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The Real Leadership Lessons of Steve Jobs. His saga is the entrepreneurial creation myth writ large: Steve Jobs cofounded Apple in his parents’ garage in 1976, was ousted in 1985, returned to rescue it from near bankruptcy in 1997, and by the time he died, in October 2011, had built it into the world’s most valuable company.

The Real Leadership Lessons of Steve Jobs

Along the way he helped to transform seven industries: personal computing, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, retail stores, and digital publishing. He thus belongs in the pantheon of America’s great innovators, along with Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and Walt Disney. None of these men was a saint, but long after their personalities are forgotten, history will remember how they applied imagination to technology and business. “The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.” The Best Leadership Advice You'll Get From a Steve Jobs Movie.

There’s a great scene in the 2015 movie Steve Jobs where Steve Wozniak, played by Seth Rogen, tells Steve Jobs, played by Michael Fassbender, all the things he doesn’t do.

The Best Leadership Advice You'll Get From a Steve Jobs Movie

Jobs isn’t a designer, Wozniak said. He isn’t a coder, he never really invented anything himself, some of his early products he stole, Wozniak said. So what is it that Jobs does exactly, Wozniak asked? Why Theo Epstein and the Chicago Cubs Are Fortune’s MVPs This Year. In the fall of 2016, as partisan distrust and division reached abysmal depths, fascination with the Chicago Cubs became that all-too-rare phenomenon that united America.

Why Theo Epstein and the Chicago Cubs Are Fortune’s MVPs This Year

As the Cubs fought to end a 108-year championship drought, television ratings for the World Series soared by almost 50%. Even casual fans who didn’t know a bunt from a beanball stayed up late to watch the excruciating extra-inning Game Seven that turned baseball’s most famous lovable losers into winners at last. In his book The Cubs Way, Sports Illustrated senior baseball writer Tom Verducci details the five-year rebuilding plan that led to the team’s victory. The 6 Stages Every Organization Goes Through as it Matures. An economist's workforce predictions for 2017. Want to know the workplace trends you should expect in the coming year?

An economist's workforce predictions for 2017

Glassdoor's chief economist Andrew Chamberlain shares his predictions for 2017 with Fast Company. Trend #1: HR will rely on data science With big data playing such a pivotal role in our everyday lives, there's no reason that it wouldn't influence the workforce, according to Chamberlain. However, he notes that while "people science" has made its way into many industries, HR and recruiting have yet to catch up.

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Human capital. Innovation. The 21 Most Valuable Career Skills Now. Customer service. Meetings. How May I Help You? The Genius of the Reciprocity Ring. There’s a very powerful exercise created by Wayne Baker at the University of Michigan and his wife Cheryl Baker at Humax Networks.

How May I Help You? The Genius of the Reciprocity Ring

Karen McNenny - Community is the CURE. Adam Grant. Humax - Home. Our Culture. How Google Works. The Next Dean of Stanford Business School. The Next Dean of Stanford Business School To Provost John Etchemendy, professor Mary Barth, and members of the GSB search committee,

The Next Dean of Stanford Business School

It’s Time Presidents Stop Getting Away With Saying: “I don’t understand IT.” 9 Interesting TED Talks on Breaking Bad Habits & Forming Better Ones. Virginia’s Public Colleges, Universities Gather to Share Innovations in Higher Education. Representatives from Virginia’s two- and four-year public colleges and universities met Wednesday in Charlottesville to exchange ideas and share best practices about educational innovations, administrative efficiencies and redesigning services for higher quality.

Virginia’s Public Colleges, Universities Gather to Share Innovations in Higher Education

“Leading Change through Innovation and Collaboration,” held at the University of Virginia’s John Paul Jones Arena, showcased 85 poster exhibits, several panel and roundtable discussions and a keynote address from William “Brit” Kirwan, chancellor of the University System of Maryland. “We face daunting challenges requiring our institutions to be more innovative, flexible and nimble, while remaining true to the education and research mission that defines us,” Kirwan said. In the face of increasing demands for quality and productivity in higher education, the forum provided a space for institutions to share ideas and explore collaborative solutions to some of the most urgent challenges they face.

About the Series. Building an Ecosystem of Higher Education Innovation  The confluence of cost and funding pressures, technology-enabled learning innovations and new paradigms of quality and teaching will continue to force higher education institutions to redefine their value.

Building an Ecosystem of Higher Education Innovation 

However, higher education institutions are unwilling to embrace new definitions of value and quality "as valid, even when they can see that customers increasingly prefer the new value offerings," notes a report from TIAA-CREF Institute. At its basic level, the innovation process focuses on "doing new things and doing existing things better," according to the European Commission's Study on Innovation in Higher Education. The study notes, "The blockages for innovation can be found both at the institutional level, such as the lack of institutional support for innovative practices, and at national/regional, for example influenced by different degrees of autonomy of higher education institutions.

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Engineering culture (part 1) Influence. People Leave Managers, Not Companies. 9 Things That Make Good Employees Quit  Accelerate! Perhaps the greatest challenge business leaders face today is how to stay competitive amid constant turbulence and disruption.

Accelerate!

Any company that has made it past the start-up stage is optimized for efficiency rather than for strategic agility—the ability to capitalize on opportunities and dodge threats with speed and assurance. I could give you 100 examples of companies that, like Borders and RIM, recognized the need for a big strategic move but couldn’t pull themselves together to make it and ended up sitting by as nimbler competitors ate their lunch.

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NYC KEYNOTE: Creative Leadership: Driving Innovation and Change. Use Storytelling to Explain Your Company’s Purpose. The idea of “purpose” has swept the corporate world.

Use Storytelling to Explain Your Company’s Purpose

Encouraged by evangelists like Simon Sinek, myriad firms like Nike, Adidas, Pepsi, and Coca-Cola are devoting real time and attention to explaining why they do. The idea of purpose was central to a book I co-authored. But activating purpose is impossible without storytelling, at both the corporate and individual levels. As I’ve written previously, while purpose is essential to a strong corporate culture, it is often activated and reinforced through narrative. Individuals must learn to connect their drives to the organization’s purpose and to articulate their story to others. This is hard for most business leaders. What Kind of Thinker Are You? We all aspire to work better together. Technology is making some of that effort easier. But digital tools are only part of the answer. It’s people who ultimately make the difference. The problem is that technologies for collaboration are improving faster than people’s ability to learn to use them.

What can be done to close that gap? In most organizations, there’s a standard set of tools we use to form, lead, and manage teams. 9 Things Managers Do That Make Good Employees Quit. Simon Sinek: Why good leaders make you feel safe.