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The Middle

Posted by on Sep 28, 2011 in Leadership | 0 comments

The Middle

A friend of mine used to tell me, ‘There is muddle in the middle.’ He was right. It’s a kind of no-man’s land. You’re neither here nor there. The middle is a safety net, a place where you stay under cover and protect yourself or the status quo. The middle is average. It doesn’t move the needle much at all. Leaders do not live in the middle. Leaders are bold and willing to take a stand. Innovators do not live in the middle.  Innovators live on the edges of new possibilities. Scientists do not live in the middle.  Scientists are...

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Talent and Vendors

Posted by on Sep 26, 2011 in Awareness, Strategic Marketing | 0 comments

Talent and Vendors

So incredibly true. The end result is greater value. By Seth Godin You may be purchasing services from people with magical talents (artists) and it’s a mistake to confuse them with vendors. As we get more and more service oriented, it’s an easy mistake to make. You’re busy buying cleaning services or consulting or design, and sometimes the person you’re working with is a vendor, and sometimes they’re not–they’re an artist, “the talent.” A vendor is someone who exists to sell you something....

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The Impact of Unlearning on Leadership

Posted by on Sep 21, 2011 in Leadership | 0 comments

The Impact of Unlearning on Leadership

Leading doesn’t mean having all the answers. Good piece. Mike Myatt writes, speaks and offers advice on the topics of leadership, strategy and innovation. He is widely regarded as America’s Top CEO Coach and is the author of “Leadership Matters — The CEO Survival Manual.” For more information, visit his blog. Many leaders are very skilled at challenging the thoughts and opinions of others, but are woefully inept when it comes to challenging their own thinking. The reality is that it takes no effort to cling to your current...

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Why Software Is Eating The World

Posted by on Sep 19, 2011 in Social Media, Strategic Marketing, Technology | 0 comments

Why Software Is Eating The World

Yes! A Must read for everyone looking to drive transformation. By MARC ANDREESSEN This week, Hewlett-Packard (where I am on the board) announced that it is exploring jettisoning its struggling PC business in favor of investing more heavily in software, where it sees better potential for growth. Meanwhile, Google plans to buy up the cellphone handset maker Motorola Mobility. Both moves surprised the tech world. But both moves are also in line with a trend I’ve observed, one that makes me optimistic about the future growth of the...

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The Way

Posted by on Sep 13, 2011 in Awareness, Change Agent | 0 comments

The Way

My first employer, Young & Rubicam, the largest advertising agency in the world at the time, provided us with an internal promotional piece one day. It said, “You can really fly when you know where you’re going.” I’m fairly certain Y&R was communicating that a clear path can help us be more creative. When you’re clear on your destination you are able to unleash a variety of possibilities in how to get there. I think much of what is wrong today is we don’t articulate a precise and powerful vision on where we want to go....

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