How To Tell If You're An Entrepreneur Pressed to describe the stereotypical entrepreneur, which words would you use? Passionate? Dedicated? Optimistic? Sure, those apply. 30 Under 30 - Technology It’s all who you know. For Hammerbacher, that would be former Harvard classmate Mark Zuckerberg, who hired him as one of Facebook’s first 100 employees. Hammerbacher was the go-to data guy, analyzing volumes of personal and behavioral data with the help of Hadoop, a cloud computing software. Positive Intelligence Artwork: Yue Minjun, Laughing Painter, 2003, oil on canvas, 70 x 50 cm In July 2010 Burt’s Bees, a personal-care products company, was undergoing enormous change as it began a global expansion into 19 new countries. In this kind of high-pressure situation, many leaders pester their deputies with frequent meetings or flood their in-boxes with urgent demands. In doing so, managers jack up everyone’s anxiety level, which activates the portion of the brain that processes threats—the amygdala—and steals resources from the prefrontal cortex, which is responsible for effective problem solving. Burt’s Bees’s then-CEO, John Replogle, took a different tack. Each day, he’d send out an e-mail praising a team member for work related to the global rollout.
10 dumb mistakes companies make over and over "Not again!" Picture courtesy Flickr user Alex E. Proimos Jack Welch GE's 4 E and one P curve (StratoServe) This blog had discussed Jack Welch's 4E's and one P in an earlier post; given the interest among blog readers here is some more clarification about the concept. To evaluate managers GE started a system of differentiating managers on performance but were hard pressed to identify the characteristics that differentiated managers on the "Vitality" curve which is essentially a “grading” curve or graph for managers. The word "vitality" is confusing because it refers more to being vital or essential to the organization rather than being "vital" in the "having high energy" sense. In fact,"Energy" is one of the 4 E's but let's go over the 4 E's of GE leadership briefly:
Touchless smartphones and TVs could be on sale in 2012 19 December 2011Last updated at 00:25 By Katia Moskvitch Technology reporter, BBC News, Tel Aviv Dor Givon of XTR3D demonstrates how gesture control can work So you've lost your TV remote control. Again. Not to worry, says a tiny Israeli start-up company called XTR3D - soon you'll be able to flick through channels and adjust the volume using only... your hand. How a Good Leader Reacts to a Crisis - John Baldoni - The Conversation by John Baldoni | 1:12 PM January 4, 2011 There is something about a big snowstorm that brings out the best, or more often the worst, in big city mayors. If, as former Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill once said, “All politics is local,” then you would think that the first hint of snow in the forecast would prompt mayors to relocate their offices temporarily to where the snowplows are dispatched. Mayor Mike Bloomberg, who recently won a third term, and is widely regarded as an adept city leader, has come under fire for inefficient snow removal in New York City. Most of the complaints came from residents in the so-called outer boroughs — e.g., the four that are not Manhattan. But across the Hudson, Newark Mayor Cory Booker has received acclaim for his response to the nor’easter snowfall, despite taking flak on a host of other matters.
Why the Peter Principle Works Last Updated Aug 15, 2011 2:40 PM EDT Everyone's heard of the Peter Principle - that employees tend to rise to their level of incompetence - a concept that walks that all-too-fine line between humor and reality. We've all seen it in action more times than we'd like. businessinsider How do you know if you’re a fantastic boss? Employees who love you may be a good sign—but not if they love you because you’re way too lenient. Great results, like high sales or fast project turnaround, might indicate a fantastic boss as well—but not if you’re getting great results at the expense of a healthy culture or happy team members. Here are the 12 personality traits of outstanding bosses. Check ’em out, check ’em off, and (if necessary) change your ways.
50 Economic Numbers From 2011 That Are Almost Too Crazy To Believe Even though most Americans have become very frustrated with this economy, the reality is that the vast majority of them still have no idea just how bad our economic decline has been or how much trouble we are going to be in if we don't make dramatic changes immediately. If we do not educate the American people about how deathly ill the U.S. economy has become, then they will just keep falling for the same old lies that our politicians keep telling them. Just "tweaking" things here and there is not going to fix this economy. We truly do need a fundamental change in direction. America is consuming far more wealth than it is producing and our debt is absolutely exploding.
If They Gave Awards for Poor Leadership... - John Baldoni by John Baldoni | 1:25 PM December 17, 2008 One of the ways I have fun teaching leadership is to isolate examples of poor stewardship. In accordance with the law of opposites, we sometimes learn better by studying what went wrong rather than what went right. Thinkers50 2013 Ranking: #1 2011 Ranking: #1 Shortlisted: 2013 Thinkers50 Best Book Award Winner: 2011 Thinkers50 Innovation Award One of the world’s pre-eminent experts on innovation, Clayton Christensen topped the Thinkers50 in 2011 and now 2013. He is the Kim B.