30 April

Change in the Fast Lane

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Change in the Fast Lane Perpetual change. Successful companies and their leaders learn to thrive on it. A recent blog from Mozilla (the Firefox browser folks) proudly talks about how they are gearing up for the next chapter and pivoting to mobile. This past week Tech Crunch reported: Firefox OS developer phones sold out after…

16 April

When Smart People Resist Change

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When Smart People Resist Change “When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” This saying captures the culture of many organizations these days as they struggle to reinvent themselves, stay competitive, or grow. Why is this the case, when organizations are filled with smart, successful people? Successful people got where they…

26 March

Leading Partners, Friends and Acquaintances

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Leading Partners, Friends and Acquaintances What’s your number one asset as a leader? Your skills? Your education? Your work experience? None of the above. It is your relational capital, your ability to build strong relationships with a wide range of constituents inside and outside your company. Borrowing from an ecommerce taxonomy, your work relationships can…

13 March

Yahoo: Face Time or FaceTime?

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Yahoo: Face Time or FaceTime? Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer certainly unleashed a brouhaha with her recent telecommuting policy change. Reaction from the business media has been swift and loud. Here’s an excerpt from Yahoo’s HR director’s (leaked) company memo: “To become the absolute best place to work, communication and collaboration will be important, so we…