For over a decade, Apple mastered its mantra of products secrecy. Employees, suppliers and business partners do sign and strictly comply with unprecedented rigorous agreements of non-disclosure and confidentiality. Apple retail employees are very often left in the dark on
I incredibly forced myself to watch the almost two hour Apple keynote for the launch of the iPhone 5. I relentlessly scrutinize every word, gesture, phrase, signal and a move to try finding Jobs touch, magic or spirit! Cook was
Talks about the importance of Presentation skills, and explanation of SAPPER model.
Though simply, yet provocative and crucial to consider next time you write an email or deliver a presentation! “The speaker had just been introduced. A slide behind him had his name and institution on it. A program in each member
This article summarizes in a way the main ideas and insights of Ulrich & Smallwood in their book: “Leadership Brand: Developing Customer-Focused Leaders to Drive Performance and Build Lasting Value”. It’s one of the good books I read on Leadership and the role of leadership celebrities.Ulrich and Smallwood articulated the way to build a leadership brand by handling the following aspects and answering the following questions:
I’m sharing an article from HBR blogs that summarizes and adds to the 2010 IBM Global CEO Study, a wonderful and insightful piece of work to energize today’s corporations. Go thru the article, and download IBM study here.
IBM just released its 2010 Global CEO Study based on face-to-face interviews conducted with over 1,500 CEOs spanning 60 countries and 33 industries.
Here are some key points from the study:
Even if the recession is over, 79% CEOs expect the business environment to become even more complex in coming years.
More than half of CEOs doubt their ability to manage this escalating complexity.
Western CEOs anticipate economic power to rapidly shift to developing markets, and foresee heavier regulation ahead.
A majority of CEOs cite creativity as the most important leadership quality required to cope with growing complexity.
Creativity in this context is about creative leadership — i.e., the ability to shed long-held beliefs and come up with original and at times radical concepts and execution. And this requires bold, breakthrough thinking. We believe, however, that this isn’t about having a lone creative leader at the top but rather about creating a “field” of creative leadership, by igniting the collective creativity of the organization from the bottom up. In essence, creative leaders excel at creating creative leaders.
The report identifies a group of standout organizations which delivered solid business results even during the recent downturn. Their revenue growth was six times higher than the rest of the sample and they plan to get 20% of revenues from new sources in the near future.
In addition to McKinsey ideas on how to avoid bias in meetings; I also suggest using techniques like the Six Thinking Hats approach. I’ve blogged about it here. In this technique, you ask one of your audience to wear the