Originally published April 2013.
Welcome to the April edition of the Management Journey Carnival. This month’s Carnival provides tips on management, employee engagement, human resources, social media, career management, marketing, motivation, innovation, leadership and other topics. The Management Journey Carnival is published on the third week of each month. Each Carnival consists of insightful articles from the web that contributors submit or that I select for inclusion. Let’s get started with two articles from well-known CEO’s with a track record of success.
Real World Business Wisdom!
What do you do when you are unexpectedly reorganized out of the organization (fired) from your high-level management job? What are you to do when ten years of your career are gone in a moment? As Douglas Conant shares at Harvard Business Review, your ability to connect with others is critical to your future success. In a compelling article, Douglas explains What Losing My Job Taught Me About Leading. — Leadership
What does it take to remain a successful enterprise in today’s fast changing environment? As Mark Cuban shares at Bloomberg Businessweek, no matter what success you achieve today you’re always at risk. In his article, How to Motivate Yourself, by Mark Cuban, Mark explains how he keeps himself motivated. — Motivation
Featured Articles on Management and Leadership
Employee engagement is rightfully a hot topic of discussion. Research shows however that few employees feel an emotional commitment to their jobs and organization. Given these low levels of emotional commitment, are business leaders addressing this problem? As Ray Benedetto of GuideStar Inc explains perhaps it is time to change the nature of discussion. Read more in his article, “Entangled” versus “Engaged” – The Difference between Good and Great Companies. — Employee Engagement
Experience is a great teacher but in these complex times, experience alone is insufficient to lead a company. As Geoff Calvin of CNNMoney explains, workplace leadership today also requires managers to constantly re-evaluate their thinking. In his article, Your Business Model is Obsolete, Geoff explains that innovating the business model is “the most crucial competency for every company today.” Geoff warns that “the largest obstacles will be weak imaginations, threatened interests, and culture.” — Innovation
Todd Henneman of Workforce explains that “some companies are choosing to do away with traditional HR departments and divvy up the duties to other departments, but not everyone agrees that’s such a good idea.” Is Human Resources under attack today or are organizations making needed change in this critical function? Todd examines these issues in his article, Is HR at Its Breaking Point? — Human Resources
Guest Blogger Joellyn Sargent of Windmill Networking explains that “LinkedIn with its roughly 200 million users is the default starting point for many B2B brands.” For some businesses, Linkedin is also the extent of their B2B efforts. There are so many more options for B2B efforts as Joellyn explains in her article, Beyond LinkedIn: Social Media Platforms to Expand Your B2B Branding. — Social Media
Your relationship with your boss is not the best! Are you the problem? Or, are you working for a boss from another planet? Better yet, do you have some bad boss traits yourself? Peter Shankman of FastCompany provides a diagnostic list in his article, How to Tell If Your Boss Is a Hopeless Jerk–or If You Just Can’t Hack It. — Leadership
You have a great product or service but you’re not sure if there is a real market for what you want to offer. Should you proceed on your own beliefs about the market demand for your products and services? Matthew Swyers of Inc provides a three step approach to answers these questions in his article, If You Build It, Will They Come? — Marketing
We’re all different in our likes and dislikes. How can you determine what your individual team members find motivating? You can start by asking them as Katy Tynan of Survive Your Promotion explains. Read more in her article, How to Keep Your Team Motivated – Incentives that Work. — Motivation
From Management is a Journey
Do you have a group of talented people working for you but you find that you are disappointed in the results that you are getting from them? Has your team hit an invisible wall where improving productivity is concerned? The root of the problem may be your leadership style as I explain in my article, 5 Signs That You Have Become a Mighty Mouse Leader.
This concludes the April 2013 edition of the Management Journey Carnival.