesture Control. See how it works. | Long Term Thinking | Scoop.it

"handBMW is debuting its gesture control system on the 2016 7 Series, and a new video featuring BMW’s manager of user experience shows us how it works. The all-new 7 Series lands in dealerships this October.

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"Hands Down" BMW is out front with cool innovations.

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