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[Recommended] LinkedIn’s – Benefitting from skip-level 1:1s — tips and pitfalls

“Staying connected to your skip level manger and she staying connected to you are valuable for the project, the team, and each of your ongoing development. Rigorously and consistently making the most of skip-levels, whether as the manager or individual employee, is an important skill to master. This post looks at one-on-ones from the perspective of the manager with some tips for the employee/individual.” Read more…

Source: LinkedIn – Benefitting from skip-level 1:1s — tips and pitfalls

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[Recommended Book] HBR’S 10 Must Reads: The Essentials BOOK by Peter F. DRUCKER, Clayton M. CHRISTENSEN & Michael E. PORTER

“If you read nothing else, read these 10 articles from HBR’s most influential authors:

1) “Meeting the Challenge of Disruptive Change,” by Clayton M. Christensen and Michael Overdorf, explains why so few established companies innovate successfully.

2) “Competing on Analytics,” by Thomas H. Davenport, explains how to use data-collection technology and analysis to discern what your customers want, how much they’re willing to pay, and what keeps them loyal.

3) “Managing Oneself,” by Peter F. Drucker, encourages us to carve our own paths by asking questions such as, “What are my strengths?” and “Where do I belong?”

4) “What Makes a Leader?” Not IQ or technical skills, says Daniel Goleman, but emotional intelligence.

5) “Putting the Balanced Scorecard to Work,” by Robert S. Kaplan and David P. Norton, includes practical steps and examples from companies that use the balanced scorecard to measure performance and set strategy.

6) “Innovation: The Classic Traps,” by Rosabeth Moss Kanter, advocates applying lessons from past failures to your innovation efforts. She explores four problems and offers remedies for each.

7) “Leading Change: Why Transformation Efforts Fail,” by John P. Kotter, argues that transformation is a process, not an event. It takes years, not weeks, and you can’t skip any steps.

8) “Marketing Myopia,” by Theodore Levitt, introduces the quintessential strategy question, “What business are you really in?”

9) “What Is Strategy?” by Michael E. Porter, argues that rivals can easily copy your operational effectiveness, but they can’t copy your strategic positioning-what distinguishes you from all the rest.

10) “The Core Competence of the Corporation,” by C.K. Prahalad and Gary Hamel, argues that a diversified company is like a tree: the trunk and major limbs its core products, branches its business units, leaves and fruit its end products. Nourishing and stabilizing everything is the root system: its core competencies.”

Source: HBR.org – HBR’S 10 Must Reads: The Essentials BOOK Harvard Business Review by Peter F. DRUCKER, Clayton M. CHRISTENSEN, Michael E. PORTER

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[Recommended] HBR – What Effective General Managers Really Do

“Here is a description of a typical day in the life of a successful executive, in this case the president of an investment management firm.” Read more…

Source: HBR – What Effective General Managers Really Do

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[Recommended] HBR – All the Charts, Tables, and Checklists You Need to Conduct Better Meetings

” The ripple effects of too many meetings can be astonishing…But there’s hope! While a whole host of cultural changes need to take place to make meetings at your organization more productive and efficient, a few good tools can also go a long way in keeping everyone on the right track (and out of your Outlook calendar when there’s no reason for you to go there).

Source: HBR – All the Charts, Tables, and Checklists You Need to Conduct Better Meetings

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[Recommended Reading] John WARNOCK

Source: John WARNOCK Wikipedia

“John Edward Warnock (born October 6, 1940) is an American computer scientist and businessman best known as the co-founder with Charles Geschke of Adobe Systems Inc., the graphics and publishing software company. Warnock was President of Adobe for his first two years and Chairman and CEO for his remaining sixteen years at the company. Although retired as CEO in 2000, he still co-chairs the board with Geschke. Warnock has pioneered the development of graphics, publishing, Web and electronic document technologies that have revolutionized the field of publishing and visual communications.” Read more…

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