All posts tagged: leadership

If every employee hits their goals, will your organization execute its strategy?

Ramblings

“If every employee hits their goals, will your organization execute its strategy?” That was the key question in today’s webinar by Donald Sull from MIT’s Sloan School of Management. It’s an incredible insight, as collectively we’ve all embraced goal-setting in the 100 years or so since General Motors popularized the idea. But does it work? Is there enough transparency corporately to ensure that each contributors goals are in line with the overall strategy, and that […]

Exchange Networks, Not Markets

Ramblings / Readings

Why is the real world made up of exchange networks rather than markets? In a word: trust. Relationships in an exchange network quickly become stable (we go back again and again to the person who gives us the best deal), and with stability comes trust, i.e., the expectation of a continued valuable relationship. This is different than in a typical market, where a buyer may deal with a different seller every day as prices fluctuate. […]

Changing Your Mindset May Be the Key to Success

Readings

Do you have a growth mindset or a fixed mindset? The question didn’t even make sense until I read Mindset: the new psychology of success by Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D. Dweck’s thesis is that internal beliefs about one’s and other’s ability to learn is the key to lifelong success. Do you believe that people are born smart or that high achieving people worked hard to attain their position? Do you believe that with time and […]

Day Two of Essential Practice Skills for High-Impact Analytics Projects

Analytics & AI / Ramblings

The seminar was an intensive on Structured Problem Solving, which I think is a term created by professor Patrick Noonan. A book may be in the works. I certainly hope so as there was tremendous wisdom and experience packed into these two days. Referring to the slide deck will help, but not the same way a comprehensive book would. So what is Structured Problem Solving? It is a way to identify the real issue and […]

Day One of Essential Practice Skills for High-Impact Analytics Projects

Analytics & AI

Today I met Emory University professor Patrick Noonan  at the INFORMS seminar on Essential Practice Skills for High-Impact Analytics Projects. The day included many great gems that will guide some thought processes for years to come, but an early idea was about the new nature of work and that businesses need to “figure it out as we go.” The underlying assumption is that business practices and advancements in data collection and analytics are changing at such […]