On Tuesday April 29, 2014 IntelliVen will sponsor the Bay Area ODN Panel Discussion: Women who Drive Change. All are welcome to attend at no charge. Register and plan to come to the venue provided by Big Heart Brands from 6 – 8:00 pm in their offices at One Maritime Plaza, San Francisco, CA.
Any organization that performs and grows, exists to solve a problem for a customer. Its mission explains why it exists and its vision explains where it is headed but neither, individually or together, necessarily explains the solution (WHAT) it provides customers (WHO) and the problem their solution solves (WHY) for those customers.
While it may at first seem simple or obvious, it is usually surprisingly difficult for leaders to sort out and agree on how to describe all three dimensions. Employee surveys invariably reveal that the most urgent need across the organization is to get a better handle on: “Who are we and what do we do?” which reveals the importance of clearly and consistently communicating all three dimensions to everyone in the organization. Continue reading
One of the top-5 most popular IntelliVen posts ever published (based on number of views) is on why top MBA students should consider a career in operations instead of in finance.
The post includes a video interview on how operating leaders participate in venture success which was suggested, filmed, and first published by BusinessBecause. BusinessBecaue launched in late-2009 as the first “niche network” connecting business students, employers, business school applicants and business schools around the world.
BusinessBecause publishes fascinating, people-focused stories and provides useful information on choosing a b-school (e.g. Why MBA, MBA rankings) and finding a job. BusinessBecause now has more than 100,000 monthly visitors and a vibrant 20,000-member worldwide community that shares information with each other and that use the network to build valuable career connections internationally.
BusinessBecause also runs EngineeringBecause, for the world’s top engineering students, and a technology business, NetworkBecause, building alumni platforms for organizations. This IntelliVen post is to announce that IntelliVen subscribers that sign up before October 6, 2013 with the following code receive a free, one-month premium membership to BusinessBecause.com:
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Review by Terry Schmidt, Management Pro
PUBLISHED IN THE ASSOCIATION FOR STRATEGIC PLANNING
Manage to Lead, by Peter DiGiammarino, presents a structured approach to plan and implement next steps for an organization as it strives for long-term growth and performance.
I’m a business author and consultant who has read just about everything on management and leadership, but this soft cover book blew me away. It’s full of fresh content, practical exercises and an innovative linkage to on-line strategic planning templates and support resources. Gadzooks – this book verges on disruptive technology for strategic planning consultants!
On September 25th the Northern California Association for Strategic Planning hosts IntelliVen CEO, Peter DiGiammarino as their luncheon speaker in Palo Alto, California.
Register now to attend from noon to 1:30 pm west coast time on September 25th in person or via webinar.
When: Wednesday Sept. 25
- Webinar: 12-1:30 pm Pacific;
- In-Person: Networking starts at 11:30 am Pacific
- Webinar: Virtually via the Web (attend as a group for best experience)
- In-Person: Oshman Family Jewish Community Center at 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto, CA 94303
Most people cannot listen until they have been heard. As a consequence, wise leaders who want to affect thinking and behavior learn to first listen to those they aim to impact.
Holding back from jumping-in when a key point comes to mind in the middle of a fast-paced conversation can be a challenge but it is also essential in order to avoid being written-off as one who does not listen or understand, especially if the leader is new to the organization.
The following steps help a leader stay in-tune and attuned and dramatically improve their odds of success:
- When someone talks, give undivided attention and do not interrupt. While s/he is talking you may think you know what they are going to say and what you want to say next rushes to mind. In that instant you experience an irrepressible urge to interrupt and jump-in. Following the urge causes many bright, successful senior executives to often unintentionally and repeatedly use the power of their position to hijack conversations. The pattern wears on those in the organization and soon the leader is written-off as one who never listens and who does not get, or care about, those they lead. Continue reading
Manage to Lead: Seven Truths to Help You Change the World is now available as an interactive digital workbook at inkling.com.
Click on the book cover icon to access its catalog entry on inkling.com. Download the free chapter to try it out on any iPad, any iPhone, or on any Mac or PC using the Chrome browser.
Manage to Lead will soon also be available in print and as an e-book at Amazon. Access from Android devices is slated for later in 2013
The interactive, digital workbook has:
- Work problems,
- Graphics, and
- Executive team exercises and meeting agendas.
Whether one wants to change personal habits, implement a new information system, improve a business process, get team members to work together, increase a community’s appreciation for diversity, or even to topple a monarchy, taking seven actions driven by seven disarmingly simple truths will individually and collectively help achieve the goal.
Peter DiGiammarino will present a one-hour summary of his Manage to Lead: Seven Truths to Help You Change the World framework, that can be used to describe and assess any organization, at the Northern Virginia Society for Human Resource Managers dinner meeting on April 30.
He will also provide a structured approach to plan and implement next steps for an organization as it strives for long-term growth and performance. Continue reading