HEADLINES: (quick reading
for the weekend)
Fortune Magazine Breakfast Event -- June 18, Palo Alto, CA no charge breakfast event, more details below, but first...
That Look! -- "It's not an expression, it's not a smile, it's not a frown, it's not a grimace. It's just a look of determination. It's a look that says I'm not going to quit. It's a look that says I'm going to do whatever it takes to put us in a position to win..." This describes perfectly "the look" I've personally seen a handful of times in my life. Steve Jobs, Michael Dell, Wayne Huizenga, Mark Zuckerberg, and Dennis Crowley all have the look. This specific quote came from today's Sports Illustrated description of LeBron James' domination of the third quarter in the Heat's decisive win over the Pacers last night. Take 2 minutes to read what it takes, at halftime, to turn a loss into a win. We're almost at halftime for the year - time to lead!!!
Scaling-Up the Organization (Chart)! -- the title of my June "Growth Guy" column - it's a short primer on how to structure your organization, especially above 50 employees, when you start forming distinct business units. It can get messy if you're not structured properly. Who has to make the biggest transition in leadership style are the senior leaders heading up the functional areas (Sales, HR, Ops, IT, etc.) - they have to go from telling to selling; from demanding to coaching - and are often better off moving to head up specific biz units and bring in execs seasoned in working in a matrix organization. Take 4 minutes to scan the article.
Mo Fathelbab's TEDx Talk -- ...and take 8 minutes to watch Mo's TEDx talk - the beloved former CEO of EO and forum trainer on a new definition for "hero" relative to the famous Drama Triangle - and why as leaders (and parents) we need to be more coach and challenger vs. hero - the precise roles the senior leadership of a growth firm must adopt, especially in an organization over 50 employees.
Bill Gates Latest TED Talk -- "Everyone needs a coach." This is the opening line of Bill Gates' latest 10 minute TED Talk. He's particularly focused on the importance of getting coaches for teachers. And there are inexpensive iPhone apps that teachers can use to record their own teaching. I know it's helped me improve my own presentations when I watch and listen afterwards. I've forwarded this to our children's headmaster - you might want to do the same in your own school district. And then get a coach for yourself!
EcoFont Saves Ink -- OK, so I'm not one to push product in my insights, but this is a no-brainer - the founders of EcoFont participated in our Growth Summit in Amsterdam. Use their fonts and you save 50% on printer ink costs - in essence, they place minute holes in the letters of the fonts that the eye can't see (pixelates them), but reduces the ink needed to print the font by almost half! If you print out a lot of documents, brochures, nametags, etc. it's worth it - and they have solutions for bulk and offset printing situations. And the lifetime license is $55 for a 3-pack (home license is $25 - and I know how much printer ink we consume as a family!).
Vitamin C Kills Accidentally Kills Tuberculosis -- something two time Nobel prize winner Linus Pauling discovered 40 years ago, the latest news is that researchers have rediscovered that high dose vitamin C kills tuberculosis. BTW, I'm excited that I'll be part of a new documentary on the power of high dose Vitamin C and how it kills most all illnesses that strike people, something I've been championing for over 15 years and have practiced even longer. I shoot in NYC June 11. Stay tuned.
Fortune Breakfast June 18 Palo Alto, CA -- The "Bring Your Own Device" (or employee-owned) experiment at large corporations appears to be working (big-time) - driven largely by ever higher-performing smartphones and tablets enabled by 3G and 4G networks combined with innovative applications. According to some studies, some 53% of organizations allow employees to bring their own smartphones, tablets and laptops for company use. (And 80% of employees use their own gadgets at work, whether authorized or not.)
Join FORTUNE magazine writer Michal Lev-Ram for an expert technology panel discussion "Bring-Your-Own-Device: Changing The Game" - on Tuesday, June 18 at the Four Seasons in Palo Alto, Calif. The panel will feature senior tech and BYOD experts from notable companies such as Verizon, Symantec, Good Technology, VMware, and Samsung. This discussion will explore BYOD strategy, design and promise. How can it boost productivity? Improve ROI? What should companies do to meet BYOD governance, network and security issues?
The event begins with a networking breakfast at 8am. To RSVP go here.