management

A Quote by Bill Drayton on entrepreneurs, entrepreneurship, management, and leadership

The worst mistake I have made was to compromise on these core principles. For example, toward the end of our first period of very rapid growth (45 percent a year for five years), we hired several wonderful, spirited managers. However, they were not entrepreneurs; and they never could, partly in consequence, intuitively "get" our vision, our core stakeholders, or our culture. They set to work managing, which ended in failure, uncomprehending frustration, and culture division. Good entrepreneurs can manage, but no one but an entrepreneur can entrepreneur, let alone help build and lead the world's community of leading social entrepreneurs and their top business entrepreneur allies.

Bill Drayton

Source: America's Best Leaders: Q&A with Bill Drayton, founder of Ashoka: http://www.usnews.com/usnews/news/articles/051022/22drayton.htm

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A Quote by Bill Drayton on entrepreneurs, entrepreneurship, management, leadership, and focus

How could any entrepreneur, confronted by such amazing opportunities to help transform the world and to do so with such extraordinary colleagues, be tempted to lose focus? Especially since the work involves such breadth that the boredom of routine or specialization does not exist.

Bill Drayton

Source: America's Best Leaders: Q&A with Bill Drayton, founder of Ashoka: http://www.usnews.com/usnews/news/articles/051022/22drayton.htm

Contributed by: ~C4Chaos

A Quote by Fritjof Capra on needs and aspirations, diminishing the chances, further generations, valuable lessons from the study of ecosystems, ecologically literate, sustainable, communities, ecoliterate, ecosystems, revitalize, education, management, a

Epilogue – Ecological Literacy – excerpt from page 297

Reconnecting with the web of life means building and nurturing sustainable communities in which we can satisfy our needs and aspirations without diminishing the chances of further generations. For this task we can learn valuable lessons from the study of ecosystems, which are sustainable communities of plants, animals and microorganisms. To understand these lessons, we need to learn the basic principles of ecology. We need to become, as it were, ecologically literate. Being ecologically literate, or “ecoliterate,” means understanding the principles of organization of ecological communities (ecosystems) and using those principles creating sustainable human communities. We need to revitalize our communities – including our educational communities, business communities, and political communities – so that the principles of ecology become manifest in them as principles of education, management, and politics.

Fritjof Capra

Source: The Web of Life: A New Scientific Understanding of Living Systems, Pages: 297

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A Quote by Stephen Shapiro on innovation, business, and management

If you are crunching numbers, you are probably gathering information from existing customers. This will give you insight into their buying habits, usability behaviors, and other patterns. But most likely you are only gathering data on YOUR customers.  This represents the middle of the bell curve or the norm. This information may be useful in “incremental” improvement, but it will rarely lead to significant innovations.

Stephen Shapiro

Source: What Innovators Can Learn from Vegas Card Counters: http://www.steveshapiro.com/2008/03/21/how-innovators-can-learn-from-vegas-card-counters/

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A Quote by Steve Case on business, community, commerce, content, context, connectivity, perseverance, perspective, people, management, and leadership

When I was trying to popularize the concept of the Internet -- ten or 15 years ago -- I came up with this concept of "the 5 Cs." Services needed to have content, context, community, commerce, and connectivity. After that, when I was trying to think of what the key management principles were to build into the culture, I started talking about the Ps. The P's were things like passion, perseverance, perspective and people. I think the people aspect is really the most important one.

Steve Case

Source: Academy of Achievement: Steve Case Interview: http://www.achievement.org/autodoc/page/cas1int-1

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A Quote by Stephen Shapiro on leadership, management, business, and creativity

Can you imagine how many hot dogs you would have to sell to make a $50K?

This highlights one of the mistakes that organizations make when thinking about innovation.

Although top executives typically keep their eyes on the end game (usually some variation of short- and long-term stock price), as you move down through the organization this changes. The focus shifts to measuring and managing tasks and products (such as selling hot dogs). The reality is, these are only a means to an end.

The solution? Stop micro-managing activities and make sure that every employee understands – and keeps their eyes on - business fundamentals and what matters most. This will enhance both creativity and overall business performance.

Stephen Shapiro

Source: Innovation Lesson from The Apprentice: http://www.steveshapiro.com/2008/01/07/innovation-lesson-from-the-apprentice/

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A Quote by Jack Welch on management and leadership

Too often, managers think that people development occurs once a year in performance reviews. That's not even close. It should be a daily event, integrated into every aspect of your regular goings-on. Customer visits are a chance to evaluate your sales force. Plant tours are an opportunity to meet promising new line managers. A coffee break at a meeting is an opening to coach a team member about to give his first major presentation. Think of yourself as a gardener, with a watering can in one hand and a can of fertilizer in the other. Occasionally you have to pull some weeds, but most of the time, you just nurture and tend. Then watch everything bloom.

Jack Welch

Source: Excerpt: How to Be a Good Leader: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/7304587/site/newsweek/

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A Quote by Jack Welch on management and leadership

Leaders have to set the team's vision and make it come alive. How do you achieve that? First of all, no jargon. Targets cannot be so blurry they can't be hit. You have to talk about vision constantly to everyone. A common problem is that leaders communicate the vision to close colleagues and it never filters down to people in frontline positions.

If you want people to live and breathe the vision, "show them the money" when they do, be it with salary, bonus, or significant recognition. To quote a friend of mine, Chuck Ames, the former chairman and CEO of Reliance Electric, "Show me a company's various compensation plans, and I'll show you how its people behave."

Jack Welch

Source: Excerpt: How to Be a Good Leader: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/7304587/site/newsweek/

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A Quote by James A. Autry on gardening, business, leadership, management, quality of life, and poetry

You know what comes next, of course. You know I'm writing this at my desk, on a Thursday, and day after tomorrow I'll put on bib overalls, the neighbors thinking what an affectation, and pull weeds for the composter, and dig a place for a late row of greens, most of them going to seed instead of in the pot, and tell myself what the hell, I just want to dig the dirt and watch the stuff grow, an educated fool at last.

*excerpt from Educated Fool

James Autry

Source: Love and Profit: The Art of Caring Leadership, Pages: 38

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A Quote by James A. Autry on community, management, leadership, compassion, and economy

Business, like art and science, has been revealed and conceived through the intellect and imagination of people, and it develops or declines because of the intellect and imagination of people.
In fact, there is no business; there are only people. Business exists only *among* people and *for* people.Seems simple enough, and it applies to every aspect of business, but not enough businesspeople seem to get it.Reading the economic forecasts and the indicators and the ratios and the rates for this or that, someone from another planet might actually believe that there really are invisible hands at work in the marketplace.

James Autry

Source: Love and Profit: The Art of Caring Leadership, Pages: 39

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