- Culture Trumps Strategy, Every Time by Nilofer Merchant on The Conversation – Harvard Business Review
Quote: After working on strategy for 20 years, I can say this: culture will trump strategy, every time. The best strategic idea means nothing in isolation. If the strategy conflicts with how a group of people already believe, behave or make decisions it will fail. Conversely, a culturally robust team can turn a so-so strategy into a winner. The “how” matters in how we get performance. Yes, it does.
- The Entrepreneur’s Journey – The Black Sheep by Neil Shepherd on Troy Claus’ Marketing and Branding the Right Way
Quote: Don’t allow yourself to be spoon fed in this life, or wear rose colored glasses. You can’t expect someone to teach you, and you can’t expect success to be handed to you. You must take the initiative and strive to learn on your own.
- The big when for IT is now by Mark McDonald on the Gartner Blog Network
Quote: The big WHEN for IT is now and leaders are already taking advantage or planning to take advantage of lighter weight technologies and the opportunity to apply them in the context of growth, innovation and strategic relevance.
- Go and See by Wally Bock on Three Star Leadership Blog
Quote: …reading is a wonderful way to learn, but you understand so much more when you supplement intellectual study with visiting the ground. No description of the battle can match the impact of walking 1000 yards in summer heat and realizing that almost every step would have been under fire
- Engineering vs. Liberal Arts: Who’s Right—Bill or Steve? by Vivek Wadhwa on TechCrunch
Quote: My advice to my students—and to my own children—is to study what interests them the most; to excel in fields in which they have the most passion and ability; to change the world in their own way and on their own terms. Once they master their domain, they can find the path to entrepreneurship.