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To be a leader, you must be a follower

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Thursday, May 19, 2011
imo-blogHow do leaders become leaders? By attracting or creating followers. (As Steve Balzac likes to say, “A leader without followers is just a guy taking a walk.”) How can you reliably build a following?  You do it by being a follower — by following a set of values, and modeling followership to others.
 

Wage violations? There's an app for that, too

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Friday, May 13, 2011
imo-blogCreating evidence to bolster a wage and hour lawsuit has never been easier. Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor launched its free iPhone and iPad app designed to help employees who want to keep their own time records — just in case.
 

Hostile culture will kill "lean" efforts

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Monday, May 09, 2011

imo-blogThe great business breakthrough of the 20th century may be Lean (and Six Sigma) — techniques that cut waste and can dramatically boost productivity. Yet many firms can’t make Lean work for them.

 

7 rules of extreme time management

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011
imo-blogIn today’s business world, the old time management techniques are no longer enough. With the increasing pace of change, the pressures of downsizing and the growing expectation of instant communication and fast responsiveness, the tools and practices you used to manage your time are outdated.
 

The economics of cities

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Monday, April 11, 2011

imo-blogEvery business leader should understand the role that cities play in economic, and corporate, growth. A good way to get that understanding is Ed Glaeser's new book, The Triumph of Cities.
Glaeser makes the critical point that cities are where people communicate the most.

 

How to rescue the problem project

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Monday, April 04, 2011

imo-blogAs CEO you are the last line of defense in stopping a problem project from spinning out-of-control. How can you ensure that projects stay on track — and when they do not, how do you identify them, and save them or cut them off? According to Todd Williams, long time project rescue professional and author of the new book Rescue the Problem Project, the first sign of trouble is … silence.

 

A mini-boom in commercial real estate

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Thursday, March 31, 2011
imo-blogOregon economist Bill Conerly says we are currently under-building commercial real estate, which will lead to a mini-boom. The pipeline of new buildings is thin, so as the economy improves, there will be very little additional space coming to market. Occupancy rates and rents will rise. The resulting increases in operating earnings will cause the mini-boom. However, a true boom requires easy money, which is not part of our future, at least over the course of the upcoming cycle.
 

The silent cost of incivility

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Friday, March 18, 2011
imo-blogToxic incivility in the workplace is costing money, driving away the best employees — it’s even killing people.
 

You need more stress

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Thursday, March 03, 2011

imo-blogThe latest brain science makes it clear: You need more stress.  The good kind, not the bad kind.

 
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