Monthly Archives: October 2009

Leading Innovation

What’s the leader’s role in fostering innovation?My first guest expert was Anna Kirah, the former Senior Design Anthropologist at Microsoft, and now a principal at CPH Design in Copenhagen, Denmark.Anna was trained as an anthropologist, and got started…

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Leading Innovation – Oct 30,2009

What’s the leader’s role in fostering innovation? We ask Anna Kirah (bio) of CPH Design in Copenhagen, Denmark, about her experiences, including as VP, Design Consultation at a prestigious Danish design firm, as Dean and Faculty at a design school, and…

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Staying Motivated and Productive – Oct 23,2009

How can we stay — and as leaders help others stay — Motivated and Productive? We ask the experts, including Bill Gately, Principal at The Rockland Group, Inc. and others. management | leadership | CEO | motivated | productive

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Lin Yutang on Doing Less

“Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is a nobler art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of nonessentials.”~Lin Yutang

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Leading Through Bad Times: Grey Haired Wisdom

We’re currently in a downturn, and many leaders, CEOs and business owners have not led through a downturn.  It’s disconcerting.There are other, older folks who have led through multiple downturns.  We had two seasoned leaders on the radio pro…

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Leading Through Bad Times: Grey Haired Wisdom – Oct 16,2009

Never led through a downturn before? Learn from those who have. Our seasoned experts include Bob Pene, a corporate turnaround guru whose victories include work at Kimberly-Clark and dozens of others, and Mike Barnes, whose leadership has crossed indust…

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Managing with the Brain in Mind – 2

More from Managing with the Brain in Mind:”Five particular qualities enable employees and executives alike to minimize the threat response and instead enable the reward response. These five social qualities are status, certainty, autonomy, relatedness,…

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Managing with the Brain in Mind

Managing with the Brain in Mind: “Although a job is often regarded as a purely economic transaction, in which people exchange their labor for financial compensation, the brain experiences the workplace first and foremost as a social system. [...] Most …

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After Action Reviews

I’ve become a big fan of harvesting lessons from both successes and failures.  One of my favorite tools for doing so is the formal After Action Review.Keys to a good After Action Review meeting:Only include the people who took part in the action (…

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Teaching and Learning Leadership – Oct 09,2009

To discuss Teaching and Learning Leadership we’re privileged to have Susan de la Vergne of (http://forenglishmajors.wordpress.com/) who is teaching in the Engineering and Technology Management department at Portland State University, and is fond of say…

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Thatcher’s Skepticism of Consensus

Notable & Quotable – WSJ.com: “Margaret Thatcher in a 1981 speech:For me, pragmatism is not enough. Nor is that fashionable word ‘consensus.’ . . .To me consensus seems to be the process of abandoning all beliefs, principles, values and policies in…

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Alignment Beats Consensus

Coming to consensus in meetings may be hurting your company.(Listen to this episode.)Most meetings are built around an agenda focused on a series of specific items to be discussed and one or two key issues to come to consensus on. But many managers con…

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Alignment Beats Consensus – Oct 02,2009

Coming to consensus in meetings may be hurting your company. Most meetings are built around an agenda focused on a series of specific items to be discussed and one or two key issues to come to consensus on. But many managers confuse consensus with alig…

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