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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expectation of instant communication and fast responsiveness, the tools and practices you used to manage your time are outdated.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.

 

Avoiding Arrogance

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

imo-blogIf management consultant Tom Cox had a nickel for every time a client started a sentence with "I don't understand why people can't just..." he would be very rich. In his view, managers who see things that way should consider taking a look at the mirror.

 

Clueless in the C-Suite

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Tuesday, February 01, 2011

imo-blogCEOs — and others in the C-Suite — can find themselves in a bubble, an alternate reality, detached from what’s really happening in the business. Here is how you can figure out whether you are in a bubble like that, and how you can get out.

 

Tools for Driving Change

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Friday, January 21, 2011

imo-blogOne of the most promising and fastest growing areas of management science is the area of organizational change. “Organizational change” is the fancy way of saying, we often know what we should do — we just don’t do it. Like diet, go to the gym, and so on. Turns out there’s a science for making that jump — from knowing we should do something, to actually doing it.

 
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