Even for the most gifted individuals, the process of becoming a leader is an arduous, albeit rewarding, journey of continuous learning and self-development. The initial test along the path is so fundamental that we often overlook it: becoming a boss for the first time. That's a shame, because the trials involved in this rite of passage have serious consequences for both the individual and the organization. For a decade and a half, the author has studied people making major career transitions to management.
Seth Godin, one of today's most influential business thinkers, writes best-selling books like Purple Cow and All Marketers Are Liars. And in between those annual books, he delivers a daily stream of ideas on one of the world's most popular blogs.
"Perfect when you need to boost your creativity"
It's such a savage thing to lose your memory, but the crazy thing is it doesn't hurt one bit. A blackout doesn't sting or stab or leave a scar when it robs you. Close your eyes and open them again. That's what a blackout feels like. For Sarah Hepola, alcohol was 'the gasoline of all adventure'. She spent her evenings at cocktail parties and dark bars where she proudly stayed till last call. Drinking felt like freedom, part of her birthright as a strong, enlightened 21st-century woman.
"TJX: What It Takes to Shine In a Bleak Retail Market" is from the November 18, 2015 Markets section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Miriam Gottfried and narrated by Alexander Quincy.
In 1990, IBM had its most profitable year ever. By 1993, the company was on a watch list for extinction, victimized by its own lumbering size, an insular corporate culture, and the PC era IBM had itself helped invent.
"Really enjoyed it."
In this endlessly fascinating book, New Yorker columnist James Surowiecki explores a deceptively simple idea that has profound implications: large groups of people are smarter than an elite few, no matter how brilliant. Groups are better at solving problems, fostering innovation, coming to wise decisions, even predicting the future.
"All of us are smarter than any of us"
"Marie Kondo and the Cult of Tidying Up" is from the February 27, 2015 Arts & Entertainment section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Jennifer Maloney, Megumi Fujikawa and narrated by Ken Borgers.
Donald Trump and Robert Kiyosaki are both concerned. Their concern is that the rich are getting richer, but America is getting poorer. The entitlement mentality is epidemic, creating people who expect their country, employer, or family to take care of them. And like the polar ice caps, the middle class is disappearing. America is becoming a two-class society, and soon you will be either rich or poor. Trump and Kiyosaki want you to be rich.
If you want to know why so many organizations sink into chaos, look no further than their leaders' mouths. Over and over, leaders present grand, overarching - yet fuzzy - notions of where they think the company is going. The result is often sloppy behavior and misalignment that can cost a company dearly. Effective communication is a leader's most critical tool for doing the essential job of leadership.
"Crunchtime for Global Tax-Avoidance Push" is from the September 28, 2015 Economy section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Paul Hannon and narrated by Alexander Quincy.
If you want to understand the difference between a network and a community, ask your Facebook friends to help paint your house.
David Korten argues that global corporate consolidation of power is but one manifestation of what he calls "Empire" ¿ the organization of society by hierarchies of dominance that have held sway for the past 5,000 years. Empire has always resulted in misery for the many and fortune for the few. Now it threatens the very future of humanity. The Great Turning traces the ancient roots of Empire and charts its long evolution from monarchies to the transnational institutions of the global economy.
"Very Very interesting"
"'Straight Outta Compton' Review: Hip-Hop History With Attitude" is from the August 14,2015 Arts & Entertainment section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Joe Morgenstern and narrated by Ken Borgers.
Here's a creative way to make the best use of your morning commute: listen to The Wall Street Journal. Each morning, you'll get the must-hear stories from the Journal's front page, as well as the most popular columns and briefings from Marketplace, Money & Investing, and more. And, every Friday, you'll get a bonus delivery: features, columns, and reviews from the Weekend Journal.
The New Yorker's blend of reporting, commentary, criticism, fiction, and cartoons has garnered 36 National Magazine Awards since its debut in 1925 - more than any other publication. Edited by Pulitzer Prize winner David Remnick, the magazine has had only five editors in its 80-year history. Each week, Audible and the editorial staff of The New Yorker work together to select a variety of the issue's best articles from The Talk of the Town, Fiction, The Critics, and more. Each article is read in its entirety. The New Yorker is available in audio exclusively at audible.com.
When some managers take over a new job, they hit the ground running. They learn the ropes, get along with their bosses and subordinates, gain credibility, and ultimately master the situation. Others, however, don't do so well. What accounts for the difference? In this article, first published in 1985, Harvard Business School professor John J. Gabarro relates the findings of two sets of field studies he conducted, covering 14 management successions.
Businesses hoping to survive over the long term will have to remake themselves into better competitors at least once along the way. These efforts have gone under many banners: total quality management, reengineering, rightsizing, restructuring, cultural change, and turnarounds, to name a few. In almost every case, the goal has been to cope with a new, more challenging market by changing the way business is conducted. In this article, John Kotter outlines the eight largest errors that can doom these efforts.
Perhaps you heard recently about a new algorithm that can drive a car? Or invent a recipe? Or scan a picture and find your face in a crowd? It seems as though every week companies are finding new uses for algorithms that adapt as they encounter new data. Last year Wired quoted an ex-Google employee as saying that "Everything in the company is really driven by machine learning."
This is the first book to present innovation and entrepreneurship as a purposeful and systematic discipline. It clearly explains and analyzes the challenges and opportunities of America's new entrepreneurial economy. Peter Drucker, the most influential and widely-read thinker and writer on modern organizations, gives us a superbly practical book that explains what established businesses, public service institutions, and new ventures have to know, have to learn, and have to do in today's economy and marketplace.
"Solid innovation management"
"Copper Miners' Pain Doesn't Stop Buildup" is from the Markets section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Tatyana Shumsky and narrated by Alexander Quincy.
"Daily Fantasy Sports: Games of Luck or Skill?" is from the Tech section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Jacob Gershman and narrated by Alexander Quincy.
"Dell Plans Fix for Security Flaw That Could Let Hackers Snoop on Traffic" is from the Tech section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Nathan Olivarez-Giles and Danny Yadron and narrated by Alexander Quincy.
"Donald Trump's Secret Weapon" is from the Opinion section of The Wall Street Journal. It was narrated by Alexander Quincy.
"Energy Downturn Spreads Beyond the Oil Patch" is from the Business section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Chester Dawson and narrated by Alexander Quincy.
"Headlines from Tech" is from The Wall Street Journal. It was narrated by Alexander Quincy.
"Headlines from What's News" is from The Wall Street Journal. It was narrated by Alexander Quincy.
"Is GameStop's Future Played Out?" is from the Markets section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Dan Gallagher and narrated by Alexander Quincy.
It's the perfect listen for your morning commute! In the time it takes you to get to work, you'll hear a digest of the day's top stories, prepared by the editorial staff of The New York Times. Each edition includes articles from the front page, as well as the paper's international, national, business, sports, and editorial sections.
"A Populist 'Pink Tide' Is Ebbing in South America, Argentine Vote Suggests" is from the World section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by David Luhnow and Juan Forero and narrated by Alexander Quincy.
"Suicide Vest Is New Clue in Terror Manhunt as Brussels Extends Lockdown" is from the World section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Natalia Drozdiak, Gabriele Steinhauser, Valentina Pop and Noemie Bisserbe and narrated by Alexander Quincy.
"Brussels Officials Extend Lockdown Amid Terror-Attack Fears" is from the World section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Natalia Drozdiak, Valentina Pop and Julian E. Barnes and narrated by Alexander Quincy.
"A Campus Mayhem Syllabus" is from the Opinion section of The Wall Street Journal. It was narrated by Alexander Quincy.
"Fairness of SEC Judges Is in Spotlight" is from the Markets section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Jean Eaglesham and narrated by Alexander Quincy.
"The Fed's Inflation Expectations Game" is from the Markets section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Justin Lahart and narrated by Alexander Quincy.
"Jawbone Lays Off 15% of Employees Amid Heated Rivalry in Wearables " is from the Tech section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Scott Martin and narrated by Alexander Quincy.
"Why the Housing Rebound Hasn't Lifted the U.S. Economy Much" is from the Economy section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Joe Light and narrated by Alexander Quincy.