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3 Myths That Kill Strategic Planning - Nick Tasler. By Nick Tasler | 11:00 AM May 7, 2014 In its simplest form, strategic thinking is about deciding on which opportunities to focus your time, people, and money, and which opportunities to starve. One of history’s greatest strategic thinkers, Napoleon Bonaparte summed it up this way: “In order to concentrate superior strength in one place, economy of force must be exercised in other places.” If dead, despotic French emperors are not really your style, Michael Porter said it like this: “The essence of strategy is choosing what not to do.” At the highest level, this usually means deciding to sell off one company in order to buy another one. Sounds simple enough. Myth 1: Productivity is the goal. Productivity is about getting things done. In the face of all that unpleasantness, it is tempting to continue striving for productivity.

The problem is that productivity is strategically agnostic. Myth 2: The leader’s job is to identify what’s “important.” Starting a Consulting Firm? 10 Reasons Your Clients Need You. This excerpt is part of's Second-Quarter Startup Kit which explores the fundamentals of starting up in a wide range of industries. In Start Your Own Consulting Business, the staff at Entrepreneur Press and writer Eileen Figure Sandlin explain how you can start a profitable consulting business, no matter whether your consulting business will focus on HR placement, computer troubleshooting, or anything else you can dream up. In this edited excerpt, the authors discuss just what skills companies are looking for when hiring a consultant and which consulting gigs are hot in today's market. It wasn't until the 1950s that consultants began to emerge in the business world.

Until then, consultants could be found mainly in the legal, finance and employment fields. According to industry experts, here are the top 10 reasons organizations hire consultants today: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Accounting. How to Build Your Network Like a Super Connector. In The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell discusses the role that "connectors” play in social epidemics. According to Gladwell, connectors aren’t just people who know a lot of people; they’re people with a knack for making friends and acquaintances wherever they go. When trying to get their new businesses off the ground, most entrepreneurs would love their startups to become social epidemics. To be successful, they have to play the part of the connector and form relationships with the right people who can help them spread their message.

Building your tribe of potential clients, partners and mentors can be tough if you’re not a natural networker, but it’s not impossible. Here are three of the most valuable takeaways I’ve learned about building more meaningful relationships: Related: 6 Ways to Grow Your Business Through LinkedIn 1. Instead of asking what you can get from someone else, think about your connections and how you might be able to help them. 2. 3.

Las 18 preguntas que te debes hacer antes de crear un negocio | Mynbest Blog. Las principales redes de “business angels” de España. Early Stage Startups: The Biggest Killers. 25 Fascinating Charts Of Negotiation Styles Around The World Infographic. Great Management Questions from Paul Graham, Jim Collins, and Other Business Leaders. The Must-Have Habitudes of Effective 21st Century Leaders. “A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the quality of his actions and the integrity of his intent.” - General Douglas MacArthur The conversation around must-have, 21st century leadership skills has been in full swing for years.

From business to education; classroom to community, the debate on what is a “new skill” or an “always skill” can be both controversial and confusing. Although it’s almost certain we will never all agree to a singular list of skills, strategies, and competencies leaders must embody for success now and in the future, we do know what effectively operating and leading in a fluid, dynamic and every changing 21st Century world requires: These abilities, however, are not developed to their full potential naturally. Imagination The ability to create unique images or ideas. Self Awareness Courage Adaptability Perseverance.

T.H.I.N.K. Before You Speak. With each column I write, I carefully consider the point I want to make. I draft the column, reflect on it, tweak it, and review it before I submit it to my editor, who does some of the same. Unfortunately, that type of careful thought and reflection doesn't always happen in the business environment. Today’s technology and social-media platforms enable us to express top-of-mind, unfiltered thoughts to the world--often to disastrous results. Remember, just because we can say something doesn’t mean we should. My sister shared a poster with me that appears throughout the high school where she teaches. While it is good advice for students, I think it is equally good advice for leaders. Before you speak, THINK… T - is it True? Using this guideline does not preclude you from having tough conversations with your team.

So, regardless of what or how you feel, T.H.I.N.K before you speak. Download free chapters from the author's book Leadership Matters for more insights and inspiration. The Science of Emotion in Marketing: How We Decide What to Share and Whom to Trust. 13.2K Flares 13.2K Flares × Every day it seems like we feel hundreds of different emotions – each nuanced and specific to the physical and social situations we find ourselves in. According to science, it’s not that complicated by a long shot. A new study says we’re really only capable of four “basic” emotions: happy, sad, afraid/surprised, and angry/disgusted.

But much like the “mother sauces” of cooking allow you to make pretty much any kind of food under the sun, these four “mother emotions” meld together in myriad ways in our brains to create our layered emotional stews. Robert Plutchik’s famous “wheel of emotions” shows just some of the well known emotional layers. In this post we’ll take a close look at each of the four emotions, how they form in the brain and the way they can motivate us to surprising actions. Happiness makes us want to share The left pre-frontal cortex of the brain is where happiness traits like optimism and resilience live. P.S. 21st Century Strategy. ‎”Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore” wrote the French author Andre Gide. In very much the same way, we can’t manage strategy in the 21st century without discarding the comfortable dogmas of the 20th century.

Much of our strategic doctrine comes from an industrial age in which products were fairly uniform and success was highly contingent on the ability to move around men and materiel efficiently. That’s still important, but not a source of sustainable competitive advantage. Today, we don’t produce products as much as we design them and that calls for a strategic shift. To embrace the future, we must, in a very conscious way, let go of the past and move from a planning mentality to one that integrates skills and information in an emergent context. The Origins of Corporate Strategy The corporation is a relatively new thing. This type of organization made sense given the organizational objectives at the time. The Fall of Strategic Planning . Science Of Persuasion.

Greg McKeown: Essentialism - The Disciplined Pursuit of Less. 5 Things Managers Should Know About The Big Data Economy. At the beginning of the 20th century, most people lived as if it were the middle ages. Almost half of the US population was employed in agriculture. Life expectancy was less than 50 years. Indoor plumbing was rare, as was telephone use.

There were very few cars and no airplanes. The rise of big organizations changed all that. They enabled large concentrations of capital, which led to large scale transformations like the Interstate Highway System and the Hoover Dam. This was the environment in which modern corporations thrived. The 21st century economy, however, will be dominated by bits and not atoms. 1. The economy of atoms was a knowledge economy. Today, physical capital itself is becoming intelligent. But its not just blue collar tasks that are being automated. The bottom line is that many jobs that used to require a high level expertise can now be done by machines with data. 2. The industrial era was driven not just by machines, but by processes. . 3. In their book Big Data 4. 5. From the Trenches: 23 Entrepreneurs Share Their Most Valuable Lessons Learned.

Nobody becomes an entrepreneur because it’s easy. What these business leaders share in common is that they’re driven by an unstoppable dream. It’s a life calling, not a career. We hold ourselves to relentlessly high standards, and when we fall, we fall hard. Luckily, so many others have been there before. In honor of Global Entrepreneurship Week, here are 23 lessons learned from some of Clarity’s top entrepreneurs. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23.

What is your most valuable lesson learned as an entrepreneur? Photo Credit: Rasica/Shutterstock. Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action | Talk Video. 10 one-minute time hacks that will make you more productive. You’re busy, and while reading about powerful time management techniques can be productive, many of the ones out there are simply too complex, complicated or involved to think about. These 10 time hacks are as simple as they come. Every single thing in this list will take you less than one minute to implement into your life, but the results of each can be incredible. Here are 10 one-minute time hacks that will make you more productive. Say “no” to three things Here’s a challenge for you: this week say “no” to three commitments that might zap you of your energy, time, or motivation.

One of the easiest ways to get more time, energy, and motivation is to say no to to pointless commitments that weigh you down. Turn off all of your email alerts New email alerts don’t cost you much time, but they cost you a ton of attention. Start keeping a list of everything you’re waiting on Live by the two-minute rule Make a list of three outcomes you want to get out of today Not to-dos; outcomes. Work Smarter, Not Harder: 21 Time Management Tips to Hack Productivity. 2839 1836Share Synopsis “Don’t say you don’t have enough time.

You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.” ― H. Jackson Brown Jr. A lot of folks in our society try to be hyper-productive. You know — the people who scurry from task to task, always checking e-mail, organizing something, making a call, running an errand, etc. The people who do this often subscribe to the idea that “staying busy” means you’re working hard and are going to be more successful. While this belief may be true to an extent, it often leads to mindless “productivity” — a constant need to do something and a tendency to waste time on menial tasks. Instead of behaving in this way, I choose to do things differently. Working Smarter, Not Harder The old adage, “work smarter, not harder” has become a staple in the way I go about work of any kind. 21 Time Management Tips 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.

Conociendo al Knowmad: trabajador del conocimiento y la innovación. Vivimos en la explosión de las redes sociales y la sociedad está cambiando, así como nuestra forma de aprender y de trabajar en ella. Fruto de este cambio, cada día tiene más relevancia el trabajador del conocimiento y la innovación: el Knowmad. Lo que motiva a trabajadores del conocimiento es lo mismo que motiva a voluntarios……necesitan, sobre todo, retos. Peter Drucker. Foto por Marco Raaphorst vía Flickr Llevo algún tiempo leyendo un libro titulado Aprendizaje Invisible, que si no has leído, te recomiendo encarecidamente que nada más termines de leer este post, lo hagas de forma gratuita desde el enlace anterior.

El libro habla sobre las habilidades de aprendizaje que no se enseñan en nuestro sistema educativo y que ya son necesarias en la sociedad actual, basadas en la innovación, el aprendizaje continuo y en cómo promover el pensamiento crítico frente a la forma de educación actual. ¿Es el knowmad el hombre renacentista del siglo XXI? Pasaporte de habilidades para un Knowmad: 1. 2. 3. Remaking the industrial economy. Visualize, for a moment, the industrial economy as a massive system of conveyor belts—one that directs materials and energy from resource-rich countries to manufacturing powerhouses, such as China, and then spirits the resulting products onward to the United States, Europe, and other destinations, where they are used, discarded, and replaced.

While this image is an exaggeration, it does capture the essence of the linear, one-way production model that has dominated global manufacturing since the onset of the Industrial Revolution. Increasingly, however, the linear approach to industrialization has come under strain. Some three billion consumers from the developing world will enter the middle class by 2030. The unprecedented size and impact of this shift is squeezing companies between rising and less predictable commodity prices, on the one hand, and blistering competition and unpredictable demand, on the other.

Exhibit 1 Enlarge Circular thinking Exhibit 2 1. 2. 3. 4. Squaring the circle. Utilizing Your Natural Advantage. A friend once shared a simple, but profound story about a school in a distant village. Now I’m excited to share it with you. Far, far away, say half a world away, there was a small, brick school. Atop the school was a bell, which rang promptly at eight o’clock every morning to call the children to class.

The boys and girls arrived reluctantly and precisely on the hour. Except for one. A particular young girl named Marie came early and stayed late every day. One day when the other children were particularly disruptive and inattentive, the teacher singled out the girl as an example. Almost immediately one of the boys from the back of the room spoke up, blurting out “it isn’t fair to ask us to be like her.” “Why not?” The boy squirmed in his chair. “And what might that be?” “She’s an orphan,” he whispered, almost under his breath. The young boy was right.

At school, she was grateful for what others took for granted. Don’t let that be you. British writer G. Why wait? Did you like today’s post? Why Most Of What We Know About Management Is Plain, Flat, Dead Wrong. Calvin and Hobbes at Martijn's - Bill Watterson. Here's the text of a speech Bill Watterson gave at Kenyon College, Gambier Ohio, to the 1990 graduating class.

SOME THOUGHTS ON THE REAL WORLD BY ONE WHO GLIMPSED IT AND FLED Bill Watterson Kenyon College Commencement May 20, 1990 I have a recurring dream about Kenyon. In it, I'm walking to the post office on the way to my first class at the start of the school year. Suddenly it occurs to me that I don't have my schedule memorized, and I'm not sure which classes I'm taking, or where exactly I'm supposed to be going. As I walk up the steps to the postoffice, I realize I don't have my box key, and in fact, I can't remember what my box number is. Experience is food for the brain. In the middle of my sophomore year at Kenyon, I decided to paint a copy of Michelangelo's "Creation of Adam" from the Sistine Chapel on the ceiling of my dorm room. The picture took me months to do, and in fact, I didn't finish the work until very near the end of the school year. Boy, was I smug. Bill Watterson. 10 Painfully Obvious Truths Everyone Forgets Too Soon.

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