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 include the three foundations of effective CEOs , podcasts hit a profitable stride after a decade, the most innovative companies don’t worry about consensus, when women manage men who don’t respect women, and Tom Peters on leading the 21st-century organization.
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Thinking about Leadership and Strategy
“IBM recently released an executive report: ‘Making change work… while the work keeps changing – How change architects lead and manage organizational change.’ The report, based on data from their latest ‘Making Change Work Study’ seems a very pertinent one for the times. As a whole, we know that this is a period of significant change for the workforce, we talk about these changes, and how they can and are affecting organizations, but there is significantly less talk around how organizations are successfully managing such change – which is exactly what IBM’s report dives into.”
“While the questions aren’t novel, bringing them together in a package is, forming a powerful way to stimulate discussion and thinking:”
“CEOs agree that there are some essential traits and competencies fundamental to success.”
Industries and Analysis
“The Adirondack Grazers Cooperative, based in upstate New York, markets and sells beef for its 36 members. But it also provides hope at a time family farms are rapidly vanishing.”
“Independent producers as well as media companies are making money from downloadable shows.”
“A growing group of small cable-TV providers are realizing that both they and their customers can live without expensive TV channels.”
Innovations and Technology
“Several websites and apps are transforming the way that players and coaches practice, scout other teams and analyze their own performance.”
“For the latest installment of its CEO Talk interview series, web imprint Business of Fashion (BoF) sat down with Nike‘s head Mark Parker at his meticulously-cluttered office at the famous Nike campus in Oregon.”
“Consensus is a powerful tool. When CEOs set out to conquer new markets or undertake billion-dollar acquisitions, we’d hope they’d at least sought out some consensus from their trusted advisors. We hope they’d be as sure as possible that their teams are ready, that their strategies are sound, and that they’d done their diligence. The problem with consensus is that it’s expensive. And while it’s worth the cost of consensus in the pursuit big, bold moves, it’s often crushing to small experimental ones.”
Women and the Workplace
“In 2010, eBay embarked on a journey to bring more women into its top ranks. It found that commitment, measurement, and culture outweigh a business case and HR policies.”
“This year, more women than ever are being nominated for corporate board seats, according to a new report from the Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS), a provider of proxy advisory and corporate governance solutions. The report, released yesterday, indicates that almost 30 percent of new board nominees for S&P 500 companies have been women this year, up from 15 percent in 2008.”
“What really gets me is knowing that it may be fundamentally impossible to lead some people who cannot respect me because I am a woman.”
Work and Learning Now and in the Future
“At Evernote’s annual conference, the founder explained why the business world needs to move away from documents, folders, and slide decks, for the sake of productivity.”
“Thirty years after leaving McKinsey, the prolific author returns to discuss tomorrow’s management challenges and the keys to organizational change and transformative leadership in any age.”
“IT IS hard to rise to the top in business without doing an outward-bound course. You spend a precious weekend in sweaty activity—kayaking, climbing, abseiling and the like. You endure lectures on testing character and building trust. And then you scarper home as fast as you can. These strange rituals may produce a few war stories to be told over a drink. But in general they do nothing more than enrich the companies that arrange them. It is time to replace this rite of managerial passage with something much more powerful: inward-bound courses.”
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