George Ambler

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The Top Complaints from Employees About Their Leaders

If you’re the kind of boss who fails to make genuine connections with your direct reports, take heed: 91% of employees say communication issues can drag executives down, according to results from our new Interact/Harris Poll, which was conducted online with roughly 1,000 U.S. workers.<p>In the survey, …

Leadership

7 Reasons Twitter Isn't Building Your Platform (and How to Fix It)

Chuckumentary / via Flickr<p><b>Note from Jane:</b> Today’s guest post is by Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy).<p>Almost as soon as authors were told they should be …

Stealth mode: The case for product first, marketing second

<i>This article is part of DBA, a new series on Mashable about running a business that features insights from leaders in entrepreneurship, venture</i> …

How Can Mature Businesses Adapt To Change? (Hint: Ask Your CIO)

<i>by Chris Laping, SVP of business transformation and CIO, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers</i><p>In an age when change is rapidly accelerating, companies need to be agile and innovative. They need to think on their feet, to keep up with changes in technology and the hyper-competitive marketplace.<p>But how can a …

How to Process Email Clutter Loitering in Your Inbox

<i>“Does this message require action by you?”</i><p><i>“Do you need to keep this message?”</i><p><i>“Have you responded to this message?”</i><p>These were just several questions I …

Productivity

7 Time Management Lessons From People Who Write A Novel In A Month

Every November thousands of people participate in National Novel Writing Month. Here’s how they accomplish big goals in a short time.<p>Every November, several hundred thousand people sign up for a crazy goal: They want to crank out a 50,000-word rough draft of a novel in 30 days. National Novel …

Time Management

The Disease of Being Busy

I saw a dear friend a few days ago. I stopped by to ask her how she was doing, how her family was. She looked up, voice lowered, and just whimpered: …

Starting Thought: Dimensions to Assess in Your Communications

Leaders are hungry for data to make business decisions on everything from new products and services to whether or not to enter a new market. Yet when

Content Creation Lessons from Growing 41,231 Newsletter Subscribers

<i>This is a guest post by Gregory Ciotti, a contributing Buffer Blog columnist. Read more about Greg at the bottom of the post, or read his latest</i> …

7 Ways to Cultivate Your Daily Blogging Practice

It’s all well and good to talk about using your blog and mailing list to connect with your audience by writing articles. But it begs the question I hear almost daily:<p><i>“How do I create consistent content that I don’t get paid to do? I have a business to run.”</i><p>Content can drive your business. The more …

Your Ultimate Blog Checklist

Posted by Will Blunt<p>Shares 5K<p>This is a guest post by Will Blunt called <b>Your Ultimate Blog Checklist.</b><p>[Note by Adam: Will was one of the first people to …

How to Write Blog Posts Faster With a Checklist or a Template

Recently I was wrapping up a blog post, trying to make sure I had all the t’s cross and and i’s dotted. I thought to myself, <i>I really should make a</i> …

How to Share Old Blogposts on Social Media: 5 Quick Tips for Getting More Out of Your Archives

Social media advice seems to come in two flavors: <i>what</i> to do and <i>how</i> to do it.<p>Take, for instance, the advice to reshare content from your blog’s …

Infographics

5 Effective Ways to Increase Email Open Rates

When someone mentions the term “email marketing campaign” many people would often think about having email opt-in forms on their blog or even …

5 Things University Marketing Programs Aren't Teaching (But Should)

With online marketing changing at such a rapid pace, it's hard for educators to keep up. Columnist Travis Wright suggests ways business schools …

It's Official. Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast • George Ambler

Research from Booz and Company found that 84% of executive believe culture is <i>critical</i> to their business success and <b>60% of executives believe culture</b> …

The One Quality that Distinguishes Great Leaders • George Ambler

One of the first things people want to know about their leader is their vision of the future. It’s a long-term future vision that distinguishes great …

Learn to Think Long

A long-term future focus is the one quality that distinguishes good leaders from great leaders. People expect their leaders set direction and have a …

Forward Looking CEOs Increase Innovation Outcomes • George Ambler

Today’s market is being disrupted by a tidal wave of digital innovation. Industries are being re-invented and business models challenged. It’s this …

Leader. It Doesn't Matter What You Know If You Can't Communicate • George Ambler

Without communication you cannot lead. You just end up taking a walk on your own. Communication has been central to the “social process” of all great …

Taking Back Control of Your "To Do" List • George Ambler

Taking a leadership role means that you’re going to have to wrestle with a large number of competing priorities each and every day. You know that …

Where Leadership Begins • George Ambler

Leadership is not about your position, title, personality, traits, skills or competencies. Leadership is about being deeply connected to a purpose …

Always Communicate the Why • George Ambler

Communication is most important to leaders. Leaders often spend too much time communicating the “what” and the “how” and don’t devote enough time to …

In Order To Be A Good CIO, You’re Going To Have To Know How To Have A Good Conversation

CIOs need to know how to have good conversations with their staff<br>Image Credit<p>More and more CIOs are finding themselves in charge of global IT …

11 Ways To Be Remarkably Average

“You don't have to live your life the way other people expect you to.”<p>I run a weekly digest of brain food. If you're not reading it, you're missing …

How the Leadership Gurus Define Leadership • George Ambler

What is your definition of leadership? Only few people have a solid answer to this question. Few have a clear definition of what leadership means for …

Action is Overrated • George Ambler

Fire, fire, fire, fire, aim. This is the modern management approach, getting things done, efficiency over effectiveness. This obsession with action …

After Your Job Is Gone

Do you have a job? Do you like having a job? Then I have some bad news for you. <i>The Guardian</i> is worried “today’s technologies are going to remove people from economic activity completely.” Techonomy says “America’s real worker crisis is not immigration, it is jobs.” Om Malik asks: “People talk about …

IT dashboards: Picture perfect?

IT Management<p>Like the dashboard of a car, an IT dashboard provides data on many different things all in one place. (Stock image)<p>For many years, …