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From FastCompany: Design thinking is a process of empathizing with the end user. Its principal guru is David Kelley, founder of IDEO and the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford (otherwise known as the d.school), who takes a similar approach to managing people. He believes leadership is a matter of empathizing with employees. In this interview, he explains why leaders should seek understanding rather than blind obedience, why it’s better to be a coach and a taskmaster and why you can’t teach leadership with a PowerPoint presentation.
Chronicling a time period up until the first units and software began to ship, the documentary describes the multiple challenges Jobs faced in building NeXT, motivating his employees and creating a polished product. · Watch video →
From strategy+business: Managers are taught to work with limited resources, but what if those limitations were removed? An unusual management technique inspires business teams to envision — and achieve — breakthrough results.
From Guy Kawasaki in Leader to Leader Journal: Keep bakatare in mind whenever you are tempted to think your disenchanted employees will somehow magically enchant your customers. Bakatare: Japanese word meaning “stupid” or “foolish”
From FastCompany: We know — you’re totally, utterly indispensable to your business. Right? Think again: Here are 10 reasons work is better off without you for awhile. Now skeedaddle.
From Tim Leberecht at Fast Company: As business leaders speak of the “Human Age” and claim that capitalism is being replaced by “talentism”–defined as access to talent as a key resource and differentiator–many companies have embarked on initiatives to “unleash their human potential.” Those are big words and noble ambitions, and naturally they seem worth striving for. But as one of the hosts of a hackathon in San Francisco this weekend, which invites developers, designers, and other creative minds to “reinvent business,” I have been wondering: What is a “human” business, anyway?
From Fast Company: The formula for a successful startup is simple: create a product that people need, and hire ridiculously talented, highly motivated people to build it. Finding ridiculously talented, highly motivated people is by far the more challenging side of this equation. Here’s how to do it.
From strategy+business: A more strategic approach to costs can help you prepare for the next round of expansion. Drawing on experience from Ikea, Aetna, Pitney-Bowes, and elsewhere, this step-by-step article shows the three actions that can make a company ready for growth.