Archive for December, 2009

Connected Intelligence – Leveraging Collective Wisdom

Vasu Srinivasan for ChangeThis.com The World is Flat, declared Thomas Friedman. It is a Long Tail, says Chris Anderson. Everything is Miscellaneous, avers David Weinberger. Seeing it as The Wisdom of Crowds was a profound insight from James Surowiecki. Their perspectives addressed several aspects of business, life and the human condition in general. The truth is that we have reached not one era, but a multitude of eras, all at once and in a time-space compressed fashion. This has caused a shift in our expectations and our practices that impacts how we work, what we consume and how we live…

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The Creation of Conscious Culture through Educational Innovation

Michael Strong for ChangeThis.com …has a vision of schools which will promote authentic learning for our youth. He has a vision of creating institutions that model positive behavior. He believes that our society doesn’t provide this guidance early enough to help form the futures of children who are starved for meaning and inspiration. In this expansive manifesto, he calls for a diverse educational market in terms that any business person will appreciate… read on

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How Starbucks’ Growth Destroyed Brand Value

some interesting reading for you… many lessons to be learnt from the story of Starbucks Posted by John Quelch for Harvard Business Publishing Starbucks announcement that it will close 600 stores in the US is a long overdue admission that there are limits to growth. In February 2007, a leaked internal memo written by founder Howard Schultz showed that he recognized the problem that his own growth strategy had created: Stores no longer have the soul of the past and reflect a chain of stores vs. the warm feeling of a neighborhood store. Starbucks tried to add value through innovation,…

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The Freak Factor; Discovering Uniqueness by Flaunting Weaknesses

David Rendall for ChangeThis.com My experience as an individual, consultant, parent and leader indicates that efforts to fix weaknesses are ineffective. Furthermore, I believe that the goal of being well-rounded is both undesirable and impossible to attain. The purpose of this manifesto is to explain why I believe this and to offer a better alternative. These examples from my life illustrate the three primary lessons of this manifesto. 1.There is nothing wrong with you. Weaknesses are important clues to your strengths. 2.You find success when you find the right fit. You need to match your unique characteristics to situations that…

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The L3 Leadership “State of Being”; a Holistic Approach

Marc Michaelson & John Anderson for ChangeThis.com With all the talk about Leadership these days, many managers and executives are frustrated by the myriads of approaches to Leadership Development. The L3 Leadership model assumes a different position than traditional, or even more progressive leadership models. L3 Leadership is more about who you are than it is about what position you hold, what training you have had, or what personality traits you bring to work and other life situations. L3 is based on the fact that personal leadership is a “state of being.” It is who you are, what you believe,…

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Try to make your passion a business

THIS is a significant week for a reason that no one else will appreciate. It is exactly 20 years since Bernard Salt was first quoted in the national media on the subject of demographics. The story of how he got his start is an odd combination of luck and, looking back, naive determination. In November 1989 he was 32 and had been working with the management consulting unit of a major accounting firm for six months. In the previous September he had walked into the managing partner’s office and said he had an idea for a research report that might…

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Top of the Festive Season to you and yours…

Are you feeling a little black and white? not sure what GLOW 2010 will bring? ponder no more, your Christmas wish is about to come true… remember what you promised yourself in 2000? it’s been 10 long years now… have you done it? if not, are you ready to take on your 2010 challenge, with help this time… I know I am… You know the feeling; a sense of starting a new year synchronicity in the air, with both your heart and your intuition wanting to work in unison to bring the right clues, at the right time. It’s where…

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Sole Trader Christmas Party!…

For a bit of fun….by Paul Hassing here’s how your own Sole Trader Christmas Party might turn out! I work alone from my home office. Running your own business is great, but it can make you a bit paranoid. Last year was tough and, as my only employee, I really carried the can. When December came, I felt a party was needed to reward effort and boost morale….read on

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Self-Promotion for Introverts: Get Heard More. Even If You Talk less.

by Nancy Ancowitz for ChangeThis Introverts. The world needs us, can’t live without us, and often doesn’t quite get us. However, we persist, mostly behind the scenes, quietly contributing to society — writing, creating, designing, researching, solving problems, and digging for treasures ancient and new. Are you one of us? read on…

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