Endangered Species? Management’s New Prime Directive

Are managers soon to be an endangered species? As fast-moving, innovative companies do away with traditional hierarchies, Scrum co-creator Dr. Jeff Sutherland warns that the role of the manager needs to adapt to survive in today’s agile environment.

Endangered Species? Agile Management's New Prime Directive

Today, the fastest growing, most agile companies are doing things differently — and they’re doing them without managers.

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Office Earth Day: 8 Ways to Save the Planet from Your Desk

Looking for some quick and easy ways to make an eco-friendly impact this Earth Day? Here are eight ways you can pitch in and do your part without even leaving the office.

Office Earth Day: 8 Ways to Save the Planet from Your Desk

According to DoSomething.org, Americans represent just five percent of the world’s population. Yet, incredibly, our country produces an estimated 30 percent of the world’s waste and uses 25 percent of Earth’s natural resources. In other words, despite all of our perceived efforts to the contrary, we continue to be one of the biggest culprits of environmental destruction.

What can we do about it? For starters, you might take a look at this list of 50 Ways to Make Every Day Earth Day. But you don’t need to take the whole day and plant a tree to make a small difference. Get started right now with these eight simple things you can do so right from your office.

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Leadership Warning Signs: 3 Mistakes GM Made You Don’t Have To

Leadership and growth strategy expert Kirk Dando shares three warning signs that GM actively ignored and offers five tips for avoiding breakdowns in leadership that can lead to catastrophe.

Leadership Warning Signs: 3 Mistakes GM Made You Don't Have To

The news could not be worse for General Motors. After years of floundering and failing, the automotive company was finally beginning to see the light of day. They had paid back their bailout money, their cars and trucks were selling, and hope was starting to creep back in.

But then, the bottom fell out. The national news led with the story: People had died because GM failed to replace a part that cost less than a dollar. The response has been outrage — how could they? The resulting storm of congressional hearings and negative press has led to a lot of second guessing, from leadership down to every aspect of the organization and the vehicles they produce. Once again, the brand is suffering incredible damage. To top it off, the timing is terrible, and it will take years to recover, if they ever do.

How could this sort of thing happen? And also importantly, could it happen in your company?

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Dominate Your Board Meeting by Predicting the Future

Why go in uncertain if you don’t have to? You can dominate your board meeting if you put in a little extra work up front.

 Dominate Your Board Meeting by Knowing What’s Going to Happen Before It Starts

Board meetings can be a scary thing, especially if you’re an inexperienced CEO. The members of your board hold a lot of power over your business and what you intend to do next. Since you don’t often get together, those meetings carry a lot of weight. But if you strategize correctly in the days and weeks beforehand, you can dominate your board meeting. Mark Suster explains how to do just that in this post at Both Sides of the Table.

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Discover Scaling Mistakes Before they Happen

By undergoing a simple exercise before you roll out your proposed plan, you can sidestep some scaling mistakes.

Discover Scaling Mistakes Before they Happen

Whenever you’re about to launch a big initiative, be it scaling up or rolling out a new product, it’s essentially a roll of the dice, right? Well, what if it isn’t? What if you could, with far more accuracy, predict exactly what those dice will show when they stop rolling? Turns out you can actually avoid many scaling mistakes with one simple exercise, which Michael Pena describes in this post at Stanford Technology Ventures Program.

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How CEOs Who Code Have Become More than Just a Myth

Don’t let your first love fall by the wayside. With some careful planning and commitment, CEOs who code, can thrive.

How CEOs Who Code Have Become More than Just a Myth

If you find yourself leading a business that was once your very own brainchild, your day-to-day looks a lot different than it did when things were just getting off the ground. Back then, you were committed to making your vision work by putting in hour after hour of coding. Now? Well, there are other things that need doing. CEOs who code might not be the norm, but they’re not unheard of, and Fredric Paul explains how you can keep up with your passion in this post at New Relic.

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Your Problem Solving is Killing Your Growth

Leadership and growth strategy expert Kirk Dando shares three steps to transition from reactive problem solving to proactive problem predicting.

Stop Problem Solving and Start Problem Predicting | OpenView Labs

When leaders and managers look to hire good problem-solvers, they unknowingly destroy the future growth and success of their company.

Here’s why: Problem-solvers make companies work, problem-predictors make companies grow.

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Valuable Lessons For a First Time CEO

If you’re about to embark upon the journey of a first time CEO, it’s good to know what you’re getting yourself into.

Valuable Lessons For a First Time CEO

It turns out that leading a company is a lot different than simply being a part of a leadership group. For a first time CEO, it might not seem like that big of a jump…until you’re suspended in the air with no landing in sight. Nathan Beckford admits he was surprised at all that lay ahead of him, but shares lessons from his first year in this post at OnStartups.

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