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Nine Lessons from Google for Business Leaders (Part 1)

Nine Lessons from Google for Business Leaders (Part 1)

May 22, 2015
As business leaders, we are probably always reading up about leadership, strategy, and ideas for becoming better at our leadership roles. At least, this is what we need to do as business leaders – have an unquenchable thirst for learning, knowledge, and constant improvement. While reading books and a gazillion blogs posts and articles online, it is easy for us to overlook an obvious guru of sorts. For me, Google has been an unexpectedly good guru for learning the ropes about leadership and professionalism. So why is Google a leadership guru? Google does things that we can observe and replicate to create success for ourselves and our companies. The following leadership lessons have been proven to drive higher value to the Google business. These can be replicated for our own personal brand management and company improvement. Here are nine principles that I learned from Google:Google Leadership Lesson 9:[...]
Why I won’t hire a strategist

Why I won’t hire a strategist

March 27, 2015
Not long ago, LinkedIn was filled with people who called themselves strategists. Even today, you can find several profiles that have “Strategist” as a part of the title. You can find a variety of strategist titles:Marketing Strategist, Sales Strategist, Design Strategist, Innovation Strategist, and so forth. While being strategic in your approach to work is a huge plus, I would readily pass up the opportunity to hire a person who is only focused on strategy! Here’s why I believe you should change your mindset, resume, and LinkedIn profile title from being just a strategist. Strategy alone isn’t enough It has been over a decade since any professional could research a business problem, department, or team in order to build a strategy and simply hand it back over to his/her client to execute. Typically this sort of strategist engagement would last several months. In many other cases, senior level [...]
Leadership Team Development – Four Pieces to Fit Together

Leadership Team Development – Four Pieces to Fit Together

March 19, 2015
When I sit back and think about leadership team development, I think about how I learned the ropes in my previous roles, as well as what I do and strive to do when it comes to developing the leadership at 9Lenses. Through the years, I have found that there are four main jigsaw pieces of the puzzle to fit together when it comes to developing your leadership team. Developing a leadership team is not too different from developing a team at any level in your business – these four jigsaw pieces that we are about to discuss hold true across departments, organizations, and even industries. However, the pieces themselves contain several additional little parts that you also need to piece together – building a team that leads your business is no easy job! In one of my previous posts, I mentioned that there are lessons that you can take [...]
Corporate Social Responsibility – 5 Ways to Improve Stakeholder Engagement

Corporate Social Responsibility – 5 Ways to Improve Stakeholder Engagement

February 25, 2015
When it comes to company reputation, it is commonly understood that perceptions shape reality. Whether a company dealing with brand management or environmental sustainability, managing the experiences, impressions, beliefs, and feelings of stakeholders can often mean the difference between success or failure in the marketplace. This principle is the driving thought behind initiatives of corporate social responsibility. Despite increasing discourse on corporate social responsibility (CSR) in the business community, implementation has been lacking. McKinsey recently published a report on why CSR has largely failed to live up to expectations. Because effective social responsibility requires the engagement of multiple stakeholders, it is difficult to coordinate efforts effectively. Effective strategic planning that intentionally involves external interests requires a strong commitment to engagement. Corporate Social Responsibility – Easier Said than Done While most organizations willingly pay lip service to corporate social responsibility, most struggle with effective implementation. One McKinsey survey of 238 CFOs, investment professionals, and finance [...]
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