Wednesday, November 30, 2011
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Friday, October 7, 2011
Friday, August 19, 2011
I have been geeking out on this list all morning. It breaks my geeky heart to see Tolkien at the top. I mean seriously, good story but it's like reading the King James version of the Bible because you like the syntax...which btw is my favorite version. Surprisingly I have only read about a third of this list but with brilliant, funny, smart fast paced sci-fi like "Snow Crash" - which comes in at 26 - makes me wonder who actually voted...besides me?
Sunday, August 7, 2011
Monday, July 25, 2011
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
SMART DESIGN. STRONG SUGGESTION.
When you order yourself a cocktail made with one of four smooth EFFEN® Vodkas, you tell those around you that you prefer products that emphasize design and balance form and function. Now, when you order someone else an EFFEN® cocktail, there's no mistake: you tell them you have designs of your own.
The word EFFEN® literally means "smooth" in Dutch. But it suggests something very different. Stylishly so.
Thursday, June 30, 2011
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Wednesday, June 8, 2011
This post is by Greg Kesler and Amy Kates, managing partners at Kates Kesler Organization Consulting, the authors of “Leading Organization Design: How to Make Organization Design Decisions to Drive the Results You Need.” The authors consult with global companies trying to maximize value-delivery through organization design. E-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
Get ready to rumble
For years, leaders have tried to create smooth-running organizations where complexity, tension, conflict and overlapping lines of authority are at a minimum. Organizational simplicity is great when the business is simple. But in a complex, multi-divisional company, managing brands across several products and geographies things get more complicated and fights break out.
Learn to love it. Harmony is often the wrong goal. When there is no tension among your businesses and functions and geographies, there’s a good chance you’re leaving value on the table.
Come out fighting
Senior leadership must learn to cultivate conflict. There has to be tension in the matrix — but it has to be the kind of tension that works for customers, shareholders and the assorted teams inside the business.
Nike’s money-making matrix
Nike gets it right. The company has to market a core brand across a number of consumer categories with hundreds of products all over the world. That’s a recipe for creative conflict. The global soccer consumer program may have produced record-shattering results. But the seasonal storyline has to deliver for basketball, running and fitness. South Africa wants to go one way on footwear design while the Netherlands, Brazil and Korea may argue for something else.
To ignore any of these competing voices diminishes Nike’s potential of Nike’s powerful blend of brand, design and market reach. Executives risk bad compromises if they try to keep things simple or conflict-free.
Adding conflict and complexity
How to add conflict and complexity the right way? Look to two places: smart “organization design” and the right leader behaviors and skills.
Forget straight lines and dotted lines
Smart organization design isn’t about straight and dotted lines. It creates conscious power sharing and brings conflict out onto the table. It dictates that one voice gets a stronger vote on brand decisions, while another gets the golden vote on channel management and yet another on product design. Even in giant functional organizations like Cisco, the decision rules are spelled out. At Nike, once all voices are heard, leaders don’t dither. It’s not always a pretty process, but decisions get made and things happen fast.
Aligning structure, processes, measures and how you pay people are all critical. And you have to get the right talent in the right jobs.
Leaders who can make conflict productive
Companies from GE to Green Mountain Coffee Roasters are teaching leaders how to lead in complex organizations. There are four things leaders in the matrix need to learn:
- Build the right networks and relationships
- Manage up and sideways — with aligned targets and initiatives
- Influence with more compelling ideas and personal sources of power
- Make conflict work — lead through polarities for greater creativity
The cost of management time is higher in complex organizations. That’s unavoidable. But poor decisions, delayed decisions and confused roles are ultimately more costly. By designing organizations and developing leaders to make the conflict work, you can recoup the cost by getting all possible value out of your assets.
Managing in complex environments. Yes.
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Monday, April 11, 2011
Twitter is about more than telling people what kind of sandwich you had for lunch and Facebook is about more than posting party pictures from your days in college. The next time people tell you that social media is worthless, point them to this post. These are very real ways new media sites have made my life easier:
- When I was in Las Vegas, a city I don’t know well, for BlogWorld 2010 I asked fordirections to a bar I was trying to find by tweeting at a friend who had just checked in there on Foursquare.
- I commonly ask for recommendations for movies, music, and other forms of entertainment on Twitter.
- As a writer, if I meet someone who might have freelance work for me, I can connect with them on LinkedIn when I get home or even with my smart phone before I even leave the party rather than relying on them to remember my website or having to keep track of a business card.
- Speaking of work, if you need a job, you can mention it to your friends/followers to see if anyone knows of any job openings where you might be a good fit.
- I tweeted at a hotel where I was planning to book a trip once, and they sent me to a hidden page on their website with awesome travel deals for upcoming weekends.
- Once, I was trying on shoes and trying to decide whether or not to buy. I posted a picture on Facebook and got my friends’ opinions before I made the purchase.
- Need to know an obscure fact? Someone on Twitter can probably help you remember who sang that song stuck in your head or what movie that quote you like comes from. If you ask, people will gladly offer up trivia tidbits and it’s often easier than using a search engine to find the fact.
- I once saw an a-lister tweet that he forgot his power cord at home and was already at the airport getting ready to board a long flight to another country. One of his friends brought him a back-up. Even if your network isn’t as robust, often they can help you identify where you can get replacement items in a hurry.
- Forget the lyrics to a song? Twitter knows. Twitter always knows.
- And even better, if you can’t find what you need on YouTube, most bands have their most popular songs posted on MySpace. Yes, MySpace really does still come in handy from time to time!
Friday, April 8, 2011
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Thursday, February 17, 2011
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Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Two surprises here for me: 1. Joomla. I mean for pete's sake...but then again a good free CMS is a good thing. 2. Foursquare for all those haters who predicted it's death... I don't think they got that it's a game...played in real space and actually somewhat amusing especially if you check the tips