Published on: Friday, November 15, 2013
I was listening to Jack Welch the other day, and he gave good advice on how to hire the best person for the job and what to look for. It wasn't too surprising at first... but then he added a final thought on what's really important that changed my view.
Jack started with "smarts" and "integrity" — which are almost a given for all the good candidates. "Smarts" is not just IQ but common sense as well. If a candidate's integrity and values don't match your organization's values — let them succeed elsewhere.
Jack then outlined what he uses to distinguish the "best" candidates from the "good" candidates. He calls it "The four Es and one P."
Qualities of the best leaders:
Published on: Wednesday, November 13, 2013
John Kao, called "Mr. Creativity" by The Economist
, believes innovation is not yet a field – but it's getting there. "A field is a body of knowledge and best practices and professional standards that are somewhat measurable when there's a coherent framework for discussion," said. "We are heading in that direction. In my opinion, innovation is in beta."
Kao noted how mental maps are decisive and that those maps can determine reality. "Think about the mental maps now exploding in terms of different modifiers and nuances around the term 'innovation,'" he said. Among the types of innovation Kao mentioned included reverse innovation, open source innovation, digital innovation, large-scale innovation, user-centered innovation, design thinking, indigenous innovation, and sustainability innovation.
Published on: Monday, November 11, 2013
As part of ExecuNet membership, I conduct a weekly teleconference called Six-Figure Hotline where members call in to ask the questions keeping them up at night, and to gain market and trend insight from the career experts who join me in talking about issues that are important to executives today.
In one such teleconference, a member asked, "How many jobs are filled through connections with recruiters?"
Published on: Thursday, November 07, 2013
Business leaders in every industry need to come to terms with a simple fact, said Larry Keeley, a globally recognized leader in innovation effectiveness, during a special Monitor Deloitte breakfast workshop at the World Innovation Forum in New York.
The reality, Keeley explained, is that the pace of change outside your organization is much faster than your organization's capacity to evolve, thereby making innovation a true business mandate with the potential to accelerate growth and leapfrog the competition.
Published on: Tuesday, November 05, 2013
What advice would you give an incoming CEO?
It's astounding how one simple question can be the catalyst for some highly informed and very relevant dialogue about one of the most critical challenges any organization will face — that is, how to effectively prepare a new CEO for the role he is about to assume.
No matter the experience they bring, many of us have learned that what worked in one environment, industry or company may indeed prove a disaster in another. What seems far more important are those intangibles that speak far beyond a new CEO's credentials, namely their character, how they make decisions, where and with whom they spend their time, and how they manage, communicate and inspire.