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Budget For Culture: How Investing In Your Team Drives Results. Five Questions Every Leader Should Ask About Organizational Design. A few years ago Dave Ulrich, a management thought leader from the University of Michigan, made a comment I found both insightful and profound: “Every leader needs to have a model of organization design.” Typically a graphic depiction of the organizational components to be addressed in a redesign (for example, McKinsey’s 7S model, which includes strategy, structure, systems, staff, skills, and so on), every consultant and his brother flogs an organization design model. Dave didn’t advocate any particular design model, just one the leader knows how to employ and one flexible enough to be applied to the range of organizational situations a leader faces in the course of a career.

Once upon a time, “organization design” meant bringing in a slew of consultants to oversee a large-scale organizational restructuring, most often intended to take out big chunks of cost during an economic downturn. What is the business’s value proposition and it sources of competitive advantage? Forget the Wisdom of Crowds; Neurobiologists Reveal the Wisdom of the Confident. Way back in 1906, the English polymath Francis Galton visited a country fair in which 800 people took part in a contest to guess the weight of a slaughtered ox. After the fair, he collected the guesses and calculated their average which turned out to be 1208 pounds. To Galton’s surprise, this was within 1 per cent of the true weight of 1198 pounds. This is one of the earliest examples of a phenomenon that has come to be known as the wisdom of the crowd. The idea is that the collective opinion of a group of individuals can be better than a single expert opinion.

This phenomenon is commonplace today on websites such as Reddit in which users vote on the importance of particular stories and the most popular are given greater prominence. However, anyone familiar with Reddit will know that the collective opinion isn’t always wise. In recent years, researchers have spent a significant amount of time and effort teasing apart the factors that make crowds stupid.

A Misunderstanding of Talent: Unlocking Great Leadership Potential in the New Global Context | Rajeev Vasudeva. Perhaps one of the greatest surprises of our modern global society is not that the pace of change has quickened considerably, but that we as a society may have gotten ahead of ourselves in being able to sustain the change that we have created. As world leaders gathered for the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland this week, they focused on this New Global Context: a world that is increasingly more global, inter-connected and converged than ever before thanks to advancements across technology, research capabilities and greater transparency.

The ability to respond to, predict and operate in this era of constant change, however, continues to be one of society's most vexing challenges. At the center of this man-made dilemma is finding the right human power at the highest levels of leadership in business and government needed to successfully navigate within what is this "new normal. " Global thinkers on leadership have even remarked that there are fewer leaders today. Which Entrepreneurial Leadership Strategy Is Right For You? Do Leaders Matter? We love this sort of story: A company is in trouble. A charismatic leader swoops in. He or she makes big changes, and while people resist at first, they come around. Losses turn to profits. Profits turn to industry leadership. A troubled company is saved. It’s a great tale, but this "great man/woman" theory of change is pretty rare in real life, notes Nicholas Carlson in his new book, Marissa Mayer and the Fight to Save Yahoo!.

For those who weren’t paying attention in the mid-1990s, Yahoo was one of the first internet portals. In many executive and company profiles, narrative structure requires portraying past leaders as fatally flawed (in contrast to the current hero). She was so different from the mold that there were hopes she could shake things up like another grand Silicon Valley story: "Can she do what Steve Jobs did at Apple? " She did reshape many things. She instituted town halls where management thinking could be explained and critiqued. The Flaws in "Leader as Savior" Top 10 Female CEOs & Influential Business Women of American Companies. The content on is for informational and educational purposes only and should not be construed as professional financial advice.

Should you need such advice, consult a licensed financial or tax advisor. References to products, offers, and rates from third party sites often change. While we do our best to keep these updated, numbers stated on this site may differ from actual numbers. We may have financial relationships with some of the companies mentioned on this website. Among other things, we may receive free products, services, and/or monetary compensation in exchange for featured placement of sponsored products or services. Advertiser Disclosure: The credit card offers that appear on this site are from credit card companies from which receives compensation. 10 Things the Greatest Leaders All Have In Common | TIME. Service members take home leadership lessons during Maxwell event. 1 of 21 Autoplay Show Thumbnails Show Captions Pensacola Bay Center opened its doors early this morning in preparation for a crowd of approximately 7,000 for the John Maxwell Live 2015 event.

Sacred Heart Health System, benefiting the Children's Hospital, hosted Maxwell, renowned author and public speaker, who shared five of his "15 Invaluable Laws of Growth" with Pensacola business owners, nonprofit organizations, and military servicemen and women. "Everyone came here to grow and get better," Maxwell said. Groups of enlisted and veteran military members looking to learn better leadership skills were in attendance with notepads in hand, ready to take Maxwell's laws back to their individual squadrons and also apply them to their personal lives. Air Force 2nd Lt. "We're going to take everything that we learn here and develop it into, hopefully, a monthly or weekly course or seminar," Calvert said.

But the young lieutenant was also looking to get something more personal from the event. Second Lt. Capital - The secrets to motivating others. “This person makes an hourly wage checking people in and went out of his way to take money out of his pocket and help someone,” Leondakis recalled from her office in San Francisco. Each and every person will find something different for inspiration. — Bulent Gogdun For Leondakis, the story did exactly what she hoped to accomplish during the hotel launch. She wanted to inspire the hotel’s employees to help people, with ideas that came from them, that would show how good customer service comes from caring about people.

Leondakis knows something crucial about leadership: inspiration isn’t about halftime-style speeches meant to rally your team. It’s about finding ways to inspire people using their own stories of success and making a personal connection. The boredom problem It’s the manager’s job, then, to make sure employees don’t get bored with their work. What motivates can differ by country and culture too.

In reality, it’s about meaningfully relating to employees, said Hess. What Kind of Leader Do You Want to Be? It’s the question missing from so much of leadership development: “What kind of leader do you want to be?” We facilitate and encourage self-awareness among up-and-coming leaders (what kind of leader you are), get them to map their journeys so far (what has made you the leader you are), share knowledge and ideas (what kind of leader you should be), and help them acquire new skills and adopt new behaviors (this is how you can become that kind of leader).

But we don’t focus strongly enough on arguably the most central components to successful leadership – leadership intent (the kind of leader you want to be) and impact (the legacy you want to leave). As a shorthand, I refer to these two components, combined, as your “leadership footprint.” In my experience, many have thought about their leadership footprint at some point, but few have defined it clearly enough to guide their behavior and evaluate their “success.” Here’s an example of how this looks in action. Four key leadership lessons from top female executives. Recent studies have revealed something that many savvy women have known all along: women are good for business. With so many women-run startups cropping up and more companies looking to create diverse boardrooms, women are proving to deliver tangible and intangible advantages. A recent analysis by Fortune revealed that Fortune 1000 companies with female CEOs earn higher stock market returns than those with male CEOs.

In spite of the evidence that women are a tremendous asset to businesses, many women find themselves struggling to cement their roles as leaders while managing the social complexities of the workplace. I know first hand what it’s like to watch a male peer effortlessly receive and keep the respect of a team while I invest a significant amount of time and energy building relationships and proving my capabilities. The good news is that women continue to rise through the ranks to sit on boards, run companies and launch successful startups. Look for complementary skill sets. Presentation tools and collaborative platforms. For education online animated presentation software. Lessons: Download ready-to-use content for education. Glogster EDU: A complete educational solution for digital and mobile teaching and learning.

EduCanon. Focusky online presentation software to bring your multimedia presentation to life - Free PowerPoint Alternative for Windows & Mac. Microsoft PowerPoint Online - Work together on PowerPoint presentations. Versal. Storyboard That: The World's Best FREE Online Storyboard Creator. UtellStory - Tell Stories, Share Topics, Make Impact. Your LiveBinders Shelf. Pervasive Entertainment. Transmedia storytelling offers opportunities for varying degrees participation and the blurring of fictional and real worlds.

“Pervasive games” for example are those, like the ARG, that expand a fictional world into real physical spaces and take place at any and all times of day or night. These dimensions of transmedia have been examined before in the context of virtual worlds. At the 2002 Game Developers Conference, Raph Koster and Rich Vogel described a “storytelling cube” with the following three axes: Control: How much freedom does the audience have to create their own experience and how much control will you have as the author?

Designing a transmedia experience then is a matter of asking the following: What is the story I want to tell? | The Evernote powered blogging platform. Simple free learning tools for students and teachers | Quizlet. Verso. Bounce – A fun and easy way to share ideas on a webpage. Makes it easy to work in groups. Simple Surface - spread your ideas out - Simple Surface.

Dweeber. Chatzy - Free Private Chat Rooms. TodaysMeet - Give everyone a voice. WeVideo | Free Online Video Editor & Maker. Welcome to the School of You | teachem.

Docs | All your business documents in one place. Home - Mahara ePortfolio System. Peer 2 Peer University. Curriculet. Whiteboard for Skype. Wideo - Make animated online videos free. The Keystone Habit of Journaling. Day One Journaling Series: Article 1 • Article 2 • Article 3 • Article 4 Once you have a solid reason to journaling and quality content to write on it about, the only thing you need is to actually start journaling. However, as I illustrated in part two of this series, starting a journal might not actually be as easy as it seems. It is hard to go from writing absolutely nothing per day, to recording mutiple things on the next. For this reason, the biggest road block people face when they begin to journal is developing a habit—it is very common too see people journal for about two weeks then stop.

Why exactly does that happen? To better understand why so many people gave up on journaling during the first days I decided to study a bit about how habits work. How Habits Work I went to my university’s library in search of a good book about habits and eventually came across Charles Duhigg’s The Power of Habit book. According to Duhigg, the development of a habit is comprised of three parts:

The Five Best Tools for Creating Videos Without Installing Software. Over the years I've published some lists and reviews of free tools for creating videos online. Quite a few of those tools have been for creating simple videos that are really just automated, audio slideshows. See Animoto for an example of this. There's nothing inherently wrong with having your students use those tools, but at some point you will want to take your video projects to the next level.

These are the five tools that I recommend for creating and editing videos without installing any special software. Pixorial is the online video creation tool that I hear teachers talking about a lot lately. The thing that I like the most about Pixorial is that the video creation and editing tools are laid out in an intuitive user interface. Most users will never find themselves wondering what any of the editing tools do or what to click on next. WeVideo is a collaborative online video creation tool. PowToon is a nice service for creating explanatory videos through a drag and drop process.