Best Among What I Read Today, The Corporate Edition – Jan 2nd 2017

This is a collection of posts that I loved reading today and I hope that you will like as well.

How Starbucks’s Culture Brings Its Strategy to Life

In this HBR post, Paul Leinwand & Varya Davidson share the importance of the alignment of culture and strategy in the success of an enterprise. It is clear to any leader who has tried to create and execute on a new strategy, how difficult it is to get people to change the way they do things (culture).

I strongly believe that the culture comes ahead of strategy.

So, if you have a strategy that requires your teams to behave in ways different from how they behave now, you need to first find ways to get them to behave in a way that would be congruent to what your strategy expects them to behave, before the strategy is implemented.

You can read the entire post here.

Embracing Bad Ideas To Get To Good Ideas

In another HBR post, John Geraci shares his perspective on the secrets of fostering successful innovation in large corporates. He argues that large corporates need to embrace the method that successful entrepreneurs use while working on ideas (Good or Bad). 

Engage with so-called “bad” ideas in order to find their way to the positive outcomes

He also argues that

While sometimes bad ideas are necessary stepping stones to good ideas, sometimes they are in fact actually good ideas — just ones that nobody else understands yet.

He then goes on to list his suggestions on how people responsible for innovations in large corporates can embrace bad ideas as much as good ones and improve their odds of a big success.

You can read the full post on HBR here.

While we are on this topic there is another HBR post that has quantitative data to prove the large corporates are much more probable (1 in 8)  to build a successful business (reach a revenue of 500 Million USD) than entrepreneurs (1 in 500). You can read this post here.

Your Turn

Pls do share any interesting article/post/book that you have come across recently in the comments section.

 

 

Best Among What I Read Today, The Leadership edition – Jan 1st 2017

I read a lot and on diverse topics. I used to share all the interesting stuff on Twitter and Facebook, but realised that searching for them at a later point (in case someone wants to find out more or I want to connect with someone) became extremely difficult.

Also, my friends said that it is easier for them if they can find all the interesting stuff that i find in one place so that they can visit one single post and decide to read something that they find interesting as well.

Hence, going forward, on days that i read and find interesting articles, blog posts, books, podcasts and any other piece of content, i will share them in a blog post titled – “Best Among What I Read Today” and publish on my blog.

Here is today’s content that i found interesting. You can look at all the past posts here.

The 5 Skills That Innovative Leaders Have in Common

In this HBR blog post,Katherine Graham-Leviss, shares 5 skills that leaders who lead the most innovative teams exhibit. The skills that she mentions are:

  1. Manage Risk
  2. Demonstrate Curiosity
  3. Lead Courageously
  4. Seize Opportunities
  5. Maintain a Strategic Business Perspective

One further skill that I think that should have made the list was the ability to maintain contradicting views and still function well.

You can read the detailed post here.

The Best Leaders Let Go Of Control

In this blog post, the strategic coach, Dan Sullivan talks about the difference in being in control vs being in charge.

This is in my opinion, very critical as this tells you your own leadership style and has an impact on the culture of your organisation as well.

You can read the post here.

When your phone uses you

In this short but insightful post, best selling author Seth Godin talks about perspective. Do you let your phone (and everything/everyone who is on the phone) use you or if you use the phone to do your bidding.

This is true not just for your phone, but also for everything else in our lives. Do we live our lives on our terms or do we allow things/people around us dictate how to lead our lives.

Being a leader at times could feel very lonely and as leaders, we create our own heuristics about making decisions and build a team of people, who become our go-to-people to bounce off our thoughts. We need to question if we are in control of these conversations or are they controlling the conversation by only sharing things that we want to know or what they want us to know – both of which will lead to our failing as a leader.

You can read the post here.

Best Leadership books of 2016

In this blog post, Kevin Roberts, CEO of Saatchi and Saatchi shares his list of best leadership books of 2016. I truly respect him and his opinion and this list comes very close to my own list as well.

I would recommend that you check out the list and try and read these books. If you are pressed on time I would definitely recommend that you read at least Deep Work and Pre-suasion at least.

You can read the entire post here.

Your Turn

Pls do share any interesting article/post/book that you have come across recently in the comments section.

Best Among What I Read Today – 30th May 2016

Best of What I read Today

I read a lot and on diverse topics. I used to share all the interesting stuff on Twitter and Facebook, but realised that searching for them at a later point (in case someone wants to find out more or I want to connect with someone) became extremely difficult.

Also, my friends said that it is easier for them if they can find all the interesting stuff that i find in one place so that they can visit one single post and decide to read something that they find interesting as well.

Hence, going forward, on days that i read and find interesting articles, blog posts, books, podcasts and any other piece of content, i will share them in a blog post titled – “Best Among What I Read Today” and publish on my blog.

Here is today’s content that i found interesting. You can look at all the past posts here.

How to make Good Habits Stick – 6 secrets from Research

In this blog post, Eric Barker stitches together research done by multiple researchers into one single narrative to help us build new habits (good one’s) and stick to them. We can all have a significant impact in our lives, if only we could identify, create and make a keystone habit stick. This post talks about the 6 things that we could do to enable us to stick to the good habits.

The steps that he mentions are:

  1. Start with a Keystone habit (one that can make us change the way we feel about ourselves)
  2. Use Minimal Viable Effort (make it easy for you to do the action)
  3. Make a plan (Having a plan is better than not having one, even if you don’t use the plan).
  4. Reward yourself.
  5. Use reminders or triggers to remind to do the action.
  6. Get help from friends (external accountability mostly works).

You can read the detailed post here.

Meet  Pilot: Smart Earpiece Language Translator

This piece of hardware/software combo can make the world an even smaller place. This device promises to translate between (English, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese) and have plans to include much more languages to follow. The device is targeted towards international business travellers or tourists.

Looks like we are moving towards a world where language will no longer be a barrier for communication and commerce.

Question is, what happens to the folks who currently work as language translators?

You can read more about this product here.

All of the Google I/O Announcements In One Place

You can find all of the announcements that Google made at the I/O conference at this one single page.

I personally think that some of the biggest announcements were an attempt to catch up from Google and that it is now showing signs of having all the challenges that large corporates face when it comes to their ability to continue to out-innovate competition.

You can read more about all the announcements here.

How Your Low Tolerance For Boredom Might Be Making You Less Creative

In this piece on FastCompany, Martin Lindstorm explores the connection between Boredom and creativity. He goes on to argue that if we want to remain creative or even increase our creative output, one of the most important things that we need to do is to find time for our minds to get bored.

As writer and philosopher Robert Pirsig claimed, “Boredom always precedes a period of great creativity.” Even if that isn’t always the case for you, chances are you need to be a little bored in order to generate your most inventive ideas and produce your highest-quality work.

You can read the entire post here.

Your Turn

Pls do share any interesting article/post/book that you have come across recently in the comments section.

Best Among What I Read Today – 19th May 2016

Best of What I read Today

I read a lot and on diverse topics. I used to share all the interesting stuff on Twitter and Facebook, but realised that searching for them at a later point (in case someone wants to find out more or I want to connect with someone) became extremely difficult.

Also, my friends said that it is easier for them if they can find all the interesting stuff that i find in one place so that they can visit one single post and decide to read something that they find interesting as well.

Hence, going forward, on days that i read and find interesting articles, blog posts, books, podcasts and any other piece of content, i will share them in a blog post titled – “Best Among What I Read Today” and publish on my blog.

Here is today’s content that i found interesting. You can look at all the past posts here.

The Short Run or the Long Run

In this short blog post, Seth Godin talks about the difference that short term thinking and long term thinking can have on our lives.

In his inimitable style, he articulated that all the short term, when put together forms the long term and that it is always better to think and act long term rather than short term.

You can read the entire post here.

5 Reasons We Forget Presentations

Almost all working professionals today have to deliver a presentation at some point or the other. If you are in sales, marketing or a senior manager, delivering compelling presentations is a key ingredient to your success.

In this slide deck, Dr. Carmen Simon shares her tips on how to craft and deliver presentations that your audience doesn’t forget. Dr. Simon is a cognitive neuroscientist and the co-founder of Reximedia.

The HP way – Dave Packard on how to run a company

In this post, Shane Parrish shares his take on the speech that Dave Packard delivered to his managers on multiple things like

  • Why does a company exists?
  • What does it mean to be a leader?
  • What are the responsibilities of a company to the society at large
  • And many more

I think these ethos is what enables HP to grow to the size it did during the time of the founders.

If you are a leader, run a business or a startup founder, this and the full text of the speech, which is linked in the post is a must read.

You can read the full post here.

Hope you enjoyed the post.. Do share any other interesting content that you found on the interwebs.. 🙂
 

Best Among What I Read Today – 16th May 2016

Best of What I read Today

I read a lot and on diverse topics. I used to share all the interesting stuff on Twitter and Facebook, but realised that searching for them at a later point (in case someone wants to find out more or I want to connect with someone) became extremely difficult.

Also, my friends said that it is easier for them if they can find all the interesting stuff that i find in one place so that they can visit one single post and decide to read something that they find interesting as well.

Hence, going forward, on days that i read and find interesting articles, blog posts, books, podcasts and any other piece of content, i will share them in a blog post titled – “Best Among What I Read Today” and publish on my blog.

Here is today’s content that i found interesting. You can look at all the past posts here.

The Hustler’s Playbook: Success Is a By-Product: 

In this post, Anthony Iannarino delves on an important lesson for all of us – that Success is not a state of being, its a result of certain set of activities.

This is the kind of post that you would want to read and re-read every month or even fortnight so that you don’t forget the lesson.

Read the entire post here.

Welcome the Worlds first Artificially Intelligent Lawyer 

This week saw the appointment of the worlds first AI lawyer (IBM ROSS) based on IBM Watson. This might be the beginning of a trend where we humans will end up working hand-in-hand with AI systems.

More information about this here.

Atlas of Emotions

Inspired by a series of conversations that Dr. Paul Ekman and Dr. Eve Ekman had with his holiness the Dalai Lama about the science of emotions, they have created an atlas or Emotions, with the help of Stamen Design.

This tool is created to be a visual journey through the world of emotions, what causes them, what do they result in and everything surrounding a specific emotions.

You can access the atlas of emotions here.

Learn more about the work of Dr. Paul Ekman at www.paulekman.com.

4 Ways to Overcome bad First Impression

We all meet new people on an ongoing basis – whether its new customers, employees, managers or social friends and there are times when our first impression does not necessarily reflect our true personality or ability.

In this post on HBR, Dorie Clark shares strategies on how to overcome that bad first impression that we created in someone. The 4 strategies that she shares are to

  • Use surprise to break the mental model
  • Overcompensate over time
  • Get closer to them
  • Be Patient.

Read the entire post here.