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The Pop-Up Employer: Build a Team, Do the Job, Say Goodbye

At first glance, the organization chart for the maker of True Story, a card game and mobile app in which players trade stories from their daily lives, resembled that of any company. There was a content division to churn out copy for game cards; graphic designers to devise the logo and the …

10 Qualities of Superior Leaders

Do you have these essential leadership qualities?<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Thousands of articles and books have been published describing what it takes to be a superior organizational leader. Some researchers and authors claim a superior leader possesses certain …

Leadership

Inside Chipotle’s extremely intense, 39-point checklist for good management

Behind the organized chaos of a Chipotle mid-lunch rush is a sophisticated management ethos, of a type more often associated with tech giants or august industrial conglomerates than fast casual burrito restaurants. And while founder Steve Ells is the famous champion of Chipotle’s natural and …

Sustainability

There’s a very simple reason why no carmaker can seem to rule the industry for long

First it was GM, then Toyota, and now Volkswagen: For each of these players in a seemingly star-crossed game, no sooner did it rise to be the biggest name in carmaking, than it fell in a stupendous, unforced blunder.<p>Experts say that there in fact is a Pyrrhic quality to victory in the carmaking …

Automotive Industry

So Introverts Make The Best Bosses? Oh, Really?

Psychologists now believe that introverts are great entrepreneurs. Are they full of it?<p><i>Absurdly Driven</i> <i>looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.</i><p>Sometimes movements occur and I don’t realize they’ve happened.<p>At these times, I leap onto the Internet to …

Episode 633: The Birth And Death Of The Price Tag

We tend to think of price as innate. A can of Coke is red. It's 12 ounces. It costs a dollar. The price doesn't go up or down when we're thirsty. It stays fixed.<p>People didn't used to think about prices this way. The price tag wasn't even invented until the 19th century; for most of human history, …

Nonacademic Skills Are Key To Success. But What Should We Call Them?

More and more people in education agree on the importance of learning stuff other than academics.<p>But no one agrees on what to call that "stuff".<p>There are least seven major overlapping terms in play. New ones are being coined all the time. This bagginess bugs me, as a member of the education media. …

Pedagogy

Why GE had to kill its annual performance reviews after more than three decades

The annual performance review has been a ubiquitous and generally loathed fixture of the corporate world for decades. But haters can rejoice: <b></b>It’s finally starting to topple. The best part? Even the company that popularized the toughest form of formal annual review is moving away from them.<p>For …

Management

Changing change management

Research tells us that most change efforts fail. Yet change methodologies are stuck in a predigital era. It’s high time to start catching up.<p><b>Change</b> …

Management

Your Customers Aren't Data -- They're People

“Big Data” is the phrase <i>du jour</i> — it’s no secret that data can serve as a powerful and practical resource for understanding consumer behavior. But it must be used in the proper context, or else it can distance companies from those they wish to understand.<p>A common problem arises when corporate …

What Does Intrinsic Motivation Mean?

Intrinsic motivation refers to behavior that is driven by internal rewards. In other words, the motivation to engage in a behavior arises from within …

Rethinking the Work of Leadership

In 1973, Peter Drucker stated in his book Management: Tasks, Responsibilities, Practices, “Management is not culture-free, that is, part of the world of nature. It is a social function. It is, therefore, both socially accountable and culturally embedded.”<p>Some thirteen years later, Tom Peters …

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Leadership And The Periodic Table Of The Elements

Last May we added two new elements, Livermorium and Flerovium, to the periodic able after being first synthesized over a decade ago. Adding new elements to the periodic table is rare, not that we have discovered all there is to discover (certainly we will add more in time,) but because the table …

Visual Leadership: a tremendous advantage for your Communication

David Sibbet is a world-reknowned visualization expert and author of various books about Visual Thinking.His latest book, <i>Visual Leaders: New Tools</i> …

From British Airways to headship: leadership lessons from industry

<b>How did you get to this point in your career?</b><p>I was with British Airways (BA) for 11 years finishing as area manager in Singapore but I became disillusioned about what I was doing. I felt I wasn't following my calling. So I made a radical move and took 18 months off to shadow people in different …

Leadership Trends in 2013

A report by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) last year showed that nearly three quarters of organisations in England reported …

The Power of Conceptual Thinking to Strengthen Your Leadership

Enhance the abstract part of your brain to best convey your vision and stimulate creativity. The fourth in a seven-part series on leadership communication.<p>In order to communicate most effectively with your staff--and bring out the best in them--you have to relate to them in all the different ways …

Focus on Improving One Leadership Competency at a Time

(By the way, it takes a year.)<p>Executive recruiting firm Egon Zehnder International learned a lot while conducting more than 25,000 management appraisals over the course of five years. The company shares its insights in the white paper "The Five Things I Wish I Had Known When I Was Promoted to the …