Issue 116

How Your Biases Make You Blind
April 16, 2014 - By: Faisal Hoque & Drake Baer
116 “If a company is homogenous in form, it leads to a lack of understanding of what value the customer wants. That misunderstanding is the seed of disruption, for the gap between the value you think your customers want and the value your customers actually want is precisely the space where a competitor can replace you.”


Heed Your Call
April 16, 2014 - By: David M. Howitt
116 “You have been invited to heed your call, and now it is up to you to decide where you go from here. You are the result of the choices you make every single day, and what you choose, you become. To choose wisely, be a witness to your thoughts and actions. How you choose to respond to this call is what will define and shape your future.”


Your Product or Service Is Either Relevant or It’s Worthless: Three Things You Need to Do to Make Sure It’s Relevant
April 16, 2014 - By: Andrea Coville & Paul B. Brown
116 “In an environment where literally thousands of messages are competing for attention, how do you get people to pay attention to your business, message, or offering? Simply put: by being relevant.”


Finding Excellence: How to Give and Be Our Best Every Day
April 16, 2014 - By: Harry Paul & John Britt
116 “What many call excellence is actually average incognito. So the first step is to come to know what this elusive term called excellence really is. Once you view excellence in its purest form, then you can set your course with a compass that clearly shows if you are on the right path.”


How to Cultivate Winning Relationships
April 16, 2014 - By: Morag Barrett
116 “Having fun and feeling satisfied with relationships at work are important! For many of us, the hours we spend at work far exceed the time we spend with our families or in social settings. So why not actually enjoy this massive part of our lives? When you cultivate winning relationships, everyone involved can benefit—especially you.”


Strategic Thinking: A Framework for Individual Executives to Elevate Business
April 16, 2014 - By: Rich Horwath
116 “The inability to effectively navigate strategy challenges can have devastating long-term effects on an organization. ... While it’s convenient to blame an organization’s failings on external factors such as the economy, decisions about strategy account for failure a whopping 70 percent of the time.”



Issue 115

The Smart People Manifesto: How to Get Our Nation’s Top Graduates to Build Things
March 12, 2014 - By: Andrew Yang
115 “Our smart people are doing the wrong things. If we can get them to do the right things it will transform the country. We need more jobs, new enterprises and a resurgent culture of innovation in the U.S. The question is—how can we encourage our top people to take risks and build new things?”


A Manifesto for the Corporate Idealist
March 12, 2014 - By: Christine Bader
115 “We are Corporate Idealists. ... Are we delusional or realistic? Are we changing the way that business is done or tinkering at the margins? Terrified of the risks or excited by the opportunities? Is our love of big business justified or misguided? Yes. This is our manifesto.”


The Brevity Mandate
March 12, 2014 - By: Joseph McCormack
115 “The business world today is full of information overload and there is not enough time to sift through it. If you cannot capture people’s attention and deliver your message with brevity, you’ll lose them. Getting to the point is a non-negotiable standard. The reasons why are plentiful.”


Lead Positive: How to Be a Highly Effective Leader
March 12, 2014 - By: Kathryn D. Cramer
115 “Instead of strategy, market share, alignment, and execution, I want to shine the spotlight on what goes on in the minds and hearts of leaders that makes people want to follow them. My passion is finding out how leaders use themselves as instruments to drive positive change.”




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