Posted by: Martin Fox | May 30, 2012

Networking for Success

A message for all of my entrepreneur friends around the world – with a special shout-out for our newest entrepreneur in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (congrats on formally launching the new business).

Glenn Llopis (a Forbes contributor) takes us through the 7 ways that networking serves as business and professional development. While networking is harder for some of us, it is a critical component in growing your business and your career. For the record, networking isn’t natural for me – but I have learned to do it.

Glenn Llopis’ article on networking.

Happy Wednesday – Martin Fox with the Center for Global Leadership. Accelerating the global ripple.

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Posted by: Martin Fox | May 24, 2012

The $30k mistake other leaders don’t need to repeat

Trevor Mauch and the Young Entrepreneur Council highlight a $30,000 mistake Trevor made with one of his startups. The lesson relates to developing high performance strategic partnerships and alliances. What Trevor learned is equally applicable to individuals and teams from start-ups to multi-billion global players where the mistake costs millions, if not billions.

It’s all about having clear and measurable Goals, Roles, Processes, and Interaction Paths.

Enjoy Trevor’s $30,000 mistake and what he learned from it.

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Posted by: Martin Fox | May 21, 2012

Are we born optimistic? Impact on life and the workplace.

80% of us are born optimists. Tali Sharot shares the good, the bad, and the ugly around optimism on the latest TedTalk.

Optimism has many benefits in life and the workplace. It also has pitfalls – like failing to respond quickly to negative data (reality). The good news, we can manage the pitfalls.

Enjoy Tali Sharot’s TedTalk video here.

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Posted by: Martin Fox | May 19, 2012

Ramping up entrepreneur creativity – Inc. Magazine

Jonah Lehrer, author of the bestselling Imagine: How Creativity Works shares 4 tips on helping entrepreneurs ramp up creativity.

Quick read… 4 tips to help entrepreneurs ramp up creativity.

Martin Fox with the Center for Global Leadership – accelerating the global ripple.

Innovation acceleration and organizational agility have become the new global differentiators, separating the ridiculously high performing companies from the rest of the pack. Unfortunately, many of the tried and true leadership and business management strategies of the past actually slow down the very innovation you are trying to speed up.

So what’s the answer to speed up innovation? I spent 13 months interviewing global executives, industry leaders, renowned academics, and researching hundred of studies on high performance innovation to figure that answer out. I’ll keep the innovation news coming.

Scott Anthony published the following blog article in the Harvard Business Review on the Four Assassins of Innovation. 

The Four Assassins of Innovation

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The Hay Group just published a study on the best leadership companies. It would seem innovation has become the competitive differentiator of top performing companies. Some of the study highlights include:

  • Innovation sets Best Companies for Leadership apart. 94% are prepared to run unprofitable projects to try new things
  • 100% of the Best Companies let all employees behave like leaders. Only 54% of peers do likewise
  • 100% of the best companies manage a pipeline of qualified leadership candidates
  • Leadership boosts the bottom line. Best companies outperform the S&P 500 almost 2x over 10 years
  • 90% of Best Companies let employees bypass the chain of command with an excellent idea
  • Problems are opportunities. 95% of Best Companies think this way
  • Collaboration is mandatory. 100% of Best Companies take action when a leader is not collaborating
  • 95% of Best Companies reward leaders based on their ability to build excellent peer relationships
  • In Best Companies, 95% of senior leaders take time to actively develop others. Only 48% of leaders at peer companies do this
  • 95% of leaders at Best Companies are culturally savvy and able to be effective with diverse teams

See the company ranking here:

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The world of education is changing quickly. Inspired learners now have access to online courses at elite universities – often free of charge. Imagine the possibilities – Harvard & MIT educations for poverty stricken young entrepreneurs via internet cafes in Moshi, Tanzania. Top level innovation and business courses while sitting at your desk in Mountain View. As more and more business relevant courses come online, the impact on executive education in the workforce is mind-boggling… Game changing and simply brilliant.

Enjoy the following article by Maria Sacchetti from the Boston Globe.

Click here to see the article

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Posted by: Martin Fox | January 5, 2012

The power of hope and resilience – dreams do come true.

Starting the year out with a heartwarming story.

In the early fall of 2011, I received a message from a college friend, telling me about a brilliant young woman who was being pressured to drop out of college to help support her family. The discussion was what do we do to keep this young woman in school. From homeless to co-valedictorian to Dr. Pepper’s $100,000 college scholarship. A great story of hope and resilience – rock on!

Click to see the video and story

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Posted by: Martin Fox | December 14, 2011

Sheryl Sandberg on why we have too few women leaders

Brought to you by Ted – Ideas Worth Spreading…

Sheryl Sandberg hits on a key message for all of us in the USA. Over 50% of college graduates are females, yet females account for a fraction of the top positions in corporations, government, and Nonprofits/NGO’s. A great TED talk and definitely “An idea worth spreading”.

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Posted by: Martin Fox | October 27, 2011

Integrity – keeping it, losing it, and how to get it back

In my work coaching young people around the world, integrity is a common theme. Fact… Integrity is the #1 most important characteristic for high performance leaders. As I remind young people, integrity is one of those few things in life that can’t be taken from you – you can only give it away.

A frequent question is “can you get your integrity back after losing it?” The quick answer is yes, but with a lot of hard work, seeking forgiveness from those you wronged, working to correct the wrong, slowly rebuilding trust, and perhaps the hardest part, truly forgiving yourself for crossing the fine line of integrity. There is a lot of gray in the world across countries, cultures, races, religions, etc., but things are black and white on the integrity front.

The following story is from my friend Lori’s blog. A story of integrity, loss of integrity, and the long road to recovering integrity. For those of you who don’t know Lori, her blog posts are brilliant.

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Doing Wrong

I had to take an online training this week for my securities licensing on ethics.

Oddly, the topic has been on mind quite a bit this week. Read More…

Posted by: Martin Fox | October 27, 2011

Another Glass Ceiling Shattered – IBM Names First Female CEO

From our friends at IvyExec. Another glass ceiling for women has been shattered. IBM just announced it’s first female CEO. Congratulations to Virginia Rometty – IBM’s newly minted CEO.

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IBM to get first female CEO

From United Press International – 10.25.2011

Virginia M. Rometty will take over as IBM’s first female president and chief executive officer Jan. 1, the U.S. technology and consulting company said Tuesday. Read More…

Posted by: Martin Fox | October 20, 2011

Very cool global water project in scale-up mode

The following water project is a joint venture between IDEO and the Acumen Fund – funded by the Gates Foundation. A very cool concept that could take care of many of the water issues in the developing world.

IDEO’s founder is one of our heroes – thanks Paul Polak for everything you do.

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The Big Idea…

Posted by: Martin Fox | October 11, 2011

Observing and Nourishing Paradox…

Shared by my new friend Peggy during an intercultural development certification training program in Minneapolis. She is a very cool new friend to have. The passage is translated from the Tao Te Ching – 81 verses by Lao Tzu. Read this a few times to have it sink in. If this isn’t your thing, let it be.

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Observing and Nourishing Paradox…

When most people hear about the Great Integrity,
they waiver between belief and disbelief.
When wise people hear about the Great Integrity,
they diligently follow its path.
When ignorant people hear about the Great Integrity,
they laugh out loud.
By this very laughter, we know its authenticity.

It is said that enlightenment appears dark,
the progressive way appears retrograde,
the smooth way appears jagged,
the highest peak of revelation appears empty like a valley,
the cleanest appears to be soiled,
the greatest abundance appears insufficient,
the most enduring inner strength
appears like weakness,
and creativeity appears imitative.

Great talents mature slowly.
Great sounds are silent.
Great forms look shapeless.
Transcendent squareness has no corners.

The Great Inegrity hides behind all forms,
stubbornly nourishing the paradoxes
that can enlighten us.

Posted by: Martin Fox | October 4, 2011

Happy kids are a product of genes and parenting

We like data. Parents, enjoy the read.

Martin Fox with the Center for Global Leadership

Happy Kid Study

Posted by: Martin Fox | September 11, 2011

9/11’s other victims – the kids who lost their parents to 9/11

A fitting tribute to 9/11. This movie was made by 17 and 18 year old Park City high school students as a tribute to their friend Garrett, who lost his father in the World Trade Center. To call these kids inspirational is an understatement. I love working with young people around the world.

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