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.
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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.
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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.
"China to Flood Economy With Cash as Global Markets Lose Faith" is from the August 24, 2015 World section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Lingling Wei and Mark Magnier and narrated by Alexander Quincy.
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.
In the complex sport of American football, teams rely on thick playbooks. But when it comes to creating innovative growth businesses - which is at least as complicated as professional football - most companies have not developed detailed game plans. The authors believe that companies can penetrate that fog by developing growth strategies based on disruptive innovations, as defined by Clayton Christensen.
Musik steht im Mittelpunkt: Der Tango "Caminito", der mexikanische Geburtstagsklassiker "Las mañanitas", der berühmte Bolero "Bésame mucho"; hinzu kommen moderne Stücke wie die Salsa "Envuélvete conmigo" von Tito Puente sowie die urbane Rumba "Dos días son" der Band D-Rumba2 aus Barcelona, deren Sänger im monatlichen Interview Rede und Antwort steht. Dazu kommen natürlich die Liedtexte, Infos zu den einzelnen Stücken und wie immer Wortschatz und Übungen.
How long will recruiters spend on your résumé before deciding to toss it in the recycle bin? Six seconds, says online job search site The Ladders. That's about 20 to 30 words.
"Pileup" by Hendrik Hertzberg; "Elements of E-Style" by Nick Paumgarten; "Sh-h-h" by Michael Schulman; "India's Skills Famine" by James Surowiecki; "My First Passport" by Orhan Pamuk; "There and Back Again" by Nick Paumgarten; "The Wives of Others" by Rebecca Mead; "Feeling It" by Sasha Frere-Jones; "Landscape Artist" by Nancy Franklin; and "Sleaze City" by David Denby.
"Party Talk" by David Remnick; "The New Bathroom Wall" by Lizzie Widdicombe; "The Redirection" by Seymour Hersh; "The View" by Orhan Pamuk; "Spider Woman" by Burkhard Bilger; and "Free Spirits" by David Denby.
In this issue: "Smarter, Smaller, Safer Robots" by the Editors of Harvard Business Review. "The Prius Approach" by Nathan Furr and Daniel Snow. "Why Organizations Don't Learn" by Francesca Gino and Bradley Statts. "The New Science of Customer Emotions" by Scott Magids, Alan Zorfas, and Daniel Leemon.
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.
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When corporate leaders or the organizations they represent mess up, they face the difficult decision of whether to apologize publicly. A public apology is a risky move. It's highly political, and every word matters. Refusal to apologize can be smart, or it can be suicidal. Readiness to apologize can be seen as a sign of character or one of weakness. Because the stakes are so high, Barbara Kellerman says, leaders should not extend public apologies often or lightly.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The UN says the global population will reach 9 billion by 2050. Six billion of that population will live in urban areas. That's a jump of 2.5 billion city dwellers over the next 35 years.
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.
Employers can choose from lots of tools when they want to encourage employees to work together toward a new corporate goal. One of the rarest managerial skills is the ability to understand which tools will work in a given situation and which will misfire.
"Apple Music Arrives on Sonos Speakers Dec. 15" is from the Tech section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Nathan Olivarez-Giles and narrated by Alexander Quincy.
In this issue: "Inside Mark Zuckerberg's Bold Plan for the Future of Facebook": Facebook is firing on all cylinders. Now Mark Zuckerberg is looking to the decade ahead, from AI to VR to drones. "Malala Strikes Back": Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist Malala Yousafzai is channeling her inspiring life story into a targeted mission. "Elon Musk Powers Up": Elon Musk is venturing head-first into the battery business. It might be his boldest bet yet.
"China Manufacturing Reports Point to Difficulty in Meeting Growth Goals" is from the Economics section of The Wall Street Journal. It was narrated by Alexander Quincy.
The lowly home router is now swamped with connected devices and video bingeing. Eero has a rescue-for a price.
How big? The last startup that had Michael Moritz and John Doerr on the same board was Google.
Vans was an aging skater-shoe brand that was expanding in all the wrong ways until VF Corp. bought it and made it Cali-cool again.
Don Hankey has become a billionaire charging sky-high interest on subprime car loans. Now he's moving into the sharing economy, partnering with Uber. Sounds sexy, but for Hankey it's just another attempt, like renting out his mansion or selling software, to earn an ironclad 30% return.
Melinda Gates is exterting her influence over the richest charitable foundation in history. In doing so, she's quickly become the most powerful advocate for women and girls in the world.
The Yahoo CEO was viewed as a savior back in 2012. But insiders say that she now leads a company without a vision or a viable turnaround plan. As top executives f ee in droves, it's plausible that Mayer might soon join them.
The Queen of England recently broke the record for the country's longest-reigning monarch. She displaced Queen Victoria, the previous title owner.
"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.
"Hillary Clinton's Tax Credit Sweepstakes" is from the Opinion section of The Wall Street Journal. It was narrated by Alexander Quincy.
"How the Fed Protected Its Bailout Powers" is from the Markets section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by John Carney and narrated by Alexander Quincy.
"IMF Lifts Chinese Yuan to Elite Lending-Reserve Currency Status" is from the World section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Ian Talley and narrated by Alexander Quincy.
"Microsoft Steps Up Enterprise Phone and Conferencing Push" is from the Tech section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Don Clark and narrated by Alexander Quincy.
"Why the U.S. Pays More Than Other Countries for Drugs" is from the U.S. section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Jeanne Whalen and narrated by Alexander Quincy.
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.
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.
"Pacific Islands Take Steps to Counter Rising Sea Levels" is from the World section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Rob Taylor and narrated by Alexander Quincy.