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Scott Anthony, Managing Partner at Innosight and leader of the company's AsiaPacific region and venture capital activities, pulled the audience right in with his insights into the challenges associated with what he terms "the first mile" — the crucial time when an idea moves from concept to paper to market. Anthony believes business are most fragile in the first mile, when they move from plan to reality, something which is particularly challenging for large companies. Big companies are designed to execute today's business model; in such an environment, innovators are a natural threat and struggle to survive.


Published on: Monday, August 25, 2014

How to Lead By Stepping Back: Five Steps to Delegation

Posted By: Laura Stack
Filed Under: productivity, laura stack, delegation, leading teams
If you're a reader of my blogs, newsletters, and Tweets, you'll know I've returned repeatedly to the topic of delegation over the years — and for good reason. As a leader, there's no more effective and productive way to handle all your responsibilities. Leadership positions come weighted down with more than their fair share of tasks, because by definition a strategic initiative is more than one person can handle. Effective leaders must parcel out that work and a good deal of the associated authority, so they can continue to think strategically and get things done through others.


As part of ExecuNet membership, I conduct a bi-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, I was joined by Dave Dart, an executive search consultant, and a member asked us, "Should your LinkedIn profile mirror in verbiage your resume, or should it be a condensed, more marketing-like, promotional piece?"


Published on: Thursday, August 21, 2014

What I learned About Failure on My Summer Vacation

Posted By: Denise Brosseau
Filed Under: business leadership, denise brosseau, learning from mistakes, vasa museum
When I was young, we lived near a wonderful library where every summer we could participate in a reading club — earning stars and ribbons for reading and completing oral book reports on what we learned from a wide variety of books set aside on a special shelf. The books were varied and the librarians were invariably friendly and the library was a welcome air-conditioned destination on a hot summer afternoon.


After speaking about the many advances we have seen in the last 25 years, Vivek Wadhwa, recognized by Time Magazine in 2013 as a top 40 most influential mind in technology, China and India could be in trouble in terms of low paying human labor jobs. The reason he said is US manufacturing. Wadhwa said, "The US is seeing a manufacturing revival. It's creeping back now and will be a flood in five to seven years." The key is robotic manufacturing. We have gotten very good at creating robots to do the work of humans. They don't complain, don't join unions and cost about half as much to operate as human laborers, even when exporting the labor.


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