8 results for tag: management


10 Ingenious Tricks for Appearing Smart in Meetings

Most people will dread the tyranny of meetings. It’s either painful, useless, or soul-crushing. But Sarah Cooper in her latest book “100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings,” shares hilarious and creative techniques on how to appear intelligent in much, much less time. 1. Draw a Venn diagram. Getting up and drawing a Venn Diagram is a great way to appear smart. It doesn’t necessary matter if the Venn diagram is precise. Even before you’ve put that marker down, your colleagues will be fighting about what the labels should be and how big the circles should be. 2. Translate percentage metrics into fractions. If someone says, “About ...

What Google Learned From Its Pursuit to Build the Perfect Team

Google embarked on a study to identify the common denominators successful Google teams. After more than 200 interviews of 180+ active Google teams over the course of two years, the results defied their initial expectations. Originally, they thought a dream team would consist of one Rhodes Scholar, two extroverts, one engineer, and a PhD. Surprisingly, Google discovered that who is on a team matters less than how the team members interact, structure their work and view their contributions. Google learned that there are five key dynamics that set successful teams apart from other teams at Google. Here's a summary of their key findings. 1. ...

Top 10 Best Workplace Incentives [Infographic]

11 Employee Perks To Attract Top Creative Talent Top Book Recommendations for Employee Engagement The Carrot Principle: How the Best Managers Use Recognition to Engage Their People, Retain Talent, and Accelerate Performance Revealing the groundbreaking results of one of the most in-depth management studies ever undertaken, The Carrot Principle shows definitively that the central characteristic of the most successful managers is that they provide their employees with frequent and effective recognition. With independent results from HealthStream Research, and analysis by bestselling leadership experts Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton, this ...

Disrupt You!: An Interview with Jay Samit

I interviewed Jay Samit, CEO of the world’s leading multiscreen video services company. Jay is a dynamic entrepreneur who is widely recognized as one of the world’s leading experts on disruption and innovation.  Described by Wired magazine as “having the coolest job in the industry,” he has raised hundreds of millions of dollars for startups, sold companies to Fortune 500 firms, transforms entire industries, and for three decades continues to be at the forefront of global trends. He is an author of his recently published book Disrupt You!: Master Personal Transformation, Seize Opportunity, and Thrive in the Era of Endless Innovation. ...

The 11 Most Thought-Provoking Books on Leadership

In a previous post, I provided a list of the year's best business books every young professional should read.  In this post, I curated the most thought-provoking and innovative books published in 2014 that will help leaders turn their game around.  [Tweet "The 11 Most Thought-Provoking Books on Leadership"] 1. Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown Essentialism is not one more thing – it’s a whole new way of doing everything. A must-read for any leader, manager, or individual who wants to learn to do less, but better, in every area of their lives. Have you ever found yourself stretched too thin? Do ...

One Metaphor that Taught Me Everything About Leadership

Who is a better leader? A clock builder or time teller? Jim Collins, the foremost management guru, poses a very interesting question in his best-selling book "Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies:" "Imagine that you met a remarkable person who could look at the sun or the stars and, amazingly, state the exact time an date. Wouldn't it be even more amazing still if, instead of telling the time, that person built a clock that could tell the time forever, even after he or she were dead and gone?" The world is teeming with time tellers. Time tellers are often masqueraded as charismatic visionary leaders who have a great ...

Leadership and Management 101

Anyone who is a student of leadership knows there is no single, definitive definition of leadership. The notion is rich with interdisciplinary origins and application. Embarking on this life-long leadership voyage in the last several years, I have started to learn the ins and outs of what it means to be a leader.  The more books I read on leadership, the more it seems leadership is glorified, elevated, and spotlighted at the expense of discounting management as something inferior or unhealthy. Well, I believe leadership and management are two sides of the same coin. Both are indispensable for organizational success. I hope the following theories ...

Google’s Secret of Hiring the Best People

“Development can help great people be even better— but if I had a dollar to spend, I’d spend 70 cents getting the right person in the door.” —Paul Russell, Director, Leadership & Development, Google Have you ever struggled with “getting the right people on the bus, wrong people off the bus, and the right people in the right seats?” If the answer is the affirmative, you are not alone. In fact, The Economist reported that finding the right people is singlehandedly the largest problem in business today. In Geoff Smart and Randy Street’s remarkable book, Who: The A Method for Hiring  they provide simple, effective, and systematic ...