Monday, April 30, 2012

How Do You Inspire Your Staff?

30 Second MBA video from Fast Company. In this video Mike Williams, the CEO and President of the David Allen Company, answers the question posed above. Care about your staff and listen. Enjoy.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Jack Dorsey - Running Twitter and Square

Jack Dorsey runs Twitter and Square. This is an older interview Jack did with Kevin Rose. The conversation talks of entrepreneurship, decision making, trial and error, and the path Jack took that lead to the creation of Twitter and Square.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Secrets of the Most Productive People I Know

How can you know if you are being as productive as you are able? How can you know some techniques for continuing to improve on the productivity front? In a recent article on the Inc Magazine website, Margaret Heffernan shared four ideas for improvement. If you're like me there is no end to learning how to improve, so this is worth reading and sharing.

Margaret starts with writing that highly productive people still have a life. They are not just the people who give their entire lives over to a job or a cause. Often it's the time outside of work that brings the ideas for work. Secondly, she discusses that they take breaks. I for one find that my time away from the office allows my mind to settle down and then add some new ideas.

Third she says they often work in multiple industries. This can mean that they have a job career that spans different industries or it could mean that they "work" at hobbies or volunteer in charity work that gives them exposure to other industries. Lastly she she writes that they often have outside collaborators. This is often a sounding board or a group of friends that bring a totally different perspective. Could Jeff Bezos of Amazon have been able to build the largest online retailer by only talking to brick and mortar book stores?

There is no end to ideas for productivity improve. This article had some great ideas that I thought were worth sharing. Enjoy.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Davos 2012 - John Chambers

In this video the CEO of Cisco, John Chambers, answers four big questions that will impact business in the U.S. This video is worth watching because there will be at least a couple of items that can be put into place in almost any business you run. My biggest take away for our company is to keep increasing the use of video in communicating with our people and our customers.

Here are the four big questions:

What great transformation will the world face in the next decade?
What new models will drive change in your industry?
How can organizations build competitive innovation for the next generation?
How can your industry work with other stakeholders to improve the state of the world?

Enjoy the show!