This Just In

September 29, 2010 by Bill Bradley


Title:  October Harvard Business Review

Competencies: coaching, talent management, collaboration, judgment, depth of industry knowledge, interpersonal effectiveness, leadership, influence, managing self, strategic problem analysis, visionary leadership    

Who benefits: employees, all levels of management, external consultants

Consultant Usage: good reading and references for executive coaches, organizational consultants, career development consultants and coaches

What’s it about? The October issue of Harvard Business Review (HBR) is just out.  HBR allows you to read some of its articles in entirety for free on-line.   Other articles you can start but have to pay a fee to get the total article.  And in a twist, sometimes you can read the whole article for free for the first few weeks, then it reverts to a pay service.

I have picked three articles to suggest to you today.  Right now you can read all three for free … so if you have an interest, jump on it. 

The first article is personal.  The slightly misnamed article is called How to Save Good Ideas.  My first thought when I saw that title is that of a filing cabinet or a special space on a computer.  Missed that one by a mile.  It is about how to get people to buy into your ideas.  There is a nifty little tidbit about information overload and a few other reasons why people don’t automatically jump on other people’s ideas. 

So if you are a person with lots of good ideas … or a person frustrated because you can’t get other people excited and committed to your ideas, I suggest this 4-page article to you.

My second recommendation is an article from one of favorite authors, Rosabeth Moss Kanter.  I never miss reading anything she writes.  The article is named It’s Time to Take Full Responsibility.

Like the first suggested reading there is something a little misleading here.  Her opening paragraph is written in the second person, as if she is writing about the personal responsibilities for each of us as individuals.  The remainder of this 1-page article is about the increasing social responsibilities of organizations, particularly being accountable for supplies and suppliers.  She uses the familiar example of tracking coffee suppliers.  Could just have well been shoes, toys or oil spills.

It is a 2-minute read.  That’s a small investment about an important topic.

My third suggest reading is for a smaller segment of those of you who regularly read this post.  The article is about talent management: Competing on Talent Analytics.  It is somewhat technical, but quite educational, especially if you are not familiar analytics as applied to people and performance.  After a lengthy introduction the authors introduce the Six Uses of Talent Analytics, which makes up the heart (and soul) of the article.  The article also has an audio link so you can listen to interview with the authors.  

This is a longer article and might be one of those articles that is free today and not necessarily in 30 days, so if you have an interest, this would be a good time to check it out.

You can also click on the link at the top of this post to go to the Table of Contents just in case you want to see what else is in this issue (hint, spotlight is on supply chains).

Catch you later.
[tags]persuasion, idea generation, influence, interpersonal effectiveness, rosabeth moss kantor, social responsibilities, organizational responsibilities, depth of industry knowledge, talent management, talent analytics, bill bradley, william bradley, bradley[/tags]

Bill Bradley (mostly) retired after 35 years in organizational consulting, training and management development. During those years he worked internally with seven organizations and trained and consulted externally with more than 90 large and small businesses, government agencies, hospitals and schools.

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