Blogs of Note for the Week Ending December 19, 2014
Every day I learn something that advances my leadership knowledge and competency. Here are quotes from 5 blogs that got my attention this week. I don’t benefit from reposting any of these posts. Sometimes, I don’t even know the writer. However, I do read and personally grow my knowledge by reading posts that challenge my thinking and get me to think outside my old paradigm. It’s not important that you agree with any of these writers. It’s only important that you think. I hope you will find some new sources of inspiration with these posts. Here’s the next group of 5 in the series:
Dr. Dave Sharar
Role of Culture and Leadership in Employee Well-Being
The recently reported domestic violence incidents involving two NFL players (Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson) sparked a lot of talk about the link between these kinds of violent acts and the league’s warrior culture, where athletes are perpetually “primed” for combat and are taught to maintain stoic in the face of injuries that would make it hard for lesser men to get out of bed in the morning. Nate Jackson vividly documents this in his superb memoir, “Slow Getting Up,” in which he catalogues the many injuries that dogged his 6 year NFL career. His matter-of-fact tone indicating his casual acceptance of the league’s underlying ethos: “Decide what you’re going to do and do it violently.” Regarding one’s injuries before taking the field, he says, “Every game a needle.” Pain, according to Jackson, is something you “shake off” — to do otherwise is to betray weakness, which is clearly not an option if you want to continue collecting paychecks in the NFL
Dumb Starbucks, Not-So-Smartphone, and Other Business Fails of 2014
Some of 2013’s biggest business fails left American consumers scratching their heads. Remember founder Chip Wilson’s comment during a TV interview that “some women’s bodies just actually don’t work” with
Just when we thought it couldn’t get worse than that, 2014 was another year with its fair share of gaffes and meltdowns from some of the most iconic brands and people in the business world that left us wondering, “What were they thinking?”
Madeline Caldwell: Millennial Entrepreneur in Disguise?
Because we’ve featured several entrepreneurs during this year’s Millennial Momentum series, I was excited to speak with Millennial leader Madeline Caldwell for a little different perspective. For the past four and a half years, Madeline has been working for TBC, a full service, marketing firm in Baltimore. I couldn’t wait to hear the perspective of a Millennial leader working within a larger organization.
The 10 Key Mistakes Many Bloggers and Writers Make
I recently watched the final of the US Open women’s tennis and it was inspiring to see the endeavour, effort and expertise of each of the contestants. They slugged it out on center court with biceps bulging and lungs screaming as they battled to find an edge on their opponent.
The shots seem effortless and automatic and the speed and the strength of the athletes was on display for all to see and admire. The final prize… $1.8 million for the winner!
R “Ray” Wong
Research Report: Inside The 2015 Boardroom Priorities
Constellation Research surveyed over 200 CXO’s and identified 10 board room priorities for 2015. As anticipated, digital transformation has emerged as a significant board room topic and market leaders and fast followers seek guidance on what elements are required in the design to support digital business.
Digital Transformation is defined as methodology in which organizations transform and create new business models and culture with digital technologies. The driver for digital transformation stems from the fact that since 2000, 52 percent of companies in the Fortune 500 have either gone bankrupt, been acquired or ceased to exist.
These market leaders and fast followers surfaced a theme of ten priorities heavily skewed towards the higher end of the Constellation Corporate Hierarchy of Needs.
The Transformational Leadership Strategist TM