The Open Organization, Author: Jim Whitehurst.
The Leadership Advantage, Authors: James Kouzes and Barry Posner.
The New Leader’s 100-Day Action Plan, Author: George Bradt.
By George Bradt – Leadership is about inspiring and enabling others to do their best together to realize a meaningful and rewarding shared purpose. Leadership is not about the leader. It’s not even about the team. It’s about the purpose.
Whitehurst describes his onboarding into Red Hat and realizing that people weren’t going to follow his direction, even though he came in as CEO.
The core of Red Hat’s open organization was a focus on it mission:
To be the catalyst in communities of customers, contributors, and partners creating better technology the open source way.
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Tagged Business improvement, Jobs, Leadership, Organization, Productivity, Red Hat
Secrets of the Temple, Author: William Greide.
By Matt Phillips – “The system is just like the Church … It’s got a pope, the chairman; and a college of cardinals, the governors and bank presidents; and a curia, the senior staff. The equivalent of the laity is the commercial banks. If you’re a naughty parishioner in the Catholic church you come to confession. In this system, you come to the discount window for a loan.”
But unlike the Church, where the doctrine of Papal infallibility remains on the books since it was first put there in 1870, the Fed under Yellen thankfully remains fully aware that it could make a mistake and set back a US economy that continues to make tentative progress in the aftermath of the Great Recession. more> http://tinyurl.com/ouzpo79
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Tagged Banking reform, Capital, Federal Reserve, Financial crisis, Monetary policy, Organization, Regulations, United States
Primer on Total Compensation in Government, Author: Howard Risher.
Work Rules! Author: Laszlo Bock.
By Howard Risher – The core issue is the philosophy and belief system that is the foundation for managing people.
It’s simplistic but there are two camps: One views employees as a cost, the other sees them as assets.
Costs are to be controlled and reduced; the assets are greatest when they are fully productive.
The civil service system is a barrier to high performance. It discourages innovation and creative ideas. more> http://tinyurl.com/oyyssrs
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Tagged Business improvement, Congress Watch, Government, Jobs, Leadership, Organization, Productivity, Regulations
Lather, Rinse, Repeat: This Solution to Climate Change Could Be Hiding in Your Bathroom
By Tomas Kellner – One way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and slow down climate change is to cease burning fossil fuels.
Sounds easy, but such a sudden stop would likely plunge most of today’s world into darkness and send some of the biggest and fastest growing economies off a cliff. The reality is that coal-fired power plants, the biggest emitters of CO2, are not going away anytime soon, not in the U.S. and especially not in countries like China and India which already burn half of the world’s coal and are leading builders of new plants.
That’s why scientists around the world are looking at the next best thing and developing new kinds of traps to stop carbon from escaping through the smokestack. GE’s Phil DiPietro and Bob Perry have been experimenting with a family of promising materials called amino silicones, commonly found in bathrooms and laundry rooms in hair conditioners and textile softeners.
“Although they are in the same family, I wouldn’t recommend washing your hair or your laundry with the amino silicones we’ve developed,” laughs Perry, a chemist at GE Global Research in Niskayuna, NY, who spent the last decade developing the technology. “They’re specially formulated to scrub carbon.” more> http://tinyurl.com/q3nrx9h
Posted in EARTH WATCH, Economic development, Economy, Energy & emissions, Nature, Science, Technology
Tagged Business improvement, Climate change, CO2, Earth, Ecology, GE, Industrial economy, Technology
Decline and Fall, Author: Edward Gibbon.
Economist – The golden age of the Western corporation was the product of two benign developments: the glottalization of markets and, as a result, the reduction of costs.
The global labor force has expanded by some 1.2 billion since 1980, with the new workers largely coming from emerging economies.
Corporate-tax rates across the OECD, a club of mostly rich countries, have fallen by as much as half in that period. And the price of most commodities is down in real terms.
Now a more difficult era is beginning.
More than twice as many multinationals are operating today as in 1990, making for more competition. Margins are being squeezed and the volatility of profits is growing.
The relative decline of the Western corporation could also lead to a rethinking of some of the long-standing assumptions about what makes for a successful business. more> http://tinyurl.com/qd8gbal
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