By Karin Hurt – There are a few signs that your company has a culture founded on listening.
It takes time to develop, but here’s how to tell when it does.
- People at all levels are thinking about the business and sharing ideas, and solutions to challenges show up in surprising places—not just every blue moon, but regularly.
- A great idea is a great idea, regardless of who thought of it, and your company rewards whoever does—fairly.
- Employees at all levels are really listening to what customers are saying, and that includes negative feedback.
- When the call for questions goes out, the room doesn’t fall silent.
- No one freaks out when an exec shows up unexpectedly.
- No one is shocked by the employee engagement survey results.
- Employees don’t feel like value-generating machines, but actual humans who have mutually respected relationships with their employer.
Listening is one of the most important behaviors to build in a company’s culture. more> http://goo.gl/HsD1k9
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Tagged Business improvement, Jobs, Leadership, Listening, Organization, Productivity, Skill
By Steve Denning – What has changed is that in the 1980s, the corporate raiders were acting by themselves in extracting value from corporations.
Now the raiders are leading the whole business world in an unabashed dash for short-term cash in the form of winnings from the raids.
“Today,” writes Joseph Fuller, “university endowments and state pension funds invest with activists, corporate directors discuss how activists will view their strategy, and the business media even treat them as celebrities.” Even schoolteachers’ pension funds have joined the raids.
The fact that university endowments and state pension funds have been getting into bed with the corporate raiders has helped. These public institutions could hardly tell their stakeholders they were engaged in “corporate raids.” They became co-conspirators with the raiders to change their label to “activist investors.”
The corporate raiders also learned how to present their vulture-like activities in a more positive light.
Now they are not engaged in corporate raids or sucking the blood from once valuable corporations. Instead they are merely performing the public service of “unlocking value.” more> http://tinyurl.com/o4fwgo6
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Tagged Banking reform, Capital, Financial crisis, Hedge funds, Leadership, Organization, Regulations, United States
By Sneha Jha – Uncertainty is the new certainty in the CIO world.
“Partnering CIOs” don’t actually enjoy peer status. This matters because the mission- critical decisions get made among peers. And this is where CIO can have real impact.
The “trusted ally” CIO is a disruptor, strategist and pioneer. Such CIOs have a business alliance with their CEOs hence they enjoy a high level of trust from his business peers.
“To be a trusted ally a CIO need to develop an “outside-in” of his business,” Mary Mesaglio  says. more> http://tinyurl.com/qgy34qd
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Tagged Broadband, Business improvement, CEO, CIO, Internet, Jobs, Leadership, Organization, Productivity