Kevin D. Martin, PMP, PMI-ACP

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The keys to organizational agility

The leaders behind McKinsey’s work on organization design explain the importance of agility and how established companies can become more</b> …

Management

15 Top Leadership Books Every Current or Future Boss Should Read

There's something here for everyone, whatever your level of leadership.<p>Ever since Robert K. Greenleaf wrote his seminal essay, <i>The Servant as Leader</i>, the servant leadership movement has risen from obscurity to the very principles of how the most successful companies on the planet operate and …

Leadership

Best Buy's CEO says he uses 5 criteria to decide whether someone's a leader

Best Buy's CEO has five criteria to determine whether someone is a leader.<p>"I've spelled out the five 'be's of leadership," CEO and chairman Hubert Joly told Business Insider. "I think it resonates with what we're trying to do."<p>Joly has led Best Buy's turnaround efforts since taking on the role of …

Best Buy

This 7-Word Mantra Saves Me Every Time I Feel Anxious

You would never meet me and think, <i>this woman has anxiety</i>. I walk into rooms wearing electric-berry lipsticks, flamboyant outfits (I’ve never met a …

How to Hook Your Audience Within the First 60 Seconds

Start with the power your audience craves.<p>How you open and close your presentation decides everything.<p>Nothing matters more for effectiveness.<p>The internet is full of great ideas for how to open and how to close speeches. You'll be ahead of most speakers if you can just avoid the most common …

Public Speaking

If You Want Customers to Be Passionate About Your Brand, Follow These 10 Commandments

You must connect with customers on an emotional level to become a 'passion brand.'<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Every brand desires to be loved by consumers, because they know that brand love translates to growth and increased revenue. But excitement and enthusiasm …

Profit

Great Leadership Is Like Great Teaching

Reflection is a big ingredient in my professional diet. Since I tamed the National Board experience and saw how powerful thinking about my practice …

The Future Of UX Design: Tiny, Humanizing Details

Designer Dan Saffer’s new book, Microinteractions, makes the case that design is in the details–the very small details that make systems friendlier.<p>Dan Saffer, like many designers, likes to quote Charles Eames. But unlike many designers, Saffer–Director of Interaction Design at Smart Design–wrote a …

UX Design

Develop Leadership Behaviours

There was a story of interest to Lean Managers in the September issue of Capital, the Australian Financial Review’s monthly magazine, which arrived …

The Planning Game - An Estimation Method for Agile Teams

The Planning Game [PDF] – printable reference.<p>Purpose: estimate the effort for User Stories (Product Backlog Items, Value Drivers)<p>Prerequisites: all …

Ideo Releases A New Photoshop For Interaction Design

The design agency offers an improved version of Origami, the open-source UX prototyping tool Facebook released earlier this year.<p>A few months ago, Facebook released a bit of open-source code called Origami, which lets designers create and test user interfaces without any coding.<p>Now, Ideo has …

Prototyping

Agile Product Roadmap Tutorial

This tutorial helps you work successfully with product roadmaps in an agile, dynamic environment. It provides an introduction to product roadmaps and explains how to create an agile roadmap using my GO product roadmap format; it shows how to manage your roadmap, and discusses who should own it. You …

More On Why Managers Hate Agile

Yesterday brought bad news for Agile-haters and those, like former IBM CEO Sam Palmisano, who sneer at “firms with names like pieces of fruit.” Apple posted the biggest quarterly profit in history, with a net profit of $18 billion in the quarter, handily exceeding the previous records of $16.2 …

Innovation

Top 10 Lean Leadership Quotes of 2017

Throughout our lifetimes many people touch our lives and leave us with words of wisdom. These can both be a source of new learning and also a point …

Top 10

3 Skills Martin Luther King, Jr. Mastered to Become a Transformational Leader | Inc.com

The good news for leaders around the world is that there is no shortage of examples on how to be effective. Thus leaders can study the traits of leaders of both yesterday and today for sound guidance on how to handle almost any situation.<p>Martin Luther King, Jr. is one of those shining examples. His …

Leadership

The old man and the sea of leadership: looking for effectiveness

Leadership has been a scientific discipline for more than one hundred years. The magnitude of research has increased tremendously. Many different …

This Simple Trick Will Help You Get More Done Every Day

If you really want to achieve your goals in 2018, put down the to do list. It turns out that simply making lists isn’t the most effective workflow to …

Time Management

Running short on time? Start managing your attention better

Environment<p>Scientists have found a bacterium that might be able to clean up oil spills<p>New Atlas<p>Food<p>Oat milk has the potential to be the biggest thing …

Optimism

Sydney's boom in backyard beekeeping

The popularity of beekeeping across the state continues to rise, as registration numbers have increased by around 1000 each year since 2015, …

Beekeeping

We Studied 100 Mentor-Mentee Matches — Here’s What Makes Mentorship Work

When First Round launched its Mentorship Program in 2016, we didn’t know what to expect. We’d heard from a number of people in our community that …

Leadership

Change agents: The unsung heroes of digital transformation

It was one of the biggest buzzwords of 2017 and it will only continue to grow in the new year. But digital transformation is more than a buzzword. …

Innovation

Want Reach Millennial Customers? Try These Digital Marketing Secrets From Top Media Brands | Inc.com

Millennials--born between 1982 and 2004--spend more than $65 billion each year and influence upward of $1 trillion in total consumer spending. It's no wonder that brands are practically stalking them. Unfortunately, it seems that they are immune to standard marketing tactics. In fact, some think …

Public Relations

Want to Be a Better Leader? Start By Giving Useful Feedback--Here's How | Inc.com

Effective feedback is vital. The easy part of feedback--ignored by many--is giving regular pats on the back. The hard part--ignored by many more--is giving effective constructive criticism.<p>I saw this when a young daughter of mine simply quit piano lessons because the feedback she was receiving from …

Leadership

Is Anyone In Your Company Paying Attention to Strategic Alignment?

The best performing companies are often the best aligned. But who in your company is paying attention to how well aligned your strategy is with your organization’s purpose and capabilities? In my research and consultancy with companies, I observe that, oftentimes, no individual or group is …

Management

6 Non-Coding Digital Skills To Boost Your Resume

6 Non-Coding Digital Skills To Boost Your Resume<p>Updated November 13, 2017<p>Do you fear the thought of writing a line of code, but are dying to get a …

Wireframing

How Toxic Is Your Company Exactly? Pretty Toxic if You Experience These 6 Things Daily | Inc.com

Ever feel like you're walking on egg shells at work? Your opinions don't matter, you're afraid of making mistakes, and the culture is one of fear and intimidation.<p>Most likely, if you're coming home complaining to your spouse about work almost daily, and you're beginning to feel physical symptoms of …

The Workplace

Governing Agile Teams

An important, yet seldom discussed, topic is how do you govern agile software development teams. This is rather strange considering that agile teams …

Project Management

Four Reasons Resumes No Longer Work

According to experts, “titles and years of experience are no longer a person’s number-one currency.”<p>When you’re job-hunting, a resume used to be the quickest way to get your foot in the door, but that’s not necessarily true anymore. Today, 87% of recruiters use LinkedIn to vet candidates during the …

Employment

Want to Be a Better Leader This Year? Start With This 1 Rare Habit | Inc.com

In Robert K. Greenleaf's classic 1970 essay, "The Servant as Leader," he recorded his personal observations over the course of 38 years (while employed at AT&T) and confidently determined that the best leaders are "servant leaders."<p>Since that time, the servant leadership movement has gained steady …

Leadership