Jeff Immelt, Chairman and CEO, General Electric and Tim O’Reilly, CEO, O’Reilly Media, talk about transforming the role of the CIO and creating the role of Chief Digital Officer to meet the challenges of of a changing market and the need to “grab this next wave of the Information Age.” And here’s a teaser: trust, purpose, and culture are critical.
Significant platform shifts forced Brad Smith, President and CEO of Intuit, to examine how the company should embrace connected services to create the “next chapter of great.” To help Intuit compete, the company created a program for unstructured time, which allowed employees to work on innovative experiments and led to $100 million in profit.
Transparency, open feedback, and being inclusive are all key characteristics of Red Hat, the leading open source software company. Jim Whitehorse, CEO, explains his philosophy of “thermostats and thermometers” (informal leaders and those who follow).
Previously at Facebook and Google, Molly Graham is now COO of Quip, so she’s seen fast growth across teams and companies. To counteract the emotional and overwhelming feeling of leading a team that’s scaling quickly, she developed and delivered advice for her teams. It starts with “give away your Legos.”
There is, in fact, a very specific time of the year that employees are more likely to quit. It’s crucial to engage employees leading up to that time and ensuring their work is rewarding, which according to a study performed by Entelo/MRINetwork, is more important than a bonus.
What is the economic price of an inflexible workplace? Anne-Marie Slaughter forwards the argument that the “work of taking care of each other” is as important as working for money. Companies need to support employees with flexible schedules and needs, not just for that one employee, but also the larger issue of caring for future generations. Work doesn’t need to be fixed, life sure isn’t.
This case study examines and identifies four traits of long-lasting and successful family businesses. Good governance practices are critical, but also balanced with specific traits of their leaders, including finding talent, investing early, creating a succession plan, and guiding employees where the future is going.
Don’t let your emotions tank the deal. Practice is critical ahead of an important negotiation, as well as reframing the difficult situation so both parties feel the shared pain. Learn these best tips from a Harvard Business School professor.
You can find the secrets to success in data. Simon Wardley thinks big, but uses humor to illustrate how a map is a much better plan than a SWOT diagram. Situational awareness is not just for war, but also for the boardroom.
Employee motivation plays a massive role in a successful business, and it affects your customers too. Investing in company culture will create happier employees, happier customers, and a stronger company and bottom line.
Laurel Ruma is a Strategic Content Director at O’Reilly Media. She’s had many roles at O’Reilly, including Director of Talent and Acquisitions, Gov 2.0 Evangelist, editor, and chair for a number of conferences, such as Cultivate, Gov 2.0 Expo, Where 2.0, and OSCON Java. She is the co-editor of Open Government, O’Reilly Media, 2010.