Why bosses should stop trying to be right | Lean strategy tips from Tesco's former CEO | It's time to get serious about risk management
December 3, 2012
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Why bosses should stop trying to be right
Good leaders care less about being right than about figuring out what actually is right in any given situation, writes Art Petty. That implies a less authoritative approach to leadership, with bosses focusing less on imposing their will and more on soliciting opinions and perspectives before making decisions. "Effective leaders bite their tongues and ask before they tell," Petty writes. ArtPetty.com (11/4)
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Lean strategy tips from Tesco's former CEO
Big Think
Lean business strategies are a smart way for companies to operate more efficiently and wring profitability out of supply chains, says Terry Leahy, former CEO of Tesco, in this Big Think video. "When you conserve things, when you don't waste things, when you're frugal with the use of resources, actually you find that you can produce more for less cost, and that's more profitable," Leahy says. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (11/20)
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Leadership Focus
What will people say about you when you're gone?
To lead well, it's worth taking a moment to think about the mark you're leaving on those around you, notes John Baldoni. Try drafting your own eulogy, and reflecting on whether you could be doing more to make a positive difference. "Too often we are overwhelmed by the minutiae of the day, and it is hard to take a step back and gain perspective," Baldoni writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (11/16)
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How to lead like a fairytale hero
Fairytales present a vision of leaders as infallible heroes: farsighted, passionate, wise, generous and trustworthy. It's not always possible to live up to those ideals, writes Erika Andersen, but to be effective, leaders must at least try to embody them. "[W]e're still wired to accept as leaders only those who line up with our centuries-old map of leadership attributes," Andersen explains. Fast Company online (11/15)
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Media 2.0
5 keys to keeping the buzz going beyond a conference
Keep attendees talking about a conference or event long after it's over by using social networks to share content about the event and build momentum for the next one, Nick Morgan writes. Sharing popular presentations online, sparking dialogue on LinkedIn and delivering on-demand workshops from the event can also keep interest strong. Don't forget to post a countdown to the next conference or event to increase registration. Forbes (11/1)
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A smarter strategy for managing social media
It's easy to be overwhelmed by social media, but you can remain calm by setting aside specific blocks of time to manage your accounts, Rene Shimada Siegel of High Tech Connect writes. "For maximum productivity, set a timer or alarm to remind you to log off and get back to work," she advises. It's also wise to schedule posts in advance and to think about whether a topic is really worth your time before writing a response. Inc. online (free registration) (10/31)
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Dunder Mifflin is now a million-dollar brand
Dunder Mifflin, the lackluster fictional office supplier featured on "The Office," has evolved into a real-world winner. A Dunder Mifflin-branded line of printer paper sold by Quill.com has hit $1 million in revenue, and Quill.com is planning a line of Dunder Mifflin-branded notepads, cups and other office bric-a-brac. Bloomberg Businessweek (11/27)
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