3/24/13: Leadership Reading to Start Your Week
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Here are choice articles on hot leadership topics culled from the business schools, the business press and major consulting firms, to start off your work week. I'm pointing you to articles about tailoring IT to strategy, leading from a base of character, and why corporate strategy is a fool's errand. There are articles on innovation, tempranillo, bricks and clicks, using social media, and Sheryl Sandberg’s book, as well as surveys, studies, statistics, and lists. Be sure to look for dots that you can connect.
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Thinking about Leadership and Strategy
From Strategy + Business: Well-Tailored IT
"Develop a sophisticated, more strategically oriented information technology approach."
From the Graziadio Business Report: Leading from Character
"Leaders need to examine their effectiveness at managing virtuous behavior to add value to organizations. Virtuousness is not only important from a humanistic point of view in workplace settings, but helps drive important organizational outcomes."
From Freek Vermeulen: Corporate Strategy Is a Fool's Errand
"Most corporations consist of multiple divisions, which set their own strategy (what we generally refer to as "business strategy"). But more often than not, these dvisions have very little to do with one another. Take Philips Electronics with its lighting, medical equipment, and consumer electronics divisions; ThyssenKrupp with its steel, elevators, and engineering services units; or smaller companies such as Trinity Mirror, which offers newspapers, printing, and digital services. They may not be like the big conglomerates of the 1960s — you can see how their portfolio of somewhat related business came about — but, in reality, the various divisions and business units do operate completely independently from one another."
Innovation and Technology
From Chief Executive: How CEOs Can Defy Innovation
"Leading through the push and pull between new and old behaviors requires catching the many habits of thought and action at all levels of the organization that can send mixed messages about the company’s true commitment to innovation."
From the Wall Street Journal: The Unsung Beauty of
"Most of us don't work in an environment where the failure of our well-meaning innovations can result in dead children and billion-dollar class-action suits. But we all confront bureaucratic constraints that, it often seems, are designed mostly to sap our initiative and prevent us from actually getting stuff done. Companies need to balance rules and freedom to foster innovation and avert catastrophe. The unfortunate reality is that this is exactly the way it should be"
Industries and Analysis
From SFGate: Tempranillo hits pay dirt in Texas
"Texas Tempranillo has now garnered gold medals, including one at the prestigious San Francisco International Wine Competition, and many regional winemakers are predicting it will become the state's best-known wine grape. Bobby Cox, a Fort Worth-reared winemaker and consultant, is convinced that Texas will eventually surpass California in Tempranillo acreage."
From Wharton: A Smaller Slice of the Pie: Why Technology Is No Longer
"Can technology set off a new boom in job creation? The question is a fundamental one for the American economy given that policy makers in Washington often look to the technology sector to pick up the slack in the employment market. Meanwhile, the fortunes of Silicon Valley start-ups continue to be closely followed, in part because of the spectacular wealth they can generate for their founders, but also because of the assumption that these new companies are a significant source of new employment."
From the Economist: Retail: Mixing bricks with clicks
"'Multichannel' (or even better, 'omnichannel') is something almost every self-respecting retailer wants to be. It means letting customers shop with smartphones, tablets, laptops and even in stores as if waited upon by a single salesman with an unfailing memory and uncanny intuition about their preferences. Pure-play internet vendors are good at this. But most resist the idea that actual stores, with their rents, payrolls and security cameras, ought to be one of those channels."
Work Now and in the Future
From Chief Executive: Leveraging Social Media to Collaborate with
Employees and Customers
"For CEOs in the age of social media, the only question is this: Will the conversation take place with or without you? Either way, it will happen."
Women and the Workplace
From Scott Eblin: Why Men Should Read Sheryl
Sandberg’s Lean In
"While Sandberg’s primary purpose with the book is to encourage women to lean in to their careers and play big, after reading it for the past couple of weeks I’m even more convinced that men should read Lean In too."
From Becky Robinson: Why I’m Leaning In to Family
"I have not read Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In, yet. My copy will likely arrive from Amazon this afternoon. I’ll tell you now, I am predisposed to push back against her message. While I am an ambitious woman, with dreams that I am moving toward daily, I choose to lean in to my family first."
Surveys and Studies and Statistics and Lists
If you enjoyed this post, you should check out my other curated posts. Here are the ones from last week.
3/19/13: By and About Leaders
Studying individual leaders is a great way to learn about leadership. Think of each article as a mini-case study in leadership. This week I'm pointing you to posts by and about Ilene Gordon, Greg Lang, John Inglis, Andy Puzder, Andrea Boidman, Greg Koch and Steve Wagner, and Steve Kelleher.
3/20/13: A Midweek Look at the Independent Business Blogs
Every week I select five excellent posts from this week's independent business blogs. This week, I'm pointing you to posts on your emotional triggers, embracing feedback, action feedback, listening, and collaboration, coordination, and cooperation.
3/22/13: Stories and Strategies from Real Life
Some of the best learning happens when you read stories real people and real companies. Read them for ideas, for lessons, and inspiration. This week's stories and strategies from real life are about those crazy tacos, partners and projects, Jack Dorsey, adjusting as you grow, and Meredith Publishing.
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