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A List of Goals Is Not a Strategy. Let’s say you’re getting together with other managers and employees to develop your organization’s or unit’s strategy.

A List of Goals Is Not a Strategy

No matter how much discussion and enthusiasm you bring to the task, you’re likely to emerge with a list that looks like this: Growth Superior operational outcomes through efficient work practices Becoming competitive in an existing market Increasing product sales to take market leadership Expanding into other regions Optimizing ROI Developing a service delivery model that incorporates tactical projects. David Steinberg: How To Build Million-Dollar Company. Strategies For Managing Others.

7 Great Pieces of Career Advice No One Ever Told You. Career advice is in no short supply.

7 Great Pieces of Career Advice No One Ever Told You

In fact, you could probably spend the duration of your working life simply reading through the tips and advice already online. But as in all areas of life, the more common something is, generally speaking, the lower its value. How to Explain a Career That Looks Stalled - John Lees. By John Lees | 11:00 AM July 11, 2014 People hold on to jobs too long for all kinds of reasons.

How to Explain a Career That Looks Stalled - John Lees

6 Subtle Things Highly Productive People Do Every Day. Ever feel like you’re just not getting enough done?

6 Subtle Things Highly Productive People Do Every Day

Know how many days per week you’re actually productive? About 3: People work an average of 45 hours a week; they consider about 17 of those hours to be unproductive (U.S.: 45 hours a week; 16 hours are considered unproductive). We could all be accomplishing a lot more — but then again, none of us wants to be a workaholic either. It’d be great to get tons done and have work/life balance.

And who better to ask than Tim Ferriss, author of the international bestseller, The 4-Hour Workweek? How to Manage Someone You Don't Like - Amy Gallo - Best Practices. Three Things I’ve Learned From Warren Buffett. Develop Strategic Thinkers Throughout Your Organization - Robert Kabacoff. By Robert Kabacoff | 9:00 AM February 7, 2014 In study after study, strategic thinkers are found to be among the most highly effective leaders.

Develop Strategic Thinkers Throughout Your Organization - Robert Kabacoff

And while there is an abundance of courses, books, articles and opinions on the process of strategic planning, the focus is typically on an isolated process that might happen once or twice per year. In contrast, a true strategic leader thinks and acts strategically every day. So is there a way to encourage routine strategic thinking throughout the organization? How to Protect Yourself from Failure.

Ferguson’s Formula. Photography: Sean Pollack Some call him the greatest coach in history.

Ferguson’s Formula

Before retiring in May 2013, Sir Alex Ferguson spent 26 seasons as the manager of Manchester United, the English football (soccer) club that ranks among the most successful and valuable franchises in sports. During that time the club won 13 English league titles along with 25 other domestic and international trophies—giving him an overall haul nearly double that of the next-most-successful English club manager. And Ferguson was far more than a coach. He played a central role in the United organization, managing not just the first team but the entire club.

In 2012 Harvard Business School professor Anita Elberse had a unique opportunity to examine Ferguson’s management approach and developed an HBS case study around it. Why You Didn't Get What You Asked For. Have you ever really, really wanted something?

Why You Didn't Get What You Asked For

The perfect apartment, a great guy or new job? Maybe it was a trip with your friends to a tropical destination or a really awesome new tech gadget. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Mediocre People. Narcissism And Leadership: Can Selfishness Lead To Success? A narcissist might make a successful leader, but selfishness could also be their downfall, according to a new study from the University of Illinois.

Narcissism And Leadership: Can Selfishness Lead To Success?

The study reports that people with moderate levels of narcissism succeed only if they don’t manifest the negative aspects of their personality — something Niccolò Machiavelli never warned his readers about in his handbook to self-serving tyrannical success, The Prince. Researchers define narcissism as a personality disorder characterized by an exaggerated sense of self-importance, a lack of empathy, and a need for admiration. These traits often motivate narcissists to do whatever it takes to succeed. The link between narcissism and success goes as far back as Freud's theory that the trait was a normal part of the human psyche, but the University of Illinois researchers weren’t satisfied with research that’s been done on the topic so far.

Source: Grijalva E, Harms PD, Newman DA, Gaddis BH, Fraley RC. Enliven Your Work with Mindfulness. More Recent videos from Harvard Business Review Enliven Your Work with Mindfulness Tuesday, February 18, 2014 Ellen Langer, professor of psychology at Harvard University, explains why we need to stop operating on auto-pilot.

Enliven Your Work with Mindfulness

For more, read her article, "Mindfulness in the Age of Complexity. " Copyright © 2014 Harvard Business School Publishing. Five Things Entrepreneurs Should Never Do. Editor’s note: James Altucher is an investor, programmer, author, and several-times entrepreneur.

Five Things Entrepreneurs Should Never Do

His latest book, “Choose Yourself!” (foreword by Dick Costolo, CEO of Twitter) came out on June 3. Follow him on Twitter @jaltucher. I’m breaking all the rules. The 7 Types Of Power That Shape The Workplace.