#1: “The Founder’s Dilemmas” in 5 Minutes (@Tech Cocktail) because every Entrepreneur needs to go into their next venture with their eyes fully wide open. I will even go as far to say that the underlying logic of this 5 minute summary is a great exercise for any leader in any industry at any stage company!
#2: Evaluate Your Leadership Development Program (@HBR) because I keep hearing too many executives tell me they don’t have solid measurables around how they evaluate the success of the different leadership initiatives they have going on in their businesses. At the end of the day, how is the money, energy & focus you’re investing deliver quantifiable business benefit for your company AND the individual?
#3: Communication Tips for Global Virtual Teams (@HBR) because without effective communication you go nowhere fast! Starting with EFFECTIVE email, keeping people informed within the context & relevance to your top priorities & results is key to keeping everyone (regardless of physical borders) engaged & on the same page.
#4: Corporate culture drives financial performance (@Forbes) because strong corporate cultures that facilitate adaptation to a changing world are associated with strong financial results. Those cultures that encourage leadership from everyone in the firm, find that when a customer needs change, a firm’s culture almost forces people to change their practices to meet the new needs. And anyone, not just a few people, is empowered to do just that.
#5: What Makes Someone an Engaging Leader (@HBR) because firms that achieve both top quartile engagement levels and better business results than their peers, find that they do have something in common. It’s the prevalence of a certain kind of leader, not just at the top, but throughout the ranks of the organization. These individuals – we call them engaging leaders – are distinguished by a certain set of characteristics.
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