In TechRepublic, Polly Schneider Traylor writes of 10 ways you can support your CEO. Although the article is directed towards CIOs, in my view it is as applicable for any senior executive working for the CEO. Isn’t it interesting that while outwardly all are supposed to be on the same page, in reality there is a lot of variance in most organisations?
I often use the old analogy of owls and larks when it comes to a discussion on how we manage ourselves- before we manage time. Some of us by inclination are larks- early morning people who are at our best and brightest early in the day but tend to fade away as the day becomes longer. Others are owls- night birds who are uncomfortable with too early a start in the mornings but can plug on until very late at night.
Came across a review of a book that looks very promising. “Igniting The Third Factor” by Dr. Peter Jensen. Peter has worked with Fortune 500 companies in 8 countries to enhance performance. He has coached star athletes at the Olympics as well as business leaders across industries. He is the Founder of one of Canada’s premier training companies- Performance Coaching Inc.
Management guru, Gary Hamel calls today’s generation- the Facebook Generation or Generation F. Writing in the Wall Street Journal in his column called Gary Hamel’s Management 2.0, he speaks of a generation that has grown up online. In Facebook Generation vs Fortune 500 he asks how organisations can adapt to ways that resonate with today’s generation – who spend huge amounts of time online.
Some books have hit the market decisively and spawned a series of me toos. One such book published first in May 1992 was ” Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus ” by Dr. John Gray. He has been called the best selling relationship author of all time. This book was on the bestseller list of the New York Times for more than six years! More than 40 million books were sold in 45 languages all over the world.
Young professionals who feel that their independence and freedom to innovate have been curtailed, older professionals who feel their experience and ideas are not being given the merit they deserve and assorted others who have their own complaints, often feel the CXO is less than human. He/she is blamed for everything that has gone wrong. Frequently, their image is nothing short of being tyrannical.
One comes across new acronyms every other day. Recently I learnt of one more which was new- to me. WILB or Workplace Internet Leisure Browsing. A new study that has caught the attention of the blogging world in general and those associated with employee productivity in particular comes from the University of Melbourne.
Marshall Goldsmith is one of the world’s most renowned executive coaches. His recent book ” What Got You Here Won’t Get You There” speaks of what it takes to become successful in today’s business world. Goldsmith argues that approaches that guaranteed success till now, need not necessarily guarantee success from now on!