Sunday, December 22, 2013

Malcolm Gladwell on the Advantages of Disadvantages

What is it that you are engaged in as an underdog? When are you the David to the others Goliath? Malcolm Gladwell has written another book, currently on my Kindle, that I am planning to read in the next month.

Below is a video from Wharton that gives an overview of the book and of the concept. Enjoy.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Alan Mulally of Ford: Leaders Must Serve, with Courage

Alan Mulally is one of the greatest leaders in business today. He is credited with the success of Boeing and Ford. There is speculation that his next company may be Microsoft. How can he be so successful? What does he do that is different?

Below is a great Youtube video of Alan Mulally speaking at Stanford Business School. It's a 52 minute video but the content is incredible. His bottom line is that leadership centers on service to others. Enjoy.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

How Marissa Mayer Once Convinced This Exec To Work At Google

Have you ever wondered how major business leaders make decisions about where to work? Why would someone in high demand take one position over another position? Would a highly driven person take the path of least resistance?

Marissa Mayer, as a Google executive, had to hire some great people while competing with some other great companies in silicon valley. She would often have to convince people to come to Google even when other offers were better. How would she do this? Here is a quote from a Business Insider article.

Here's what Mayer told her: "The best advice I can give you is that when I had to make a choice between two paths, I always chose the more challenging one, and that has always been the correct decision. So you should think about that."

That's how Lee ended up at Google for four years, which led her to Polyvore in 2008. She became chief executive of Polyvore in 2012.

How can this apply to you? To do your best in life, you have to improve who and what you are and this is partly done by doing what is more challenging not taking the path of least resistance.

Next time you have to chose between two paths - which will you take?

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner Explains The Difference Between Managers And Leaders

If you are a manager of people and are part of an organization then you realize how hard it can be to move people to a defined goal. Why is it so hard to get this done? Why is it people are the hardest management challenge? One reason is that people respond better to being lead than being managed.

Jeff Weiner, CEO of LinkedIn, recently wrote a post about the differences between these two roles. In this post he said:

"I draw a very clear distinction between leadership and management," Weiner said. "For me, leadership is the ability to inspire others to achieve shared objectives. Managers tell people what to do. Leaders inspire them to it."

How can you and I migrate part of our skill set to the leadership vein? If you're like me, then you still have to manage - you can't just change what you are doing. But you can spend part of your time as a leader by reviewing with people what the big picture is for your company or for your department. This can even be done in short periods of time on a daily basis.

You don't need to change everything - just start with sharing the big picture a few minutes a day. Over time you'll be surprised how people are changed and how more is getting done.