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Connect… Then Lead: HBS Professor John Kotter


One of my most popular posts from July 8, 2013 Harvard Business School Professor John P. Kotter Years ago I was invited to join a newly forming Intel marketing group comprised primarily of Ivy League MBA‘s, with a few of us Intel veterans thrown into the mix to create some cross-fertilization in the group. This […]

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Building Personal Resilience


I have been giving some serious thought to the importance of personal resilience in times of adversity. Terry Fox comes up as a prime example of resilience that has inspired people all over the World. But how do such people develop it? Can it be learned? It is a character trait that appears difficult to measure, only appearing in certain people and not others when faced with a severe personal challenge. It is something that all management professionals should ponder carefully because such challenges will most certainly appear in their careers.

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What Is The Most Important Leadership Quality?… Humility


I personally have seen in my past career, and personally experienced how simple humility is a key characteristic of leadership. This may seem counter-intuitive but it is not. People are drawn to the charisma of a leader who is also simply humble, and who appreciates the values of those he or she leads. A leader like that can get subordinates to follow them anywhere. I think there may even be an inverse relationship in human behavior between hubris, and leadership success. By that I mean that the more arrogant and overbearing a person, the more insecure he may actually be, and therefore less successful in the subjective art of leadership.

In a bizarre sequence of events this week, I have yet again witnessed someone literally self-destruct as a leader due to their failure to exhibit simple humility and to be aware of other stakeholders, whose support or not, could make or break the leader.. Successful leadership is a fragile thing, a subjective human experience. I have written about this phenomenon previously on this blog.

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Believe It Or Not: Rituals and Superstition May Help You Ace A Job Interview


Baseball players, particularly pitchers, are known for being superstitious. These superstitions have been immortalized by characters like Pedro Cerrano, the Cuban center fielder and his doll Joboo, in the film Major League. Real life examples abound. But it now turns out that research has shown that following personal rituals may increase your self-confidence and actually help you ace a job interview or a big presentation.

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Connect… Then Lead: HBS Professor John Kotter


Harvard Business School Professor John P. Kotter Years ago I was invited to join a newly forming Intel marketing group comprised primarily of Ivy League MBA‘s, with a few of us Intel veterans thrown into the mix to create some cross-fertilization in the group. This was the famous period of Harvard MBA’s belief that they […]

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The Case For Fewer (Better) Entrepreneurs


In this post from PandoDaily, Francisco Dao hits the mark. Max Marmer of Startup Genome has also written in a similar vein on the Harvard Business Review blog, that we are over celebratising entrepreneurship. We need to be discouraging a few more people from entrepreneurship, based on sound assessment of character, which should also be […]

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Paul Polman: Corporate Strategy Visionary


My undergraduate and graduate students may find this an interesting topic for discussion and debate. http://www.economist.com/news/business/21567062-pursuit-shareholder-value-attracting-criticismnot-all-it-foolish-taking-long Reading this week’s Economist, I literally “stumbled upon”, not the Web app, an editorial on the resurgence of long term corporate strategy.  Translated succinctly, long term corporate strategy means simply that quarterly performance and shareholder dividends take a back […]

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Big Data: The Next Frontier in Competition, Innovation and Productivity


http://www.mckinsey.com/Insights/MGI/Research/Technology_and_Innovation/Big_data_The_next_frontier_for_innovation This report from McKinsey adds to the list of similar reports coming from the HBR blog and numerous other sources, emphasizing that Big Data is here, and is going to have a huge impact on all business.  What has become known as “Big Data,”  refers to the terabytes and zettabytes (that’s a 1 followed by […]

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