Body of Knowledge

  • Thought Food
    help

    How to ask for help

    - by ted.com

    The host of this TED video is Heidi Grant, who researches, writes and speaks about the science of motivation, influence and decision-making. In this instance, this social psychologist means that asking for help is tough. But to get through life – she says – you have to do it all the time. So how does one get comfortable asking? In this actionable talk, Grant shares four simple rules for asking for help and getting it – while making the process more rewarding for your helper, too. Read more

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    imperative

    2019 EY CEO Imperative Study

    - by EY.com

    EY begs the question: For CEOs, are the days of sidelining global challenges numbered? In attempting to answer, EY shares the official 2019 EY CEO Imperative Study – revealing that investors and boards expect CEOs to respond to humanity’s greatest challenges. In fact, it has found that it’s the new growth imperative. But how exactly – and how is it that CEOs can no longer rely on the old excuses for inaction on challenges? Read more

  • Thought Food
    winning teams

    The drumbeat of digital: How winning teams play

    - by McKinsey & Company

    McKinsey & Co means that most executives we know have a powerful, intuitive feel for the rhythm of their businesses. They know how hard and fast to pull strategic levers, move their organization, and drive execution to achieve their objectives. Or at least they did. But in the light digitization that has intensified the rhythm of competition in many industries, it’s leaving executives adrift, with information-gathering systems that are too slow or disconnected, they reckon. Wherever talent-management norms are misaligned and incremental, these leaders know their companies must adjust and accelerate… Read more

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    mentorship

    “Stealth” Mentorship

    - by Joseph Paris

    I would find it hard to believe that any successful person achieved that success without having at least one mentor along their journey – someone who was instrumental and influential in the life journey of the person being mentored (the mentee).  But what is mentorship? Mentorship is a semi-formal relationship between someone who has wisdom (knowledge plus experience) and is willing to share that wisdom with another (the mentor) and a person who seeks wisdom and insights to fill gaps in experience or to accelerate their journey.  A healthy mentor/mentee relationship will be one where there is no expectation that…

  • Thought Food

    How to Know If Someone Is Ready to Be a Manager

    - by HBR.org

    It cannot be understated nor argued against that when you’re hiring a new manager, the stakes are real high – meaning – you need someone who can effectively lead people, manage a budget, liaise with upper management and the whole lot, at simultaneously. Important to know thus, is what to do in the case that a potential hire doesn’t yet have a track record in doing all of the above. So, to gain some perspective on how to handle this kind of challenge, the author of this article reached out to some management experts for their point of view on…

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    blockchain

    Blockchain for Business, Or: Things to know before you try

    - by Michele Braun

    Before I built a wall I’d ask to know What I was walling in or walling out, And to whom I was like to give offence…. Good fences make good neighbors — Robert Frost, 1914 In this article, I explore possible uses of blockchain technology in non-financial businesses. Possible uses because the technology and supporting infrastructure are still young and still being developed. And, because the benefits associated with possible uses also bring risks, I’ll spend some ink exploring potential perils. For many, our introduction to the term blockchain was associated with bitcoin, a digital creation claiming to be a…

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