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Facebook Values and Great Leadership

Business Insider posted Facebook’s letter to shareholders before the IPO. They also provided some commentary, and you can find that here Within the letter, Mark Zuckerberg lists Facebook core values which I paste below. Five core values for how we run Facebook: Focus on Impact If we want to have the biggest impact, the best […]

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Posted in: Culture Development, Leadership, Motivating Workers, System

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Accountability and Fear

First, I just want to get you a link to a great HBR article on Accountability. Deb Mills-Scofield writes it so well. Fear of failure is an enemy of Accountability. First it kills accountability and then goes on to drive out commitment and trust. So she is writing that from the States.  How do you […]

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Posted in: China, Chinese Culture, Culture Development, Leadership, Motivating Workers

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Disney Shanghai As a Model for Leadership

My family loves Disney Hong Kong and is waiting expectantly on Disney Shanghai which is not due to open until the end of 2015.  I attach a good story about the process of developing it here They mention in the article something that helps make Disney great. Every design in the Shanghai Disney Resort is […]

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Posted in: China, Leadership, Market Entry, Motivating Workers, Team Development

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Conversation Is a Key To Great Leadership Part I

HBR Idea Cast has a great podcast up for anyone who wants to increase performance.   The podcast is called How Effective Leaders Talk.  They were interviewing the authors of Talk, Inc. They view business as a series of conversations and from that gained good insights. They saw that performance increases when engagement increases.  So true […]

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Merging Culture and Strategy I

Mike Myatt at Forbes put up a well thought out article on Culture vs Strategy and which is preeminent. Even the comments have some merit, so I recommend taking a look via the link, but I summarize below. He dislikes the either/or sense of most Strategy/Culture discussions. I appreciate how he notes the misdirection that […]

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Posted in: Culture Development, Leadership, Motivating Workers, Quality

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Being a Genius Does Not Mean You Have To Fail

I mentioned Ken Thomson’s leadership recently and today want to mention Reid Hoffman. Ken Thomson is not a genius, but got good people (also not geniuses) who had the same values and direction.  Reid Hoffman is a Genius. He started and led LinkedIn.  Ronen Shilo says, ” First, he had a vision which he executed […]

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Posted in: Being the Right Person, China Recruitment - Getting Good People, Culture Development, Customers, Leadership, Motivating Workers, System, Team Development

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Don’t Follow the Crowd. Learn from the Long Time Successful

Hiring for credentials is epidemic and unwise.  Readers probably know how much harm I have seen from this practice. I could not help but paste a piece of this article explaining how Thomson Corporation achieved huge growth over the 30 years of Ken Thomson’s leadership.  I paste several words below. In 1976, Thomson inherited a […]

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Posted in: Being the Right Person, China Recruitment - Getting Good People, Culture Development, Leadership, Motivating Workers, Team Development

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Workers are Dissatisfied. Does It Matter?

I heard an old boss remark once, “They should be thankful they have a job.” Then he knuckled down on their benefits.  Forbes put out survey data on employee satisfaction.  Just 19% of Americans are satisfied with their job.  See the whole article here.   They note the world situation is much the same. It does […]

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