Issue 33

Manifesto to Accelerate: 15 Truths
April 5, 2007 - By: Dan Coughlin
33 Executive coach, Dan Coughlin, asserts that great businesses are defined by their ability to accelerate, which he defines as the ability to increase the rate of achieving desired outcomes in a sustainable manner. These 15 applicable truths will enable you to take your company or career from 0 to 60 while optimizing your passion for your work. ...


Few and Far Between: Black Swans and the Impossibility of Prediction
April 5, 2007 - By: Nassim Nicholas Taleb
33 Taleb, author of The Black Swan, contributes this thought-provoking essay on what we know about what we don’t know. A ‘black swan’ is an improbable, dynamic event that, once it occurs, we rationalize to make it seem predictable (e.g. 9/11). Taleb discusses that while these black swans are actually impossi ...


Managers Ignite! Now is the Time to Take Back Your Company, Your Career, Your Life
April 5, 2007 - By: Vince Thompson
33 Managers are under an extreme amount of stress and often their success is dependent upon the work of others. This pressure is driving managers to leave their jobs, or at least keep their options open. Vince Thompson advises: not so fast—there are ways to ignite your power as a manager and take your job ...


Executive Hubris: How to Check Your Ego and Avoid Ruining Your Company and Your Career
April 5, 2007 - By: Mathew Hayward
33 Hayward lays it out plainly: “If you are going to have a successful career and life, you are going to have to learn to check your ego.” Using examples such as Buffett and Welch to show that CEOs don’t have to have huge egos to succeed (and Dean Kamen of Segway as an example of hubris at work), ...



Issue 32

The Upside of Assholes: Is there Virtue in Bad Workplace Behavior?
March 7, 2007 - By: Bob Sutton
32 Bob Sutton employs his signature frankness to discuss whether the bad behavior of workplace bullies and jerks should be tolerated in the name of success. While referencing such famous assholes as Steve Jobs of Apple or Hall of Fame baseball player Ty Cobb, Sutton debates the value of getting results with a strategic temper ...


How Toyota Can Save Your Life…At the Hospital
March 7, 2007 - By: Mark Graban
32 It’s well-known that the safety standards of Toyota vehicles are singularly high due to the company’s commitment to innovation and precision. But the Toyota philosophy can save your life at the hospital as well. There are over 100,000 deaths in hospitals each year as a result of systematic failure. Graban asserts that a lean manufacturin ...


The Silent Revolution: Peter Drucker’s Voice Still Resonates
March 7, 2007 - By: Elizabeth Haas Edersheim
32 A revolution in business has arrived, one built of human assets such as knowledge, information and collaborative exchanges, absent the noisy clamor of factories or the hum of machinery. And who better to shape the role of management during this revolution than the ageless voice of Peter Drucker, whose forward-thin ...


100 Ways to Kill a Concept: Why Most Ideas Get Shot Down
March 7, 2007 - By: Michael Iva
32 So, you’ve got an idea. A big idea. But will your idea take flight? Not if you let your concept be killed by all the usual excuses you hear from your managers, your bosses, your spouses—excuses motivated by fear or possessiveness. In this wide-ranging manifesto, Iva offers you ways to persuade someone to embrace your idea, to no ...


Frontline Leadership: A Cycle of Engagement Manifesto
March 7, 2007 - By: George Reavis
32 The contact point between your customers and your company is at the front door, at the front counter, on the frontline. And most of your frontline associates are very competent people who can do the work, but George Reavis warns that most companies fail to make the distinction between perfunctory performance and enthusiastic engageme ...


Lonely Planet: How Relationships Suffer and Why It Matters
March 7, 2007 - By: Elizabeth M. Johnson
32 As humans, we crave communication and understanding; we crave authentic relationships. And we think that cell phones and email and the Internet will help us find the key to that fairy-tale myth of happily-ever-after that sustains our culture. Instead, we lose authentic connection. Elizabeth Johnson shows you just how esse ...




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