8 New Posts & 1 New Infographic Today, 8.30.12 Small Business News to Use

 

HOME page today highlights include an article, Siri’s father predicts what is coming next  —  plus data management how-to strategies now in order to handle overload and worse overload coming —  and a great PwC article on APEC and the need for reliable supply chains; article includes well done graphs plus a download of full report  —  plus more today, including Harvard Law with 2 need-to-know and of-interest articles.

There were another two articles today —  not necessarily the most important of the day — but important need-to-know in each:
Take Ownership of Your Actions by Taking Responsibility – HBR  This is a great read for everyone, period.   No matter who we are, if you cannot identify with times you have fallen into this defunct, go nowhere crevice, you are most likely not being honest.    Excerpt:  Are you stalled in a project at work, waiting on someone else to take initiative to get things moving? Are you in a broken professional relationship — with a manager, coworker, or employee — hoping the other person assumes blame and fixes the issue? Are you looking for an easy way to get focused or improve your productivity — a silver bullet from an unexpected source?  Read post and link.

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Three Tips for Leaders About to Miss Their Forecasts – HBR  This professor makes me feel I am back in school!  :)    I take issue with his remark that only those in engineering and physics will immediately know that the task is impossible  –  excuse me  …  you forgot there are lots of accountants and math experts and  ……   who will all also immediately recognize they have hit the wall.    Excerpt:  Harvard Business School Professor (and former IBM and Kodak executive) Willy Shih poses an intriguing question:“Let’s say your goal is to average 60 miles per hour in a journey across a one-mile bridge,” he said. “Your average speed is 30 miles per hour at the half-mile mark. How fast do you have to go over the remaining half-mile to achieve your goal?”  The most common answer is “90 miles per hour.” But those with backgrounds in engineering and physics immediately recognized the task’s impossibility.  After all, to average 60 miles per hour you have to cross the bridge in one minute and you’ve already burned that minute crossing the first half mile.

Willy’s point?  If you start a year too slowly, at some point it becomes impossible to hit a forecast.  It’s a scary moment when a company realizes that the goals it has set for a quarter or a year are simply not attainable.  Read post and link.

INFOGRAPHICS page today has a new infographic, eBook Market 2012, US, UK,  Canada and Australia.  Check it out!

Enjoy all!

Beverly

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