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Can Your Employees Push Back? Are your employees afraid to disagree with you? Here's how to help them stand up for their opinions. Janine Popick is the CEO and founder of VerticalResponse , a leading provider of self-service email and event marketing, online surveys, social media, and direct mail solutions. The company was ranked No. 2,802 on the 2012 Inc. 5000. @janinepopick. 3 Steps to Handle a Crisis Like a Fighter Pilot. People Crave Autonomy More Than Any Perk. How to Be Happier at Work: 10 Tips.

A marriage in supercomputing land: Cray acquires Appro for $25 million in cash. 9 November '12, 12:40pm Follow Two super-duper computing firms are to become one as Cray today announced that it has agreed to purchase Appro International, a privately-held developer of ‘scalable supercomputing solutions’, for approximately $25 million in cash.

A marriage in supercomputing land: Cray acquires Appro for $25 million in cash

The acquisition price assumes at least a $3.5 million net working capital balance at closing, sans debt. Headquartered in Silicon Valley and currently the #3 provider on the Top100 supercomputer list, according to the release, Appro has builds advanced high-performance computing (HPC) cluster systems. The company was founded in the early 1990s. Notably, Intel acquired Cray’s high-performance computing interconnect program back in April 2012. Comments Peter Ungaro, president and CEO of Cray: Upon closing of the deal, Appro will become Cray’s newly-formed “Cluster Solutions” business, led by Daniel Kim, current CEO of Appro.

Approximately 90 Appro employees will join Nasdaq-listed Cray as a result of the acquisition. The Timeless Strategic Value of Unrealistic Goals - Vijay Govindarajan. By Vijay Govindarajan | 10:00 AM October 22, 2012 Gary Hamel and C.K.

The Timeless Strategic Value of Unrealistic Goals - Vijay Govindarajan

Prahalad’s 1989 HBR article “Strategic Intent” brought about a discontinuous shift in my career — from a professor of accounting to a researcher on strategy and innovation. As an idea, strategic intent is about setting a bold and ambitious goal, out of all proportion to a firm’s current resources and capabilities. Strategic intent takes the long view: the act of such intent is to operate from the future backward, disregarding the resource scarcity of the present. How to Minimize Your Biases When Making Decisions - Robert F. Wolf. By Robert F.

How to Minimize Your Biases When Making Decisions - Robert F. Wolf

Wolf | 11:00 AM September 24, 2012 “There is always an easy solution to every human problem — neat, plausible, and wrong.” Little did he know it when he penned these words, but journalist H.L. Strategy & Planning Are Not Optional. The late Alex d'Arbeloff, founder of Teradyne, an electronics equipment supplier, introduced me to the term the "walking dead.

Strategy & Planning Are Not Optional

" At the time, I was working for a company he had invested in, one that he put into this category. He explained it like this: A "walking dead" company is one that brings in enough revenue to keep going but never enough to take off. Since then, I've come to understand how companies end up in this awful predicament. In a desire to stay afloat, they chase revenue, any revenue. That means they end up taking on work that isn't particularly strategic. Walking dead companies think that the problem is cash. I've known many companies like this and worked for a few. Engagement Isn’t Enough. As leaders, we often miss critical indicators that can improve the likelihood of organizational and personal success.

Engagement Isn’t Enough

Consider the ubiquitous employee satisfaction survey, which is usually administered once a year and, as long as the scores are respectable, crossed off the corporate must-do list. Typically, these surveys measure employee engagement levels. But as Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton explain in the excerpt below, that’s not enough. They rightly contend that employee energy and enablement are as essential to high levels of performance as engagement. As I think back on projects that I have been associated with, it is clear that every success and failure was due not only to the level of engagement among team members but also to their energy level and the degree to which they felt enabled (or empowered) to achieve their goals.

PACE Model for Cash Flow. In the first three articles, How to Weed Out Apathetic Employees, How to Silence Negative Employees, andHow to Keep the Momentum Going, we have been pretty hard on the team.

PACE Model for Cash Flow

By now you may have brought in new talent as well as identified the talent that you want to keep. This next phase is tough. Remember that motivation comes from inside and as leaders all we can do is create an environment where people can motivate themselves. SimpleFeed - RSS Publishing and Feed Analytics for Marketing, eCommerce, Financial Services and Media & Publishing.

Marginally subversive. I came across this slideshow on reception theory on SlideShare on Reception Theory.

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Things that will make you go hmmm. The state of planning 2010 - experimentalist. Finance. The 1% Rule. Twenty Lies You'll Hear on a Job Interview: 11. "I'm Not the Principal Decision-Maker" Twenty Lies You'll Hear on a Job Interview: 9. "We Don't Have Office Politics Here"