Leadership & Governance

By gerardvanvliet | Trails, Treasures, Tools, Tricks, Tips for Leaders

How the Most Successful Teams Bridge the Strategy-Execution Gap

The strategy-to-execution gap is an enduring problem with no easy solution. As the Japanese proverb goes, “Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare.” In their seminal HBR piece, Paul Leinwand, Cesare Mainardi, and Art Kleiner outlined what senior leaders must do to …

Management

A New Addition To The C-Suite -- The Chief Robotics Officer?

I’ve recently been consulting on a project examining characteristics of the future workforce, and one of the areas of investigation is the increasing emphasis companies are placing on the utilization of robots.<p>I generally tend to be more interested in various “people management” issues (of which …

Robots

The Latest Trends in Leadership Training And How To Take Advantage

What skills do new leaders need to have to be successful, and how can they learn them?<p>The world changes quickly, and as we’ve seen countless times, any company unable (or unwilling) to go with the flow, can often end up left behind. This is why new leaders are poised to take on the waves of …

Leadership

The “Beautiful Moments” Leadership Style Of Kaiser Permanente CEO Bernard Tyson

“I compartmentalize everything.”<p>At Kaiser Permanente, we spend a lot of time talking about how to maintain resilience and make sure that we have good mental health and wellness in the midst of the stresses in our lives. Much of my daily routine is intended to create that balance.<p>I compartmentalize …

Leadership

Even If They’re Not Being Automated Yet, Every Job Is Being Digitized

The number of jobs that require using computers and software is skyrocketing–and leaving people behind.<p>If you feel your job is increasingly oriented around digital technologies these days, take some comfort in this: You’re part of a movement. Across the economy, many people are feeling that way. …

Intelligence

The 20/80 Rule, Leadership, and Integrity

In a leader's relationships, the 20/80 rule counts, not the 80/20 rule.<p>Leadership means people watch you--not to what you <i>want</i> to say or do, or <i>mean</i> to, but what you <i>actually</i> say and do.<p>Attention to detail counts.<p>Not sometimes, but always. What Vince Lombardi said about winning applies to …

Leadership

3 Reasons Every Business Leader Needs a Hobby

Scheduling time for activities outside of work can have a positive impact year-round -- especially for those in the business world<p>Every year as the holidays approach, I hear a steady cadence of advice to "disconnect, recharge and focus on the people and things you love." For businessmen and women …

Hobbies

When Engineers Become Boss, It Can Be Rocky. 3 Mental Keys to Leaving the Binary Behind

Learning to leave the binary behind -- and love the gray areas.<p>Back in 2006, I was leading a team of engineers at a company called Micromuse when we got acquired by IBM for nearly $900 million. I was promptly asked to add 30 people to my team--my team of ... six. Average age of the six? …

Management

Research Says This is the Quickest Way to Improve as a Leader

Reading and experience help but there is a quicker way to improve as a leader and it's at your fingertips<p>Improving as a leader has enormous benefits both to the people you lead and your own career. While most people know this, there continues to be a major gap in knowledge and execution.<p>Even with …

3 Things That Will Instantly Improve Your Leadership Skills After the Holidays

What is your single biggest leadership challenge right now? This may fix it.<p>Now that 2018 is just around the corner, it may be time to ask that one glaring question to move you forward: <i>What is your single biggest leadership challenge right now?</i><p>This is not a hard exercise, but it does take some …

Leadership

The No. 1 Secret Weapon to Growing Your Business

Your inner voice is your most powerful and least-used tool.<p><i>By Jared Atchison, co-founder of WPForms.</i><p>Do you ever feel stuck when it comes to following your intuition? You're not alone.<p>Pretty much everyone has an intuitive mind, otherwise known as the ability to understand something without analytic …

Leadership

How to Manage--and Motivate--Employees Who Are Very Different from You

Your teams greatest asset may be an "outsider." Heres how to get the best out of every team member.<p>The moment you met that employee at her interview, you knew she would be a perfect fit for your team. After all, she thinks like you, works like you and even listens to the same bands as you. It's no …

Leadership

Brilliant Advice from Amazon’s Jeff Bezos on How to Avoid the Toxic Culture of “Yes Men"

Even the very best and brightest executives do not have all the answers. Here's how to get out of the box and unearth your company's next million-dollar idea.<p>Your company has problems. Your customers know it, your front-line employees know it, and even your managers know it. The problem is everyone …

Leadership

All Your Employees Want For the Holidays Is Motivation

Do your employees have a clear understanding of what is expected of them during the holiday season?<p>The holiday season is getting closer, so I'll start with a little personal holiday story that still makes me shake my head. I worked at a company that made everyone work the day after Thanksgiving.<p>It …

Holidays

Self-Doubt is Sabotaging Your Leadership. Here's How to Break the Cycle and Lead With Confidence

If you can't empower yourself, how will you empower your staff?<p>You had a bad meeting. You lost your cool on a conference call. You had an employee quit.<p>When your day has gone from bad to worse, it's nearly impossible not to beat yourself up over what you should've, could've, would've. For any …

Leadership

3 Stellar Examples of Gratitude in Holiday Marketing

A gratitude-based marketing campaign doesn't have to be huge or flashy in order to succeed. It just has to be real.<p>The holiday season is officially upon us, and all of us in the marketing world know what that means: Cue the dad carving a turkey. The family sitting together around the table. The …

Gratitude

Is Your Company Actually Set Up to Support Your Strategy?

How do banks switch customer relationships from branch offices to mobile phone screens? Why is one multinational consumer goods company organized by category, while another organizes by region? Why is one insurance company deep into an agile transformation while another is experimenting with it …

JP Morgan Chase

How to Tell If a Company’s Culture Is Right for You

Congrats, you got the job! Now you have to decide whether or not to take it. You’ve done your research and know the ins and outs of the company’s public profile, but how can you assess cultural fit — and if you’d actually be happy working there? Should you reach out to former employees? Or ask to …

Management

Dow Chemical’s CEO on Running an Environmentally Friendly Multinational

<b>Andrew Liveris,</b> the CEO of Dow Chemical, discusses the 120-year-old company’s ambitious sustainability agenda. He says an environmentally driven business model is good for the earth—and the bottom line. Liveris is one of the CEOs contributing to Harvard Business Review’s Future Economy Project, in …

Sustainability

How Bold Corporate Climate Change Goals Deteriorate Over Time

One response to today’s climate crisis has been a belief that markets and corporate innovation will provide the solution. As business tycoon Richard Branson has proclaimed in 2012, “our only option to stop climate change is for industry to make money from it.” So while businesses are major …

Climate

The Avoidable Mistakes Executives Continue to Make After a Data Breach

The past few years have taught us that companies <i>will</i> be breached and consumer data <i>will</i> be stolen. Last year was a record year for data breaches, and 2017, so far, has seen its fair share of high-profile cyberattacks. Still, top executives continue to stumble in the way they respond to an attack, …

Security

How Egos Distort the Way We See Each Other

We don't come across as we think we do — and we're not as good judges of others as we assume, either.

Whiteboard Session: What Stops Companies From Growing

Chris Zook explains how you can fight bureaucracy by thinking like a founder.

Whiteboards

How Can You Tell Someone Has True Leadership Skills? This Famous Study Narrows It Down to This 1 Rare Trait

In 2001, this best-selling management consultant identified one leadership behavior found in the most successful CEOs. Some things just don't change over time.<p>In Jim Collins' landmark book <i>Good to Great (</i>published in 2001)<i>,</i> his research team spent five years examining 1,435 "good" companies and …

Leadership

For Tech’s Deepest Problems, Women Are The Canary In The Data Mine

Silicon Valley veteran and “Lean Out” author Elissa Shevinsky on why a workplace that is hostile to women is a sign there are big problems in other areas.<p>Hardly a day goes by these days that we don’t hear stories about rampant sexual harassment in almost every industry; from entertainment to …

Silicon Valley

The Best Software Companies To Work For In 2018, According To Glassdoor

• 62% of all employees working for Software 500 companies would recommend their company to a friend, up from 61% in 2015.<br>• 76% of all employees working for Software 500 companies approve of their CEO today, up from 73% in 2015.<br>• Aconex Limited, The Trade Desk Inc. (NASDAQ: TTD), HubSpot (NYSE: HUBS), …

Microsoft Excel

Successful CEOs Use These 5 Hacks to Always Stay Productive

You don't always have to feel behind. Here's what it takes to get out of the perpetual cycle of busyness and stay two steps ahead.<p>It's no secret that startups are hard. To be successful, it can require unending mental and physical energy, superhuman patience, and a massive demand on the most …

Time Management

12 of the Best Business Books of 2017, According to the Stanford Business School

Learn from the best to become your best.<p>A good book is like food for the soul. When you want to curl up by the fire with a truly great one, look no further than this list furnished by members of the Stanford Graduate School of Business.<p>If you've got an entrepreneur or two in your life, these might …

Bad Science

4 Ways to Make Your Mission and Values Statements Actually Matter

The real work begins after you write them.<p>When you're building your business, defining your mission statement and core values may feel unnecessary. After all, these are nothing more than feel-good platitudes destined for a slide deck or a brochure someday, right?<p>In some cases, they may be. Some …