How to Learn from Germany’s Mittelstand

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“Everyone thinks that the Japanese possess some special magic that enables them to run rings around their competitors in world markets.” Kenichi Ohmae wrote those words in 1980. Japan had the third highest GNP in the world then and sober prognosticators forecast that it would be the highest in the world by 2000  »  Read More

From the Independent Business Blogs: 8/23/16

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Independent business blogs are blogs that aren’t supported by an organization like a magazine, newspaper, company, or business school. Those people provide lots of great content, but they don’t need any additional exposure. In this post, every week, I bring you posts of quality from excellent bloggers that  »  Read More

By and About Leaders: 8/23/16

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I think that one of the best ways to learn leadership isn’t studying “leadership” at all. Instead, study individual leaders in their natural habitat and decide what they do that you want to try. Articles by and about leaders and interviews with them are mini-case studies that show you an actual leader in  »  Read More

Book Review: Deep Work

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Cal Newport gives us a very specific definition for the “Deep Work” in his title. Here it is. “Professional activities performed in a state of distraction-free concentration that push your cognitive capabilities to their limit. These efforts create new value, improve your skill, and are hard to replicate.” Deep  »  Read More

Leadership Reading to Start Your Week: 8/22/16

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Here are choice articles on hot leadership topics culled from the business schools, the business press and major consulting firms, to start off your work week. I’m pointing you to articles about leadership, strategy, industries, innovation, women and work, and work and learning now and in the future. Highlights  »  Read More

Stories and Strategies from Real Life: 8/19/16

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Some of the best learning happens when you read stories about real people and real companies. Read them for ideas, for lessons, and inspiration. This week’s stories and strategies from real life are about Red Wing, Mittlestand, EnvisionTEC, Custom Robotic Wildlife, and PiperWai. From Kavita Kumar: These Red Wing  »  Read More

Getting Fairness Right

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Fairness isn’t just nice, it’s important You know that you’re supposed to be fair. What you may not know is how important it is. As Kathryn Dekas, a PhD member of the People Operations team at Google observes: “Fairness perceptions are very powerful. They affect how people think about almost everything at work, but  »  Read More

From the Independent Business Blogs: 8/17/16

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Independent business blogs are blogs that aren’t supported by an organization like a magazine, newspaper, company, or business school. Those people provide lots of great content, but they don’t need any additional exposure. In this post, every week, I bring you posts of quality from excellent bloggers that  »  Read More

By and About Leaders: 8/16/16

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I think that one of the best ways to learn leadership isn’t studying “leadership” at all. Instead, study individual leaders in their natural habitat and decide what they do that you want to try. Articles by and about leaders and interviews with them are mini-case studies that show you an actual leader in  »  Read More

Book Review: Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader by Herminia Ibarra

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Leadership transitions are always a challenge. It doesn’t matter if you’re assuming a leadership role for the first time, assuming a new role, or working to expand your influence while staying in the role or position you have, it’s always hard Fortunately, there are several good books out there to help you. I think  »  Read More

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