Published on: Monday, December 02, 2013
There are invisible barriers to strategy execution. Business-as-usual objectives getting substituted for strategic objectives is a common problem preventing companies from making real progress. Read How to Make Sure Strategy Doesn't Kill Your Business
and learn three rules to improve your strategy execution.
Listening, learning and immediately contributing all stem from one's attitude. Find out why attitude matters most when you read 5 Ways New Employees Reveal They're Exceptional.
The vast majority of poor business decisions arise from one of five types of mistakes. If you aren't on the lookout for them, you'll fall prey too. No matter what type of business you run, you'll want to read The Five Traps of High-Stakes Decision-Making.
Published on: Wednesday, November 27, 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, Linda Van Valkenburgh, an executive career strategist and an ExecuNet networking meetings
facilitator, joined me. A member asked, "What should be included in an effective email signature?"
Published on: Tuesday, November 26, 2013
It was getting close to lunchtime and the people seated around the table — the CEO and seven of his direct reports — were clearly getting antsy. But it wasn't because they were hungry. In fact, they'd been eating snacks all morning, mostly out of boredom.
The COO was at the front of the room, talking through slides projected on a screen. The conversation was primarily one-way, with the COO explaining and, when necessary, defending his work.
Finally, when we broke for lunch, the CEO took me aside and told me what we all already knew: "This is a waste of time."
Published on: Monday, November 25, 2013
ExecuNet's exclusive Executive Job Creation Index dipped slightly to +7 in October from +13 in September. This continues to be a pattern of up and down slow growth expectations by executive recruiters toward the executive employment section for the next six months. Recruiters still believe just one in five companies will add executive staff in the next six months and that has been basically true for the last 10 months.
Published on: Friday, November 22, 2013
While he served as the Chief Information Officer of the United States government, Vivek Kundra was charged with managing IT's role within the government. Kundra, who accepted the job in January 2009 when President Barack Obama took office, explained to World Innovation Forum attendees, how he became responsible for managing government technology spending that totaled $80 billion.
Kundra said there was a lack of innovation happening "in the name of security. The focus was primarily inward, not on citizens and citizen services and how you transform them. The shift to cloud computing actually enabled that transformation."